William Lane lives on the North Coast of NSW, where he is raising three children. After completing an Honours degree in Australian Literature, he travelled and worked in a number of different jobs. In addition to reading and writing, his interests include music and education. He is currently completing a doctorate on the Australian writer, Christina Stead. William has had several critical articles on Stead published in literary journals, and his short story, Children’s Hospital, appeared in the anthology Things that are Found in Trees and Other Stories (2012).
His first novel, Over the Water, will be published by Transit Lounge in 2014. His second novel, The Horses, is due to be published by Transit Lounge in 2015.
Session: 9, 37
Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and screenwriter, and has completed a PhD in television writing and cultural studies. He is the author of two books—The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012)—and the co-author of the comedy book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle and illustrator Oslo Davis. Both of his books have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. Benjamin is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend (The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age), frankie and The Monthly, and has also written for over 50 publications, businesses and agencies in Australia and worldwide. benjamin-law.com
Session: 15, 32
Appearing: Wednesday 30 July WORKSHOP
Michelle Law is the co-author of Sh*t Asian Mothers Say. She is a Brisbane-based AWGIE award-winning screenwriter, essayist, columnist and blogger. She has worked on SLiDE, Flashforward, the television adaptation of The Family Law and the documentary Suicide and Me. Her writing has appeared in Women of Letters, Destroying the Joint, Growing Up Asian in Australia, Griffith Review, Meanjin and Good Weekend. She writes a bi-monthly television column for the Lifted Brow.
Session: 32, 51
Writer and broadcaster Geoff Lemon covers sport for The Guardian, Wisden India and The Roar, as well as writing on politics, literature and history. He's a regular guest on ABC and Triple R radio, a trained historian, and has written foreign sporting correspondence from England, New Zealand and Argentina. He also writes the political satire website Heathen Scripture.
Geoff is editor of Australian literary publisher Going Down Swinging, and a widely published poet and spoken word performer. His books includes the poetry collection Sunblind (2008), collaborative novel Willow Pattern (2012) and essay collection The Sturgeon General Recommends (2013).
Session: 7, 12, 97
David Leser is a Walkely-award winning journalist who has worked in Australia, North America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia for the past thirty five years. He began his career on the Sydney Daily Telegraph in 1979 and has since worked as a feature writer for the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age, HQ magazine, the Bulletin, Good Weekend, the Australian Women’s Weekly, Italian and German Vanity Fair, Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He is the author of six books and editor of Paul Kelly: The Essays, as well as Executive Producer of the 2012 award-winning documentary Paul Kelly: Stories of Me.
Born in Montreal and raised in Sydney, David moved to Byron Bay in 1999 before returning to live in Sydney in 2012. He has two daughters, Jordan, a singer-songwriter, and Hannah, a photographer.
His latest book – a memoir - To Begin To Know: Walking in the Shadows of my Father is published by Allen & Unwin.
Session: 4, 39, 95
Appearing: Saturday 2 August, 8.00-9.15, Byron Bay Community Centre, in conversation with Richard Clapton.
Luka Haralampou, aka Luka Lesson, is a spoken word and Hip-hop artist of Greek heritage from Australia.
With two years of international touring, 11 Writers’ Festivals, 7 years of workshop experience and almost ten years of writing, Luka has written commissions and performed for the likes of The Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe (NYC), The National Gallery of Victoria, Greece’s pioneer Hip-hop group ‘Active Member’, China’s most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan and recently returned from a national tour of South Africa. He is also the Australian Poetry Slam champion of 2011 and Melbourne Overload Poetry Festival slam champion of 2010.
Academically Luka holds a first-class honours degree from Monash University and has taught side-by-side with Indigenous educators and staff at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies. He has co-ordinated and spoken at symposia relating to cross-cultural awareness and recently completed a Masters of Sound Design (Poetry Performance) through the Victorian College of the Arts. As a workshop facilitator Luka has assisted thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to write and perform their work, many for the first time.
