Byron Writers Festival

5-7 August 2016
Festival 2016

Writers & Presenters

Byron Writers Festival 2016 features a stellar line-up of more than 150 writers, poets, journalists, politicians, photographers, architects, artists, gardeners, and philosophers. Join us as we invite them to expore the myriad forms that stories take.

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Yassmin_Abdel-Magied

Sessions: 28, 72, 120

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and petrol head. She champions the empowerment of youth, women and those from CALD backgrounds.

Debra_Adelaide_cr_Gregory_Ferris

Sessions: 54, 74, 119

Debra Adelaide

Debra Adelaide is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including four novels, the latest of which is The Women's Pages.

Jeffery-Renard-Allen

Sessions: 3, 20, 56, 93, 111

Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is an award-winning author and judge for the National Book Award. His novel Song of the Shank was a finalist for the PEN / Faulkner Award.

Sarah_Armstrong

Sessions: 11, 54

Sarah Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong’s first novel Salt Rain was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her most recent novel is Promise.

Julia_Baird

Sessions: 6, 60, 91

Julia Baird

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney. Her biography of Queen Victoria is coming out this November.

Tristan_Bancks

Sessions: 62, 94, 105

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks is a children’s and teen author of the My Life books of weird and funny short stories and Two Wolves, an award-winning crime-mystery novel.

Caroline_Baum

Sessions: 2, 73, 102

Caroline Baum

Caroline Baum is a journalist, writer and broadcaster and in 2015 was awarded the Hazel Rowley Fellowship. Her memoir will appear in 2017.

Jesse_Blackadder

Sessions: 62, 68, 81, 97

Jesse Blackadder

Dr Jesse Blackadder is the author of contemporary, historical and junior fiction. She was the 2011/12 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow.

Georgia_Blain

Session: 110

Georgia Blain

Georgia Blain has published novels for adults and young adults, essays, short stories and a memoir. Her most recent novels are Between A Wolf And A Dog and Special.

Sam_Bloom

Sessions: 49

Sam Bloom

Sam Bloom - a surfer, adventure traveller, nurse and mother of three - was paralysed in an accident in Thailand. She is the subject of Penguin Bloom.

Cameron_Bloom_cr_Ruebin_Bloom

Sessions: 49, 112

Cameron Bloom

A professional photographer of 20 years. Cameron’s images have been published in magazines and newspapers around the world and are held in many private art collections.

Ben_Bohane

Sessions: 12, 42, 69, 75, 95

Ben Bohane

Ben Bohane is a Vanuatu-based photojournalist, writer and film maker who has worked through Asia and the Pacific islands for 25 years, with a focus on religion and conflict.

Micahel_Brand_cr_Ross-Coffey

Sessions: 14, 33, 79

Michael Brand

Canberra born, Harvard educated, Sydney based global cultural leader and art scholar, Michael Brand wants access to the arts for everyone. He lives and breathes greater cultural investment; innovation and infrastructure.  

Frank_Brennan

Sessions: 18, 47, 114, 117

Frank Brennan

Professor Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest. His books on Aboriginal issues include No Small Change, The Wik Debate, and Land Rights Queensland Style.

Phil_Brown

Sessions: 67, 107, 112

Phil Brown

Phil is Arts Editor at The Courier-Mail and a weekly columnist whose commentary appears in QWeekend and lifestyle magazine Brisbane News.

Amanda_Brown

Sessions: 104

Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown has been composing music for stage and screen since 2000 and was a member of cherished Australian independent band The Go-Betweens.

Bob_Brown

Sessions: 40, 80, 82

Bob Brown

Bob Brown, former Greens Senator, led the Franklin River campaign, was jailed for the environment, and has written eight books including Optimism and Green Nomads. The Bob Brown Foundation is www.bobbrown.org.au

David_Burton

Sessions: 4, 78

David Burton

David Burton is a writer from Brisbane, living in Sydney. His memoir, How to Be Happy, won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing.

