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Adelaide Writers' Week 2022: A Better Picture

For a third astonishing year, Adelaide Writers’ Week managed to dodge the worst of COVID's consequences and was successfully, joyfully staged on our beautiful site at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden. 

Despite some last-minute cancellations and quick pivots from live to virtual appearances necessitated by COVID, the floods and even a scare from a fire on the Harbour Bridge, a wonderful collection of minds and voices provoked, informed and inspired us. Our authors and audiences both ensured I am leaving on a sky-grazing high. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been Director of the country’s most accessible, energising and uplifting festival of ideas and literature. It has been a great privilege. I look forward to being back next year as an eager audience member for Louise Adler’s first offering - I’ll be the one without the wild eyes and harried gait.

Jo Dyer
Director, Writers' Week

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Save the date
Writers' Week will be held from 4 - 9 Mar in 2023.

Info about 2022 Writers' Week
Although Writers' Week is over for another year, you're welcome to navigate through our different offerings using the links below before we archive these pages. The line-up and session pages include links to the podcasts of the sessions.

PRESENTING PARTNERS


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Nicole Abadee

australia

Nicole Abadee writes about books for Good Weekend, appears regularly at writers’ festivals and other literary events and has a books podcast, Books, Books, Books. Nicole is also a literary consultant, helping writers to polish their work and to get published.

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Love Stories​ 
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Symbiotic Siblings on  |  Anchor Spotify  Apple  |
Wild Abandon on  |  Anchor  |  Spotify  |  Apple  |

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad

AUSTRALIA

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 the Sweatshop Literacy Movement. His most recent novel is The Other Half of You.

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Elyas Alavi

Afghanistan / Australia

Elyas Alavi is a visual artist and poet born in the Daikundi province of Afghanistan and now based in Adelaide.  He has published three poetry books I’m a daydreamer wolf published in 2008 in Tehran (5th edition in 2016), followed by Some wounds in 2012 in Kabul and Hodood in 2015 in Tehran.

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Lur Alghurabi

Australia

Lur Alghurabi is an Iraqi and Australian writer, poet and playwright, and Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival. She is winner of the AM Heath Prize for Prose and the Scribe Nonfiction Prize, and shortlistee of the Deborah Cass Prize. She has been widely published in Australia and the US including fine print magazine, LitHub, The Lifted Brow, Scum Mag, Kill Your Darlings, Right Now, Going Down Swinging and Meanjin. Lur is a recent alumna of the Oxford University Master's in Creative Writing with Distinction. She is working on her first book of personal essays.

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Jessica Alice

Australia

Jessica Alice is a poet, critic and broadcaster and is currently the Director of Writers SA, the peak organisation for writing and literature in South Australia, and Chair of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia, the state’s independent, sector wide representative arts body.

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Miles Allinson

AUSTRALIA

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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Evelyn Araluen

AUSTRALIA

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher, co-editor of Overland and a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has been awarded prizes including the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers and the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Dropbear is her debut poetry collection. 

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Once and Future
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Felice Arena

AUSTRALIA

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

SRI LANKA

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 was short-listed for the 2021 Booker Prize.

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Van Badham

AUSTRALIA

Van Badham is a writer, theatre-maker and novelist, occasional broadcaster, critic, trade unionist and feminist. She writes columns for The Guardian and her interests include gardening, baking and dialectical materialism.

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Paul Barclay

australia

Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion. Paul has produced countless stories over more than twenty years for an array of programs on most ABC radio networks.

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Nice Racism 
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Policy Drift​ on  |  Anchor  Spotify  Apple  |
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David Barnden

Australia

David Barnden is a Principal Lawyer at Equity Generation Lawyers, an incorporated legal practice specialising in climate change risk. David is involved in a number of public interest climate change cases in the Federal Court of Australia including representing 8 students from around Australia who brought a class action against the Federal Environment Minister to protect young people from the climate change impacts of the proposed Vickery Extension Coal Project.

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Cécile Barral

AUSTRALIA

Cécile Barral is a psychotherapist in private practice in Ultimo and the Southern Highlands and a faculty member of ANZAP. Cecile uses therapeutic writing both for herself and clinically, and has a special interest in exploring this method of healing.

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Clem Bastow

Australia

Clem Bastow’s writing appears regularly in Guardian Australia, and she has written extensively for The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue. She has contributed chapters to books including Investigating Stranger Things, ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May and Copyfight and co-wrote and co-presented the 2017 ABC podcast Behind The Belt, a documentary “deep dive” into professional wrestling. Late Bloomer is her first book.

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Caroline Baum

Australia

Caroline Baum is the author of Only, A Singular Memoir and is a contributor to several anthologies and national media including The Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She is the NSW Ambassador for the Older Women’s Network (OWN). In 2021, Caroline presents Life Sentences, a new podcast series devoted to contemporary biography.

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The Magician​ on  |  Anchor  Spotify  Apple  |

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John Bell

Australia

Actor, director and producer John Bell is one of Australia's theatrical icons. Founder of the Bell Shakespeare Company, he is Australia's leading authority on interpreting, directing and performing Shakespeare.

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Hannah Bent

AUSTRALIA

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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Jonathan Biggins

Australia

Jonathan Biggins is an award-winning writer, director and performer, perhaps best known as one of the creators and performers for Sydney Theatre Company’s long-running and much loved annual political satire, The Wharf Revue, and his one-man bio-play of Paul Keating, The Gospel According to Paul, recently adapted into a book.

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Bill Birtles

AUSTRALIA

Bill Birtles was the ABC's China correspondent in Beijing from 2015 to 2020, his posting coming to a sudden end when he was rushed out of the country by Australian diplomats in an unprecedented diplomatic standoff.   He has since covered South-East Asia as the ABC's Indonesia Bureau Chief, based in Jakarta, and most recently has been based in Taiwan.

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Emily Bitto

AUSTRALIA

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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Ken Bolton

Australia

Poet Ken Bolton worked for a long time at Adelaide's Experimental Art Foundation.  He edited two significant literary magazines, Magic Sam and Otis Rush.  It would be an understatement to say he has published numerous books.  He has published a great deal of art criticism, edited the memorial volume Homage to John Forbes and wrote the monograph on artist Michelle Nikou.