Luka's debut collection of work The Future Ancients is now available and his latest album EXIT is a free download from www.lukalesson.com.au
Workshop: Tuesday 29 July, 10.00am - 4.00pm, Workshop.
Appearing: Friday 1 August, Byron Bay Community Centre, Liner Notes Presents David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust.
Jono Lineen was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At the height of the ‘Troubles’ his family emigrated to Canada where, in his teens, Jono developed into a world class ski racer. The month before the 1988 Olympics, in which he was aiming to compete, his brother Gareth tragically drowned while training with his university rowing team. This event became the catalyst for Jono to move to the Himalayas where he eventually spent eight years. It was during this time that he undertook the 2700-kilometer trek that forms the basis of his new book, Into the Heart of the Himalayas. In 2000 he took a position with the Nobel Peace Prize winning humanitarian relief organization Medecins Sans Frontieres, he spent five years managing medical projects in war zones in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nepal. Jono now works as a curator at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
Into the Heart of the Himalayas is Jono’s second book, his first, River Trilogy investigates the relationship between humanity and rivers through a series of journeys from the source to the outlets of three of the world’s greatest rivers, the Ganges, the Rhine and the Tatshenshini.
Session: 5, 14, 52
Antony Loewenstein is an independent Australian journalist, blogger and documentarian. He is the author of the bestselling books My Israel Question, The Blogging Revolution and Profits of Doom:How Vulture Capitalism is Swallowing the World, co-author of For God's Sake, co-editor of Left Turn and After Zionism and has written for The Nation, Huffington Post, the Sydney Morning Herald, Haaretz and other prominent publications. He is a weekly Guardian columnist.
He appears on the BBC, Al Jazeera English, ABC and many other media outlets. He is currently co-directing a film in progress on vulture capitalism globally and working on a new book on disaster capitalism with a US and UK publisher.
He also likes table tennis. He is a Research Associate at the University of Technology's Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.
Session: 5, 8, 31, 82, 91
Julian is a theatre director, curator and performerand currently the Artistic Director of NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts), a leading regionally based theatre company. He is passionate about creatingplayful, site specific and physical theatre works that engage communities into the creation and presentation of the work. For NORPA Julian has been responsible for the creation of Railway Wonderland (performed on Lismore’s disused railway station), My Radio Heart (a co-production with Urban Theatre Projects),Open House (a circus work performed in a residential house in Lismore),Engine, The Bloody Bride and Not Like Beckett (2007). Julian curates a contemporary program, made up of original productions (through NORPA’s Generator program), national and international touring works and community cultural events.
Julian is the director of The 13-Storey Treehouse(2013) which is currently on a national tour, and The 26-Storey Treehouse that will open at the Opera House later this year.
Photo by Kate Holmes
Mungo MacCallum is a political journalist, broadcaster and commentator. Since the 1970s and 1980s, he has covered Australian federal politics from the Canberra Press Gallery for The Australian, The National Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Nation Review and radio station 2JJ/Triple J. Currently he writes a column for the Byron Shire Echo, The Northern Star, and frequently writes for the magazine The Monthly and www.crikey.com.au.
He also contributes political commentary to Australia's national Community Radio Network.
As an author, he has written several books, The Whitlam Mob is his latest book on politics. This will be launched by Kerry O'Brien at this year’s Festival.
Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and writer. He is the author of fifteen books, including Reinventing Australia, Why Don’t People Listen?, Generations, What Makes Us Tick? and the 2013 bestseller, The Good Life. His sixth novel, Infidelity, was also published in 2013.
In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, Hugh has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW and Western Sydney universities. He has also received a University of Sydney Alumni Award for community service.
He was a newspaper columnist for over 25 years, and is currently an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong and a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. Among other honorary appointments, he has been deputy chairman of the Australia Council, chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, and the inaugural chairman of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board.
Hugh’s forthcoming book, The Art of Belonging, set in a fictionalised Australian suburb, uses a mix of social analysis and storytelling to offer a persuasive argument for the benefit of community and the power of social connection in helping us lead richer, more meaningful lives.