Jeni_Caffin

Sessions: 5, 35, 57

Jeni Caffin

Jeni Caffin is a former Director of Byron Writers Festival and International Program Director of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and is currently curating a program of ideas events at NORPA.

Edna_Carew

Sessions: 23, 114

Edna Carew

Edna Carew has been a teacher, journalist and commentator. Her many books include bestsellers Paul Keating, Prime Minister and Westpac, the bank that broke the bank.

Luke_Carman

Sessions: 14, 81

Luke Carman

Luke Carman is the author of An Elegant Young Man, which was awarded the NSW Premier's Literary Award for New Writing.

Peter_Carnavas

Sessions: 105

Peter Carnavas

Peter creates picture books about worrisome whales, ninja nannas, pirate pops and the meaning of life. His latest book is My Sister is a Superhero.

Lucy_Clark

Sessions: 6, 36, 115

Lucy Clark

Lucy Clark is a journalist of 32 years experience and author of the book Beautiful Failures. She is senior editor at The Guardian.

Jo_Coghlan

Session: 7

Jo Coghlan

Dr Jo Coghlan is a Lecturer at Southern Cross University, Coolangatta. She has written or contributed to four books on politics and human rights.

Matthew_Condon_cr_Russell_Shakespeare

Sessions: 16, 43

Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon is the prize-winning Australian journalist and author of several novels, short fiction collections and non-fiction works. All Fall Down is his latest true crime non-fiction book.

Moya_Costello

Sessions: 24, 108

Moya Costello

Moya Costello has two collections of short prose, and two novellas, most recently Harriet Chandler, which Nicholas Jose described as a 'brilliant, beautiful book'.

Nick_Couldwell

Sessions: 40

Nick Couldwell

Nick Couldwell is a 24-year-old writer from Byron Bay. Nick won the 2015 Joanne Burns Award for his story Dancing.

Ross_Coulthart

Sessions: 23, 38, 87

Ross Coulthart

Ross Coulthart, an investigative journalist for over 30 years. He has won five Walkley journalism awards, including the top Gold Walkley accolade.

Annabel_Crabb

Sessions: 29, 36

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's most popular political commentators, a Walkley-awarded writer, a columnist, and host of Australia's first political cooking show, Kitchen Cabinet. The Wife Drought was released in 2014.

Rosalyn_DMello

Sessions:13, 36, 65, 111

Rosalyn D'Mello

Rosalyn D'Mello is an arts writer based in New Delhi. Her essay Black is published in Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian women tell their stories.

Pat_Davern

Sessions: 104, 105

Pat Davern

Pat Davern spent the last 20 years recording and touring with his band Grinspoon. Alexander The Elephant is his first book for children.

Robert_Dessaix

Sessions: 25, 73

Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaix's best-known books are his autobiography A Mother's Disgrace, the novel Night Letter, the travel memoir Arabesques. His latest memoir is What Days Are For.

Peter_Doherty

Sessions: 22, 50, 69

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty shared a Nobel Prize 20 years back. His passion is to promote an evidence-based view and his latest book is The Knowledge Wars.

Sean_Doherty

Sessions: 46, 112

Sean Doherty

Sean Doherty is the author of MP Untold: The Lost Stories of an Australian Surfing Legend. He was editor of Tracks magazine from 2000–2008.

Louise_Doughty_cr_Yves-Salmon

Sessions: 27, 32, 94, 101

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty is the author of eight novels, most recently Black Water and the bestselling Apple Tree Yard. Her work has been translated into 26 languages.

Ceridwen_Dovey

Sessions: 5, 78, 96

Ceridwen Dovey

Ceridwen Dovey was born in South Africa and studied at Harvard before returning to live in Sydney. She is the author of two books, Blood Kin and Only the Animals.

Briohny_Doyle

Sessions: 5, 82, 84

Briohny Doyle

Briohny Doyle is a writer and academic. Her first novel The Island Will Sink is the first to be published by The Lifted Brow.

Robert_Drewe

Sessions: 116, 123

Robert Drewe

Robert Drewe’s novels, short stories and memoirs have won national and international prizes, been widely translated, and been adapted for film, television, radio and theatre around the world.