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Michael Bradley

AUSTRALIA

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

AUSTRALIA

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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David Brophy

AUSTRALIA

David Brophy is a historian of Uyghur nationalism and the author of Uyghur Nation. He is a frequent commentator on the Xinjiang crisis and a senior lecturer on modern Chinese history at the University of Sydney. His latest book is China Panic.

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Ben Brooker

AUSTRALIA

Ben Brooker is a writer, editor, critic, playwright, essayist, dramaturg, and bookseller. His work has featured in Australian publications such as Overland, Australian Book Review, The Lifted Brow and Meanjin, and international publication including Tanzconnexions, and Plays International & Europe. As a playwright, he has received commissions from organisations including OzAsia Festival, Next Wave Festival and the State Theatre Company South Australia. He is currently working on his first book, on psychedelics in Australia.

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Jacqueline Bublitz

AUSTRALIA

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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Oceane Campbell

AUSTRALIA

Oceane Campbell is Cécile Barral's third child and frequently wonders how Cécile survived living in a tent for a year with three children under three. Oceane and her wife have three children on their own, and Oceane is a proud and passionate midwife. She has published a number of midwifery articles and presented at many midwifery conferences. Before becoming a midwife, Oceane completed a psychology degree with honours and dabbled in less interesting jobs in corporate advisory and policy writing. Written with Cécile, The Silence Between Us is Oceane's first book.

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Jane Caro

Australia

Jane Caro is an author, columnist, broadcaster, advertising writer, documentary maker and social commentator who appears frequently on Q&A, The Drum, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise. She has published ten books, including a memoir, Plain-Speaking Jane, and her most recent book and first novel for adults, The Good Mother.

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Peter Carroll

AUSTRALIA

Peter Carroll’s distinguished career has spanned over one hundred productions and fifty years. He has worked with major theatre companies across Australia including, MTC, QTC, Belvoir, STCSA, Bell Shakespeare, and Opera Australia. Peter was a founding member of Nimrod Theatre Company, and has worked extensively with Sydney Theatre Company. Peter is the inaugural recipient of the Media Arts & Entertainment Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was awarded an AM for services to the theatre in 2021. He has extensive television and film credits and has won numerous theatre awards, including a Helpmann Award. Peter can currently be seen in GWB’s touring production of Girl from the North Country.

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John Carty

Australia

John Carty is the Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum, and Professor of Museum and Curatorial Studies at the University of Adelaide. He is a Commissioner on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.

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Jo Case

australia

Jo Case is an Adelaide-based writer, editor and bookseller, and the author of Boomer & Me: A Memoir of Motherhood, and Asperger’s. She works at Imprints Booksellers and Wakefield Press.

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Gabrielle Chan

Australia

Gabrielle Chan is a journalist for more than 30 years. Currently writing for Guardian Australia, she has previously worked at The Australian, ABC radio, The Daily Telegraph, in local newspapers and politics. Her first book, Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up, looked at the current state of our rural political representation, the gap between city and country and how to bridge it. Her new book is Why You Should Give a F*ck About Farming.

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Natasha Cica

Australia

Dr Natasha Cica is director of change consultancy Kapacity.org. She is former CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art, established the Inglis Clark Centre in Tasmania, and is an honorary professor at the Australian National University. Natasha was recognised by The Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and was an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.  Her books are Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a Lost Tasmanian Wilderness (UQP, 2011); Griffith Review 39: Tasmania – The Tipping Point? (Text, 2013; co-edited with Julianne Schultz) and Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange (Text, 2020; co-edited with Ashley Hay).

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Vincent Ciccarello

Australia

Vincent Ciccarello is the Managing Director of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has been actively involved in classical music for almost 30 years. He is the convenor of the Music Education Roundtable, the Treasurer of the Arts Industry Council of SA Committee and former Deputy Chair of the Adelaide UNESCO City of Music Advisory Committee.

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Lyndall Clipstone

AUSTRALIA

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

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Claire G. Coleman

AUSTRALIA

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 eight awards, including a shortlisting for the Stella Prize. Her latest book is Lies, Damned Lies.

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Bernard Collaery

Australia

Throughout his distinguished career as a solicitor, advocate and politician Bernard Collaery has been a fearless advocate for human rights. He has acted for clients including the families of victims of the Thredbo landslide, the Royal Canberra Hospital demolition tragedy and the Glenbrook rail disaster. He provided legal advice to the East Timor Resistance for more than thirty years and acted for East Timor at the International Court of Justice in relation to a maritime sea boundary dispute with Australia, experiences he drew on for his book, Oil Under Troubled Waters. Bernard was the Attorney General and Deputy Chief Minister for the Australian Capital Territory from 1989-1991.

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Annabel Crabb

AUSTRALIA

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most popular political commentators, a Walkley Award-winning writer, and the host and creator of ABC shows 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 Leigh Sales, her co-host on the wildly popular podcast Chat 10 Looks 3.

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Samantha Crompvoets

AUSTRALIA

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 sits on a number of advisory boards across the defence and security sector. Blood Lust, Trust & Blame is her second book.

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Sophie Cunningham

Australia

Sophie Cunningham is the author of seven books including City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the need for a Forest. Sophie is also a teacher, mentor, climate change activist, wildlife advocate and every day she posts an image of a tree on her Instagram @sophtreeofday. Her novel This Devastating Fever is coming out with Ultimo Press in September 2022 and she has also begun researching a new non-fiction book, The Time Machines: In search of ten of Australia’s oldest and most remote trees.

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John Daley

AUSTRALIA

John Daley was Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute for eleven years. He has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, housing affordability, and generational inequality. In his storied career, he has worked across law, public policy, strategy, and finance for institutions including the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, McKinsey and Co and ANZ Bank.

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Trent Dalton

AUSTRALIA

Trent Dalton’s bestselling Boy Swallows Universe broke records to become the fastest selling Australian debut novel ever, winning many major Australian literary prizes including a record-breaking four ABIA Awards. His second novel, All Our Shimmering Skies, was also an award-winning bestseller. His most recent book is the non-fiction collection Love Stories.

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Tanya Dalziell

AUSTRALIA

Tanya Dalziell is an Associate Professor of English and Literary Studies at the University of Western Australia. With Paul Genoni, she is the author of Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964, which won the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

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Smitri Daniel

AUSTRALIA

In over a decade as a feature writer, Smriti Daniel has followed her diverse interests across a number of subjects ranging from the arts to science and health reportage. Smriti was a Falling Walls Science Journalism Fellow (2016), a Gabriel Garcia Márquez Cultural Journalism Fellow (2017) and a two-time winner of the Feature Writer of the Year Award from the Editors Guild of Sri Lanka. Her work has featured in publications including The Guardian, Al Jazeera and The Sunday Times. She is currently an RN Arts Digital Producer with the ABC.

