Writers A-D

A-D

Asphyxia

Asphyxia is a Deaf ex-circus performer, artist and puppeteer who is now an author. Over the past decade, she has toured nationally and internationally performing trapeze, hula-hoops, and marionette puppetry. Asphyxia spent 18 months designing and building the Grimstones. She handcrafted old world marionettes and miniature household objects from recycled materials - and taught herself carpentry to build the set.  The show has since toured nationally and internationally to great acclaim, and has now been turned into a delightful children’s book series, The Grimstones.
She is passionate about drawing, painting, art journaling, sculpture, metalwork, sewing and anything she can make with her hands. When she’s not writing and making, Asphyxia is kept busy by her urban eco-farm, where she raises the majority of her family’s food and lives in a tiny mud brick cottage she built herself.

Session: 74. 96

Amy Andrews

Amy Andrews is an award-winning, best-selling Aussie author who has written forty contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She writes for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Escape, Entangled, HarperCollins and Momentum. To date she's sold 1.6 million books and been translated into over a dozen different languages including manga. Amy spent six years on the national executive of Romance Writers of Australia including a two year term as president and after many years of unofficial mentoring of emerging writers, Amy and her fellow Harlequin author Anna Cleary have started their own manuscript assessment business, Word Witchery, specialising in romantic fiction. 
Amy loves good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel - preferably all four together. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.

Session: 102

Jonathan Atkins

Jonathan Atkins grew up and went to school in the rural town of Dungog in the Hunter Valley. After graduating from Newcastle University In 2001 he joined ABC Radio as a regional content maker for radio and online in Mout Gambier. After various ABC postings across Australia Jonathan settled in Lismore in 2008 with his young family. His passion for creating opportunities for young people from regional Australia led him to ABC Heywire.
“It’s a story telling competition, develops leadership skills and provides a forum for ideas from the youth of regional Australia. It provides a platform for young people to have a say.” Jonathan wants young people attending the Byron Bay Writers Festival to grab the opportunity and share their own story on the ABC. Check out the Heywire alumni and see how it can change a life http://www.abc.net.au/heywire/

Appearing: Secondary Schools Day

Poe Ballantine

Poe on the PrairieBorn in the same year that Disneyland opened, Poe Ballantine spent the majority of his adult life wandering North America.  His reports from the trenches, the bottom-rung jobs, desperate characters, seedy rooms, loneliness, and rejection slips, have recently been classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as mood elevators.  For thirty years he lived on four hundred a month, often unable to buy coffee or cheese or to see a movie or have his hair cut professionally. 
He lived largely alone, learned to read the curvature of night, the dials on laundromat dryers, and the cruelty of men.  He read a few thousand books and dozed through a few thousand wayward days on a Greyhound or a Trailways bus.  For sixteen years he did not see a dentist, until one day at the age of forty-six he married one.  Like a desert in bloom, a beautiful son and several books followed.  Having worked in eighteen restaurants, Poe enjoys cooking for friends and family.  His specialties all come from peasant traditions: soups, stews, sauces, breads, garden brines, cheladas, bean dishes, and chiles roasted black until they crack. 
He is the author of six books, his most popular title Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, though he believes that Things I Like About America might be better.  He lives with his gorgeous Mexican wife and son in a small town in the northwest corner of Nebraska, not far from the famous Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  He says howdy to you and would like to drink all of your beer.

Session: 4, 49

Appearing: Secondary School Day. Friday 1 August, in conversation with Richard Fidler. Followed by a screening of Ballantine's acclaimed documentary Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere.

Tristan Bancks

Bancks-webTristan Bancks is a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. His most recent books are Two Wolves, a crime-mystery novel for middle-graders (Random House Australia 2014, Macmillan US 2015) and My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong, a book of weird-funny-gross short stories. His other books include My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up, Mac Slater Coolhunter (Australia & US), Galactic Adventures First Kids in Space and the Nit Boy series (about a kid with the worst case of nits in world history).
Tristan’s short films as writer and director have won a number of awards and have screened widely in festivals and on TV. Tristan is excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. Check out Story Scrapbook, his free multimedia story brainstorming tool, and chat to Tristan at www.tristanbancks.com

Session: 43, 46, 96

Appearing: Secondry School Day

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent and the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron Is On Parole (Picaro Press, 2009) and Nothing Here Needs Fixing (Picaro Press, forthcoming). As a spoken word performer, Maxine’s work has been delivered on stages and airways, and in festivals across the country. Her short fiction, essays and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Big Issue, Cordite Poetry Review, Harvest, Voiceworks, Going Down Swinging, Unusual Work and Peril. 
Foreign Soil, Maxine's debut collection of short stories, was the winner of the 2013 Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award. She is currently working on a memoir and was awarded the 2014 Hazel Rowley fellowship to research her family history. Maxine lives in Melbourne, Victoria.

