Storytelling and social change are Jill’s passions.
After a decade on staff with The Age, Jill branched out on her own and is now a sought-after speechwriter and communications specialist, delivering thought-leadership strategies and media services for prominent change-makers.
She’s also a seasoned public speaker, delivering keynote speeches and webinars, and MC-ing major events in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.
Jill’s first book, High Sobriety, was recently re-released as a ten-year anniversary edition, Higher Sobriety. It investigates Australia and Scotland’s binge drinking culture and was short-listed in the Kibble Literary Awards and long-listed in the Walkley Book of the Year Awards.
Her next two books, Happy Never After and When You’re Not OK are informed by her lifelong journey with anxiety. Jill is fascinated by the human condition and shares her flaws and vulnerabilities in the hope that others will see themselves reflected in her experience and feel less alone.
She’s sober, single, child-free by choice, and a fierce advocate for solo living and defying social conventions. Her popular event, Solo Sundays, connects and celebrates those who are doing life solo.
Jill writes a weekly newsletter for her Patreon subscribers, with deep dives on a range of topics including mental health, sobriety, politics, gender equality, pop culture and much more.
As a freelance writer, Jill’s work appears in The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper, ABC, SBS and The New Daily.
A respected social commentator, she appears regularly on ABC Melbourne where she has co-hosted The Conversation Hour. Her other radio appearances include Radio National, 3AW, 2GB, JOY 94.9 and Triple RRR. Her television appearances include The Project, Sunrise, and ABC News Breakfast.
Jill began her career in Edinburgh Scotland, where she was born and grew up. She is an unapologetic cat lady and somewhat obsessed with Highland cows.