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Antony Dapiran

Australia

Antony Dapiran is a Hong Kong-based writer and lawyer, and the author of the book City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, New Statesman, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Quartz and elsewhere. He is a regular commentator on television and radio, including BBC, CNN, CNBC and Australia's ABC.

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Nic Darrigo

Australia

Nic Darrigo is an actor who has appeared in many films, including Emmanuel, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2019.  He has most recently appeared in Warwick Thornton’s TV series Firebite for AMC.

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Sharon Davis

AUSTRALIA

Sharon Davis is a four-time Walkley award winning journalist, documentary producer and podcaster working across radio, television and print. She is currently working on a four-part documentary television series as well as an international podcast with the Canadian and Irish public broadcasters.

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Michelle de Kretser

AUSTRALIA

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

UNITED STATES

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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Jelena Dinic

Australia

Jelena Dinic, who arrived in Australia in 1993 during the collapse of Yugoslavia, writes in Serbian and English.  Her first full collection, In the room with the she wolf, was selected for the Adelaide Festival 2020 Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award and her writing has featured in publications including Australian Book Review, Australian Poetry Anthology, Australian Poetry Journal and Best Australian Poems.

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Anthony Doerr

USA

Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, currently in development as a Netflix limited series. He is also the author of two short story collections, Memory Wall and The Shell Collector; the novel About Grace; and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, all published by 4th Estate. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

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Peter Doherty

AUSTRALIA

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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Jennifer Down

Australia

Jennifer Down is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Age, The Saturday Paper, Australian Book Review and Literary Hub. Her debut novel, Our Magic Hour, was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Her second book, Pulse Points, was the winner of the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the 2018 Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection in the Queensland Literary Awards, and was shortlisted for a 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Her new novel is Bodies of Light.

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Rachel Doyle

AUSTRALIA

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

AUSTRALIA

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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Anthony Durkin

australia

Anthony Durkin is an Adelaide barrister. He interviewed Malcolm Turnbull for Writers' Week in 2021.

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Jo Dyer

Australia

Jo Dyer is currently Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week.  She has held leadership roles at national cultural institutions including Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Theatre Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre and her freelance productions have been staged at venues including the Sydney Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai and the legendary Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. A two-time nominee for Best Picture at Australia’s AACTA awards, Jo’s films have won awards and screened worldwide, notably at the Berlin International Film Festival. Jo’s first book, Burning Down the House: Reconstructing Modern Politics, was published in February 2022 as part of Monash University Publishing’s In the National Interest series.

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Jaivet Ealom

Myanmar

Jaivet Ealom was born in Myanmar and now resides in Canada, where he has become a prominent spokesman for the Rohingya community. He is studying at Toronto University and works for a company that provides software to non-profit organisations.

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Ali Cobby Eckerman

Australia

Ali Cobby Eckermann is one of Australia's most celebrated poets.  She was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week, and the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. In 2017 Ali received a Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University USA. She was awarded a Literature Fellowship by the Australian Council for the Arts in 2018 and a prestigious Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy in 2019.

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Sarah Epstein

AUSTRALIA

Sarah Epstein is an Australian author based in Melbourne. Her award-winning debut novel, Small Spaces, has been optioned for film, and her second novel, Deep Water, also received multiple award nominations. Sarah is a contributor to the YA horror anthology Hometown Haunts, and she recently launched her new YA book series with Piece of Cake and Sugarcoated.

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Gareth Evans

Australia

Gareth Evans, now Chancellor of the Australian National University, was a member of the Australian Parliament for 21 years, and a cabinet minister throughout the Hawke–Keating era, serving as Foreign Minister from 1988-96. He led the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000-09 and has won many prizes and awards for his contributions to international policymaking. He has written or edited, solely or jointly, twelve books, most recently Good International Citizenship: The Case for Decency.

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Delia Falconer

AUSTRALIA

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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Pola Fanous

EGYPT / AUSTRALIA

Pola Fanous is a Coptic Orthodox performance poet, author, and educator. Pola was the 2018 NSW Poetry Slam Champion and has performed Australia-wide at locations including the Opera House and the Parliament House of Australia. Pola has published two books, a collection of poetry titled ‘STRONGSOFT’ (2018) and a devotional on discovering love through faith ‘Abba Father’ (2021). Pola is currently completing his Masters in Secondary Education (Leading Teaching) at the Australian Catholic University, whilst teaching English and Humanities at a high school in regional Victoria. 

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Isi Ferguson

Australia

2021 Australian Poetry Slam runner-up Isi Ferguson uses poetry to explore the journey of life. She hopes that her audience is encouraged to join in.

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Sheila Fitzpatrick

Australia

Sheila Fitzpatrick is one of Australia’s leading historians of modern Russia, especially the Stalin period, and is also an expert on Russian migration to Australia. She received a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award in 2002 and the American Historical Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction in 2012. Her recent books include White Russians, Red Peril: A Cold War History of Migration to Australia and her memoir A Spy in the Archives: A Memoir of Cold War Russia, and her latest book is The Shortest History of the Soviet Union.

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John Flanagan

AUSTRALIA

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 short-listings and wins in Australia and overseas.

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Richard Flanagan

AUSTRALIA

Richard Flanagan's novels have received numerous honours and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish. A rapid on the Franklin River is named after him.

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Mem Fox

AUSTRALIA

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

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Andrew Fowler

AUSTRALIA

Andrew Fowler is an award-winning investigative journalist and a former reporter with Foreign Correspondent and Four Corners. He also served as chief of staff and acting foreign editor of The Australian. His books include The Most Dangerous Man in the World, The War on Journalism and Shooting the Messenger: Criminalising Journalism.

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Juan Garrido-Salgado

Chile / Australia

Juan Garrido-Salgado immigrated to Australia from Chile in 1990, fleeing the regime that burned his poetry and imprisoned and tortured him for his political activism. He has published eight books of poetry and his work has been widely translated. 