Maxine lives in Melbourne, Victoria.
 
Session: 21, 43, 97
Appearing: Saturday 2 August, Australian Slam Champions on Heat.
 
 

Tony Birch

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Tony Birch is the author of Shadowboxing, the short story collection Father’s Day, and most recently Blood, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award, and won the Civic Choice award for the Melbourne Literary Prize in the same year. His most recent book is The Promise (UQP, 2014). He is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He lives and works in Melbourne, where he teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.
 
Session: 23, 34, 48, 79
 

 

Jesse Blackadder

jesse blackadder low res by david youngDr Jesse Blackadder is fascinated by landscapes, adventurous women, animals and very cold places. A winner of literary awards in the USA and Australia, she is the author of three adult novels, including Chasing the light: a novel of Antarctica (which she wrote as part of her doctorate) and two children’s novels, the most recent being Paruku The Desert Brumby. Jesse was the 2011/12 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow and has been a writer-in-residence in Alaska, Antarctica, outback NSW, Varuna, and Byron Bay.

Session: 22, 46, 63, 96

Jesse John Brand

Jesse John Brand is the residing Australian Poetry Slam National Champion, an award winning writer, and musician. He has performed in the Word Travels Festival and Sydney Writers Festival in Australia, as well as the Bookworm Literary Festival, and JUE Music and Art Festival in China. Later this year he will be attending the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival in Bali. Jesse has recently signed with Pitt Street Poetry for his first publication Cranes Falling in Unison, a collection of poems taken from his show of the same name. 
Jesse attained a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Literature at the University of New South Wales, where he regularly published articles and was highly commended for his short fiction, The Thirteen Second Hallway. Jesse is currently in the process of editing his first novel. Jesse’s work explores the realms of urban dystopia, modern alienation and human intimacy through history, with interwoven themes of science, mythology, religion and love.

Session: 24, 70

Appearing: Saturday 2 August, Australian Slam Champions on Heat.

 

Bob Brown

 

Brown BobBob Brown's credo is 'one person, one vote, one value, one planet'. The living biosphere of planet Earth is the bedrock of his career. From leading the seven-year campaign to save Tasmania's wild Franklin River from damming, through thirty-years of helping develop Green politics, along with his advocacy of global democracy, Bob promotes alternatives to humanity's rapid destruction of life on Earth. 
In 1976 Bob hosted the first meeting of the (Australian) Wilderness Society at his home beside the Liffey River in Tasmania. In 1990 friends helped him set up Bush Heritage Australia which now protects one million hectares of high-conservation lands across Australia.
Bob was in the Tasmanian Parliament from 1983 to 1993. He led the five Greens in the balance of power after 1989 when the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area was doubled in size and the new Friendly Beaches and Douglas-Apsley national parks were created. The Greens gained Freedom of Information legislation, saved 22 public schools from closure and set up a raft of job-creating initiatives. 
Besides being jailed for 17 days during the Franklin River blockade in 1982, Bob was locked up for 11 days, and strip-searched five times in 1995 for joining a blockade of bulldozers invading the Tarkine wilderness. He has been shot at, beaten up and vilified by vigilantes, but notes that reformers have been killed elsewhere.
In the Senate from 1996, Bob and his fellow Greens failed to convince either of the two old parties on equal marriage, euthanasia laws, compensation for the 'Stolen Generation', humane treatment of refugees or ending junk food advertising in children's tv viewing hours. However he succeeded in interrupting the speech of President George W Bush in 2003 after the invasion of Iraq. Bush later shook his hand. 
Bob got together with farmer and community services worker Paul Thomas in 1995. They gave the house and lands at Liffey to Bush Heritage and live near Cygnet south of Hobart. Bob 'retired' in 2012 and, as a result, has more domestic duties. His books include Lake Pedder (1984), Tarkine Trails (1993), Memo for a Saner World (2003), Earth (2009) and his latest, Optimism, will be out after he and Paul return in July 2014 from a little grey-nomadding on the mainland.

