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Moderators & Teams 

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Nancy Broad has lived on remote sheep stations receiving correspondence lessons followed by six years of boarding schools. In later life she achieved a Doctorate which greatly assisted her writing career. Nan is continuing to research and write Western Australian history.

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Lorraine Chapman is a primary school teacher at the best little school in the whole world, Chapman Valley. She loves teaching kids, her sausage dogs and the adventure of writing. Lorraine is the President of Geraldton's own writing group, Writers of the Coral Coast.

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Sue Chiera has lived and worked as a journalist (among other things) around WA and in London; and has always been drawn back to Geraldton. These days she juggles a range of jobs including media for an Aboriginal corporation; casual producer for radio; and funeral assistant and mortuary worker. Sue enjoys reading, a bit of gardening and a nice cold wine. Her friends recognise her as that crazy woman who lives near the beach with her collection of cats and dogs... And she's okay with that.

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Euphorium Creative endeavour to bring practicality, laughter and a smidgen of invincibility beyond the arts industry and our community - supporting artists of all shapes and forms to bring their works to light and building a cultural identity we can all lend a hand in creating.

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Peter was born and bred in Geraldton and has taught at Nagle Catholic College for the past 17 years as well as a local Radio Football Commentator for about 15 years. He also hosts his own radio programs on Community Station Radio MAMA (Sports Shed Saturday and SHL Sunday) and writes weekly column in the Geraldton Guardian - What I See. In his spare time Peter is a keen photographer.

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Anita Kirkbright is the editor of The Geraldton Guardian and Midwest Times where she enjoys bringing local stories to readers and helping to shape the careers of young journalists. Her specialty as a reporter is telling other people's stories and she enjoys finding out what makes people tick and sharing their insights with readers. Her most prominent story, Back from the brink of death, (link https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/back-from-the-brink-of-death-ng-ya-218000 ) was published simultaneously on the front page of The Guardian and The West Australian and was later followed up by several other publications.

Anita is a past president of the former Writers of Geraldton and has taught creative writing at TAFE. She admires any writer who can stick with a book-length project and see it through and has read manuscripts for several whose works mostly have yet to see the light of day.

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Moira is a doctor and an author. As a specialist in the field of infectious disease and population health she has worked extensively internationally but recently settled back in to the Greenough the area of her pioneer ancestors, the Maleys. She is the author of a novel Cicada published by Allen and Unwin and long listed for the International Dublin Literary Award. An essay 'Who killed Matilda' published in the Australian Book Review won the National Calibre essay award in 2013.

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Malcolm Smith spent most of his working life in the media with News Limited.  He has managed newspapers in most states of Australia, including Geraldton Newspapers and Great Northern Broadcasters from 1997.  He facilitated the sale of that organisation in 2005 and became the Regional Manager of the Mid West Small Business Centre.  Malcolm was the chair of The Governing Council of Durack Institute of Technology (TAFE) for eight years, and is currently Chair of the Museum of Geraldton Advisory Committee.

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Kerry Stewart has a lifelong passion for books and writing. Kerry is a published poet and the editor of an international dance magazine.  She worked as an educational bookseller for many years and co-ordinated the Festival Bookshop at the Big Sky Festival for five years while at The Co-op Bookshop, UWA. Kerry has moderated sessions at the last two Big Sky Readers and Writers Festivals.

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Victor Tanti is a cricket lover (not cricket tragic - nothing tragic about having a passion) who played the game badly and writes about it passably. He is also a Councillor, father, keen walker, poor swimmer and advocate of tourism on the Abrolhos.

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Meredith is the retired Director of the Geraldton Universities Centre and long-time supporter of Big Sky. As an avid reader has valued the opportunity to help host so many wonderful authors over the years at the GUC.

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Grant lives in Geraldton. Formerly worked as a reporter for ABC radio and television before turning his hand to politics and becoming a member of the Western Australian Parliament. Woodhams was Speaker of the House from 2008-2013. Interests include motor racing, Australian Rules Football, walking and writing.

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