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Paul Genoni

Australia

Paul Genoni teaches with the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University, where he is Head of the Department of Information Studies. He is a former President of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and co-editor (with Tanya Dalziell) of Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature, 1935-2012 (2013). With Tanya, he is also the co-author of Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964, which won the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

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Kerryn Goldsworthy

Australia

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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Peter Goldsworthy

AUSTRALIA

Peter Goldsworthy divides his working time between medicine and writing. His novels have sold over 400,000 copies in Australia alone, and his writing has been shortlisted and won major literary awards across a range of genres: poetry, short story, novels, theatre, and opera libretti. His most recent book is Minotaur.

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Geoff Goodfellow

AUSTRALIA

Geoff Goodfellow is as tender as he is tough, as hard as he is soft - he is a walking contradiction. Throughout his thirty-seven year career as a writer, he has revealed a considerable capacity for listening and close observation. His first collection No Collars No Cuffs, first published in 1986, is now in its 9th printing. Eleven books have followed, most running into multiple print runs. His most recent books are a memoir Out of Copley Street: A Working Class boyhood, poetry collection Preparing for Business, and verse novella Blight Street.

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Veronica Gorrie

AUSTRALIA

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. Black and Blue won the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Prize for Indigenous Writing at the 2022 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.

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Saul Griffith

AUSTRALIA

Saul Griffith is an Australian engineer and inventor. He’s been a principal investigator on research projects for NASA, Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, the National Science Foundation and US Special Operations Command. He was awarded the MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2007.  The Big Switch: Australia’s Electric Future  is his first book.

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Tom Griffiths

AUSTRALIA

Tom Griffiths is an historian whose books and essays have won prizes in literature, history, science, politics and journalism. His books include Hunters and Collectors, Forests of Ash, Slicing the Silence, Living with Fire and The Art of Time Travel. He is Emeritus Professor of History at the Australian National University.

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Dominic Guerrera

Australia

Dominic Guerrera is a Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna poet, writer and artist who resides on Kaurna Yarta. His work has featured in Artlink Magazine, Granta and Cordite Review and in 2021 Dominic was the recipient of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize for his poem unwelcome to country.

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Huda the Goddess

Australia

Huda The Goddess is two time Queensland poetry champion and the current Australian Poetry Slam champion. She is a storyteller who aims to have conversation with your soul through her art.

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Gideon Haigh

AUSTRALIA

Gideon Haigh has contributed to more than one hundred newspapers and magazines, and published more than forty 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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Clive Hamilton

Australia

Clive Hamilton is an Australian academic and author of a number of books, including Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change and Hidden Hand: How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World (with Mareike Ohlberg).  He is professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and has held various visiting academic positions, including at Yale University, Sciences Po and the University of Oxford.

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Scott Hamilton

Australia

Scott Hamilton is an author, researcher and policy advisor. He is a highly experienced senior executive with 30 years’ experience in climate change, energy, water, waste and natural resource management.  He currently works as a consultant to governments, businesses and community organisations, and writes regularly for the Mandarin and other publications.  Sold Down the River is his first book.

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Elle Hardy

Australia

Elle Hardy is a journalist and foreign correspondent who has reported from the United States, the former USSR and North Korea, among a long list of places. Her work has appeared in GQ, Lonely Planet, Foreign Policy and Business Insider, and on ABC Australia.

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Natalie Harkin

Australia

Natalie Harkin is a Narungga woman and poet from South Australia. She works at Flinders University and has an interest in decolonising state archives, engaging archival-poetic methods to research and document Aboriginal women's domestic service and labour histories in SA. Her books include Dirty Words and Archival-poetics.

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Zakiya Delila Harris

UNITED STATES

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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Amani Haydar

AUSTRALIA

Amani Haydar is an artist, lawyer, mum and advocate for women's health and safety based in Western Sydney. Amani's writing and illustrations have been published in ABC News Online and SBS Life and her self-portrait Insert Headline Here was a finalist in the 2018 Archibald Prize. The Mother Wound is her first book.

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Anita Heiss

AUSTRALIA

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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Kathryn Heyman

AUSTRALIA

Dr Kathryn Heyman is an award-winning author of six novels. Her most recent book is 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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Katrine Hildyard MP

Australia

Katrine Hildyard MP has represented the seat for Reynell in the South Australian House of Representatives for the Australian Labor Party since 2014. She is currently the Shadow Minister for the Arts, as well as the Shadow Minister for Women and Domestic Violence Prevention, Shadow Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing and Shadow Minister for Child Protection.

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Jess Hill

Australia

Jess Hill is an investigative journalist and the author of See What You Made Me Do and the Quarterly Essay The Reckoning: How #MeToo is Changing Australia. She has been a producer for ABC Radio and journalist for Background Briefing, and Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail. Her reporting on domestic abuse has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards. See What You Made Me Do won the 2020 Stella Prize and the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Adult Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

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Julia Horne

Australia

Julia Horne is professor of History at the University of Sydney. She publishes widely on Australian cultural and educational history. Her next book, Australian Universities (co-edited with Matthew Thomas), seeks to improve the public conversation about our public universities, and will be published at the end of 2022.

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Nick Horne

Australia

Nick Horne is a Sydney taxi-driver and edited Donald Horne: Selected Writings (2017).

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Jane Howard

Australia

Jane Howard is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and deputy editor of arts and culture at The Conversation. Her writing has appeared in publications including Meanjin, Crikey, the ABC, and Kill Your Darlings, and she has worked for The Guardian across Australia and in Asia.

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Brandon Jack

AUSTRALIA

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

AUSTRALIA

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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Emma A. Jane

Australia

Emma A. Jane - formerly published as Emma Tom - is an Associate Professor at UNSW Sydney. Prior to her career in academia, Emma spent nearly 25 years working in the print, broadcast, and electronic media. Over the course of her working life, she has received multiple awards and prizes for her scholarly work, her journalism, and her fiction. Diagnosis Normal is her eleventh book.

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Terri Janke

AUSTRALIA

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, focussing 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

AUSTRALIA

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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Jill Jones

Australia

Award-winning poet Jill Jones has published thirteen full-length books of poetry, including Wild Curious Air, winner of the 2021 Wesley Michel Wright Prize, and A History of What I’ll Become, shortlisted for the 2021 Kenneth Slessor Award. In 2015 she won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry for The Beautiful Anxiety, and in 2003 the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize for Screens, Jets, Heaven: New and Selected Poems.

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Sarah Jane Justice

Australia

Sarah Jane Justice is a writer and performer with accolades in poetry, fiction, and music. Since 2021, she has acted as co-coordinator and MC of Spoken Word SA.

