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Gregory Smith

Dr Gregory P. Smith was surrendered to an orphanage in 1966. He was considered a problem child (‘uncontrollable’), diagnosed as a ‘sociopath’ with mid-range intelligence, and was in and out of institutions until 1974. Following his release from care Gregory searched in vain for the skills to live a fruitful and rewarding life but became increasingly disillusioned with society and lived as a hermit in a Northern NSW rainforest from circa 1990-2000 where he spent his time reflecting. In 2000, through catharsis and serendipity, Gregory decided to give society one more chance, walked out of the forest and began to explore life from a different perspective. His life was transformed. In 2007 he completed a degree in social science, obtaining an honours, 1st Class. In 2016 he completed his PhD. Advocating for issues of social injustice, Gregory is now a full time academic and researcher in a regional university.

Voyager Main Stage

Out of the Forest

Saturday | 4 May | 11am

He was once living in near total-isolation in the forest, foraging for food and eating bats. When he finally emerged, emaciated and close to death, he was determined to give society another chance. Today, Dr Gregory Peel Smith, who left school at the age of fourteen, has a PhD and teaches at university. Out of the Forest is his remarkable memoir.

Presented by: Will Yeoman  |  Sponsored by: Country Arts WA

Ticket: $20 or included in Festival Pass 


Voyager Writers Room

Back from off-track

Sunday | 5 May | 2pm

Dr Gregory Peel Smith was once a mysterious man who roamed the forest, while local writer & photographer Tom de Souza lost his teenage years to ice addiction and crime. This session provides a unique insight into how life can go off track and a powerful reminder that we can find our way back.

Presented by: James Lush  |  Sponsored by: Soul Camping & Margaret River Natural Spring Water

Ticket: $10 or included in Festival Pass


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Out of the Forest

Main Stage
Saturday | 4 May | 11am
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Back from Off-track

Writers Room
Sunday | 5 May | 2pm
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