Father Bob is the much-loved 'people's priest' and enigmatic champion of the down and out, in Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest (written by Sue Williams). From a lonely childhood in poor circumstances, to an early priesthood that collided with the upheaval of Vatican 11 and working with the army during the Vietnam War, this is a lively portrait of the man who refuses to be defeated by enforced retirement from the parish over which he presided for nearly forty years.
A man of passion, creativity and humour, a social activist and popular media performer, Father Bob is part Billy Connolly, part angry Old Testament prophet and part compassionate Mother Theresa (he would hate this categorisation). But, Father Bob has a unique combination of traits and in each he is a risk taker.
Christine Manfield is a highly regarded Australian chef, author, food and travel writer, food manufacturer, presenter, teacher and gastronomic traveller whose culinary work draws on the exciting tastes and flavours of many cultures, whose passion and commitment to culinary excellence are world renowned. Her philosophy that life is too short to eat bad food and her constant pursuit of excellence is manifest in Christine Manfield’s writing. Open any one of her successful books and you will discover her personal exploration of flavour, texture and cooking methods that blend these elements intelligently and carefully to create highly original food.
Christine has published eight acclaimed and award winning books including Tasting India (2011) and Fire and Spice (2012).
Session: 13, 43, 52
Appearing: Sunday 3 August, 12.00pm - 2.30pm, Literary Lunch and in conversation with Simon Marnie.
Simon Marnie presents Weekends on 702 ABC Sydney, a diverse programme that combines news, arts and lifestyle.
Simon has worked both behind the scenes and in front of the microphone as a producer or presenter for government, commercial and community radio. He has dabbled in television for ABC, SBS and on the Food Channel for LifestyleTV.
Whilst at home interviewing a broad range of people from Premiers, performers and Governors General to musicians and social representatives in his Sunday Brunch segment, Simon can weave gardening, home renovation and performance into his programme at the drop of a hat.
But when news breaks Simon was there, whether it was through the night for the events of September 11, the NSW Bushfires or on the streets of Goodna during the Brisbane floods.
For over 25 years Simon has enjoyed bringing the stories, the people and the news to audiences from his days at JJJ to now on 702 ABC Sydney.
One of Simon’s highlights in the last few years was at the BBWF in 2010 when he was able to ask Bret Easton Ellis why he was “such a sick #@%”
Session: 1, 13, 40, 57
Appearing: Sunday 3 August, 12.00pm - 2.30pm, Literary Lunch and in conversation with Christine Manfield.
Marr is the multi-award-winning author of four Quarterly Essays including his most recent, The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell. His other works include Patrick White: A Life, Panic and The High Price of Heaven, and as co- author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV¹s Media Watch. He currently writes for the Guardian Australia.
Session: 8, 10, 45, 85, 89
In his new memoir, The Boy in the Yellow Dress, Victor Marsh provides a warts-and-all account of a sissy boy’s struggle to survive, and the help he receives from a most unlikely source—spiritual help, from an absurdly young guru—that provides him with the tools he needs not only to survive but to thrive in a distinctly hostile environment.
After previous work in theatre and television (in Australia and the U.S) Marsh earned his PhD with a dissertation titled The Journey of the Queer ‘I’. He has previously published a critical study of the relationship between British expat. writer Christopher Isherwood and his guru (Mr Isherwood Changes Trains) and in 2011 he edited SPEAK NOW, a collection of essays around the question of same-sex marriage in Australia. Recent short memoir pieces have appeared in Griffith REVIEW and Wilde magazine.
