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Frances Andrijich

Frances Andrijich is one of Australia's finest photographers. Her extraordinary images: whether captured in the townships of South Africa, the Croatian countryside or Indonesian slums, have earned her a growing national and international reputation. An active member of ACMP, Frances is the recipient of numerous awards. She exhibits regularly and has published eleven books. Her work has graced magazines, books and campaigns in Australia and around the world, including Gourmet Traveller, Australian Geographic, the Weekend Australian Magazine and Good Weekend.

Felix Cheong

Felix Cheong

Felix Cheong is the author of 11 books, including four volumes of poetry and a collection of short stories, Vanishing Point, which was longlisted for the prestigious Frank O’Connor Award. His latest, Singapore Siu Dai, is a trilogy of flash fiction stories satirising life, politics and mannerisms of the Lion City.

Conferred the Young Artist of the Year for Literature in 2000 by the National Arts Council, he was named by Readers Digest as the 29th Most Trusted Singaporean in 2010. Cheong has been invited to read at writers’ festivals all over the world: Edinburgh, West Cork, Austin, Sydney, Brisbane, Christchurch, Kuala Lumpur, Ubud and Hong Kong.

Cheong, who holds a master’s in creative writing from the University of Queensland, is currently an adjunct lecturer with Murdoch University, University of Newcastle and LASALLE College of the Arts.

Garry Disher

Garry Disher

Garry Disher has published almost fifty titles—fiction, children’s books, anthologies, textbooks, the Wyatt thrillers and the Mornington Peninsula mysteries. He has won numerous awards, including the German Crime Prize (twice) and two Ned Kelly Best Crime novel awards, for Chain of Evidence (2007) and Wyatt (2010). Garry’s latest novel, Signal Loss, will be published by Text in November 2016. Garry lives on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

Sara Foster

Sara Foster

Sara Foster is the bestselling author of five psychological suspense novels: The Hidden Hours (to be published April 2017), All That is Lost Between Us, Shallow BreathBeneath the Shadows and Come Back to Me. Her books have been published in Australia, the US and Germany. Sara lives in Western Australia with her husband and two young daughters, and is a doctoral candidate at Curtin University. Find out more at www.sarafoster.com.au

Andrea Gibbs

Andrea Gibbs

Andrea Gibbs is the host of ‘Weekends With Andrea Gibbs’ on ABC digital radio across Australia and the co-creator of Barefaced Stories, Australia’s longest running storytelling show of it’s kind.

She has been a guest speaker at both Women of Letters with Marieke Hardy and TEDxPerth.  In 2003 she won Triple J’s Raw Comedy State Final and is a core member of Perth’s premiere improv-comedy ensemble The Big HOO-HAA!

Andrea is also an actor and was billed as a ‘revelation’ by The Australian newspaper in the lead role of Griffin Theatre Company (SYD) & Perth Theatre Company’s production of 8 Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography by Declan Greene.  She has most recently been seen in Is This Thing On? at The Blue Room Theatre and Ben Elton’s new feature film Three Summers alongside Magda Szubanski.

This guest is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts.

Mark Greenwood

Mark Greenwood

Mark Greenwood’s award winning books examining history, myths and legends have been published and honoured internationally. Simpson and His Donkey was a CBCA Honour Book and a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Jandamarra, illustrated by Terry Denton, was shortlisted for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature and the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards. Their recent collaboration is Boomerang and Bat, the remarkable story of the real first eleven. Mark often teams with his wife, illustrator Frané Lessac, to produce books that promote an understanding of multicultural issues, such as Drummer Boy of John John, Magic Boomerang, Outback Adventure, and Our Big Island. Their other books include The Mayflower and Midnight - the story of a light horse. In 2017 Mark will celebrate the release of the first four books his new series, History Mysteries.

David Hunt

David Hunt

David Hunt is a writer, satirist and historian.  He is the author of  Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Australian Independent Booksellers (Indie) Award for Best Non-Fiction Book and was shortlisted for several other literary awards. True Girt, volume 2 of The Unauthorised History of Australia, was published in November 2016.

  He has also written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian, The Chaser Quarterly and The Hoopla. He co-presents the Australian history podcast Rum, Rebels & Ratbags with Dom Knight for ABC Radio and has appeared regularly on ABC Radio shows, including Outsiders, Background Briefing, Counterpoint, The Drawing Room and Evenings with Dom Knight. David’s debut children’s picture book, The Nose Pixies, is out now and a second children’s picture book will be published in 2017.

