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Adelaide Writers' Week 2022: A Better Picture

We feted 2021 as heralding a new dawn but it turned out COVID had a few more pivots and plunges in store for us. Although South Australia has been mercifully spared the worst of it, the pernicious Delta strain wreaked new havoc on our plans, arts community and health systems, and, as we raced to vaccinate, lights at tunnels’ ends or on hills seemed dim (even as gas ones burned brightly).

Through the ennui, our authors and academics, poets and journalists dug deep and kept writing. They kept exploring, imagining, interrogating and inventing - engaging in the kind of expansive thinking that opens up possibilities and helps us see things anew. Our quest at the 2022 Adelaide Writers’ Week is to join our writers to think not just of the bigger picture, but of a better picture. To dream of a way we can build a post-COVID world with greater equality, humanity and community.

Our 2022 Festival features some of Australia’s most interesting and erudite minds – plus a few Zooming in from elsewhere. All come ready to contribute their most insightful and provocative ideas and I have no doubt that the combined creativity and imagination of our authors and audiences can bring a better picture into focus. I look forward to joining you in the Gardens in March for what will be my final Adelaide Writers’ Week.

Jo Dyer, Director


Full line-up and schedule released January 2022


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Explore the Lineup

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad


Michael Mohammed Ahmad debut novel, The Tribe, won the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award and his second, The Lebs, was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award.  Mohammed is the founding director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement. His most recent novel is The Other Half of You.


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Isabel Allende


Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of twenty-four bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, and A Long Petal of the Sea. Her most recent novel, Violeta, was published in January 2022.  Isabel lives in California where she devotes much of her time to human rights causes.

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Miles Allinson


Miles Allinson is a writer and an artist, and the author of the multi award-winning novel Fever of Animals. His new novel is In Moonland.  He lives in Melbourne.

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Felice Arena


Felice Arena is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children's books for all ages, including the acclaimed historical adventures The Boy and the Spy, Fearless Frederic and The Great Escape, the bestselling Specky Magee books and the popular Andy Roid and Sporty Kids series

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Anuk Arudpragasam


Anuk Arudpragasam is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and is currently completing a dissertation in philosophy at Columbia University. He writes in Tamil and English. His first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.  His new novel is A Passage North and is short-listed for the Booker Prize.

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Larissa Behrendt


Larissa Behrendt is the author of two previous novels, Home and Legacy, and numerous books on Indigenous legal issues. She has written and produced award-winning films including Maralinga Tjarutja and After the Apology, is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio, and is Distinguished Professor at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology. After Story is her third novel.

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Hannah Bent


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hannah Bent completed her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Film from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London before undertaking further study in directing and screenwriting at the Australian Film and Television and Radio School and Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney.  When Things Are Alive They Hum is her first novel.

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Emily Bitto


Emily Bitto is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her debut novel, The Strays, was the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize and her fiction, poetry and non-fiction has appeared in publications including MeanjinThe Age, The Monthly and The Saturday Paper. Wild Abandon is her second novel.  Emily is also the co-owner of Carlton wine bar Heartattack and Vine.

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Michael Bradley


Michael Bradley is a lawyer, writer, Managing Partner of Marque Lawyers, a commercial firm with a strong human rights interest, and a regular columnist for Crikey.  His first book, Coniston, detailed the last massacre of Aboriginal people, and his second, System Failure, explores how our current justice system fails survivors of sexual assault.

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Bernadette Brennan


Bernadette Brennan is an author, critic and researcher of contemporary Australian writing. Her recent award-winning work, A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work, was a literary portrait of one of Australia's best-loved author, and her latest, Leaping into Waterfalls, explores the life of Gillian Mears, considered one of the most significant Australian writers of the last forty years.

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Jacqueline Bublitz


Jacqueline 'Rock' Bublitz is a writer, feminist, and arachnophobe.  She wrote her debut novel Before You Knew My Name after spending a summer in New York, where she hung around morgues and the dark corners of city parks (and the human psyche) far too often.

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Lyndall Clipstone


Lyndall Clipstone is an Adelaide author. A former youth librarian, Lakesedge is Lyndall’s debut novel, with its sequel, Forestfall, scheduled for release in 2022.