Joanne McCarthy was born and raised on the Central Coast as the eldest of a large Catholic family, attended Catholic and State schools. McCarthy tried nursing at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney but left and planned to be a librarian. Instead she started work at the Gosford Star newspaper in 1980 after the Catholic editor decided the paper's first cadetship should go to a Catholic kid from up the road. She started with the Central Coast Express in 1986 and moved to the Newcastle Herald in 2002. She enjoys writing on politics, the law and environmental issues, with a particular focus on coal mining in the Hunter region. In 2005 she wrote the first articles about child sex abuse in the Catholic Church; in June 2006 the first long article about media and child sex abuse, and in September 2007 the first articles about how Catholic clergy concealed the crimes of other clergy. McCarthy won the 2013 NSW and Australian Journalist of the Year awards and the Gold Walkley for investigations into child sex abuse in churches and initiating the campaign that led to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse. In spare time she enjoys reading, running, bushwalking, gardening and travelling.
Since starting her cadetship at the Sydney Morning Herald more than 20 years ago, Kate McClymont has covered everything from the kidnapping of pooches to salary cap rorts and serious political skulduggery. She has survived death threats, being spat on by jockey Jim Cassidy and a boat trip out to sea with standover man Tim Bristow and his speargun. She has won five Walkley awards including a Gold Walkley and in 2012 was named NSW Journalist of the Year.
Kate is currently working with fellow journalist Linton Besser on He Who Must Be Obeyed, a book about political corruption and the Obeid family.
Session: 45, 80
Sally McPherson is a solicitor specialising in intellectual property law and entertainment law – particularly contracts that involve commercialising or transacting copyright. Sally’s current clients include singers, writers, creators, celebrity chefs and sports personalities.
Appearing: Monday 28 July, 1.30pm - 4.30pm, Workshop.
Bob McTavish has been surfing for 60 years, shaping boards for over fifty. He's been planted in the Byron/Lennox zone for 45 years, raising five kids and driving his wife crazy. He's still a very active surfer, loving both big and small days.
As a 12 year old he won two writing prizes, and he turned that gift into an earn as a technical writer for the surf media through the sixties. When the cultural revolution of 1967 swept Australia he was a voice for change and seeing things from a new viewpoint, and his writing became very cultish.
Recovering from that phase he settled into family and solid hard work making better surfboards. Back to technical writing again.
He finally got serious about writing a milestone, and put down his hilarious sixties adventures in book form, releasing Stoked! to a grateful audience in 2009. It's been a best seller, and his second book More Stoked was released last year.
Miles Merrill combines poetry with theatre, experimental audio, hip-hop beats, stand-up and political confrontation, flinging words in a rapid-fire onslaught of versified emotion. Born and raised in Chicago, now living in Sydney, he has opened for Saul Williams, jammed with Shane Koyczan, wrote and directed a show in the Sydney International Arts Festival, performed solo at the Sydney Opera House, created Australia’s first spoken-word festival – The Night Words Festival and is founder of the national literary performance competition: The Australian Poetry Slam Internationally.
Merrill has performed in Krakow’s Audio Art Festival, at writer’s festivals in Ubud, Vancouver, Calgary, Beijing and regional China. In Australia he has performed at festivals in Sydney, Perth, Byron Bay, Darwin and Adelaide.
He tours everywhere: music festivals, theatres, galleries, bars and a wide variety of classy joints- anywhere his words will travel.
Angela Meyer is an author, editor and literary journalist. She grew up on the north coast of NSW, and now lives in Melbourne. In May a collection of her flash fiction was published by Inkerman & Blunt, titled Captives. She is also the editor of an anthology of eerie stories by Australian writers, such as Carmel Bird, Chris Flynn, Ali Alizadeh, Krissy Kneen and more, called The Great Unknown (Spineless Wonders).
As a book reviewer and journalist Angela has been published in a wide variety of publications, such as The Australian, Books+Publishing (which she also edited for a time), AntiTHESIS, Crikey, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue. She has also interviewed authors at writers’ festivals in Australia and around the world, including at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
In 2014 she completed a Doctor of Creative Arts through the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.