Nick_Earls_cr Candid Lane

Sessions: 35

Nick Earls

Nick Earls’ novels have won awards in the UK and Australia, and appeared on bestseller lists in both those countries and the Amazon Kindle Store.

Jill_Eddington

Sessions: 25, 113

Jill Eddington

Jill Eddington is the Director of Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts.

Russell_Eldridge

Sessions: 38, 116

Russell Eldridge

Russell Eldridge is a journalist, novelist, media trainer and founding member of Byron Writers Festival.

Evelyn_Conlon

Sessions: 30, 35

Evelyn Conlon

Evelyn Conlon is an Irish novelist and short story writer. Her novel, Not the Same Sky, was shortlisted for Irish Novel of the Year.

Nick_Falk

Session: 105

Nick Falk

Nick Falk has four series of books on the shelves. Saurus Street, Billy is a Dragon,Samurai vs Ninja, and the ‘How To’ series.

John_Faulkner

Sessions: 61, 98

John Faulkner

John Faulkner is a former politician. During his parliamentary career he served as Labor's Senate Leader, a Cabinet Minister and ALP National President.

Sarah_Ferguson

Sessions: 19, 43

Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson is a Nigerian-born Australian journalist currently working as a reporter and presenter on ABC's Four Corners. Her latest book is The Killing Season Uncut.

Richard_Fidler

Sessions: 71, 92, 109

Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler presents Conversations, an in-depth personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio. His book, Ghost Empire is published by ABC Books this August.

Anna_Fienberg

Sessions: 17, 94, 105

Anna Fienberg

Anna Fienberg is the author of many popular and award-winning books for children of all ages, including the Tashi series, Figaro and Rumba.

William-Finnegan

Sessions: 3, 67, 94

William Finnegan

William Finnegan is a staff writer at The New Yorker and well-known author of works of international journalism and a Pulitzer Prize-winning surfing memoir.

Tim_Fischer

Sessions: 7, 23, 50, 52, 114

Tim Fischer

Tim Fischer served in the Vietnam War, became Deputy Prime Minister in 1996, Ambassador to the Holy See in 2008 and is now a successful author.

Angela-Flournoy-credit-Duncan

Sessions: 3, 71, 83

Angela Flournoy

Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, which was shortlisted for the National Book Award. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in New York.

Tony_Flowers

Session: 105

Tony Flowers

Tony is an international award-winning illustrator of over 25 titles. In between drawing dinosaurs and flatulent ninjas Tony is working towards his PHD.

Kate_Forsyth

Sessions: 81, 96, 105

Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel aged seven and has now sold more than a million copies worldwide. Her books weave together history, romance and fairytales.

Peggy_Frew

Sessions: 54, 104

Peggy Frew

Peggy Frew, author of the novels House of Sticks and Hope Farm, was shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize and is shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Susanna_Freymark

Sessions: 65, 76

Susanna Freymark

Susanna Freymark is author of Losing February and Editor of the Northern Rivers newspaper, the Richmond River Express Examiner. She runs the Federal Writers' Group.

Anna_Funder

Sessions: 64, 74, 94

Anna Funder

Anna Funder is one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers. Her books Stasiland and All That I Am have been bestsellers, won many prestigious prizes, and are published in over 20 countries.

Antony_Funnell

Sessions: 22, 69, 95

Antony Funnell

Antony Funnell is a Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster. He presents the weekly program Future Tense. Antony is author of The Future and Related Nonsense.

Helen_Garner

Sessions: 9, 102

Helen Garner

Helen Garner was recently awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction. Her most recent book is the essay collection Everywhere I Look.

Richard_Glover

Sessions: 49, 55, 58, 96

Richard Glover

Richard Glover has written a number of bestselling books, his most recent book, the acclaimed memoir Flesh Wounds.

Stan-Grant-Credit-Kathy-Luu

Sessions: 47, 59

Stan Grant

Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri man and a renowned journalist. His memoir, Talking to my Country, is a powerful meditation on race.