Session: 39, 41

James Brown

Brown-webJames Brown is the author of Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of our National Obsession. He is a former Australian Army officer, who commanded a cavalry troop in Southern Iraq, served on the Australian taskforce headquarters in Baghdad and was attached to Special Forces in Afghanistan. Today he is the Military Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy where he works on strategic military issues and defence policy. He also chairs the NSW Government’s Contemporary Veterans Forum.

Session: 20, 54

Julian Burnside

 

burnside-webJulian Burnside is a barrister based in Melbourne.  He specialises in commercial litigation.  He joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. 
He acted for the Ok Tedi natives against BHP, for Alan Bond in fraud trials, for Rose Porteous in numerous actions against Gina Rinehart, and for the Maritime Union of Australia in the 1998 waterfront dispute against Patrick Stevedores. He was Senior Counsel assisting the Australian Broadcasting Authority in the “Cash for Comment” inquiry and was senior counsel for Liberty Victoria in the Tampa litigation.
He is a former President of Liberty Victoria, and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of refugees.
He is passionately involved in the arts.  He collects contemporary paintings and sculptures and regularly commissions music.  He is Chair of Fortyfive Downstairs, a not for profit arts and performance venue in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and Chair of Chamber Music Australia.   
He is the author of a book of essays on language and etymology, Wordwatching (Scribe, 2004) and Watching Brief, (Scribe, 2007) a collection of his essays and speeches about the justice system and human rights.  He compiled a book of letters written by asylum seekers held in Australia’s detention camps.  The book, From Nothing to Zero was published in 2003 by Lonely Planet.  He also wrote Matilda and the Dragon a children’s book published by Allen & Unwin in 1991.
In 2004 he was elected as a Living National Treasure.  In 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.
He is married to artist Kate Durham.
 
Session: 8, 91
 
Appearing: Saturday 2 August, National Treasures Literary Dinner.

Mel Buttle

Originally from Brisbane, she has been performing on the live comedy circuit across the country for years. 2013 saw her being broadcast to the country in live crosses on Network Ten’s The Project and This Week Live. As well as live performance, she is a seasoned writer with a weekly column in The Courier Mail and her television writing for ABC2 and Pivot TV’s award winning Please Like Me, and Network Ten’s This Week Live.

Session: 51, 69

Edna Carew

After graduating Master of Arts from the University of Edinburgh, Edna Carew worked in London as a teacher and translator before moving to Sydney in 1974 and switching career paths from working with languages to a job in the finance sector. She later joined the staff of The Australian Financial Review, becoming financial markets editor. As a journalist and author Edna has written on topics ranging from interpersonal relations and sexual health, travel, health, politics, business, finance and economics. She has also been a frequent radio commentator.
Her many books include the best-selling Fast Money and Language of Money series, Paul Keating, Prime Minister and Westpac, the bank that broke the bank. In recent years Edna has concentrated on writing company histories, including Fast Forward, a history of the Sydney Futures Exchange, Brambles, Working its way around the World, and First Port, Future Port, the history of Sydney Ports Corporation. National Market, National Interest, published in 2007, tells the remarkable story of the drive to unify Australia’s securities markets.

Session: 10, 27, 59, 72

Mike Carlton

 

Mike Carlton is one of Australia's best-known broadcasters and journalists. In a 40-year career, he has been a radio and television news and current affairs reporter, foreign correspondent, radio host and newspaper columnist. 
He was an ABC war correspondent in Vietnam in 1967 and 1970, and for three years was the ABC's Bureau Chief in Jakarta. He also reported for the ABC from London, New York and major Asian capitals. In television, he was one of the original reporters on the ABC's groundbreaking This Day Tonight in the 1970s. Mike turned to talk radio in 1980, first at Sydney's 2GB, and then for four years in London at Newstalk 97.3FM, where he won a coveted Sony Radio Academy award in 1993 for Britain's best talk breakfast program. 
In television, he reported and hosted Indonesia: A Reporter Returns, a three-part documentary for SBS in 2008. He has recently retired from the Radio 2UE breakfast program in Sydney and has returned to writing a column for the Saturday edition of the Sydney Morning Herald.  
Mike has had a life-long passion for naval history and is the author of Cruiser and, his most recent book, First Victory.