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Patrick Radden Keefe

UNITED STATES

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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Stuart Kells

Australia

Historian Stuart Kells has twice won the Ashurst Business Literature Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award, the NSW Premier's General History Prize and the University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award. Kells' shorter pieces have appeared in publications including The Paris Review, The Times, Lapham's Quarterly, Smithsonian and The Guardian.  He is Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University's College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce.

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Sean Kelly

Australia

Sean Kelly is a columnist for the Nine papers and a regular contributor to The Monthly. He was a political adviser to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison is his first book.

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Thomas Keneally

AUSTRALIA

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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Cath Kenneally

Australia

Cath Kenneally is a poet, novelist and longtime arts journalist and broadcaster. Her latest book is The Southern Oscillation Index from Wakefield Press (2020).

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Paul Kennedy

AUSTRALIA

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

AUSTRALIA

Hannah Kent is an author and screenwriter. Her first novel, the international bestseller Burial Rites, was translated into over thirty 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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Malcolm Knox

Australia

Malcolm Knox is is a journalist, author and columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Royce Kurmelovs

AUSTRALIA

Royce Kurmelovs is a journalist and writer whose work has been published by the ABC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera EnglishVICE, and The Guardian. Royce's bestselling first book, The Death of Holden, was published in 2016, followed by Rogue Nation and Boom and Bust. His latest book is Just Money.

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Remy Lai

AUSTRALIA

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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Meredith Lake

Australia

Dr Meredith Lake is a writer and broadcaster interested in how Australians explore the big questions of faith and meaning. Her most recent book, The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History, won the Australian History prizes at the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the 2019 NSW Premier’s History Awards. She hosts Soul Search on ABC Radio National.

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Tyberius Larking

Australia

Tyberius Larking is an Indian and Aboriginal poet and visual artist heavily inspired by the connectedness of global anticapitalist struggles and the shockwaves of human empathy that radiate outwards from those struggles.

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Tali Lavi

Australia

Tali Lavi is a writer and reviewer whose work has appeared in publications including Australian Book Review, Sydney Review of Books, Overland and The Melbourne Review. She is Co-Director of Programming at Melbourne Jewish Book Week.

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Benjamin Law

Australia

Benjamin Law is the author of 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 fifty publications internationally and is a co-host on ABC Radio National’s Stop Everything.

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Jason Yat-Sen Li

AUSTRALIA

Jason Yat-Sen Li is Chairman of investment group Vantage Asia and Managing Director of corporate advisory firm YSA. He also serves as 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.

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The Listies

Australia

The Listies are Richard Higgins and Matthew Kelly, a comedy double act who are serious about being silly. They have written award-winning and critically acclaimed live shows, collaborated with major theatre companies and festivals, toured internationally, recorded albums and published popular children's books, including Telaportaloo and Ickypedia. Catch the Listies on ABC TV in The Listies Work for Peanuts.

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Jacqueline Lo

Australia

Prof Jacqueline Lo is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of Adelaide. Her research focuses on issues of race, colonialism, diaspora and the interaction of cultures and communities across ethnic, national and regional borders and she has published extensively in areas of cross-cultural engagement and cultural studies in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. She is the Founding Chair of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network and was awarded the Chevalier Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 2014.

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Ian Lowe

AUSTRALIA

Prof Ian Lowe 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

AUSTRALIA

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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Alec MacGillis

UNITED STATES

Alec MacGillis is an author and senior reporter for ProPublica and the recipient of honours including the George Polk Award and the Robin Toner prize. He worked previously at The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and The New Republic, and his journalism has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and The Atlantic. His new book is Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America.

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Sara Mansour

Australia

Sara Mansour is a lawyer, poet and the co-founder and artistic director of Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS), Australia's largest poetry slam. Founded in 2013, BPS has partnered with a number of leading organisations and festivals over the years such as Youtube, Sydney Festival, the Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Writers Festival and the Art Gallery of NSW. She is also the curator of "Real Talk" - an award-winning inter-school poetry program which uses performance poetry as a medium to discuss contemporary social issues and empower young people in Western Sydney to find and use their voices. 

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David Marr

Australia

David Marr has written for Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Monthly, and has served as editor of the National Times, reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson), Panic and six bestselling Quarterly Essays, including his arresting essay on George Pell, The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell, recently updated and expanded into a book.

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Daniel Mateo

Australia

Daniel Mateo is a descendant of Gomeroi and of Ma’ufanga in the pasifika islands of Tonga. He explores colonial language to express Blak Australians’ pain, excellence and history and transports listeners with his visual poetry.​

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Campbell Mattinson

AUSTRALIA

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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David McBride

Australia

David McBride is an Australian whistleblower and former British Army major and Australian Army lawyer who from 2014 to 2016 made information (the "Afghan Files") on war crimes allegedly committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan available to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, who broadcast details in 2017. In 2018, David was charged with several related offences, and is awaiting trial. The allegations were reviewed in the Brereton Report.

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Charlotte McConaghy

AUSTRALIA

Charlotte McConaghy is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Once There Were Wolves, shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2022, and the international bestseller Migrations, a TIME Magazine Best Book of the Year and the Amazon.com Best Fiction Book of the Year for 2020, which is being translated into over twenty languages and adapted for film. She has both a Graduate Degree in Screenwriting and a Masters Degree in Screen Arts, and lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and son.

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Andrew McDonald

AUSTRALIA

Andrew McDonald is the author of the bestselling Real Pigeons series. His books have been shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize and the Australian Book Industry Awards. Andrew lives in Melbourne and loves writing stories that make kids laugh, wonder and leap into the air with surprise.

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Patrick McGorry

Ireland / Australia

Patrick McGorry is the Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and a Founding Director of headspace in Australia. Patrick has published over 700 papers, edited eight books, and is Editor-in-Chief of Early Intervention in Psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. In 2010, he was named Australian of the Year.

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Fiona McLeod

AUSTRALIA

Fiona McLeod 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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Rachel E. Menzies

AUSTRALIA

Rachel E. Menzies is an author, academic and leading expert in the field of fear of death. She was the lead editor of Curing the Dread of Death: Theory, Research and Practice, and is currently a postgraduate Fellow at the University of Sydney. She can regularly be heard on national radio, popular podcasts and at relevant public events.

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Ross G. Menzies

AUSTRALIA

Ross G. Menzies is a professor in the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology Sydney and has previously held roles including founding Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University of Sydney and National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He continues active research and has published nine books and more than 200 journal papers and book chapters.