Tara_June_Winch

Sessions: 24, 35, 44

Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch is an award-winning Australian writer based in France. Her latest collection is After the Carnage.

Alice_Grundy

40, 80, 82

Alice Grundy

Alice Grundy is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Seizure, a launchpad for Australian writing, and Associate Publisher at Xoum.

Emily_Maguire

Sessions: 11, 48, 72, 101

Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books, and was twice named The Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year.

Gabbi_Stroud

Sessions: 40, 80, 82

Gabbie Stroud

Gabbie Stroud is a freelance writer, novelist and recovering teacher. Her critical commentary of Australia’s education system was published in Griffith Review’s Fixing The System.

Chris_Hanley

Sessions: 40, 80, 82

Chris Hanley

Chris Hanley is the founder and Chair of the Byron Writers Festival. He is the Principal of Byron Bay First National.

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Jane Harper

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years and won of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for her first novel, The Dry.

Janey_Hawley

Sessions: 10, 103

Janet Hawley

Janet Hawley is a Gold Walkley Award winning journalist, renowned for her feature writing skills, and her books of artists’ profiles.

Lynda_Hawryluk_bio

Sessions: 8, 54, 108

Lynda Hawryluk

Dr Lynda Hawryluk is a writer and academic who coordinates the Associate Degree of Creative Writing at Southern Cross University.

Ashley_Hay

Sessions: 17, 22, 50, 61, 86

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay’s novel, The Railwayman’s Wife, won the 2014 Colin Roderick Award and the NSW Premier’s Prize People’s Choice Award.

Rio_Helmi-2

Sessions: 12, 75, 95

Rio Helmi

Rio Helmi's work has appeared in leading international magazines, documentaries and more than 20 photography books including, Memories of the Sacred and Travels on Two Wheels.

Kathryn_Heyman

Sessions: 32, 94

Kathryn Heyman

Kathryn Heyman's sixth novel, Storm and Grace, will be published by Allen & Unwin February 2017. Her previous novels have been won and been nominated for awards in Australia and the UK. She is Conjoint Professor of Writing at the University of Newcastle and the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program.

Lex_Hirst

Sessions: 40

Lex Hirst

Lex Hirst is an editor and festival programmer who works across romance, memoir, true crime and literary fiction for Penguin Random House.

Sarah_Holland-Batt

Sessions: 8, 57, 114

Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning poet, editor and critic. Her most recent collection is The Hazards.

Zacharey_Jane

Sessions: 81, 84, 106

Zacharey Jane

Zacharey Jane’s novel The Lifeboat was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award. Her picture book Tobias Blow is on the NSW Premier’s Reading List.

Erik_Jensen

Sessions: 34, 70, 77, 111

Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen is the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen. He is editor of The Saturday Paper.

Melanie_Joosten

Sessions: 15, 72

Melanie Joosten

Melanie Joosten is the author of the novel Berlin Syndrome, and the essay collection A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age.

Sarah_Kanowski_cr_Michelle-Ransom-Hughes

Sessions: 9, 20, 45

Sarah Kanowski

Sarah Kanowski is a presenter of the Books and Arts program on ABC RN. Her essays have appeared in Griffith Review, The Monthly and Australian Book Review.

Delta_Kay

Sessions: 44

Delta Kay

An Arakwal Bumberbin Bundjalung woman and proud mother and grandmother, Delta is passionate about sharing her culture and protecting Country.

Catherine_Keenan

Sessions: 28, 30, 56, 62

Catherine Keenan

Catherine Keenan is executive director of the Sydney Story Factory, a creative writing centre for young people. She is also the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero.

Paul_Kelly

Sessions: 45

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly has recorded over twenty albums in his career spanning over thirty years. His book, How To Make Gravy, was published in 2010. His prose has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly and Rolling Stone.

Meg_Keneally

Sessions: 31, 94

Meg Keneally

Meg Keneally has worked in journalism and public affairs in Australia and overseas. The Soldier’s Curse, co-authored with her father Tom, is her first book.

