Chris Sarra

chris sarra_credit justine walpole 2Born in Queensland’s Bundaberg in 1967 as the youngest of 10 children to an Italian father and an Aboriginal mother, Chris Sarra is now the head of the Stronger Smarter Institute. He was formerly the principal of Cherbourg State School. He has had an extensive career in education, completing a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education and a PhD in Psychology.
Sarra’s autobiography, Good Morning, Mr Sarra (UQP, 2012), outlines his vision for a stronger, smarter future for indigenous children.
Photo by Justine Walpole.


Saturday3 August  10:30 - 11:30am  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  1:45 - 2:45pm  BLUE MARQUEE

Rosemary Sayer

rosemary sayerRosemary Sayer is an experienced international business communications consultant and author.
Rosemary has written two biographies - The CEO, the Chairman and the Board about the former Chairman and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited, Trevor Eastwood, and The Man who Turned the Lights On about Asian entrepreneur, Sir Gordon Wu, the Chairman of Hopewell Holdings. This book was subsequently translated into Chinese.
Rosemary is currently working on her third book whilst consulting in the mining and art sectors.
She has held senior executive positions in Australia and Asia for Wesfarmers Limited, Lion Nathan and Standard Chartered Bank where she managed all corporate communications and investor relations in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.
Rosemary is passionate about the promotion of literature and the importance of reading.  She served as a director of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival for four years and is now a director of writingWA, the peak body for writing, publishing and associated activities, in Western Australia. 
She began her career as a journalist and worked in both newspapers and radio which gave her broad media experience. 
Rosemary currently writes a regular business column for the West Australian newspaper and lectures at Curtin University in professional writing.


Friday 2 August  9:15 - 10:15am  NEW PHILOSOPHER MARQUEE

Friday 2 August  3:00 - 4:00pm  BLUE MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  2:45 - 4:00pm  FEROS MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  9:00 - 10:00am  FEROS MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  1:15 - 2:15pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Moya Sayer-Jones

Moya Sayer-Jones is a novelist (Penguin, Allen & Allen), columnist and screenwriter. As the original Modern Guru for SMH Good Weekend magazine, Moya mused on the mercurial dynamics of human behaviour. And used her own life as a typical example.
These days, as Chief Story Activist for, Moyais focused on helping other stories be told and heard.
When she’s not writing, blogging, keynote speaking or in pursuit of the latest app, you can find her working with government, NFPs, corporate clients and restless creatives bringing more meaning to their storytelling.
A graduate of Sydney University and the Australian Film and Television School, her idiosyncratic voice reminds us that it’s our stories that keep us human.


Friday 2 August  3:30 - 5:00pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  4:00 - 5:00pm  NEW PHILOSOPHER MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  12:00 -1:00pm  SCU MARQUEE

Karl Schembri

karl schembriKarl Schembri is a Maltese poet, novelist and journalist. He graduated in sociology from the University of Malta and has written a collection of short stories, Taħt il-Kappa tax-Xemx (Malta: Minima, 2002) and a novel, Il-Manifest tal-Killer (Malta: Choppy, 2006).
A new collection of poems in Maltese and another one in English will be published this year. He published his first poems in 1997 with three other poets in the anthology Frekwenzi ta' Spirti fis-Sakra (Frequencies of drunken Spirits). Il-Manifest tal-Killer (Killer’s Manifesto) was censored by the University of Malta's radio station after the management learnt that it was going to be serialised in 2007, but it was presented as a stage adaptation a year later.
In 2009 he co-edited an anthology of poems called Id-Demm Nieżel Bħax-Xita (Blood Falling like Rain) – in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza while the 22-day Israeli military offensive was raging on.
His journalistic reporting has been published on The Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Russian Newsweek and the BBC website, among others.
Presently he lives in the Gaza Strip, occupied Palestinian territory, where he works as media office with Oxfam.
He loves playing hopscotch under the rain and chess on sunny days.


Friday 2 August  3:00 - 4:00pm  BLUE MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  9:15 - 10:15am  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  4:00 - 5:00pm  FEROS MARQUEE

Julianne Schultz

julianne schultzJulianne Schultz is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW. She is on the boards of the ABC and Grattan Institute and chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She has been a judge of the Miles Franklin and Walkley Awards. She is the author of Reviving the Fourth Estate, Steel City Blues, and the librettos Black River and Going into Shado.


Saturday 3 August  10:30 - 11:45am  FEROS MARQUEE


Denise Scott

Denise first started working as a professional actor and comedian nearly 30 years ago, but it has been in the past six years that ‘Scotty’ has been selling out theatres, scored herself regular gigs on high rating national television shows and saw her two books creeping towards best seller status.
In 2004, Denise received a Barry Award nomination for Best Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for her sold-out festival hit, Scotty and Son
In 2009 she penned a memoir, All That Happened at Number 26, which became a national best-seller as well as another hit tour with sell-out seasons at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Sydney Opera House.
Denise released her first comedy DVD Number 26 in 2011, and started touring her new solo stand up show, Regrets, nationally.
In 2013, Denise will return to our small screens with another season of Winners and Losers and hit the stage with one of her best friends Judith Lucy in a new live show, The Spiral.


Friday 2 August  12:00 - 3:00pm  BYRON BEACH CAFE

Saturday 3 August  1:15 - 2:15pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Saturday 3 August  8:00pm  BYRON BAY COMMUNITY CENTRE

Sunday 4 August  11:45am - 1:00pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Claudia Chan Shaw

claudia chan shawClaudia Chan Shaw is a fashion designer and co-director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw. The label is renowned for its exquisite hand made knitwear and jewellery. The designs are represented in the permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.  
Claudia has been seen on Australian screens as co-host and presenter on ABC TV’s popular program, Collectors. She is an author, photographer, public speaker, has curated a number of fashion exhibitions and contributes to design and collecting publications. She is the recipient of an award from the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD).  
A design graduate of Sydney College of the Arts, where she specialised in photography and film, Claudia is a past Regional Director of the Fashion Group International of Sydney and served on the board of the Fashion Industries of Australia (FIA).  
While fashion design has been a consuming passion for much of her life, Claudia also channels the creative process into other artistic endeavours. She is an avid photographer and her solo exhibition Poster Boy was presented at NG Art Gallery, Chippendale in 2012. Featuring photographs taken in the streets of Paris, Barcelona, Sydney and Melbourne, the series focuses on the transitory nature of street posters and the beauty that is left behind once their messages have faded.  
Her book Collectomania was released at the end of 2012. Collectomania explores the world of collectors and their obsessions.
Claudia celebrates collections both strange and beautiful and shares secrets about her own love affair with everything from tin robots to Contemporary Art.


Saturday 3 August  4:15 - 5:15pm  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  9:15 - 10:15am  MACQUARIE MARQUEE

Trevor Shearston

trevor shearstonTrevor Shearston has published a collection of stories and six novels, the latest being Dead Birds. A new novel, Game, will appear in 2013. He has also written three screenplays.
He lives in the Blue Mountains with his wife and son.


Saturday 3 August  12:00 - 1:15pm  FEROS MARQUEE

Sunday 4 August  9:15 - 10:15am  SCU MARQUEE