Karen West has a background in public speaking, marketing, and public relations. She chooses to write about life issues that are challenging and often confronting.
Karen’s work has been published by ABC Books and Hybrid Publishers. She has appeared on several national television talk shows in Australia and has given multiple radio interviews. She is an engaging speaker.
In 2015, Karen’s first young-adult fiction novel, Living Voice, was selected for the Varuna Publisher Introduction Program. Also, in 2015, her young-adult fiction novel Breaking Silently won the Varuna Fellowship.
In 2018, Hybrid Publishers published Karen's novel Living Voice. In the same year, Karen founded the not-for-profit registered charity, Living Voice – Teen Organ Donor Awareness Inc., and developed the first teen organ donor website in Australia – www.livingvoice.com.au.
Karen is a member of the Australian Society of Authors, an alum of Varuna the National Writers’ House, and a member of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
If your school or organisation is looking for a guest speaker, Karen shares how writing and the web have helped her to make a real difference.
Karen's presentation of "Changing Lives with Words and the Web:" was inspirational and thought provoking in regards to organ donation. The topic was well researched and delivered with passion. The publication "Living Voice" portrays the anguish and the struggle of a young adult being confronted with a life and death situation and its ramifications.
Leura Literature Group
A big thank you to last week’s guest speaker, Karen West, author of ‘Living Voice’ for her interesting presentation on Organ Donation awareness for teenagers. This can be a difficult subject for some, but a discussion so very necessary to be had with family members in today’s world. Many of our members purchased a copy of the book on the night! Karen’s interesting facts on the subject and her ease of presentation made for a most informative evening for our Rotary Club members. The setting up of the website for teens is an amazing feat and we hope awareness continues to grow.
We would highly recommend her to any group wanting to become more informed and to assist in spreading the word!
Margaret Bell PHF
Immediate Past President 2019/20
The Rotary Club of Springwood Inc.
10th August 2019
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