Tom_Keneally

Sessions: 1, 26, 31, 47, 63, 94

Tom Keneally

Tom Keneally, is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction. He is best known for writing Schindler's Ark, the Booker Prize-winning novel.

Ben_Knight

Sessions: 3, 36, 42, 75

Ben Knight

From the front lines of the Arab Spring revolutions, to the circus of American politics, ABC correspondent Ben Knight has covered the world up close.

Anneli_Knight

Sessions: 39, 63, 87

Anneli Knight

Anneli Knight is a writer, journalist, and business writing trainer and consultant. She has a PhD in creative writing and is a Byron Writers Festival board member.

Anthony_Lawrence

Sessions: 8, 123

Anthony Lawrence

Anthony Lawrence has published 15 books of poems. He teaches Writing Poetry at Griffith University, Gold Coast, and lives at Kingscliff on the far north coast of NSW.

David_Leser

Sessions: 64, 92, 99

David Leser

David Leser is a multi-award winning journalist who has worked in Australia and internationally for the past 37 years. He is the author of six books.

Michael_Leunig

Sessions: 5, 99

Michael Leunig

Michael Leunig’s work spans more than 40 years and often explores politics, human folly, spirituality and the innocent and sacred personal world in all of us.

Hans_Lovejoy

Session: 121

Hans Lovejoy

Hans Lovejoy is the editor of The Echo newspaper, the locally owned independent weekly. Now in its 30th year, it still remains a family business.

Melissa_Lucashenko

Sessions: 26, 41, 44, 47

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a multi-award winning Aboriginal novelist and essayist. She writes about ordinary people and the extraordinary lives they lead.

Sharanya_Manivannan

Sessions: 11, 13, 36, 66, 85, 93

Sharanya Manivannan

Sharanya Manivannan’s poetry, fiction, essays and writing for children have been published internationally. Her work appears in Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian women tell their stories.

David_Manne

Sessions: 18, 69, 75, 89

David Manne

David Manne is a leading human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Refugee Legal who is also a prominent contributor to the public debate on refugee policy.

Paddy_Manning

Sessions: 43, 52, 121

Paddy Manning

Paddy Manning, author of the Turnbull biography Born To Rule, is an awarded journalist who has worked for The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey and the ABC.

Simon_Marnie

Sessions: 94, 113

Simon Marnie

Simon Marnie presents Weekends on 702 ABC Sydney, a diverse program that combines news, arts and lifestyle.

John_Marsden

Sessions: 6, 36, 62, 94, 107

John Marsden

John Marsden has been a hospital clerk, truck driver, telephone switchboard operator, abattoir worker and teacher. He’s currently an author, and principal of two schools.

Craig_McGregor_cr_Kate_Nutt

Sessions: 65

Craig McGregor

Craig McGregor has won two Walkley Awards for Journalism and has many books to his name, including novels and commentary on Australian politics, society and culture.

George-Megalogenis_photo-credit-Aaron-Francis

Session: 9

George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great.

Miles_Merrill

Sessions: 81, 106

Miles Merrill

Performing writer Miles Merrill brought poetry slams to Australia from his home-town Chicago. He is now the driving force for spoken-word programs, events and projects in Australia.  

Kate_Mildenhall

Sessions: 30, 82, 84

Kate Mildenhall

Kate Mildenhall is the author of Skylarking, her debut novel. She is a writer and education project officer who currently works at the State Library Victoria.

Rosemarie_Milsom

Sessions: 51, 53, 55, 109

Rosemarie Milsom

Rosemarie Milsom is the director and founder of the Newcastle Writers Festival. She is also a feature writer at the Newcastle Herald.

Nigel_Milsom

Sessions: 53

Nigel Milsom

Nigel Milsom is an Australian painter. His painting Judo house pt 6, a portrait of barrister Charles Waterstreet, won the 2015 Archibald Prize.

Catriona_Mitchell

Sessions: 13, 85

Catriona Mitchell

Catriona Mitchell is the editor of Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories. She publishes online interviews with remarkable women.

