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