Dr Gregory Smith


An Amazing Tale of Survival

All the odds were stacked against him from the start. Experiencing abuse and neglect and surrendered to an orphanage in the 60s, this shaky beginning led to a life of angst against the system, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness and ultimately, severe disengagement from society.

Completely disillusioned with a world he couldn’t find peace with, he walked into a Northern NSW rain forest which heralded his reclusive existence for the next ten years.

How he exited the forest, on the brink of death and still haunted by personal demons, to eventually gain a PhD, become a university lecturer in the Arts & Social Science sector and an ambassador for Australia’s ‘forgotten children’ is a personal testament to ‘never giving up’.

Featured on ABC radio’s Conversations with Richard Fidler, Sunrise Today and on Australian Story, Dr Gregory’s life story is now released as an autobiography by Penguin Publishing.  After touring the book launch in May 2018, Out of the Forest, Dr Gregory’s inspiring true story, is fast becoming a best seller.

Dr Gregory Smith is available for speaking events where his story is sure to amaze and inspire any audience. Enquire here.