Drusilla_Modjeska

Sessions: 80, 87, 96, 108

Drusilla Modjeska

Drusilla Modjeska’s books include Poppy, The Orchard, Stravinsky’s Lunch and The Mountain. Second Half First, a memoir, was published in October 2015.

Elspeth_Muir

Sessions: 34, 58, 82

Elspeth Muir

Elspeth Muir is an author whose writing has appeared in the Lifted Brow, Griffith Review, Voiceworks and Bumf.

Matt_Nable_cr_Mikey Pozarik

Sessions: 48, 63, 68

Matt Nable

Matt Nable is a writer and actor who has starred in television and film. The author of three novels, his most recent, Guilt was published in 2015.

Indira_Naidoo_cr_Alan_Benson

Sessions: 37, 50

Indira Naidoo

Indira Naidoo's bestselling book The Edible Balcony documented her adventures growing fruit and vegetables on her inner-city balcony and then making them into delicious recipes.

Charlotte_Nash

Sessions: 56, 118

Charlotte Nash

Charlotte Nash is an Australian writer with degrees in engineering and medicine. She is the author of four contemporary Australian love stories, including The Horseman.

Matt_Noffs

Sessions: 28, 46

Matt Noffs

Matt Noffs is the co-founder of the Street Universities and CEO of Noffs Foundation, Australia’s largest drug and alcohol treatment service provider for young people under 25.

Mandy_Nolan

Sessions: 4, 15, 58, 100

Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan is as an outrageously entertaining stand-up comedian who has leapt into print with three humorous memoirs, the latest of which is Home Truths.

Kerry_O'Brien

Sessions: 19, 21, 60

Kerry O'Brien

Kerry O'Brien is one of Australia's most respected journalists, with six Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership in journalism.

Mick_O'Regan

Sessions: 1, 12, 92, 113

Mick O'Regan

Mick O'Regan is a journalist and broadcaster with more than two decades experience with the ABC and the Seven Network.

PJ_ORourke_cr_james-Kegley

Sessions: 3, 21

P.J. O'Rourke

American political satirist P.J. O'Rourke has authored 16 bestselling books on subjects as diverse as politics, cars, etiquette and economics. He contributes regularly to The Atlantic Monthly.

Debra_Oswald

Sessions: 68, 71

Debra Oswald

Debra Oswald’s novel Useful was published in 2015. She is a playwright, co-creator of TV series Offspring and two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Award.

Tim_Page

Sessions: 39, 42, 95

Tim Page

Tim Page photographed his first war at age 19 in Vietnam and his last one in Afghanistan at age 65. He is never seen without his camera and has also found time to write 10 books.

Liam_Pieper_cr_James-McCulloch

Sessions: 34, 58, 63

Liam Pieper

Liam Pieper’s books include The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, shortlisted for the National Biography Award; Mistakes Were Made, a collection of essays; and The Toymaker, his debut novel.

Ailsa_Piper

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Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper has worked as a writer, director, actor, teacher, speaker and broadcaster. Her memoir, Sinning Across Spain, an investigation of personal morality, is the story of her solo walk along a 1300 kilometre Spanish trail.

Hugo_Race

Sessions: 39, 57, 104

Hugo Race

Hugo Race is an Australian rock musician. He was a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Wreckery, and has just returned from a European tour with his band, True Spirit.

Gary_Ramage

Sessions: 42, 46, 87, 95

Gary Ramage

Gary Ramage is a Walkley Award winning photojournalist with more than 24 years’ experience. He’s currently News Corp’s chief photographer at Parliament House in Canberra.

Hannie_Rayson

Session: 32

Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. She recently adapted her acclaimed memoir, Hello Beautiful! for the stage.

Zoe_Rodriguez

Sessions: 24, 26

Zoë Rodriguez

For over a decade Zoë has worked at Copyright Agency – as a lawyer focusing on copyright, and now running the Cultural Fund and Reading Australia.

Chip_Rolley

Sessions: 18, 83, 90

Chip Rolley

Chip Rolley is a journalist at the ABC and former artistic director of Sydney Writers’ Festival. He is a life member of Sydney PEN.