Miller is the author of eleven novels, numerous essays and several plays. His most recent novel is Coal Creek, which was published to wide critical acclaim in Australia by Allen and Unwin in October 2013. Miller's novels are published internationally and widely in translation. He is twice winner of Australia’s premier literary prize, The Miles Franklin Literary Award and is an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He has won numerous other literary awards, including on two occasions the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW’s Premier’s Award, 2001 & 2011; the Age Book of the Year Award in 2011, and was awarded the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2012. Miller is a recipient of the Centenary Medal for services to Australian Society and the Manning Clark Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian Culture. Miller is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Frank Moorhouse is one of Australia's most eminent writers. Author of ten works of fiction, and editor of five anthologies, he is himself one of Australia’s most anthologised writers. He was one of the first recipients of the so-called "Keating" Fellowships for distinguished and established writers, and lived in Europe for several years researching and writing his acclaimed novel Grand Days and its sequel Dark Palace. He is a frequent conference/ festival speaker and reader both in Australia and internationally. He was honoured with an Order of Australia in l985 and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Griffith University, Queensland in l997. In l999 he undertook the inaugural writer’s residency at Kings College, Cambridge, where he completed Dark Palace, the sequel to his previous novel, Grand Days. The third novel of this trilogy, Cold Light, was published by Random House Australia in 2011.
He has played an instrumental role in establishing public lending right, and has worked tirelessly for authors' remuneration and freelance journalism rates, as well as for public and educational lending right. He has also been on panels of judges for literary prizes and awards and was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australia Council.
Tara Moss is a novelist, journalist, blogger and TV presenter. Since 1999 she has written 9 bestselling novels, published in 18 countries and 12 languages. Her writing has appeared in Australian Literary Review, The Sydney Morning Herald News Review, The Age, The Daily Telegraph, The Australian, ABC online and more. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney, and has earned her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy.
Moss is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. She has been an ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 2000 and has hosted their annual charity flight for over a decade. She has also been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and UNICEF Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Heath Initiative (BFHI) since 2011, and as of 2013 has taken on a larger role as UNICEF’s National Ambassador for Child Survival.
Her in-depth novel research has seen her tour the FBI Academy at Quantico, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, pass the Firearms Training Simulator (FATSII) with the LAPD, pull 4.2 G’s doing loops over the Sydney Opera House flying with the RAAF, and acquire her CAMS race driver licence. She has hosted the true crime documentary series Tough Nuts – Australia’s Hardest Criminals on the Crime & Investigation Network, Tara Moss Investigates on the National Geographic Channel and the author interview show Tara in Conversation on 13th Street Universal. In 2014 she was recognised for Outstanding Advocacy for her blog Manus Island: An insider’s report, which helped to break information to the public about the events surrounding the alleged murder of Reza Barati inside the Australian-run Manus Island Immigration Detention Centre.
The Fictional Woman is her first non-fiction book.
Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan. A former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and Indian Ocean Poetry Slam, he has performed extensively around the county, and has been a featured guest internationally at the likes of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, Jaipur Literary Festival, Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka), the France Slam League Cup, Beijing Writers Festival, and the Crossing Border Music and Writers Festival (Netherlands). His international hip-hop tours have included supporting legendary poet/singer Gil Scott-Heron in Germany. Omar has released three hip hop albums and two poetry books (including Parang, 2013), and is working on a play, Bonegatherer, and a show with ARIA award-winning singer Daniel Merriweather, both to be staged in 2014. He was a panellist on Q&A in 2012, performing a poem for its conclusion, and was a star performer at the TEDx Sydney event in 2013 at the Sydney Opera House. Omar has also run creative workshops in remote Aboriginal communities, youth centres and rural schools.
His debut novel Here Come the Dogs will be published by Penguin Australia in July 2014.
Adrian Newstead established Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Australia’s oldest continuously operating Aboriginal art gallery, in 1981. A former President of the Indigenous Art Trade Association and Director of Aboriginal Tourism Australia, he became the Head of Aboriginal Art for Lawson-Menzies in 2003, and Managing Director of Menzies Art Brands until 2008. In 2011 he was appointed President of the Art Consulting Association of Australia.
An Aboriginal art consultant, dealer and art commentator, Adrian Newstead has over 30 years’ experience working in Aboriginal and Australian contemporary art. He is a widely published arts commentator and author of The Dealer is the Devil.
