Nick Earls is the author of nineteen novels and collections of short fiction for adults, teenagers and children. His books have won awards in Australia and the UK, and have appeared on bestseller lists in both those countries and the Amazon Kindle Store. Five of his novels have been adapted into stage plays and two, 48 Shades of Brown and Perfect Skin, have been adapted into feature films. His new novel for adults, Analogue Men, takes the bestselling comedy style of his earlier fiction about men in their twenties and thirties and applies it to the forty-something demographic.
Session: 44, 69, 96
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.
Russell Eldridge is a retired newspaper editor. He now writes fiction and freelance articles, trains journalists and conducts corporate media training. 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.
Session: 20, 52, 54
Gary Kong Elkerton is an immortal of professional surfing and a towering figure in the world of big wave riding.
His epic gouging and massive high-speed turns made him the undisputed king of power surfing for two generations.
Kong grew up at sea on his Dad’s prawn trawler, ranging up and down the Great Barrier Reef, surfing some of the most remote mid-ocean waves on earth.
After gaining global prominence in classic films such as Kong’s Island, The Performers I & II, and Mad Wax, Kong went on to competitive success all around the world, especially in Hawaii. He also threw himself headlong into a hedonistic rock n roll lifestyle of colossal proportions... every bit as edgy as his exploits in the water.
The Surfing Hall of Famer, 3 x World Masters Champion, 2 x Hawaiian Triple Crown Champion, 3 x World Title Runner Up and multiple Sunset Beach and Pipeline Masters Champion explains in Kong: The Life & Times of a Surfing Legend.
Appearing: Secondary School Day
Kate Eltham is the Festival Director & CEO of Brisbane Writers Festival. From 2006 to 2012 she was the CEO of Queensland Writers Centre where she founded if:book Australia, an innovation centre exploring digital futures for writing and publishing. She regularly presents on digital book futures at festivals and conferences including O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing in New York, Paju Bookcity Forum in South Korea and Melbourne Writers Festival.
Abbas El-Zein has written essays and short stories for HEAT, Meanjin, the New York Times, Guardian, and the Age among others. He has published a widely-acclaimed novel, Tell the Running Water, set in civil-war Lebanon. His memoir, Leave to Remain, about growing up in Beirut and migrating to the West, is an autobiographical reflection on war, identity and displacement. It won the 2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Community Relations Commission Award. His latest book, The Secret Maker of the World, is a collection of short stories which cross continents and time zones, effortlessly melding themes of loss and longing with larger questions of power, politics, faith and love.
Session: 21, 62, 82
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.
Session: 48, 98
Richard Fidler presents Conversations with Richard Fidler, an in-depth, up-close-and-personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio. Richard has interviewed CIA agents, ex-prisoners, prime ministers, astronauts and the Dalai Lama. But he’s particularly partial to everyday people you’ve never heard of, who have seen and done amazing things. In another life Richard was a member of comedy group The Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS), which played to audiences all over the world.
Appearing: Friday 1 August, in conversation with Poe Ballantine.
David Finkel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who since 2007 has been documenting the effects of war on the human psyche. His most recent book, the critically acclaimed Thank You For Your Service, chronicles the challenges faced by soldiers and their families in war’s aftermath. His previous book, The Good Soldiers, was a bestselling and award-winning account of a U.S. infantry battalion during the Iraq War “surge.” An editor and writer for The Washington Post, Finkel has reported from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, and across the United States, and has covered wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
Session: 54, 71, 82, 85
Tim Flannery has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include the award winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers, which has been translated into over 20 languages and most recently Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope and Among the Islands, an account of his adventures in Papua New Guinea.He received a Centenary of Federation Medal and in 2002 delivered the Australia Day address. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 Australian of the Year. In 2011 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of St Charles.
In 1998-9 he was a visiting professor at Harvard, and is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and has served on the International Board of WWF.
In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded and heads the Australian Climate Council. He serves of the Sustainability Advisory Boards of Siemens and Tata Power (India).
Session: 17, 41, 101
Mem Fox is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies (Flinders University, South Australia), and also Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first publication, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book in Australia. It is thirty years old this year (2013) and is still available in hard-back. She has written many other internationally best-selling books for children including Time for Bed, Where Is The Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, a copy of which was Australia’s official gift to Prince George, the new royal baby. Mem has also written several non-fiction books for adults, including her renowned book for parents: Reading Magic. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages. She has received many civic honours and awards, and three honorary doctorates.
