Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios spent her formative years in Melbourne and studied archaeology, art history and classical studies at the University of Melbourne before succumbing to the lure of travel and finding work excavating in the Mediterranean and Middle East. She holds a PhD in art history and cultural economics and was, for many years, a lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Meaghan has written for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Gourmet Traveller, and The Conversation, and her media experience on radio and TV includes involvement with a Four Corners program for ABC TV that looked at questionable practices in the Australian art auction market and the trade in Aboriginal art.
After graduating, Meaghan worked at major public institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria and Artbank, and held management-level positions at commercial art businesses, including Leonard Joel Australia. During that time she qualified as an art valuer for the Australian Government under the Cultural Gifts Program.
Nowadays she applies her peculiar skill set and knowledge base to her work in the entertainment industry and as an author. Meaghan is a scriptwriter and researcher for film and TV and an accredited member of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). She has written and researched several series for Australian television, including The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill, Shane Delia’s Spice Journey: Turkey and Gourmet Farmer Afloat, and also keeps herself busy as a researcher on other major film and television productions including The Water Diviner, Adam Liaw’s Destination Flavour: China, Australia: The Story of Us, and Doctor Doctor.
Meaghan’s first novel was an adaptation of the script for Russell Crowe’s feature, The Water Diviner, which was published by Pan Macmillan and sold over 45,000 copies in Australia and internationally. The audio book, narrated by Jack Thompson and published by Bolinda, was a finalist in the Audie Audiobook of the Year (2016), and won an Audiophone Earbooks award. Meaghan is represented by Curtis Brown Australia, and has signed a two-book deal with Pan Macmillan for the novels, The Honourable Thief, and The Emerald Tablet. Both books tell the tale of archaeologist, Benedict Hitchens, who is caught up in a trail of forgery, theft and deception across Greece, Turkey and the UK. The Honourable Thief was released on 31 July, 2018. Meaghan also wrote the book to accompany the TV series, The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill, for Harper Collins, released in July 2018. The Emerald Tablet will be released in July, 2019.
Meaghan lives in inner city Melbourne with her screenwriter husband, their two children, a dog, a chicken, two cats and a multitude of tropical fish. At this rate, she may as well add ‘zookeeper’ to the CV. And although she seems to have stalled on ‘A’ in the careers’ handbook (archaeologist, art expert, auctioneer, academic), now she has worked her way to ‘author’ she intends to stay put.