Jill Eddington, as Director of Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts, is currently responsible for providing leadership of the Australia Council’s Literature program and managing delivery of Australia Council grants and initiatives for the Literature sector. Previously Jill worked widely in the arts education and sectors.
Jill has been a consultant with clients in both government and not for profit organizations; Executive Manager of exhibitions and event in Public Programs at the State Library of Queensland; relieving CEO at Arts Northern Rivers and between 1999 until 2007 Jill was the Director of the Byron Bay Writers' Festival and the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre. Jill was also co-director of two national forums ‘The need for a cultural plan in Australia’ and the inaugural curator of the ASA national writers summit to be held this year.
Prior to these roles, as Events Manager of Banks Events Jill assisted in event management for the major events including Sydney Writers Festival and City of Sydney New Year’s Eve and Australia Day Celebrations and arts organisations including the Biennale and Bangarra Dance Co.
Jill has also taught Visual Arts in secondary schools and Arts Industry Studies at Southern Cross University in the School of Arts and Social Sciences as well as Events Management in the School of Business and Tourism.
Sessions: 74, 86
Russell Eldridge is a retired newspaper editor, whose first novel, Harry Mac, is published by Allen and Unwin in 2015. He also writes freelance articles, trains journalists, conducts corporate media training, and acts as a media consultant. Russell has worked in the industry for more than 40 years.
He began his career in South Africa, working on the Natal Witness, the South African Press Association and the Johannesburg Star. He emigrated to Australia in 1979 to work for the Sydney Morning Herald. He made a lifestyle change and moved to the NSW North Coast. After two glorious years of hippiedom, he was sucked back into mainstream journalism and worked for the Northern Star, based in Lismore. He retired as Editor in 2008.
Russell has won several media awards, including a Walkley Award Commendation, Northern NSW Journalist of the Year, Sir Harry Budd award for Country Journalism and a Special Merit Award for South African Sports Writing.
He edited and co-wrote a history of South African Tennis and is currently working on short stories and a novel.
He is a founding member of the Byron Bay Writers Festival committee and regularly chairs sessions at the Festival. He also has a connection with the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, where he has chaired for the past two years.
Russell is trained in theatre and has appeared in many productions, as well as reviewing theatre for newspapers.
He and partner Brenda Shero have five children between them and live at North Ocean Shores when they’re not backpacking around the world.
Sessions: 8, 17, 29, 60, 84
Wesley Enoch is originally from Stradbroke Island (Minjeribah) and is a proud Noonuccal Nuugi man. He is the Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company and a renowned director and writer for the stage.
Marc Fennell is a film critic, author, award-winning technology journalist, interviewer and television presenter. Marc hosts SBS’s Logie & Walkley-nominated nightly current affairs programme The Feed. He created and presents the ABC technology programme Download This Show which airs on ABC Radio National and ABC News 24. He is, however, probably best known to 2 million young Australians as "That Movie Guy” on triple j. Since 2006, Marc’s quirky, tongue-in-cheek film reviews have been a wildly popular part of the national youth broadcaster. They’ve spun off 2 books That Movie Book and the forthcoming The Planet According to Movies (November 2015). Marc is also the face of film across SBS Television hosting cult cinema throughout the week and anchoring the annual Tropfest Short Film Festival.
Sessions: 31, 63, 86
Appearing: Liner Notes, Saturday 8 August 7.30pm, Byron Theatre
First Dog on the Moon is a Cartoonist for The Guardian Australia, the best and most interesting news website/paper ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. First Dog on the Moon is a sneering elitist, and devilishly handsome.
He won a Walkley Award in 2012 and his stage show Cartoobs and other Typos won the Tour Ready Award at Melbourne Fringe in the same year. He has created a new show which will be premiering as part of the Byron Bay Writers Festival. He is making some TV, wrote one book and is doing another.
Appearing: LIVE, Wednesday 5 August 7pm, Byron Theatre
Chris Flynn’s first novel was A Tiger in Eden, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. He edited Terra Australis: Four Stories from Aboriginal Australian Writers in McSweeney’s 41, and his writing has appeared in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Paris Review Daily, Monster Children, Smith Journal, Silent History, Age, Australian, Big Issue and many other publications. His most recent novel is The Glass Kingdom. Born in Belfast, Chris now lives in Melbourne.
Sessions: 13, 37, 53, 85
Born in Sydney, Lindsay Foyle has been involved in the media since he left school near the end of 1960 and has been drawing cartoons professionally since 1975. He was deputy editor of The Bulletin in the 1980s and worked on The Australian from 1996 to 2009 as a journalist and cartoonist. He was a Walkley finalist in 2014 and is currently working as a freelance cartoonist while writing books on Australian cartooning.