Session: 20, 45

Appearing: Friday 1 August, War and Remembrance Literary Dinner.

Jane Caro

 

Caro-webJane Caro is an author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and media and social commentator. She has published five books The Stupid Country; How Australia is Dismantling Public Education (co-authored with Chris Bonnor), The F Word; How we Learned to Swear by Feminism (co-authored with Catherine Fox), a novel Just a Girl, What makes a Good School? (co-authored with Chris Bonnor), For God’s Sake; An Atheist, Christian, Jew and Muslim battle it out. (co-authored with Antony Loewenstein, Simon Smart and Rachel Woodluck). She is currently working on Just a Queen a sequel to Just a Girl to be published in 2015. 
She appears regularly in the media including Weekend Sunrise, and Sunrise. She was a regular on the Gruen Transfer. She created, wrote, presented and co-produced a 6 part radio series, For Better, For Worse, broadcast by RN Life Matters in July/August 2013. She has also appeared on The Drum, Q&A, The Project, Daily Edition, Mornings on 9, Studio 10 and Today. She writes regular monthly columns for Mt (Management Today) Magazine, the Sun Herald’s Sunday Life, and a weekly column - Caro’s Flotsam & Jetsam - in Crikey.
She is in demand as a speaker, workshop facilitator and MC. She is on the boards of Bell Shakespeare, where she chairs the company’s Artistic Advisory Panel, and The NSW Public Education Foundation. She has a BA in English Literature and moonlights as a beef producer and timber grower. She is married with two daughters.
 
Session: 5, 15, 90, 95

 

Antonia Case

Case-WebAntonia Case is Editor-in-Chief of Womankind, a magazine heralding a new era for Australian women, and Literary Editor of New Philosopher magazine. Launching at the Byron Bay Writers Festival in the Womankind marquee, Womankind magazine represents a new direction for Australian women – authentic, inspiring and free from the influence of advertising. Womankind is a celebration of ideas on identity, the self, and ways to live a wonderful life. Featuring an exclusive article from Booker Prize-winning author DBC Pierre, as well as a piece from the winner of the George Orwell Award Flora Michaels, Womankind brings together the best writers, artists, graphic designers and photographers in a perfect-bound 132-page magazine with no advertising. Antonia Case is also the literary editor of New Philosopher magazine, which was the best-selling item at the Byron Bay Writers Festival bookstore in 2013. Antonia is a former staff journalist at Fairfax.  She won the AAP Media Professionals' Award this year.

Session: 22

Martin (Ed) Chatterton

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Martin Ed Chatterton was born and raised in Liverpool, England. He gained his degree in London before embarking on an internationally successful career as an illustrator, graphic designer, commercials director, and author. His work has been published in more than a dozen languages and has won and been shortlisted in numerous awards in the UK, US and Australia. Mort, his time-travel trilogy for children, was recently published by Random House in 2013 and is now in production as an animated TV series by Endemol Australia. Martin is currently co-writing and illustrating a children’s novel with best-selling US author James Patterson.
Writing as ‘Ed Chatterton’, Random House published his debut crime novel A Dark Place To Die in 2012. The sequel - the second in the DCI Frank Keane series - Underland, was published in 2013 and the third, Eighty Eight, is due out in early 2015. 
In addition to writing commercial fiction, he is currently working on his PhD at Southern Cross University, writing The Last Slave Ship, a fictional examination of his home town’s role in the slave trade and the legacy of that trade in contemporary civil unrest. 
Martin divides his time between Australia and England and is married with two grown-up children.
 
Session: 63, 83, 94

 

Tasneem Chopra

 

chopra-webCross-cultural Consultant and activist, Tasneem Chopra applies her academic background in psychology and International Development to a wide range of social justice initiatives. 
As well as running acclaimed workshops on identity politics, Tasneem recently curated the Victorian content of the Immigration Museum’s acclaimed Faith Fashion Fusion exhibition. While in May 2013, she was selected to deliver a TEDxMelbourne talk, ‘Don’t Believe the Hype, Exceed It: The War Against Stereotypes’. 
She is chairperson to both the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and the board of Lentil as Anything, an innovative non-profit community restaurant enterprise. Tasneem is also a board member of Global Reconciliation and an ambassador for Possible Dreams International, a Swaziland based NGO. 
Woman of the Year at the 2013 Australian Muslim Achievement awards, Tasneem’s previous accolades includes being named in The Age Magazine’s Top 100 influential Movers and Shakers of 2008 in Melbourne. The Australian Magazine also hailed her as one of the country’s 100 Emerging Leaders in 2009. 
A sought after columnist, Tasneem’s latest contribution is in the recently published anthology Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia. 
In her chapter, How I Happened, Tasneem recalls how her childhood in a small country town shaped her inquisitive personality. The piece underlines Tasneem’s philosophy of ‘owning your narrative before someone else owns it for you’
 