She lives in Adelaide, South Australia, but leaps around a bit as an advocate for literacy and literature.
Session: 63, 87, 96
Malcolm Fraser served as Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister from 1975 until he resigned from federal politics in 1983, after 28 years as the Federal Member for Wannon. He held several ministries during his time in Parliament, including Minister for the Army, Minister of State for Defence and Minister for Education and Science.
Since leaving government Mr Fraser has played a distinguished role in international relations. He was Co-chairman of the Commonwealth Committee of Eminent Persons in 1986, formed to encourage reform in South Africa. He served as Chairman of CARE Australia from 1987 until 2001, and President of CARE International from 1990 to 1995. He was a foundation Board Member of the International Crisis Group from 1996 to 2000 and has served as a Senior Advisor there since. In 2011 he became a member of the Asia–Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
Mr Fraser has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia and received the President’s Gold Medal for Humanitarian Service from B’nai B’rith International, as well as the Australian Human Rights Medal from the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. His books include Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs (The Miegunyah Press, 2010) and Dangerous Allies (MUP, 2014).
Session: 50, 85
Known to many as The Stinger Lady, Lisa is an enthusiastic media personality, guest lecturer, and authority on all things jellyfish.
Growing up in a small town called Valley of Enchantment in the mountains outside Los Angeles was the perfect place to stimulate the curious mind of a budding scientist. Even as a youngster, Lisa was a bit of a local legend, producing rare snakes from her pockets during show and tell at school, borrowed from the veritable zoo of birds, fish, bats, reptiles, gophers, and salamanders that shared her bedroom.
On 21st January 1973 she decided to become a marine biologist. This was the day that her school went whale watching and tide pooling... a whole new glorious habitat for a mountain girl! She was not quite nine.
Detouring through stints as a stockbroker, a movie projectionist, an ice cream scooper, an accountant, a telemarketer, a law student, and a fine jeweller, Lisa finally pursued her scientific dreams full throttle, and has now been researching jellyfish for more than 20 years. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 1998 for her studies on jellyfish blooms, and has discovered more than 150 new species, including sixteen that are highly dangerous, plus a new species of dolphin. She currently lives in Hobart where she tends to her garden of carnivorous plants.
Session: 17, 41, 68
Tom begin his publishing career at Random House in London. In 1995 he joined Pan Macmillan Australia as an editor. He become non-fiction publisher in 1999, and then director of non-fiction publishing. In January 2014 he moved to Allen & Unwin as publishing director.
Lisa lives in Melbourne. Hotel Hyperion, her second poetry collection, features storm glasses, museums and a mythical space hotel. Shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards, it was selected in ABR and the Age as a book of the year. Lisa's first collection Press Release, also from Giramondo, was awarded the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry. Lisa has also been awarded the Vincent Buckley Prize for Poetry.
A Rhodes Scholar, Lisa completed a doctorate on John Donne at Oxford and received the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in Donne Studies. She has written a children's novel, Cloudland, and edited Black Inc's Best Australian Poems 2013. Lisa is poetry editor of ABR and reviews editor at Cordite.
Session: 33, 60, 61
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.
Session: 25, 96
Appearing: Primary School Days
Gideon Haigh has been a journalist for more than 30 years, and published 30 books, which appeals to his sense of symmetry, while also setting him a longer term challenge to maintain. In summer he writes mainly about cricket; between times he has tackled subjects from asbestos and abortion to automotive manufacturing and econometric modelling. His The Office: A Hardworking History won the NSW Premier's Prize for non-fiction last year. He has also edited seven other books, and contributed to more than 100 different publications, some of which have even survived.
Session: 7, 27, 48
Sophie Hamley abandoned a potentially fulfilling legal career before it even started and instead decided to work in publishing. She has worked in the print and online publishing industries as a bookseller, editor, writer, content producer, web and interactive TV producer. Sophie joined the Cameron Creswell Agency in 2006; as a literary agent she looks after a vibrant list of novelists, non-fiction writers and writers for children who are published in Australia and abroad. She is President of the Australian Literary Agents’ Association; she was a member of the Book Industry Collaborative Council during its one-year term, and also produced and edited its blog, and is a founding member of the Book Industry Council of Australia.