Mia Freedman is the co-founder and Content Director of the Mamamia Women's Network, Australia's largest women's digital media company, reaching 3 million women per month. She is an author, TV and radio commentator, podcast host, mother of three and writer for MWN websites Mamamia, The Glow, The Motherish and Debrief Daily.
She is the former Chair of the National Body Image Advisory Group, a passionate advocate for vaccination and in 2014 she was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia's 100 Most Influential Women.
Sessions: 50, 53, 75
Jackie is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator, Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015 and the NSW Senior Australian of the Year 2015. She is regarded as one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors, and writes across all genres - from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much-loved historical fiction. In her capacity as Australian Children’s Laureate, ‘Share a Story’ will be the primary philosophy behind Jackie’s two-year term.
Sessions: 102, 106
Helen Garner was born in 1942 in Geelong, and was educated there and at Melbourne University. Her first novel, Monkey Grip, won the 1978 National Book Council Award, and was adapted for film in 1981. Since then she has published novels, short stories, essays, and feature journalism including The First Stone, Joe Cinque’s Consolation and The Spare Room which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages.
Helen Garner lives in Melbourne and her most recent book is This House of Grief.
Sessions: 10. 96
Appearing: Friday 7 August 5.30 - 6.30pm, The Byron Theatre
Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013.
As Prime Minister and in her previous role as Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the Global Financial Crisis and as Australia positioned to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise. Ms Gillard developed Australia’s guiding policy paper, Australia in the Asian Century. Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australia education at every level from early childhood to university education, creating an emissions trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care and dental care, commencing the nation’s first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities and restructuring the telecommunications sector as well as building a national broadband network. In foreign policy, Ms Gillard strengthened Australia’s alliance with the United States, secured stronger architecture for the relationship with China, upgraded Australia’s ties with India, and deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Ms Gillard has represented Australia at the G20, including winning Australia’s right to host the 2014 meeting, the East Asia Summit, APEC, NATO-ISAF and chaired CHOGM. Under Ms Gillard’s leadership, Australia was elected to serve on the United Nations Security Council.
Ms Gillard is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. In October 2012, Ms Gillard received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.
Ross Gittins is the Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and an economic columnist for The Age. He is a winner of the Citibank Pan Asia award for excellence in financial journalism and has been a Nuffield Press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a journalist-in-residence at the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. Ross is frequently called upon to comment on the economic issues of the day and has written and contributed to many books and periodicals. His books include Gittins' Gospel, Gittinomics, The Happy Economist and most recently his memoir Gittins.
Sessions: 6, 54, 104
Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian’s Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History. Kate lives in Sydney and her most recent book is One Life: My Mother’s Story.
Sessions: 15, 18
Appearing: Saturday 8 August 12.30 - 1.30pm, Byron Bay Library
Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. He has written more than 25 books, including short stories, comic novels, nonsense verse, picture books, plays and a creative writing guide for students and teachers. Andy is best known for the JUST! books, The Day My Bum Went Psycho and The Treehouse series. Over the last 20 years Andy’s books have been New York Times bestsellers, adapted for the stage and television, won more than 50 children’s choice awards and sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. Andy is a passionate advocate for literacy and is an ambassador for both the Indigenous Literacy Foundation—which provides books and literacy resources to remote Indigenous communities around Australia—and The Pyjama Foundation, a literacy-based mentoring program for children in foster care. Visit andygriffiths.com.au for more information.
Sessions: 94, 106, 110
Appearing: Primary School Days
Clive Hamilton is a well-known public intellectual and writer. He is the author of a number of best-selling books, including Growth Fetish, Affluenza, Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change and, most recently, Earthmasters: Playing God with the climate.
He is currently writing a book on the meaning of the Anthropocene and another on the history of protest in Australia commissioned by the National Library of Australia.
Clive was the founder, and for 14 years the executive director of the Australia Institute, the nation’s leading progressive think tank. He is currently Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra. He has held various visiting academic positions, including at Yale University, Sciences Po and the University of Oxford.
Sessions: 38, 87, 104
Sophie Hamley has worked in the print and online publishing industries as a bookseller, editor, writer, content producer, web and interactive TV producer. She was a literary agent from 2006 until 2014; she is a past President of the Australian Literary Agents’ Association and was also a member of the Book Industry Collaborative Council. She is now a non-fiction publisher at Hachette Australia.