Leah Kiminsky

Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky, a physician and award-winning writer, is Poetry & Fiction Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia and former Online Editor at Hunger Mountain. Her debut novel The Waiting Room is published by Vintage (2015) and will be released by Harper Perennial US in 2016. We're all Going to Die was released with Harper Collins in June 2016, for which she was awarded the Reading Glenfern fellowship for an Established author in 2014 and the RMIT University McCraith Fellowship in 2015. She conceived and edited Writer MD, a collection of prominent physician - writers, which starred on Booklist (Knopf US 2012). She is co-author of Cracking the Code, with the Damiani family (Vintage 2015). She holds and MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Frané Lessac

Frané Lessac

Frané Lessac was born in the USA and lived on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and London before moving to Australia. As a child, Frané toyed with the idea of becoming a veterinarian, and had many pets including a monkey, snakes and a camel. Fortunately for us, she was also exposed to the artistic influences of New York City with its many galleries and museums. She attended film school in California before turning her efforts to painting and publishing.  She is a talented artist, author and illustrator, having created beautiful illustrations for more than forty books. Frané is married to children's author, Mark Greenwood, and they have collaborated on many books. The many countries she visits continue to provide a major influence for Frané's art and books. Her latest books are: Pattan’s Pumpkin and A is for Australian Animals

Meg McKinlay

Meg McKinlay

Meg McKinlay is a children’s writer and poet whose work ranges from picture books, chapter books and young adult fiction through to poetry for adults. She has published thirteen books, with her most recent titles being Bella and the Wandering House, which was a CBCA Notable Book, and A Single Stone, which was a CBCA Honour Book and won the children's books category of both the Queensland Literary Awards and the Aurealis Awards. Meg grew up in Central Victoria and now lives near the ocean in Fremantle, where she spends her days writing, reading and rambling. She is always busy cooking up more books.

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe

Published and edited Australian Short Stories magazine 1982-1999, winner Australian Literature Award (Shark) 1999, Radio National Short Story 1998, FAW Short Story 2010, Prime Minister’s Award for Literature (Young Adult) 2013. Books include: Night Animals, Fox, Ruby Eyed Coucal, Shark, Ocean, Earth, Bloke, Cape Otway, Convincing Ground, Little Red Yellow and Black Book, Fog a Dox and Dark Emu.

Bunurong, Yuin, Tasmanian heritage. Board member of Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages for twenty years and current board member of First Languages Australia. Past Secretary Bidwell-Maap Aboriginal Nation.

My most recent books are: Bloke, published by Penguin in 2009, Chainsaw File, (Oxford 2010); Fog a Dox, (Magabala 2012), which won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Award and was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Award and the Deadlys Award). Dark Emu was published in 2014 by Magabala Books and was shortlisted in the Victorian and Queensland Literature Awards. It shared the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and won the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016. Sea Horse, a young adult novel, was published by Magabala Books in 2015 and Mrs Whitlam was published by Magabala Books in 2016.

Lives Far East Gippsland with Lyn Harwood. Two children, three grandchildren.

Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson

Hannie is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University. Rayson was a cofounder of Theatreworks, and has served as writer-in-residence at the Mill Theatre, Playbox Theatre, La Trobe University, Monash University, VCA and New Writing North (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK).

Her plays have been performed extensively around Australia and several have been produced overseas. They include PLEASE RETURN TO SENDER, MARY, LEAVE IT TILL MONDAY, ROOM TO MOVE, HOTEL SORRENTO, FALLING FROM GRACE, SCENES FROM A SEPARATION (co-written with Andrew Bovell), COMPETITIVE TENDERNESS, LIFE AFTER GEORGE, INHERITANCE, TWO BROTHERS, THE GLASS SOLDIER, and THE SWIMMING CLUB. Hannie’s most recent play, EXTINCTION, was commissioned by The Manhattan Theatre Club in New York through the Alfred P Sloan Foundation. Hannie’s plays have won AWGIE Awards; Green Room Awards; Helpmann Awards; NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Age Performing Arts Award. LIFE AFTER GEORGE was the first play ever to be nominated for the prestigious Miles Franklin Award.

Hannie’s memoir, HELLO, BEAUTIFUL! was published by Text Publishing in February 2015. She adapted the story for a one-woman show, also called HELLO, BEAUTIFUL! which opened at The Malthouse Theatre in May 2016. She is touring the show nationally in 2017/18.

Hannie also writes for newspapers and magazines and in 1999 she won the Magazine Publishers’ Society of Australia, Columnist of the Year Award for her column in HQ Magazine.

Her television scripts include SLOTH (ABC, Seven Deadly Sins) and she co-wrote two episodes of the award-winning series SEACHANGE (ABC/Artists Services). A feature film of Hotel Sorrento (1995) was nominated for ten Australian Film Institute Awards, winning two, including Best Screenplay adaptation.

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