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Kate Mildenhall

AUSTRALIA

Kate Mildenhall is a writer, teacher and co-host of The First Time, a podcast about the first time you publish a book. Her debut novel, Skylarking, was named in Readings Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and longlisted for Best Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Prize. The Mother Fault is her second novel and was published in 2020.

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Louise Milligan

Australia

Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for the ABC TV’s Four Corners. Her award-winning stories for ABC’s 7.30 on the abuse allegations against George Pell led to the book Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of Cardinal Pell, which was awarded the Walkley Book Award in 2017 and won the 2018 Civic Choice Award for the Melbourne Prize for Literature. Milligan is Irish-born and was raised a devoted Catholic.  Her most recent book is Witness: An Investigation into the Brutal Cost of Seeking Justice.

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Jennifer Mills

AUSTRALIA

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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Natasha Mitchell

Australia

Natasha Mitchell is a multi-award winning ABC journalist, presenter, podcaster and documentary maker. She has hosted some of ABC RN’s most popular programs, including All in the Mind, Life Matters and currently presents Science Friction.

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Anika Molesworth

AUSTRALIA

Anika Molesworth is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action. Hailing from a sheep station near Broken Hill, Anika is an agroecologist with a Masters of Sustainable Agriculture, and a PhD in Agricultural Science. She has been working in international agricultural development for the past six years. Anika is a founding director of Farmers for Climate Action, she writes frequently on her own website Climate Wise Agriculture and is a prominent youth voice in rural Australia with the Youth Voices Leadership Team.

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Jazz Money

Australia

Jazz Money is a poet and artist of Wiradjuri heritage, currently based on sovereign Gadigal land. Her poetry has been published widely and reimagined as murals, installations, digital interventions and film. Jazz’s poetry has been recognised with the David Unaipon Award, the Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert Poetry Prize and the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize.  how to make a basket is her first book.

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Joyce Morgan

United Kingdom / Australia

Joyce Morgan is a former arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, a journalist and author of Journeys on the Silk Road. British-born and Sydney-based, she has worked as a journalist in London, Hong Kong and Sydney and has written on arts and culture for more than two decades. Her most recent book is The Countess from Kirribilli.

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Liane Moriarty

AUSTRALIA

Liane Moriarty is the author of eight internationally bestselling novels, including 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

AUSTRALIA

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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John Mullan

GBR

John Mullan is Professor of English at University College, London. He is the author of How Novels Work and Sentiment and Socialbility: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century. He has published widely on eighteenth and nineteenth century literature. A broadcaster and journalist as well as an academic, he writes a weekly column on contemporary fiction for the Guardian.

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Saxon Mullins

AUSTRALIA

Saxon Mullins is Director of Advocacy at Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy. In 2018 Saxon appeared on Four Corners’ episode I Am That Girl where she gave up her anonymity to tell the story of her 2013 sexual assault and the subsequent criminal trials and appeals. The Four Corners led to “consent” being redefined in the NSW Crimes Act in relation to sexual assault. Saxon was the recipient of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2018 Young Persons’ Human Rights Medal.

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Fiona Murphy

AUSTRALIA

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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Miranda Murphy

Australia

Miranda Murphy co-wrote with Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales their latest book, Well Hello: Meanderings Through the World of Chat 10 Looks 3. She is a former newspaper journalist and columnist who is now studying to become a speech pathologist. 

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Abbas Nazari

AFGHANISTAN/NEW ZEALAND

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

AUSTRALIA

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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Poppy Nwosu

AUSTRALIA

Poppy Nwosu is an author of young adult fiction. She has published three romantic contemporary novels called Making Friends with Alice Dyson, Taking Down Evelyn Tait, and Road Tripping with Pearl Nash, and is the creator of the YA anthology Hometown Haunts: #LoveOzYA Horror Tales.

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Roslyn Oades

Australia

Roslyn Oades is a voice artist, performer and award-winning theatremaker. Her critically acclaimed audio-theatre work, The Nightline, is part of this year’s Adelaide Festival Program. As a documentary theatremaker, her original works for stage include: Hello Goodbye & Happy Birthday (Melbourne Festival), I’m Your Man (Sydney Festival), Stories of Love & Hate (UTP/Sydney Theatre Co), and Creation Creation for Adelaide’s Windmill Theatre.

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Tracey O'Callaghan

Australia

Tracey O’Callaghan first performed poetry on stage in 2018. A finalist in the SA Poetry Slam from 2018-20, she was crowned its winner in 2021.

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Kerry O'Brien

Australia

Kerry O'Brien is one of Australia's most respected journalists. His reporting has earned him six Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley and the Walkley for Journalism Leadership.

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Angela O'Keeffe

AUSTRALIA

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

AUSTRALIA

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. A second season of The Other Guy is currently under commission. Being Black ‘n Chicken, & Chips, first released in 2019, is his debut novel.

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Sue Orr

New Zealand

Sue Orr is the author of two short story collections. Etiquette for a Dinner Party (2008) won the Lilian Ida Smith Award and From Under the Overcoat (2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and won the People’s Choice Award. Her fiction has been published in New Zealand and international anthologies and translated into Spanish. Loop Tracks is her first novel.

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Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Australia

Lucia Osborne-Crowley is a journalist, essayist, writer, and legal researcher. Her news reporting has appeared in ABC News, The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Women's Agenda. Her long-form writing has appeared in The Lifted Brow and Meanjin. My Body Keeps Your Secrets is her second book.

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Debra Oswald

Australia

Debra Oswald is a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and two-time winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Award. She was creator/head writer of the first five seasons of successful TV series Offspring. Debra has also been a storyteller on stage and her one-woman show, Is There Something Wrong With That Lady?, premiered in 2021.

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Martin Parkinson

AUSTRALIA

Dr Martin Parkinson 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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CS Pacat

AUSTRALIA

CS Pacat is the internationally acclaimed author of the young adult comic book series Fence, and the bestselling adult trilogy Captive Prince. Born in Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne, CS Pacat has since lived in a number of cities, including Tokyo and Perugia, and currently resides and writes in Melbourne.

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Bruce Pascoe

AUSTRALIA

Bruce Pascoe is an award-winning writer and a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man. He is a board member of First Languages Australia and Professor of Indigenous Knowledge at the University of Technology Sydney. In 2018 he was named Dreamtime Person of the Year for his contribution to Indigenous culture. His book Dark Emu rewrote the story of pre-invasion Aboriginal governance and agriculture, garnering many awards along the way.