Leigh_Sales

Session: 19

Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales anchors the ABC’s flagship current affairs program 7:30. She has written two books and hosts a podcast with Annabel Crabb called Chat 10, Looks 3.

Salma

Sessions: 11, 13, 85

Salma

Salma is an Indian Muslim poet, novelist, social worker and political activist. Her piece Beyond Memories is published in Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian women tell their stories.

Osamah_Sami

Sessions: 18, 68, 120

Osamah Sami

Osamah Sami is an Australian actor and screenwriter of Iraqi and Persian origin. His memoir Good Muslim Boy won the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award multicultural prize.

Rajith_Savanada_cr_Craig-Peihopa

Sessions: 18, 66, 84

Rajith Savanadasa

Rajith Savanadasa was shortlisted for the Asia-Europe Foundation short story prize and received a Wheeler Centre Hotdesk Fellowship in 2014. Ruins is his debut novel.

Niki_Savva

Sessions: 43, 90

Niki Savva

Niki Savva is a Canberra Press Gallery correspondent. She was twice political correspondent on The Australian, and Canberra bureau chief of both the Age and the Herald Sun.

Moya_Sayer-Jones

Sessions: 71, 74

Moya Sayer-Jones

Moya Sayer-Jones is a novelist, columnist and screenwriter. As Chief Story Activist for onlyhuman.com.au she works with government, NFP’s, business and restless creatives.

Julianne_Schultz

Session: 22

Julianne Schultz

Julianne Schultz is the founding editor of Griffith Review and chair of the Australian Film TV and Radio School.

Anita_Sheehan

97

Anita Sheehan

Anita Sheehan is Managing Director and founding partner of Porchlight Films. Her Executive Producer credits include The Kettering Incident for Foxtel as well as feature films The Rover and Jasper Jones.

Joanne_Shoebridge

Sessions: 36, 120

Joanne Shoebridge

Joanne Shoebridge is an award-winning reporter and broadcaster in television news and current affairs, presenting on ABC North Coast Mornings and Breakfast.

Dominic_Smith_cr-Stacy-Sodolak

Sessions: 30, 33, 57

Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith grew up in Sydney and now lives in Austin, Texas. His fourth novel is The Last Painting of Sara de Vos.

Jennifer_St_George

Sessions: 112, 118

Jennifer St George

Jennifer St George is an internationally best-selling author of eight romance novels and is the Deputy Chair of the Byron Writers Festival.

Luke_Stegemann

Sessions: 101, 122

Luke Stegemann

Luke Stegemann is the Associate Publisher at Griffith Review. He is the author of the forthcoming The Beautiful Obscure: Australian Pathways through the Cultural History of Spain.

Cheryl_Strayed_credit-Joni-Kabana

Sessions: 21, 61, 94

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is an American memoirist, novelist, and essayist. Her books include the internationally bestselling Wild.

Peter_Stutchbury

Sessions: 79, 103

Peter Stutchbury

Peter is the principal of Peter Stutchbury Architecture, celebrated in Australia and internationally for their innovative approach to sustainability and design.

Anne_Summers

Sessions: 14, 72, 89, 91

Anne Summers

Anne Summers is an author, journalist, political adviser and pioneering feminist. In 2016, Anne published an updated edition of Australian classic Damned Whores and God’s Police.

Anna_Swain

Sessions: 12

Anna Swain

Anna Swain is a self-published Byron local. Her first book Burma: Tiffins, Nuns and Turmeric is a photographic journey celebrating Burma and its people.

Magda-Suzbanski-credit-Konrad-Winkler-Lo-Res

Sessions: 4, 9, 51, 100

Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s best known and most loved performers. Magda recently won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction for her first book and memoir, Reckoning.

Paul_Thomas

Sessions: 86

Paul Thomas

A 6th generation Tasmanian. He was Tasmania's first Greens local government councillor and has been Bob Brown's partner for over 20 years.