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Claire G. Coleman


Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman and writer of fiction, essays, poetry and art writing. Her debut novel, Terra Nullius, won the black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship and was listed for 8 awards including a shortlisting for the Stella Prize.  Her latest book is Lies, Damned Lies.


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Annabel Crabb


Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most popular political commentators, a Walkley-award-winning writer, and the host and creator of ABC shows including Kitchen Cabinet, The House with Annabel Crabb, and Ms Represented. Her books include The Wife Drought, two cookbooks written with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe and, most recently, Well Hello, written with her co-host of the wildly popular podcast Chat 10 Looks 3, Leigh Sales.


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Samantha Crompvoets


Dr Samantha Crompvoets is a sociologist with over twenty years’ experience in the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of strategic and applied academic research, with particular expertise in military contexts. She is Chair of the Australian Centre for Excellence in Post-Traumatic Stress and sits on a number of advisory boards across the defence and security sector.  Blood Lust, Trust & Blame is her first book.

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Michelle de Kretser


Michelle de Kretser is a writer born in Sri Lanka who lives in Sydney. Her fiction has won many prestigious awards, including the Commonwealth Prize and the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year, and she is a two-time winner of the Miles Franklin Award. Her most recent novel is Scary Monsters.

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Robin diAngelo


Robin DiAngelo is an American academic, lecturer, and author working in the fields of critical discourse analysis and whiteness studies.  She is known for her work pertaining to white fragility, a term which she coined in 2011, and which became the title for her 2018 bestselling book.  Her follow-up book is Nice Racism.

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Peter Doherty


Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for discovering the nature of the cellular immune defence.  His books include the bestselling The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize and, most recently, An Insider’s Plague Year.


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Rachel Doyle


Rachel Doyle SC is a barrister practising in Melbourne specialising in industrial and employment law, discrimination law, class actions and negligence. She was associate to Justice Daryl Dawson of the High Court from 1994 to 1996.  Power & Consent is her first book.


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Briohny Doyle


Briohny Doyle is a writer and author whose work has appeared in The Monthly, Meanjin, Overland, The Griffith Review, The Good Weekend, The Guardian, and the Sunday Times. She is a lecturer in writing and literature at Deakin University and a 2020 Fulbright Scholar.  Echolalia is her second novel.

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Delia Falconer


Delia Falconer is the author of two novels, The Service of Clouds and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers, which have been shortlisted for international and national awards, including the Miles Franklin, and Sydney, a personal history of her hometown.  Her most recent book is Signs and Wonders. 

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John Flanagan


John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband adventure series have sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. His books are available in more than one hundred countries, are regularly on the New York Times bestseller list, and have had multiple award shortlistings and wins in Australia and overseas.

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Mem Fox


Mem Fox has written more than 40 books for children, including the bestselling and much-loved picture books Possum Magic and Where is the Green Sheep?.  She has been presented with an array of book awards, and was awarded an AM for services to the cultural life of Australia.


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Kerryn Goldsworthy


Kerryn Goldsworthy is an Adelaide writer and critic, former lecturer in literature, and winner of the 2013 Pascall Prize and the 2017 Horne Prize. Her most recent book is Adelaide.

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Veronica Gorrie


Veronica Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai woman who lives and writes in Victoria. Black and Blue, a memoir of her childhood and the decade she spent in the police force, is her first book.

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Stan Grant


Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man. A journalist since 1987, he has worked for the ABC, SBS, the Seven Network, Sky News Australia and CNN and has received a string of prestigious international and Australian awards for his reporting. His bestselling book Talking to My Country won the Walkley Book Award, and his most recent book is With the Falling of the Dusk.

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Gideon Haigh


Gideon Haigh has contributed to more than 100 newspapers and magazines, and published more than 40 books. He has won Premier’s Literary Awards in three states, two Waverley Library Prizes and a Ned Kelly Award for True Crime.