Sessions: 7, 79, 81, 98
Chris Hanley is the founder and Chair of the Byron Bay Writers Festival. He is a business coach and speaker and a writer across a range of genres from short stories to business articles.
Chris is the Principal of Byron Bays leading real estate company, Byron Bay First National.
Sessions: 6, 26, 47, 76
Dave resides on the Gold Coast with his wife and two daughters. As an educator, Dave has taught across many year levels and now uses his role as a deputy principal to develop a positive school culture based on high expectations for educators and learners. Dave’s people are Barunggam, the traditional people of the Darling Downs/Chinchilla region. Unlike his Deadly D co-author, Dave never played first grade in the NRL, but was awarded Southport Tigers ‘most improved player’ in 1994 and 1995. He keeps the trophies at his mum’s house. Dave and Scott are currently working on the third instalment of the Deadly D series, due to hit the shelves in October 2015.
Jacqueline Harvey is a born storyteller. A highly experienced former teacher and Deputy Head of Junior School, she is the author of 24 novels for younger readers and a Children’s Book Council of Australia, award winning picture book. She has also contributed to a number of anthologies and story collections. Herbestselling Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series’ are published internationally in numerous languages and have garnered various short listings and awards. The Alice-Miranda series has been optioned for television.
Jacqueline travels widely, speaking and teaching in Australia and overseas and since becoming a full time writer in 2012 has presented hundreds of talks and workshops to children and adults across Australia, the United Kingdom, and Singapore, New Zealand and the United States as well as appearing at local and international festivals.She is a passionate advocate for literacy and an Ambassador for Dymocks Children’s Charities as well as being an Author Ambassador for Room to Read.
Her latest titles are Alice-Miranda at the Palace, Alice-Miranda at Camp, Clementine Rose and the Birthday Emergency and Clementine Rose and the Movie Magic. You can find out more at www.jacquelineharvey.com.au
Appearing: Primary Schools day
Dr Lynda Hawryluk is a Senior Lecturer in Writing at Southern Cross University where she is the Course Coordinator of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing. Lynda lectures in Writing units and supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students. She is the Coordinator of the Idiom 23 Writers’ Workshop on North Keppel Island, Queensland. An experienced writing workshop facilitator, Lynda has presented workshops for community and writing groups in Queensland and Canada. She is the President / Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs and has been published in a variety of academic and creative publications.
Sessions: 30, 83, 114
Ashley Hay’s most recent novel, The Railwayman’s Wife, was released in Australia to critical acclaim in 2013, and in the UK in 2014. It won the People’s Choice award at this year’s NSW Premier’s Prize and was long-listed for both the Nita B. Kibble and Miles Franklin awards.
Her previous books span fiction and non-fiction and include Gum: The Story of Eucalypts and Their Champions (2002) and Museum (2007; with visual artist Robyn Stacey). Her first novel, The Body in the Clouds (2010), was shortlisted for categories in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the NSW and WA premier’s prizes, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
A former literary editor of The Bulletin, she writes for publications including The Monthly, Australian Geographic, and The Australian, and her essays and short stories have appeared in volumes including the Griffith REVIEW, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Short Stories, and Best Australian Science Writing.
Ashley also edited the Best Australian Science Writing anthology in 2014.
She lives in Brisbane.
Jim Hearn is a researcher, writer, and chef. He is an Honorary Postdoctoral Fellow in the Transforming Cultures Research Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney, and teaches creative writing and cultural studies at Southern Cross University, Lismore. Jim is the author of High Season: a memoir of heroin and hospitality (Allen & Unwin 2012). His novella River Street was a winner of the Griffith REVIEW inaugural Novella Competition, which was published by TEXT and Griffith Review in 2012. His most recent publication is Hotel Homeless, an essay in Griffith REVIEW 44: Cultural Solutions.
“My research focuses on the links between transgression, addiction, and hospitality. I’m interested in how those words intersect, and often spiral, throughout the lived experiences of people, and also how they operate more broadly in culture.”