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Patricia Piccinini

AUSTRALIA

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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Liam Pieper

AUSTRALIA

Liam Pieper is an author and journalist. His first book, the memoir The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, was shortlisted for awards including the National Biography Award, and his first novel, The Toymaker, received the 2016 Christina Stead Fiction Award. Liam’s most recent book is Sweetness and Light.

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Michael Pollan

UNITED STATES

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

Australia

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. His most recent book is The Last Guests.

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Alice Pung

AUSTRALIA

Alice Pung is an award-winning writer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of 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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Victoria Purman

Australia

Victoria Purman is a bestselling Australian author whose most recent novel, The Women’s Pages, was published in 2020.

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Yves Rees

AUSTRALIA

Dr Yves Rees is an award-winning writer and historian, a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University and co-host of podcast Archive Fever. 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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Tim Reeves

AUSTRALIA

Tim Reeves wrote his honours thesis on the impact of Dr Duncan’s death on gay law reform in South Australia and remains the acknowledged authority on the subject, with his most recent book, The Death of Dr Duncan, published in 2022. Tim has also produced a wide range of academic work as well as journalism and poetry with his first book, 100 Canberra Houses: A Century of Capital Architecture, earning the Clem Cummings Medal from the ACT Institute of Architects.

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Diana Reid

AUSTRALIA

Diana Reid is a Sydney-based writer and recent University of Sydney graduate. She began working in theatre in January 2020 with the debut of 1984! The Musical, which she co-wrote and produced. Her plans to write and direct in Sydney and at the Edinburgh Festival changed after COVID-19 effectively shut down theatre across the globe. The manuscript she began during the shutdown has turned into her debut novel, Love and Virtue, which was published in 2021.

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Allee Richards

AUSTRALIA

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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Melissa Roberts

Australia

Melissa Roberts, co-editor of The Beijing Bureau, is a journalist and author. She covered China from 1988 to 1990, freelancing for Time Magazine, The Monitor and The Daily Mail. She has reported from Port Moresby, New Delhi and the Canberra Press Gallery; worked for The Australian as a journalist and deputy foreign editor; and covered Singapore and Australia for Newsweek magazine. She is the author of five children’s books and is currently working on a new book on Australian women correspondents.

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Jennifer Robinson

Australia

Jennifer Robinson is a human rights lawyer and Director of Legal Advocacy at Bertha Philanthropies in London.  For more than a decade she has been involved in advocacy related to self-determination and human rights in West Papua.  Jennifer is a member of the legal team for WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, having acted for Assange in extradition proceedings, advised WikiLeaks during Cablegate and worked with the Center for Constitutional Rights on United States v Bradley Manning.

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Peter Rose

australia

Peter Rose is the author of six collections of poetry and the family memoir Rose Boys. He is Editor of Australian Book Review.

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Camille Roulière

Australia

Camille Roulière is an early career researcher whose work explores how humans engage and interact with their environments through art. She also works creatively with a variety of materials, from words and musical notes, through to glass, metal and acrylics. Most notably, Camille’s work has appeared in Southerly, Cordite Scholarly, Art + Australia, Meanjin and The Saltbush Review.

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Kevin Rudd

AUSTRALIA

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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Nick Ryan

Australia

Nick Ryan is a wine columnist for The Australian, a regular contributor to Gourmet Traveller Wine and GQ, and writes a weekly column musing on life for Adelaide’s Sunday Mail.

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Pasi Sahlberg

Finland

Pasi Sahlberg is Professor of Education Policy, and Research Director at the Gonski Institute for Education and the University of New South Wales. He is a Finnish educator, scholar and author who has worked as a mathematics and science teacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland, and has held various leadership positions at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

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Omar Sakr

Australia

Omar Sakr is an award-winning Arab Australian poet, born of Lebanese and Turkish Muslim migrants. His debut collection, These Wild Houses, was shortlisted for awards including the Kenneth Slessor Prize and his follow-up collection, The Lost Arabs, won the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Poetry. Son of Sin is his debut novel.

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Polly Samson

United Kingdom

Polly Samson is an award-winning author. Her most recent novel is the best-selling The Theatre for Dreamers, a fictionalised account of the Charmian Clift – George Johnston inner circle and their 1960 summer on Hydra. Polly also wrote the introductions to the new editions of Clift’s Peel Me a Lotus and Mermaid Singing. She has written lyrics for four number-one albums and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Rick Sarre

Australia

Rick Sarre is an Adjunct Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the University of South Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, a previous Chair of the Academic Board of UniSA and a member of the University Council.

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Angela Savage

australia

Angela Savage is an award-winning Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing and currently works as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.

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Clare Sawyer

Australia

Clare Sawyer is Adelaide Writers' Week's Programmer for Young Readers and spoken word sessions Hear Me Roar. In 2021, she produced the documentary Recorder Queen that screened on ABC TV. Clare has programmed festival content for Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Flickerfest, as well as working with the Youth Jury at the Berlinale Film Festival, Germany. Currently, she is Senior Lecturer in Producing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. 2022 is her fourth year programming for Adelaide Writers' Week.

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Indyana Schneider

AUSTRALIA

Indyana Schneider is an opera singer and author. She studied Music at Oxford University before moving to Vienna to sing opera professionally and now lives, sings and writes around the world.

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Julianne Schultz

AUSTRALIA

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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Elif Shafak

Turkey / United Kingdom

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and academic and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels, and her work has been translated into fifty languages.  An advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Elif is an honorary fellow at St Anne's College, Oxford University, has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and is a member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy. Her last book, 10 Minutes 28 Seconds in this Strange World, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and her most recent book is The Island of Missing Trees.

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Tory Shepherd

Australia

Tory Shepherd is a senior columnist with Guardian Australia and a former State Editor at The Advertiser. Her first book, On Freedom, was published in 2020.

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Annika Smethurst

Australia

Annika Smethurst is the state political editor at The Age newspaper in Melbourne. She is a double Walkley Award winner and has two Melbourne Quill Awards for political reporting. In 2019, Annika became the accidental poster woman for press freedom when her house was raided by the AFP over a story she wrote revealing a government plan to allow the Australian Signals Directorate to spy on Australians. In her 2020 essay, On Secrets, she explored the impact of the raids and examined the importance of press freedom. Her most recent book is The Accidental Prime Minster, a biography on Scott Morrison.