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Zakiya Delila Harris


Zakiya Dalila Harris spent nearly three years in editorial at Knopf/Doubleday before leaving to write her debut novel The Other Black Girl.  Her essays and book reviews have appeared in publications including Cosmopolitan, Guernica, and The Rumpus. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Anita Heiss


Dr Anita Heiss is an award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, children’s novels and blogs, Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland and a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation of central New South Wales.

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Katherine Heyman


Dr Kathryn Heyman is an award-winning author of six novels and, most recently, Fury, the memoir of a year in her life after a traumatic sexual assault trial when she found salvation and hope working as a deckhand on a fishing trawler in the Timor Sea.  Kathryn taught creative writing for the University of Oxford and is now Conjoint Professor in Humanities at the University of Newcastle.

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Brandon Jack


Brandon Jack is a writer and singer/musician who played for the Sydney Swans for five years. He is currently studying Sociology and Psychology. 28 is his first book.

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Linda Jaivin


Linda Jaivin has been studying Chinese politics, language and culture for more than forty years. She has been a foreign correspondent in China, and is co-editor of the China Story Yearbook, an associate of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University and the author of twelve books.

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Terri Janke


Terri Janke is an author and Indigenous lawyer of Meriam and Wuthathi heritage. In 2000 she set up a law firm, Terri Janke and Company, focusing on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property law and commercial law.  Her most recent book is True Tracks: Respecting Indigenous knowledge and culture.


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Barry Jones


Barry Jones was a Labor member of the Victorian and Commonwealth parliaments, led the campaign to abolish the death penalty, and became Australia’s longest-serving Minister for Science from 1983 to 1990. His books include Sleepers, Wake!A Thinking ReedDictionary of World Biography, and The Shock of Recognition.

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Patrick Radden Keefe


Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker and is the author of books including the Orwell Prize-winning Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland and, most recently, Empire of Pain.  He grew up in Boston and now lives in New York.


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Tom Keneally


Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty-three novels since, most recently Corporal Hitler’s Pistol. Among his many honours, he has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize four times, winning with Schindler’s List.  He has also written several works of nonfiction, including his three-volume series Australians, and his recent memoir, A Bloody Good Rant.

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Paul Kennedy


Paul Kennedy is an ABC television presenter with twenty-five years’ journalistic experience. His four previous books include Hell on the Way to Heaven (co-authored with Chrissie Foster), which contributed to the establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.  His most recent book is Funkytown.

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Hannah Kent


Hannah Kent is an author and screenwriter.  Her first novel, the international bestseller Burial Rites, was translated into over 30 languages, won many awards, and is to be adapted for film by Sony TriStar. Hannah’s second novel, The Good People was also translated into many languages and is currently being adapted for film by Aquarius Productions.  Her most recent book is Devotion.

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Remy Lai


Remy Lai writes and draws for kids. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in Brisbane, She is the author-illustrator of Pie in the Sky, Fly on the Wall, and Pawcasso.

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Benjamin Law


Benjamin Law is the author of the memoir The Family Law, which he adapted for SBS TV, Gaysia, and a Quarterly Essay: Moral Panic 101. A columnist for Fairfax’s Good Weekend magazine, Benjamin has also written for over 50 publications internationally and is a co-host on ABC Radio National’s Stop Everything.


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Ian Lowe


Professor Ian Lowe AO is an academic who has had a long career in universities, research councils and advisory groups.  He is the author of several books, including the recent Long Half-Life: The Nuclear Industry in Australia.

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Scott Ludlam


Scott Ludlam was a Senator representing WA from 2008 to 2017 and served as deputy leader of the Australian Greens. He has also worked as a filmmaker, artist and graphic designer. Full Circle is his first book, the fruit of a life of activism, study and travel.

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Campbell Mattinson


Campbell Mattinson is a writer, editor, photographer and wine critic. He won the Best Australian Sports Writing Award in 1996 for a story that became the basis of his first novel, We Were Not Men.

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Charlotte McConaghy


Charlotte McConaghy has been writing from a young age, working in script development for film and television and as an author of speculative fiction books.  The Last Migration was her first literary novel and her most recent book is Once There Were Wolves. She lives in Sydney.