Adrian Newstead and Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery are based in Bondi, New South Wales.
Fresh from an Arts degree, P.M. Newton joined the New South Wales police force in 1982. She spent most of her career as a detective, working both in Sydney and on the mid-North Coast, and in specialist agencies including Drug Enforcement, Sexual Assault and Major Crime. When she had eventually had enough of meeting people for the first time on the worst day of their lives, Newton resigned from the Job to travel and live overseas. Since then she has written about music and travel in Mali, and studied Buddhist Philosophy in India. Her first novel, The Old School, won a Sisters in Crime Davitt Award and the Asher Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the Indie Award for Debut Fiction and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Seizure, Review of Australian Fiction and The Great Unknown and her commentary pieces have appeared on the ABC’s The Drum. Her most recent book is Beams Falling.
Mandy Nolan is a comedian, speaker and author. She is a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo, and a regular contributor to The Hoopla. Her first memoir, What I Would Do If I Were You, was published in 2011 and her latest is Boyfriends We've All Had and Shouldn't have. Readers who enjoy the humour of David Sedaris and Jennifer Lawson will love the wit and insight of this brazen woman!
Kerry O’Brien is the former editor and host of The 7.30 Report on the ABC and the present host of the current affairs show Four Corners. He is one of Australia’s most respected journalists, having been awarded six Walkley Awards during his career.
Baden Offord is Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, and Co-Director of the Centre for Peace and Social Justice at Southern Cross University. A multi award winning teacher and researcher, he is globally recognized as a specialist in sexuality and human rights, in 2012 he was a sponsored speaker to the 14th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum in Brussels and conducted a three-week lecture tour of Japan sponsored by the Australian Prime Minister's Educational Assistance Funds post the Great Eastern Tohoku Earthquake in 2011. He has held visiting positions at The University of Barcelona, La Trobe University, Indiana University, University of Auckland and Rajghat Education Centre, Varanasi. In 2010-2011 he was Chair (Visiting Professor) in Australian Studies, Centre for Pacific Studies and American Studies, The University of Tokyo. He is the Vice-President (International) of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia and the International Director of Program for Cultural Studies for the International Academic Forum based in Nagoya. Recent publications include the books Inside Australian Culture: Legacies of Enlightenment Values (Anthem, London: 2014) and Activating Human Rights and Peace: Theories, Practices, Contexts (Ashgate, London: 2012).
Susie Orbach has wide interests as a psychoanalyst and writer. She has written of the craft and theory of doing therapy from the therapist’s perspective using imaginary patients in The Impossibility of Sex. She has written about bodies, culture and eating difficulties in books from Fat is a Feminist Issue to Hunger Strike to Bodies. In her endeavour to marry emotional life and political preoccupations she had a column in The Guardian for 10 years out of which came, What’s Really Going on here? and Towards Emotional Literacy. Her recent co-edited collection Fifty Shades of Feminism- gives voice to many different strands of women’s contemporary thinking.
As a therapist, she has had a series of public conversations with artists, writers, painters, and composers and has advised on various theatrical productions. She talks extensively on a wide range of topics, has a practice seeing individuals and couples and does clinical masterclasses.
She is co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre, and convenor of the UK chapter of www.endangeredbodies.org. She was Visiting Professor at the LSE for ten years.
Mick O'Regan is a local freelance journalist and media consultant who's had a long association with the Byron Bay Writers Festival.
Jacqui Park is The Walkley Foundation for Journalism executive director. She oversees the Walkley innovation program and is program director for the flagship Storyology festival. In more than a decade as regional director for the International Federation of Journalists Asia Pacific, Jacqui was responsible for leading a team of experts in press freedom advocacy and media support work from the Pacific to Afghanistan. She has extensive experience across South and South East Asia, both in the media and with a range of media development and UN organisations. She is also the founding editor of The Walkley Magazine: Inside the Media in Australia and New Zealand.