Session: 5, 15
 
Appearing: Secondary School Day

Richard Clapton

 

Richard Clapton is a much-loved legend of Australian music, the performer and songwriter of many iconic Australian hit songs: Deep Water, The Best Years of Our Lives, Goodbye Tiger, Glory Road, Lucky Country, I Am an Island, Trust Somebody, Capricorn Dancer and Girls on the Avenue.
As a producer Richard worked on the second INXS album, Underneath the Colours (1981), which included the first two hit singles that launched the band’s rise to international fame. To date he has released eighteen albums, many of which have achieved gold or platinum status.
Australian rock music historian Ian McFarlane has described Clapton as ‘one of the most important Australian songwriters’. On 12 October 1999, Clapton was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. Celebrating 40 years in the music industry this year, Clapton’s memoir, The Best Years of Our Lives is being published in August.
 
Session: 57

Craig Cliff

CraigCliff-webCraig Cliff is the author of the novel The Mannequin Makers, “a superb novel of parental obsession and the lure of the unattainable" (The Hoopla), and the story collection A Man Melting, which won Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He has been a judge for the BNZ Literary Awards and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and participated in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2013. Cliff writes a column for the Dominion Post newspaper about his double life as a writer and public servant in Wellington, New Zealand, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Session: 73, 77, 78

Laurel Cohn

cohn webLaurel Cohn has spent her adult working life exploring ways of communicating stories – about ourselves and others. As a developmental editor she has been helping writers since the 1980s develop their stories and prepare their work for print and, more recently, online publication. Many writers she has worked with have gone on to be published successfully, and to acclaim. She spent five years with one of Australia’s top literary agents and four years as Consultant Editor to the NSW Writers’ Centre before turning freelance. She works with individual writers, publishers and self-publishers, and is a popular workshop presenter.  She is currently working on a research degree in Literature Studies at University of Queensland in the area of Australian Children's Literature.
www.laurelcohn.com.au

Session: 60

Appearing: Monday 29 July  10am - 4pm  WORKSHOP 

Jessie Cole

Cole-webJessie Cole grew up in an isolated valley in Northern NSW, and lived a bush childhood of creek swimming and barefoot free-range adventuring. In 2009 she was awarded a HarperCollins Varuna Award for Manuscript Development, leading to the publication of her first novel Darkness on the Edge of Town, which was shortlisted for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal and longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award. Her work has also appeared in Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Island Magazine, Big Issue, Daily Life and the Guardian. Many of her stories can be found on her blog:
http://jessiecolewriter.wordpress.com/

 
Her next novel Deeper Water will be released in August. 
 

Session: 38, 84, 105 

Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon is the author of several novels, works of non-fiction, and is the two-time winner of the Steele Rudd Award for short fiction. His novels include The Motorcycle Café, The Pillow Fight and The Trout Opera. His non-fiction titles include Brisbane and, as editor, Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long Wet Summer of 2010-2011. His latest book- Three Crooked Kings – is the first instalment in a trilogy on the life and times of former Queensland police commissioner Terry Lewis, and crime and corruption in Queensland and NSW over a half-century. The books tell an epic story of corruption so deeply entrenched it infected the political process, the police and the judiciary to such an extent that it changed Queensland society. It was awarded the John Oxley Library Award 2013, and was shortlisted for several other awards.  The second volume, Jacks and Jokers, was published in April 2014. Condon has worked as a journalist for thirty years both here and overseas. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Creative Arts at the Queensland University of Technology.