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Collette Snowden

Australia

Dr Collette Snowden is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia.

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Amia Srinivasan

United Kingdom

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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Gabrielle Stroud

AUSTRALIA

Gabrielle Stroud was a primary school teacher from 1999 to 2015. Now a freelance writer, her debut novel, Measuring Up, was published by Scribe in 2009. Her memoir, Teacher, was published in 2018 and she is currently at work on her next novel.

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Bharat Sundaresan

India/Australia

Bharat Sundaresan is a world-renowned, award-winning cricket writer, author and commentator. Originally from India, he has been based in Adelaide for the past four years and is currently the Australian correspondent for Cricbuzz and a commentator for SEN. He is also author of The Dhoni Touch.

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Norman Swan

AUSTRALIA

Trained in paediatrics, Dr Norman 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

United States

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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Grace Tame

Australia

Since being named the 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame has propelled the issue of child sexual abuse into the national spotlight, prompting other young women to share their stories. She continues her advocacy for fellow survivors and for legislative and structural change through the Grace Tame Foundation.

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Joelle Taylor

United Kingdom

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet and author. Her most recent collection, C+NTO & Othered Poems, won the 2021 T.S. Eliot Prize and was named by The Telegraph, the New Statesman, The White Review & Times Literary Supplement as one of the best poetry books of 2021. Joelle founded SLAMbassadors, the UK national youth poetry slam championships, as well as the international spoken-word project Borderlines, and is a co-curator and host of Out- Spoken Live, the UK’s premier poetry and music club currently resident at the Southbank Centre. She is the commissioning editor at Out-Spoken Press 2020-2022.

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Claire Thomas

AUSTRALIA

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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Jared Thomas

AUSTRALIA

Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges. He is an international award-winning author and has also worked as the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture at the South Australian Museum.

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Colm Tóibín

IRELAND

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

australia

Christos Tsiolkas is a playwright, essayist, screenwriter 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 for the Booker, and adapted into celebrated films and television series. 

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Malcolm Turnbull

AUSTRALIA

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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Vikki Wakefield

AUSTRALIA

Vikki Wakefield writes realistic fiction for Young Adults. Her work explores coming-of-age, family, class, relationships and the lives of contemporary Australian teens, and includes award-winning novels All I Ever Wanted, Friday Brown, Inbetween Days, and Ballad for a Mad Girl. Her latest novel This Is How We Change the Ending was long-listed for The Stella Prize and awarded the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers. Vikki lives and writes in Adelaide, Australia.

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Sally Warhaft

Australia

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of The Monthly and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

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Michael Warner

AUSTRALIA

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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Trevor Watson

AUSTRALIA

Trevor Watson is a multi-award winning journalist, author and media consultant with 50 years of national and international experience. Trevor has been variously based in New Delhi, Port Moresby, Beijing, Bangkok and Singapore as a correspondent for the ABC and has a Walkley Award for his coverage of the South Pacific and a United Nations Media Peace Prize. His first book was Tremble and Obey; an ABC Correspondent's Account of the Bloody Beijing Spring, and he is co-editor of The Beijing Bureau, which focuses on Australian journalists in China.

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Michael West

AUSTRALIA

Michael West is a Walkley Award-winning journalist who worked as a stockbroker and columnist and investigative journalist at both of Australia's major media houses before striking out on his own with independent website, Michael West Media. He is best known for his work on multinational tax avoidance and corporate and political corruption.

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Christian White

AUSTRALIA

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 Place.

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Mark Willacy

AUSTRALIA

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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Clare Wright

Australia

Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize. Her most recent book is You Daughters of Freedom, about the Australian suffrage movement. Clare is Professor of History at La Trobe University and co-host of history podcast Archive Fever.

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Sue-Lin Wong

AUSTRALIA

Sue-Lin Wong is The Economist’s China correspondent, focusing on society and politics in mainland China and Hong Kong. She was formerly South China correspondent at The Financial Times where she covered Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in 2019 and the rise of China’s technology companies and before that was a correspondent at Reuters covering topics including the Chinese economy and North Korea. She opened the Shenzhen bureaus of the Financial Times and Reuters.

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Ben Wood

AUSTRALIA

Ben Wood is the illustrator of the bestselling Real Pigeons junior fiction series by Andrew McDonald, being adapted into a film and television series by Nickelodeon. He has illustrated over thirty books for children.

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Charlotte Wood

AUSTRALIA

Charlotte Wood is the prize-winning 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

AUSTRALIA

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 2021 release The Newcomer

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Karen Wyld

Australia

Karen Wyld is a writer living on the south coast of Adelaide. She’s a descendant of the Martu people of WA. Her second novel, Where the Fruit Falls, won the 2020 Dorothy Hewitt Award. She is the author of Heroes, Rebels and Innovators, an illustrated non-fiction book for children.

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Murong Xuecun

China

Murong Xuecun is the nom de plume of Hao Qun, one of China’s first internet-based writers. Born in 1974, he studied law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. A prominent social critic, he became a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times in 2013.

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Natasha Yacoub

Australia

Natasha Yacoub is a refugee law practitioner and scholar. She has worked with legal aid and the UN in Egypt, Sudan, Myanmar, Australia and the Pacific. She teaches at the University of London and is doing a PhD at the Kaldor Centre at UNSW Sydney. She publishes on refugee issues, including protecting refugees at sea and the failure of Australia’s offshore processing

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Ruhi Yaganagi

AUSTRALIA

Ruhi Yaganagi is an Iranian-Indian contemporary artist and poet with a love for the arts as a channel for self-reflection, the sharing of stories, and the building of vibrant communities. Her creative passions are constantly growing, ranging from oil painting to jewellery, ceramics, photography, and spoken word. She is currently drawn to exploring concepts of culture, identity, belonging, and spirituality through her art practice.

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Rachel Yoder

United States

Rachel Yoder is the author of Nightbitch, her debut novel released in July 2021, which has also been optioned for film by Annapurna Pictures with Amy Adams set to star. She is a graduate of the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program and also holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. Her writing has been awarded with The Editors' Prize in Fiction by The Missouri Review and with notable distinctions in Best American Short Stories and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is also a founding editor of draft: the journal of process. Rachel grew up in a Mennonite community in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Ohio. She now lives in Iowa City with her husband and son.

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