Emily Perkins is an internationally published fiction writer whose work has been widely anthologised. Her most recent novel is The Forrests (Bloomsbury, 2012), selected as a Book of the Year in the Daily Telegraph, Observer, and New Statesman among other venues, long-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) and a finalist for Fiction Book of the Year at the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Her first book, Not Her Real Name and Other Stories (VUP and Picador, 1996), won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (UK) and the Montana Award for Best First Book of Fiction (NZ). Her four novels include Novel About My Wife, which won the Montana Book Award (NZ) and the Believer Book of the Year (US).
She has collaborated on a mini-comic with Dylan Horrocks and is currently writing for the stage and screen. From 2006-2011 Emily was the presenter of TVNZ’s flagship bookshows. She is a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate and convenes the MA in Fiction at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.
Virginia Peters is the author of Have You Seen Simone? Intrigued by the murder of German backpacker, Simone Strobel, Virginia felt compelled to attend the inquest. This snap decision launched her five-year investigation into the murder. Written with the full cooperation of the Strobel family, as well as the Bavarian and NSW police, Have You Seen Simone? is Virginia's debut work of non-fiction. Virginia is in her final year of the Creative Writing PhD program at Goldsmiths, London University. Her short stories have appeared in Sleepers, Overland, New Australian Stories and Kill Your Darlings. She lives in Sydney with her partner and three children.
Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster, teacher and musician. She has written a weekly column for The Age and presented arts programs for ABC radio. Sian’s essays have been published in Meanjin, TEXT journal, Rex Journal of New Writing, The Age and the first Women of Letters anthology (Penguin). Her short fiction has been published in Visible Ink anthologies and the Sleepers Almanac.
Sian teaches part-time in RMIT’s creative writing programs and has run workshops for Writers Victoria, the Northern Rivers Writers Centre, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and the Lighthouse Literary Festival. She is also a singer and clarinetist who has performed at festivals in Australia, New Zealand and France.
Her first book Shy: a memoir was published by Text in May 2014. sianprior.com
Sally Rippin was born in Darwin, but grew up mainly in South-East Asia. As a young adult she lived in China for three years, studying traditional Chinese painting. Now Sally lives in Melbourne where she writes and illustrates full-time. Sally has over fifty books published, many of them award-winning, including two novels for young adults. Her most popular work includes the highly acclaimed children’s novel Angel Creek as well as the Billie B Brown series, which has gone on to sell over a million copies in the four years since the books were first published. In 2013, Sally wrote four books for the historical fiction series, Our Australian Girl and illustrated Big Sky Mind, a picture book by New Orleans author, Whitney Stewart, on mindfulness for children, that was published in March 2014.
Sally travels the world regularly, speaking at writers’ festivals, conferences and schools. She has had residencies in China, Singapore and Ghana and has toured Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. Sally has also taught Writing For Children at RMIT University and run short courses for the CAE and the Faber Writing Academy. She is an ambassador for the 100 Story Building centre for marginalized youth and has mentored many writers through the Australian Society of Authors.
For more information, please visit: www.sallyrippin.com
David Roland has a PhD in clinical psychology. Trained in neuropsychological assessment, he studied interpersonal neurobiology with professor Daniel Siegel (author of Mindsight). He is an Honorary Associate with the School of Medicine, University of Sydney. David is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a founder of the Australian branch of the Compassionate Mind Foundation. His first book is The Confident Performer (1998).
Henry Rosenbloom is the founder and publisher of Scribe. The author of Politics and the Media, he has been a book printer, freelance journalist, book reviewer and feature writer.
Colleen Ryan was a Fairfax journalist for over 35 years. She has been Editor of the Australian Financial Review, their Washington correspondent and China correspondent. She also worked for a decade with the Sydney Morning Herald and five years with National Times. She has won three Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley and received a Centenary Medal for services to journalism and publishing, as well as the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award. Colleen was co-author of Corporate Cannibals, The Taking of Fairfax, published in 1992, and her latest book Fairfax: The Rise & Fall was published in June 2013.