In her spare time Sophie runs a website dedicated to Australian country music and teaches yoga. She is passionately interested in Australian stories in all their forms (one of the reasons for liking country music), and is excited by the opportunities that digital publishing can bring to storytellers. When she grows up she wants to be Kate Eltham.
Session: 6, 11, 77, 86
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.
Session: 2, 35, 66, 83, 103
Appearing: Friday 1 August, War and Remembrance Literary Dinner
A charming and clever songwriter, Darren Hanlon has drawn comparisons to Evan Dando and Billy Bragg, but is really his own kettle of fish. An easily distracted crossword addict and itinerant globe trotter (up until recently he hasn’t lived anywhere for over 5 years) he has wasted little time in establishing himself as a compelling storyteller and prolific songwriter with his observational wit and memorable pop hooks, at home and in other far-flung pockets of the globe.
Releasing his Early Days EP in 2000, he quickly gained recognition within the Australian indie music scene (his music regularly supported by Triple J) and begun touring Europe and the United States shortly thereafter. In 2002, his full-length debut, Hello Stranger, a wonderful mix of folk-rock and quirky songwriting was released to comparably favorable reviews. Little Chills arrived in 2004, followed by Fingertips and Mountaintops (2006) and a collection of B-sides and rarities called Pointing Ray Guns At Pagans (2009). In 2010, Darren celebrated 10 years as a solo musician with the release of I Will Love You At All, which was met with critical acclaim and featured the hit single All These Things.
He is on the verge of releasing his new album Where Did You Come From after an epic adventure in the American South, recording songs in New Orleans, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Nashville and Clarksdale, with an array of musicians he met along the way.
Known for his engagement with his audiences, through his down-to-earth storytelling at his live shows, Darren has shared stages with Billy Bragg, the Magnetic Fields, Bright Eyes, Violent Femmes, Neko Case and continues to tour across the globe.
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.
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 (2003), Best Australian Short Stories (2012 and 2013), and Best Australian Science Writing (2012).
In 2014, she will also edit the Best Australian Science Writing anthology, to be published in November.
She lives in Brisbane.
Session: 27, 44, 68, 79, 93, 99
Terry Hayes is a former journalist and screen-writer. Born in Sussex, England, he migrated to Australia as a child and trained as a journalist at the country’s leading broadsheet. At twenty-one he was appointed North American correspondent, based in New York, and after two years returned to Sydney to become an investigative reporter, political correspondent and columnist. He resigned to produce a prominent current affairs radio program and a short time later, with George Miller, wrote the screenplay for Road Warrior/Mad Max 2. He also co-produced and wrote Dead Calm, the film which launched Nicole Kidman’s international movie career, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and a large number of TV movies and mini-series – including Bodyline and Bangkok Hilton – two of which received international Emmy nominations. In all, he has won over twenty film or television awards. After moving to Los Angeles he worked as a screen-writer on major studio productions. His credits include Payback with Mel Gibson, From Hell, starring Johnny Depp, and Vertical Limit with Chris O’Donnell. He has also done un-credited writing on a host of other movies including Reign of Fire, Cliffhanger and Flightplan, starring Jodie Foster.
I Am Pilgrim is his first novel. He and his American wife – Kristen – have four children and live in Switzerland.
Session: 16, 45, 83
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.”
Session: 13, 81, 98
Robin Hemley directs the Writing Program at Yale-NUS College in Singapore and is the author of eleven books of nonfiction and fiction and the winner of many awards including a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, The Nelson Algren Award for Fiction from The Chicago Tribune, The Story Magazine Humor Prize, as well as three Pushcart Prizes in both fiction and nonfiction, and many others. A graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he directed the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa from 2004-2013. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and elsewhere and he frequently teaches creative writing workshops around the world. In 2012, his third collection of short stories, Reply All, was published by Indiana University Press (Break Away Books) and The University of Georgia Press published A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel. His memoir, Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness was reissued by The University of Iowa Press in 2013. He is the founder and organizer of NonfictioNow a biennial conference that will convene next at Northern Arizona University in October of 2015.
Session: 1, 4, 86
Kathryn Heyman is the author of five novels, including Floodline, published by Allen and Unwin in September 2013. She has won numerous awards including an Arts Council of England Writers Award, the Wingate and the Southern Arts Awards, and been nominated for the Orange Prize, the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Edinburgh Fringe Critics’ Awards, the Kibble Prize, and the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Her radio plays for BBC Radio include adaptations of her own work. As well as directing the fiction program for Faber Writing Academy Australia, Kathryn Heyman is the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program.