Lian Hearn's well-loved Tales of the Otori series, beginning with Across the Nightingale Floor, has sold over four million copies internationally. Her recent novel, Blossoms and Shadows, about life in Japan in the 1850s, also sold widely around the world. Lian has made many trips to Japan and has studied Japanese. She read Modern Languages at Oxford and worked as an editor and film critic in England before emigrating to Australia. For more information visit Lian Hearn at lianhearn.com or facebook.com/lianhearnauthor
Sessions: 13, 72
Robert Hillman is the author of Vera: My Story, the biography of Vera Wasowski. His memoir, The Boy in the Green Suit, won the Australian National Biography Award in 2004. His 2007 biography, My Life as a Traitor, written with Zarah Ghahramani, appeared in numerous overseas editions. His first collaboration with Najaf Mazari, The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, grew out of an abiding interest in the hardships and triumphs of refugees and has been a set text in many schools. He is also the author of Gurrumul: His Life and Music and a recent novel, Joyful.
Sessions: 10, 42, 44, 113
Karen Hitchcock is the author of Quarterly Essay 57, Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly. She is the author of the award-winning story collection Little White Slips and a regular contributor to the Monthly. She is also a staff physician in acute and general medicine at a large city public hospital.
Sessions: 5, 16, 82, 100
Zacharey Jane has been a painter, singer, hansom cab driver, waitress, airbrush artist, babysitter, production manager, graphic artist, bar attendant, body-double, horse rider, prop maker, producer, advertising executive, nanny, scenic artist, teacher, travel consultant, stylist, barista, swimming pool attendant, set dresser, prop master, location scout, window cleaner, housemaid, illustrator, go-go dancer and world traveller. Now she is a writer, painter and teacher, and lives with her family by the sea.
She does not blog, tweet, Like or poke, but can imagine a use for carrier pigeons, whose incidental crap will actually help vegetables grow.
Zacharey’s first novel The Lifeboat was published in 2008 by UQP. It was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award in 2009 and is published in three languages. In 2011 UQP published Zacharey’s children’s picture book Tobias Blow, which is on the Premier’s Reading List.
Sessions: 13, 22, 81
Erik Jensen is the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen. He is editor of the Saturday Paper. He has worked as a journalist and editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, where he won the Walkley Award for Young Print Journalist of the Year and the UNAA’s Media Peace Prize. His work has appeared in various publications, including the Monthly and New Statesman.
Sessions: 10, 36, 63, 82
Mike Jones is a writer of screen, page and digital interactive media, and recipient of numerous accolades including an Australian Writers Guild award. As a novelist Mike is published by Simon&Schuster and his latest work includes the 3-book series of supernatural gothic horror novels, The Transgressions Cycle. www.thetransgressionscycle.com
Mike serves as head of story development for interactive media company Portal Entertainment UK where he was lead-writer on their immersive iPad thriller 'The Craftsman’ as well as developing interactive games for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, and working with Warner Bros to create a slate of live-action interactive projects. Portal received the UK Digital Innovation prize for Film & TV in 2012, were part of the exclusive Time/Warner 'Mediacamp’ accelerator program in 2014.
Most recently Mike collaborated with show runner Vicki Madden on her forthcoming supernatural drama series, The Kettering Incident for Foxtel, and together they are co-writing a new drama series with support from Screen Tasmania. Mike was executive producer and story editor on cult post-apocalyptic series, Wastelander Panda for ABCTV and has worked in story and script development for production companies including Warner Bros, Porchlight, SweetPotato, Fox (US) and multiplatform studio The Project Factory.
He is very tall, talks very fast and likes scary things that go bump in the night.
Sessions: 31, 56
Mireille Juchau is the author of three novels. Her latest The World Without Us is published by Bloomsbury in Australia in 2015, and will appear in the US and UK in 2016. Burning In was shortlisted for the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Age Book of the Year Award and the Nita B. Kibble Award. Machines for Feeling was shortlisted for the 1999 Vogel/Australian Literary Award. Mireille’s short fiction, plays, reviews and essays are published internationally and in Australia. She was formerly the fiction editor of HEAT Magazine, has a PhD in literature and has taught writing at several universities.
Sessions: 9, 72, 107
An Arakwal Bumberbin Bundjalung woman.
A proud mother and grandmother.
I’m passionate about sharing my culture and protecting Country.
Sessions: 71, 106
Catherine Keenan is executive director and co-founder of the Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in Redfern, Sydney. For a decade before that, she was an arts and features writer at the Sydney Morning Herald, and also worked as literary editor. She freelances occasionally for a variety of publications, and is an honorary associate in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.
Sessions: 68, 94. 110
Sheng Keyi is a fiction writer born in Yiyang, Hunan, later moving to Shenzhen before settling in Beijing, where she currently lives. She is the author of six novels, two of which have been translated into English: Northern Girls, longlisted for the 2012 Man Asia Literary Prize, and Death Fugue. Her short story A little life is published in Griffith Review: New Asia Now.
Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of the memoir Affection (Text Publishing Australia 2009 and Seal Press USA 2010) which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier’s Literary Award in the non-fiction category, and the 2010 ABIA awards for Biography, Triptych: An Erotic Adventure (Text 2011) and the literary fiction novel Steeplechase (Text 2013). In 2014 she won the prestigious Thomas Shapcott award for poetry for her collection, Eating My Grandmother. Her novel The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine will also be published by Text in 2015. She has written and directed short films and broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television and has had short stories published in literary journals, books and magazines including Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings, Nerve.com, The Big Issue, Best Women’s Erotica 2014, Women of Letters and The Lifted Brow.
Sessions: 30, 35, 108, 112
Andrew Knight was born a long time ago. His career has been checkered by moments of intense activity and months of crippling sloth. Among his writing and/or producing credits are, in no particular or sane order: Rake, Jack Irish, SeaChange After The Deluge, The Broken Shore, Tripping Over, Kangaroo Palace, My Brother Jack, CrashBurn, The Fast Lane - movies; The Water Diviner, Siam Sunset and Spotswood. He was producer and head writer on Fast Forward, Full Frontal and D Generation. He was co-owner and creative director of Artist Services, the top production house in the country till sold to Granada. The company was responsible for some 40 different television and film projects.
Currently: he is writing with Peter Duncan the fourth and final series of Rake starring Richard Roxburgh. He is writing and co-producing a six part series of JackIirish starring Guy Pearce - both productions are for Essential Media and the ABC. He co-wrote with Osamah Sami the feature film Ali’s Wedding for Matchbox Pictures which is financed and in production this October. He has adapted with Andrew Anastasios, The Cartographer for South Pacific Pictures. He has written with Adam Shand the co-production feature King of Thieves earmarked for production in March next year and is working on the Mel Gibson, Bill Mechanic feature Hacksaw Ridge which shoots this year.
He and his shows have won over fifty industry awards, including AFI, Logies, AWGIES, SPAA etc for both his writing and producing. He is winner of the AFI/AACTA 2014 Longford Lyell Award, the highest honour in the Australian Film and Television Industry.
He was educated but has no memory of it. He has no hobbies and three children as a consequence.
Sessions: 53, 56, 65, 110
Dr Anneli Knight is a freelance journalist and writer, and was previously a staff reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald. She co-authored the book Flirting with Finance (Fairfax Books, 2009), and has contributed to the travel collection: Holiday Goddess Handbag Guide (Harper Collins, 2011). She has a PhD in creative writing and has taught journalism and writing at UTS, NMIT and for the NRWC. She now juggles a mix of editorial, academic, commercial and creative work. Before moving to Byron Bay in 2011 she spent seven years living between Melbourne and the Kimberley.
Sessions: 91, 107, 111
Malcolm Knox is the author of five novels: Summerland, A Private Man, Jamaica, The Life and his most recent, The Wonder Lover (May 2015). He is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and a well-known ghostwriter. Malcolm has written many non-fiction titles, including books about cricket and current affairs, and biography. Secret lives and imposture are recurring themes in his work. Malcolm Knox lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with his wife and two children.
Sessions: 51, 80, 85, 94
Ramona Koval is a Melbourne writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. From 2006 to 2011 she presented Radio National’s Book Show, and she has written for Age and the Australian. She is the author of By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life, and Bloodhound: Searching For My Father.
Sessions: 15, 26, 53, 89
Alison Kubler is a freelance curator and writer. She has a Double Major in Art History from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Masters in Post-war and Contemporary Art History from Manchester University, England. She has over 20 years experience working as a curator in museums and galleries in Australia, and writes for leading art journals and magazines. She is Associate Curator of the University of Queensland Art Museum, and has worked as a curator at QUT Art Museum and Gold Coast City Art Gallery.She worked as Arts Adviser to Senator The Hon George Brandis, SC, the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport in 2007.
Alison is a co-director of mc/k art consulting, working on public art commissions, curatorial projects and publishing, and is a Board Director of the Museum of Brisbane. mc/k art worked as art consultants with Richards & Spence on the Brisbane International Airport refurbishment for completion in 2015.
In November 2013 a book she co-authored with Mitchell Oakley-Smith entitled Art and Fashion in the Twentieth Centurywas published by Thames and Hudson UK, and has been translated into German and will be published in Japan by Gaia in 2015. She is Associate Curator of Manuscript Art.
Alison is married to artist Michael Zavros, and together they have three children.
Sessions: 23, 36