FASS alumni honoured on Queen's Birthday
FASS alumni are among the Australians celebrated in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for outstanding contributions to the arts, education, and the community.
Jeremy Fisher, (Doctor of Creative Arts, 2003) was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his “service to literature, to education and to professional organisations”. Dr Fisher’s published works include Perfect Timing (1993), Music from Another Country (2009), How to Tell Your Father to Drop Dead (2013) and The Dirty Little Dog (2016). Dr Fisher is a former Executive Director and of the Australian Society of Authors (2004 to 2009), and a former ASOA Board Member. He has multiple degrees from UTS and was awarded a Literature Board grant from the Australian Council for the Arts in 2007. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Writing at the University of New England, and has made significant contributions to Australian gay literature and the advocacy of LGBT rights.
Patricia Hughes, (Diploma of Adult Education in Community Education, 1989) was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to the community, and to youth. Ms Hughes has been a dedicated member of the Country Womens’ Association, the Southern Highlands Endurance Ride, the Bundanoon Highland Gathering, Friendship Force Australia and has also devoted more than 55 years of her life to The Girl Guides Association of Australia.
Stephen Page, (Honorary Doctorate in Creative Arts, 2015) was made an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to the performing arts and contemporary dance, through enriching Australia’s cultural environment, and by presenting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts to the world”. Mr Page has been the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Company since 1991, which has been internationally acclaimed for its body of work that celebrates and reinvents Australian Indigenous storytelling and performing arts. Mr Page is a descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from South-East Queensland.