Session: 1, 58, 86, 99
Singer/songwriter Missy Higgins has struck a profound chord with Australian music fans with her irresistible melodies, 'arrow through the heart' lyrics and a voice that clearly means it. Missy was thrust into the limelight after she won Triple J unearthed whilst she was still at high school. In 2005, Missy's acclaimed debut LP The Sound Of White spent 7 weeks at #1 and became the country's highest selling album of the year. On A Clear Night followed in 2007, also debuting at #1 and giving Missy her first American hit with the single Where I Stood reaching gold sales stateside. Then after years of touring and seven ARIA Award wins Missy quietly decided to take a break from music.
Missy went off to Uni for a while but her love for music eventually lead her back to the studio and in 2011 Missy set up in Nashville to record her first new songs in five years. Those recordings became Missy's third #1 album, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, which despite the five year wait, became the most acclaimed work of Missy's extraordinary career. The breakup album with a difference, chronicling the much loved singer's estrangement - and eventual rapprochement - with music making, spent over 3 months in the top 10 after its mid 2012 release and became Missy's first release to make the Billboard Top 100 in America.
Session: 19, 40
At the age of sixteen Carina escaped Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two siblings and 370 other people. She survived the harrowing journey and the extreme challenges that followed in a primitive refugee camp, and ultimately were accepted for resettlement in the United States.
In 2011 –Carina was honoured as one of Western Australia most courageous and inspiring women, being one of 100 women inducted into the Western Australia Women’s Hall of Fame.
In 2011 she released her first book, Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975-1996, which receivedthe 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Non-Fiction (Australia and New Zealand) and was short listed for WA Premiere Book Award.
In 2012 Carina was appointed as Special Representative to the UN Refugee Agency’s Australian charity, Australia for UNHCR.
In 2013 she released her third book, Permanent Impressions, which received the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Non-Fiction (Australia and New Zealand).
Carina now volunteers to assist families from different parts of the world to search for graves of their loved ones in former Indonesian refugee camps. She also is pursuing a PhD in History and Cultural Studies at Murdoch University.
Carina's story can be found at www.carinahoang.com
Session: 6, 8, 14
Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. He also enjoys photography, and is interested in disability advocacy and social engagement. While he never went far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000.
His memoir, Ugly, is about growing up ugly and disabled. It’s also about counting the number of bad haircuts any one person can.
He is married and lives in Brisbane. He has an eleven-year-old daughter who thinks his Olympic torch would make a really great cricket bat.
Session: 11, 55
Kate Holden was born in 1972 and went to progressive community schools and the University of Melbourne, where she studied classics and literature. She also has a graduate diploma in professional writing and editing and a Masters in Creative Writing from RMIT.
Her first book, the bestselling In My Skin: A memoir, described her years as a heroin addict and sex worker in Melbourne, and was published by Text in 2005 to critical acclaim and sold to eleven countries. Its publication took her on promotional tours to the UK, Italy and the USA. The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, a second memoir, was published in 2010 and also become a best seller, telling the events that followed her recovery as she escaped to Italy for a year. Kate also wrote a popular column for The Age for several years as well as essays and literary criticism which have appeared in publications such as The Monthly, The Australian, Griffith REVIEW, Meanjin, Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, and short fiction in anthologies published by Penguin, Allen & Unwin, Sleepers and Readings. She lives in Melbourne.
Session: 4, 56, 81
Roz has worked in book publishing for 22 years. She started her career as an editorial assistant with Cassell in London, eventually acquiring books about contemporary culture and global issues. Global became a trademark of her career. Roz spent the next few years in the USA, as publishing director for a company specializing in illustrated history books. From there, she landed in Melbourne where she took on the role of Trade and Reference publisher at Lonely Planet. At Lonely Planet, she built up the illustrated and general list virtually from scratch and most notably published The Travel Book, which has now sold over 1 million copies. From Melbourne the inevitable hop up to Sydney saw her take on a role as non-fiction publisher with HarperCollins, managing a high profile list which included authors such as Donna Hay and Bill Granger. The Lost Diggers which she acquired for HarperCollins won Illustrated Book of the Year in 2013. In 2012, Roz ran to the hills (north of Bryon Bay) to start her own publishing company, Captain Honey, with her partner, the award-winning book designer, Natalie Winter. Their first book, The 50 Book: Women Celebrate Life was published in November 2013.