Session: 47, 56, 104

 

Shady Cosgrove

Shady Cosgrove lives in the Illawarra and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Her literary suspense novel What the Ground Can’t Hold (Picador, 2013) tells the story of a group of people stranded in the Andes, all of whom have links to Argentina’s Dirty War. Her memoir She Played Elvis (Allen and Unwin, 2009) was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Literary Prize and chronicles her adventures busking to Graceland for the twenty-fifth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Her short stories and articles have appeared in Best Australian Stories, Antipodes, Southerly, Overland, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age. She has also written about the ethics of representation and teaching of creative writing.
For more information and free downloads of her work, see: www.shadycosgrove.blogspot.com.au

Session: 29, 58, 81

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham has been on the publishing scene in Australia for thirty years. A former publisher and editor, she is the author of two novels, Geography (2004) and Bird (2008) and, as part of the City Series, wrote Melbourne (2011). Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy, her most recent book, has just been published by Text Publishing.  
Until recently she was Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and she was a founding member of The Stella Prize, a prize for Australian women's writing.  
She is currently living in Brooklyn, New York, and writing her third novel.

Session: 18, 23, 42, 68, 75

Attending: Thursday 31 July, 9:30 - 12:30 workshop.

Robyn Davidson

Davidson-webRobyn Davidson was born on a cattle property in Queensland. She went to Sydney in the late sixties, then returned to study in Brisbane before going to Alice Springs where the events of her book Tracks began. Since then she has travelled extensively and has lived in London, New York and India. In the early 1990s she migrated with and wrote about nomads in north-west India. She is now based in Melbourne, but spends several months a year in the Indian Himalayas.

Session: 52, 84, 104

Appearing: Secondary School Day

Marele Day

Marele Day's crime novels won her a Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.  Other works include internationally acclaimed Lambs of God, Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain’s Wife, and The Sea Bed.

Session: 49

 

Kate De Goldi

Kate De Goldi writes fiction for all ages. She has been the recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award and twice winner of New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year. Her novel, The Ten PM Question, won the Corine International Book Prize in 2011 and has been translated into many languages. Kate is a regular reviewer in print and broadcast media and teaches creative writing at schools through New Zealand. In 2010 she was awarded the Michael King Scholarship to research a book on children’s literature bibliophile, Susan Price. Her most recent publication (with artist, Gregory O’Brien) is The ACB with Honora Lee.

Session: 21, 60, 78

Andrew Denton

 

From his groundbreaking early work on the ABC  TV (Blah Blah Blah, the Money or the Gun, World Series Debating, Live and Sweaty); through to his unforgettable reworking of television's 'night of nights', the Logies his work hosting and producing the hugely successful Enough Rope; as the man who introduced the Chaser to Australian television (Election Chaser, Cnnnn); and later, and as co-creator and Executive Producer of The Gruen Transfer, Gruen Planet, 30 Seconds, Elders, Hungry Beast, AFP, Can Of Worms, Joy Of Sets, Randling and more – all through the production company he created and helmed, Zapruders Other Films  - Andrew is widely recognised as one of Australian television's genuine creative forces.  
Andrew has written for newspapers, acted in the theatre, been a top-rating radio host, and collected AFIs, Walkleys, Rawards, ARIAs, one Logie and a UN Peace Prize along the way. He also won the ‘Sale Of The Century -- Comedy Series’ quiz, a moment many (himself included) view as his crowning achievement.

Session: 12

Claire Dunn

Claire Dunn is the author of My Year Without Matches. She is a freelance journalist has been published in the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Geographic and the essay anthology Fire. She has been exploring and protecting wild places since her teens, working to protect forests and marine environments across Australia for many years as a campaigner for the Wilderness Society.
In 2010, Claire embarked on a year in the bush, completing the Guunuwa Independent Wilderness Studies Program, the subject of her memoir. She is currently studying postgraduate psychology at the University of Sydney.

   Session:      29, 84 

   Appearing: 10:00am - 4:00pm Workshop

Geoff Dyer

Dyer-webGeoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1958. He was educated at the local Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He  is the author of  four  novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and, most recently, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; a critical study of John Berger, Ways of Telling; five genre-defying titles: But Beautiful (winner of a 1992 Somerset Maugham Prize, short-listed for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize), The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage (a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award), Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It (winner of the 2004 W. H. Smith Best Travel Book Award), and The Ongoing Moment (winner of the ICP Infinity Award for Writing on Photography), and, most recently, Zona (about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker). His collection of essays, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012. He is also the editor of John Berger: Selected Essays and co-editor, with Margaret Sartor, of What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney. A new book, Another Great Day at Sea, about life aboard the USS George H W Bush, will be published in May.

Session: 2, 71

Appearing: Friday 1 August, War and Remembrance Literary Dinner.