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Fiona McLeod


Fiona McLeod AO SC is recognised as a leader of the legal profession for having helmed the peak national legal bodies, including the Law Council of Australia. She is the Chair of the Accountability Round Table, a body committed to improving integrity in public office, and was an inaugural recipient of the Commonwealth Anti-Slavery Award.


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Jennifer Mills


Jennifer Mills is the author of novels including Dyschronia, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her fiction, essays and criticism have been widely published, including in Best Australian Essays, the Guardian, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and the Washington Post. Her new book is The Airways.

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Liane Moriarty


Liane Moriarty is the author of eight internationally bestselling novels including the number one New York Times bestsellers, Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, which were adapted into award-winning television series starring Nicole Kidman. Liane’s books have sold over twenty million copies worldwide, including three million in Australia and New Zealand.  Her new book is Apples Never Fall.

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Jeremy Moss


Jeremy Moss is Professor of political philosophy at the University of New South Wales. His books include Reassessing Egalitarianism, Climate Justice Beyond the State and Climate Change and Justice and, most recently, Carbon Justice.  He is the recipient of the Eureka Prize for Ethics and the Australasia Association of Philosophy Media Prize.


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Fiona Murphy


Fiona Murphy is a Deaf poet and essayist. Her work has been published in publications including Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Griffith Review and The Big Issue and in 2019  she was awarded the Overland Fair Australia Essay Prize.  Her memoir The Shape of Sound is her first book.

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Abbas Nazari


Abbas Nazari and his family were resettled as refugees in New Zealand after being rescued by the MV Tampa in 2001 after their boat capsized on the high seas.  In 2019, Abbas was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the United States, where he attained a Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown University.  After the Tampa is his first book.

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Katrina Nannestad


Katrina Nannestad is an award-winning Australian author. Her books include We Are Wolves, The Girl Who Brought Mischief, The Girl, the Dog and the Writer series, the Olive of Groves series, the Red Dirt Diaries series, the Lottie Perkins series and Bungaloo Creek.

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Angela O'Keeffe


Angela O’Keeffe grew up on a farm in South East Queensland and now lives in Sydney. She completed a Master of Arts in Writing at UTS and has had short stories published in literary journals. Night Blue is her first book.

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Matt Okine


Matt Okine is an author, comedian, actor and presenter.  His award-winning semi-autobiographical stand up show was adapted into a TV series, The Other Guy, which he co-wrote and starred in and is currently streaming in Australia and North America, with a second season under commission. Being Black ‘n Chicken, & Chips, first released in 2019, is his debut novel.

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Martin Parkinson


Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM served in Commonwealth Government leadership positions on all facets of economic, social, foreign, defence and national security policies for almost forty years. During his tenure, Martin led Australia’s key public sector organisations - including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Treasury - through a period of considerable political uncertainty, serving under five different prime ministers.


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Patricia Piccinini


Patricia Piccinini is one of Australia’s most successful contemporary artists. The creator of the famous skywhales, Patricia’s practice explores the relationship with our natural and artificial worlds. Her new children’s book is Every Heart Sings.

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Michael Pollan


Michael Pollan is the author of five previous books, including the number one New York Times bestsellers In Defence of Food and How to Change Your Mind. A long-time contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Michael is also the Knight Profes­sor of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.  His new book is This is Your Mind on Plants.

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J.P. Pomare


J.P. Pomare is an award-winning writer whose work has been published widely.  He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe.  J.P.’s first novel, Call Me Evie, won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel and his most recent book is The Last Guests

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Alice Pung


Alice Pung is an award-winning writer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the two memoirs and an essay collection, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson.  Her first novel, Laurinda, is being adapted into a play for Melbourne Theatre Company and her second is One Hundred Days.

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Yves Rees


Dr Yves Rees is an award-winning writer and historian, a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University and co-host of Archive Fever podcast.  Their writing has featured in publications including the Sydney Review of BooksThe Age, Guardian Australia, Meanjin, Australian Book Review and The Conversation. Yves was the recipient of the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize, awarded for their essay Reading the Mess Backwards, which formed the genesis of their first book, the memoir All About Yves.