Victoria_Thompson

Sessions: 65

Victoria Thompson

Victoria Thompson's memoir, Losing Alexandria, was a literary success, appearing on The Age bestseller list. City of Longing, was launched at Melbourne Writers Festival.

Anne_Tiernan

Sessions: 52, 98

Anne Tiernan

Anne Tiernan is a Professor of Politics at Griffith University. She authored and co-authored several books, including Fixing the System, a recent edition of Griffith Review, co-edited with Julianne Schultz.

Jude_Troy

97

Jude Troy

Jude Troy, EVP TV Development & Acquisitions, eOne ANZ. She works with some of Australian’s finest producers and writers creating content for Foxtel, Netflix & local & international networks.

Rosie_Waterland

Sessions: 4, 100

Rosie Waterland

Rosie Waterland is an author, columnist, host, sort-of comedian and screenwriter. Her memoir, The Anti Cool Girl quickly became a bestseller and has been shortlisted for a bevy of awards.

Charles_waterstreet

Sessions: 53, 77

Charles Waterstreet

Charles Waterstreet is a barrister, author, theatre and film producer. He has written two memoirs, produced two films and is a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Wendy_Whiteley

Sessions: 10, 103

Wendy Whiteley

Wendy Susan Whiteley OAM is best known as "goddess muse" and wife of artist Brett Whiteley, and as mother of their daughter, actress Arkie Whiteley.

Philip_Wilcox1

Sessions: 105, 106

Phil Wilcox

Philip Wilcox is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two-time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. A writer of rights, donger of gongs and karate-chopper of styrofoam.

LUKE_WILLIAMS

Sessions: 34, 46

Luke Williams

Luke Williams is an Australian journalist. His article Life as a Crystal Meth Addict, was a finalist in the Walkley Awards in 2014. The Ice Age: a journey into crystal-meth addiction is his first book.

Geordie_Williamson

Sessions: 14, 24, 27, 48, 56

Geordie Williamson

Geordie Williamson is publisher of Picador Australia and former chief literary critic of The Australian. He’s also Editor of Best Australian Essays 2016.

Penny_Win

97

Penny Win

Penny Win is head of drama at Foxtel, which she has managed since 2011 and commissioned Spirited, Wentworth, Devil’s Playground, Deadline Gallipoli and The Kettering Incident for the network.

Tony_Windsor

Sessions: 52, 88

Tony Windsor

Tony Windsor is a primary producer who spent a total of 22 years as an MP for Tamworth and New England in the NSW and federal parliaments.

Charlotte_Wood

Sessions: 16, 32, 48, 70, 110

Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood's latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and the Stella Prize and has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.

Susan_Wyndham

Sessions: 31, 119

Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Beth_Yahp

Sessions: 66, 108

Beth Yahp

Beth Yahp’s books include a fictional memoir Eat First, Talk Later, and a short story collection, The Red Pearl.

Damon_Young

Sessions: 17, 56, 61, 103, 105

Damon Young

Damon Young is a philosopher and author. His nonfiction works include The Art of Reading. He also writes children’s books, like My Sister is a Superhero.

Sophia-Zachariou

97

Sophia Zachariou

Sophia Zachariou is Head of Development and Production at Screen NSW. Previously, she was Deputy Head of Entertainment at ABC TV and responsible for some of their highest rating programs including The Gruen programs and Kitchen Cabinet.

Sohila_Zanjani_cr_David-Brewster

Sessions: 11, 36, 66

Sohila Zanjani

Sohila Zanjani grew up in Tehran, Iran before moving to Melbourne, where she owns a law broking firm helping people to find legal representation.

Claire_Zorn

Sessions: 17

Claire Zorn

Claire Zorn is the award-winning author of The Sky So Heavy and The Protected. One Would Think the Deep is her third YA novel.

Victor_del_Arbol

Sessions: 101, 122

Victor del Arbol

Víctor Del Árbol, winner of the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière 2015 for his novel A Million Drops. His latest novel, The Eve of Almost Everything, was awarded the Nadal Prize 2016.

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