Ink of Light Presenter: Linda Shallcross

Linda has been guided by the social justice and human rights dimensions of the Baha’i Faith leading her to work in areas providing support to those who are most disadvantaged in terms of their lack of access to employment, education, and services. She is one of our Workshop Presenters at Ink of Light May 18-19. She is presenting on Saturday.

What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book of all time would have to be The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.  This book was the first to open my mind to the concepts later extended by Abdul-Baha’s Paris Talks and I was delighted to learn that Khalil Gibran was inspired by ‘Abdu’l-Baha.

Who is your hero and why? 

Apart from each of the holy and sacred messengers of God,  Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and others, my hero is Jane Addams who was was the founder of Hull House in Chicago. She was the first US woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and she found the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.  Her work was helping the poor and immigrants in particular.  ‘Abdu’l- Baha visited Hull House and gave a presentation on racial inequality.

What is your main motivation?

In addition to my grandchildren and family, and the privilege of being able to advocate for justice and fairness through my work.

Share your favourite quote: 

 Have ye forgotten that true and radiant morn, when in those hallowed and blessed surroundings we were all gathered in My presence beneath the shade of the tree of life”

Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words

Ink of Light Presenter: Afsaneh Varzaly

One of Afsaneh’s Favourite Quotes
“Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.”

Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p27

What is your favourite book?

My favourite book is Seven Valleys by Baha’u’llah.
I am inspired by its poetic and informative look at the spiritual journey of life.

Who is your favourite hero?

My favourite Hero is Tahirih. I find her sense of strength, courage, far-reaching vision and her devotion inspiring.

What is your main motivation for writing?

To contribute to the betterment of mankind by inspiring people through contemporary stories that show through examples as to how Baha’i teachings can be applied in everyday life through fictional characters.

Afsaneh believes living a life grounded in moral values and virtuous behaviour and focused on being of benefit to others is conducive to happiness and contentment. This forms the foundation of her Romance Novel, I Will Not Cry. She will be speaking on Saturday May 18th at

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