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Allee Richards


Allee Richards' short fiction has been published widely in Australian literary magazines and anthologies, including Kill Your Darlings, The Best Australian Stories, New Australian Fiction, The Lifted Brow and Australian Book ReviewSmall Joys of Real Life is her first novel.

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Kevin Rudd


Kevin Rudd is a former Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of Australia. Since leaving office in 2013, he has served as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. He also serves as Chair of the International Peace Institute, Sanitation and Water for All, and the National Apology Foundation.

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Julianne Schultz


Julianne Schultz AM is an author and was the founding editor of Griffith Review. She is a Professor in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, a member of the boards of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, and chair of the Queensland Design Council.

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Amia Srinivasan


Amia Srinivasan teaches philosophy at St John's College, Oxford.  Her writing has appeared in the London Review of Books (where she is a contributing editor), The New York Review of BooksThe NationThe Times Literary SupplementThe New York Times, and elsewhere.  The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century is her first book.


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Norman Swan


Trained in paediatrics, Dr Swan was one of the first medically qualified journalists in Australia, with a broadcast career spanning more than 30 years.  He currently hosts Radio National's The Health Report and co-hosts Coronacast.  So You Think You Know What’s Good for You is his first book.

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Lisa Taddeo


Lisa Taddeo is a journalist, two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Three Women, which won the Best Non-Fiction prize at the British Book Awards.  Her writing has featured in publications including New York magazine, Esquire, Elle and Glamour, as well as the anthologies Best American Political Writing and Best American Sports Writing.  Animal is her first novel.

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Claire Thomas


Claire Thomas is a Melbourne writer. Her acclaimed first novel was Fugitive Blue, which won the Dobbie Award for women writers, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Performance is her second novel.

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Colm Tóibín


Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary, Nora Webster and most recently The Magician.  His work has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, has won the Costa Novel Award and the International Dublin Literary Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of nonfiction. He lives in Dublin

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Christos Tsiolkas


Christos Tsiolkas is a playwright, essayist, screen writer and the author of eight novels, including Loaded, The Slap, Damascus and, most recently, 7 ½.  His books have been recognised with awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, ABIA Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, as well as being shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, longlisted the Booker, and adapted into celebrated films and television series. 

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Malcolm Turnbull


Malcolm Turnbull served as Australia’s Prime Minister from 2015 - 2018. Prior to entering politics in 2004, he enjoyed successful careers in journalism, law and business.

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Michael Warner


Michael Warner is an award-winning investigative journalist with Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper.  Michael is a member of 3AW radio's top-rating football team, a contributor to Macquarie Sports Radio in Sydney and Brisbane and panellist on Channel Seven's iconic Talking Footy program.  The Boys Club: Power, Politics and the AFL is his first book.

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Christian White


Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter.  His first book, The Nowhere Child was one of Australia’s highest selling debut novels, and his follow-up, The Wife and the Widow, was also a best.  Clickbait, a television series Christian co-created with Tony Ayres (The Slap), is now airing on Netflix, and he wrote the screenplay for Relic, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His new book is Wild Thing.

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Mark Willacy


Mark Willacy has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has reported for the ABC from more than 30 countries. A seven-time Walkley Award winner, in 2020 Mark was awarded Australia’s highest honour in journalism, the Gold Walkley, for exposing alleged Australian SAS war crimes in Afghanistan.  That story led to his book, Rogue Forces.


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Charlotte Wood


Charlotte Wood is the prizewinning author of six novels and two books of non-fiction. Her most recent novel, The Weekend, told of friendship and growing older and her latest non-fiction book, The Luminous Solution, explores creativity, resilience and the inner life.

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Laura Elizabeth Woollett


Laura Elizabeth Woollett is the author of a short story collection, The Love of a Bad Man, shortlisted for Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and two novels, Beautiful Revolutionary, shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, and the recently released The Newcomer


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Jason Yat-Sen Li


Jason Yat-Sen Li is Chairman of investment group Vantage Asia and Managing Director of corporate advisory firm YSA and serves in roles including Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, President of the Chinese Australian Forum and Director of Asialink. Jason previously worked as an international lawyer for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague.