Aussie Author Reaches Hollywood Audience in Coveted Oscar Swag Bag


Melissa Griffiths of West Footscray has co- authored global book The Power to Rise Above which will be a part of the coveted Hollywood Swag Bags gifted to Oscar Nominees over The Oscars Weekend March 12th in Los Angeles, California.

The Power to Rise Above is the first release by Ozark Press. This anthology is about overcoming bullying, abuse, heartbreak and trauma. The project is the dream of positive ageing women’s advocate Sandy Davies with a foreword by Oprah Winfrey’s favourite guest of all time, humanitarian Dr Tererai Trent.

In addition to Melissa Griffiths, women from around the world have come together to share their stories to prove your inner flame never extinguishes no matter what you are facing. Past lived experiences do not define you or your future. This book was written to give others hope by sharing our stories of how we have overcome adversity and found the power to rise above making a positive difference in the world.

This book has been shared with local non-profits, women’s legal services in Victoria, transitional housing in NSW and Far North Queensland, outreach programs in Hawaii, crisis centres in Birmingham UK and in domestic violence shelters along the Californian Coast.

And on the weekend of March 12th, The Power to Rise Above will be shared with Oscar nominees as a part of the famed Hollywood Swag Bags.

Melissa Griffiths contributed to this project because she wanted to share her story of being a transgender woman and how you can overcome barriers and obstacles in your life to rise above living as your authentic self.

These stories will resonate within your soul long after you’ve closed the cover. Their stories will lift you and provide practical inspiration if you are facing adversity. We can break free from the narratives of our past to rise above.

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