Ink of Light Presenter: Keithie Saunders

What is your favourite book and why?

Geraldine Brooks – People of the Book….full of great rich historical grandeur and resonates with my Jewish ancestry, I enjoy all Geraldine’s books – The Crossing was wonderful, story of the first American Indian to attend Harvard university

Who is your hero and why?

Strong women who have shaped history – why…. Because I affiliate with them….

What is your main motivation in life?

The greening of Honiara city (I  started an environmental charity NGO 22 years ago and plant trees, make gardens and try to beautify the city through environmental means)

Please share your favourite quote

“walk the spiritual path with practical feet”

Keithie is the appointed United States Consular Agent to the Solomon Islands. In 2010 she received an OBE in recognition of her community and environmental work in the Solomon’s. She will be sharing the story of her parents at

Ink of Light Presenter: Grant Hindin Miller

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What is your favourite book and why?

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, because it is a poetic fable full of spiritual truth.

Who is your hero and why?

My wife, because she is not only loyal, responsible, kind, and loving; but she is also so stunningly pretty.

What is the motivation for your work?

The love of art and artfulness.

Please share your favourite quote

‘Everyone is talented, original, and has something important to say’ – Brenda Ueland

Grant Hindin Miller, is a New Zealand, Song Writer, Educator, Creative Extraordinaire and Key Note Speaker. Don’t miss out on a workshop from Grant. Register now at

Ink of Light Presenter: Melanie Lotfali

What is your favourite book and why?

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe because it is a brilliant example of riveting fiction with the most profound and life changing message

Who is your favourite hero and why?

It’s Lua Getsinger because of her steadfastness and obedience.

What is your motivation?

Love and fear of God

Share your favourite quote:

“…despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

Gandalf in Lord of the Rings

Melanie has a PhD in engaging boys and men in gender equality and for many years has facilitated violence prevention and respectful relationships programs in high schools, and for adults. She is one of our presenters at Ink of Light 

Ink of Light Presenter: Michael Day

Here is a short interview with one of our Ink of Light presenters. Michael will be speaking on Saturday the 18th of May.

What are your favourite books and why?

Lighting the Western Sky by Kathryn Jewett Hogenson. It is a very well-written and compelling narrative about early Baha’i pilgrims to the Holy Land, with original information that makes our heroes  and anti-heroes real to the reader,  and portrays the Master in a unique  and meaningful way.

To the Holy Shrines by Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890). This book is  vividly written, with humour and insight, and gives an insider’s  look into Muslim culture of the 19th century. The description of the Fast is superb and will ring a few bells with Baha’is.  It reinforces why the arrival of the Baha’i Faith was such a blessing.

Who is your favourite hero and why?

Marzieh Gail  for writing  so professionally about the early history of the Faith.

What is your main motivation?

My main motivation is my overwhelming curiosity about the history of the Baha’i Faith, especially  in the Holy Land;.

My subsidiary motivations are: (i) the unprecedented feeling for me of spiritual exhilaration  and grace that often accompanies the research and writing on sacred topics (ii) the thrill of the  discovery of information (iii) the enjoyment  of  writing books on topics so precious to me (iv) the responsibility of using my professional training and experience (v) the holy Shrines.

Share your favourite quote

“High, immeasurably high is this Shrine, the lofty, the most great, the most wondrous. Exalted, immeasurably exalted is this Resting-place, the fragrant, the pure, the luminous, the transcendent. Glorified, immeasurably glorified is this Spot, the most august, the most holy, the most beloved, the most sublime.”

~ Shoghi Effendi

Michael Day is presenting Sacred Stairway, Pathway of a Book, and his tips for writing, editing and researching at Ink of Light, May 18-19 Brisbane Australia. Register now! Limited places.
For more information on Michael visit his website

Ink of Light presenter: Leila Deighton

For the next two weeks I will be featuring short interviews with some Ink of Light Presenters on my blog. Find out their favourite books, motivation for writing, their heroes, and why they write. But it’s no substitute for heading to the Festival to hear from them in person. Leila will be speaking on Saturday the 18th of May.

What is your favourite book?

My favourite book (apart from many Baha’i books) is the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. McCall’s characters are so true to life and they give me such a warm feeling, and are so easy to love. I love all of his books.     

Who are your heroes?                                                                                                   

It would have to be Precious Ramotswe because; she is so smart;  courageous in starting her Detective Agency because she’s ‘just a woman’; so humble because she doesn’t realize how wonderful she is at all.

What is your main motivation for writing?

Empowering other women, particularly Aboriginal women in Australia.

Share your favourite quote

 ‘Looking back is like looking through a window which is covered with dust; you  can just make out the faces, but nothing is very clear. But then you hear the old stories – the stories you have heard so many times – and suddenly everything comes back.  You are there again, sitting with your aunt outside her house, and it is quiet, and the sky is empty and the sun is on the land.  And you think: I am a lucky person to be here, to be listening to these things that happened in another place, just round the corner, in the days when the animals could speak. And the sadness goes away and your heart is full again.’  ( “The Girl who Married a Lion” Alexander McCall Smith in the foreword ‘A Letter from Mma ramotswe Mma Ramotswe, xiii. )

To meet Leila Deighton head to the Ink of Light Festival, May 18th-19th

After joining the Baha’i Faith in 1960 Leila left Australia to pioneer in New Guinea in 1962; she later worked for the Universal House of Justice, in Haifa, Israel, the World Spiritual and Administrative Headquarters of the Faith. Leila is looking forward to the Ink of Light Festival, both as presenter and participant.