Appearing: Monday 28 July, 10am - 4pm, Workshop
Susan Hornbeck is Associate Publisher at Griffith REVIEW, Australia's leading literary quarterly. She has worked in Australian publishing for sixteen years: she was Publicity Manager at Scribe and Melbourne University Publishing, and worked as a freelance publicist with clients including University of Queensland Press. Susan has a Masters of International Development and was awarded the Orica Prize for the highest achievement in a Bachelor of Business at QUT.
Ian Hoskins is a Sydney-based historian. He has taught at various universities and worked as a curator in social history at the Powerhouse Museum. Since 2003 Ian has divided his time between working as the Historian at North Sydney Council and his own growing research interests in maritime and coastal history. His book ‘Was thinking of home today’: North Sydney and the Great War was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize for Local and Regional History in 2008. Sydney Harbour: a history won the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize for History. Between 2011 and 2013 Ian dragged his family to various places along the NSW coast to ‘look at places that aren’t there anymore’. Coast: a history of the NSW edge was published by NewSouth Books in 2013.
Session: 17, 36, 100
Joanna Immig is a Byron Bay based writer and photographer. She published the Toxic Playground and writes for print and online magazines including ABC Organic Gardener, Good Organic Gardener, The Planthunter and Womankind. She’s an ecologist and coordinator of the not-for-profit organisation the National Toxics Network, which works to bring an end to the chemical pollution that pervades our modern life. She’s most at home in a rainforest surrounded by wildlife and books beside the bed.
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.
She is currently editing The Patchwork Man, her second novel, which was awarded the Byron Bay Writers Festival LitLinkVaruna Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2012.
Session: 16, 44
Lloyd Jones was born in New Zealand in 1955. His best-known novel is Mister Pip, which won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the 2008 Kiriyama Prize Fiction Category, the 2008 Montana Award for Readers Choice, the Montana Fiction Award and the Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry. It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and has been made into a major feature film, directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek and Narnia). His other books include Hand Me Down World, The Book of Fame—which won the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the 2001 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize—Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance and Biografi. He has also published a collection of short stories, The Man in the Shed. His latest book is the memoir, A History of Silence. Lloyd Jones lives in Wellington.
Session: 28, 55, 78
A multi-talented performer and writer, Jean Kittson is one of Australia’s best known and most popular comedians, amusing audiences in theatre, film, print, on radio and television.
Jean made her comedy debut at Melbourne’s legendary comedy venue Le Joke in a series of solo performances, and then in the stage version of Let the Blood Run Free. This show later became a television series for Network 10 and Britain’s Channel Four, and was distributed world-wide.
Jean earned national fame through ABC TV’s The Big Gig as a comic chameleon, with characters as diverse as Veronica Glenhuntley the lovelorn newsreader; Candida the new-age aerobics instructor; Rose McCloud, the acerbic air hostess and many others. Following this success, Jean teamed up with Maryanne Fahey to become the first female comedians to have their own show on Australian TV, Kittson Fahey, which won a Silver Medal at the New York Television Festival.
Session: 51, 56, 90
Andrew Knight is possibly the most prolific and successful writer/producer this country has ever seen. His career spans more than thirty years and he has written across a wide range of styles and genres: from comedy to drama, mini-series and series television to features. He has given us some of our most memorable film and television. Career highlights include Rake, Jack Irish, SeaChange, The Broken Shore, After the Deluge, My Brother Jack, Kangaroo Palace, Fast Forward, Full Frontal, D-Generation, Tripping Over, Siam Sunset and many more.
His new film The Water Diviner starring and directed by Russell Crowe is currently in post-production with two other films slated for production later in the year. He has no hobbies and several children as a result.
Session: 12, 16, 77
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.
Session: 19, 84
Professor Jeri Kroll is Dean of Graduate Research at Flinders University where she established its Creative Writing Program. She has published over 20 books for adults and young people. Swamp Soup, Workshopping the Heart: New and Selected Poems and Research Methods in Creative Writing are recent books. A staged reading of her verse novel, Vanishing Point, took place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ‘Page to Stage’ Festival (2011). Puncher and Wattman will publish the book in 2014.