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Festival Guests

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Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, kids fiction, social commentary and travel articles.

She is a regular guest at writers' festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature.

She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW.

Her latest novel is 'Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms'.


John Kinsella's most recent works include the final volume of his 'Jam Tree Gully' poetry trilogy, 'Open Door', his collaborative work with Charmaine Papertalk-Green, 'False Claims of Colonial Thieves' and the novel 'Lucida Intervalla'.

He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and Professor of Literature and Sustainability at Curtin University, WA. John is a wadjala/whitefella who lives on Ballardong Noongar land, and went to high school on Yamatji land in Geraldton.

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Holden Sheppard is a Geraldton born-and-bred author. His first novel 'Invisible Boys' is shortlisted for the 2018 City of Fremantle‚ T.A.G. Hungerford Award and‚ won the 2017 Ray Koppe Award.

His novella 'Poster Boy' won the 2018 Novella Project competition and was published in 'Griffith Review'. Holden is represented by The Nash Agency. 

Alli Sinclair

An adventurer at heart, Alli Sinclair is a multi-award winning author who has lived in Argentina, Peru, and Canada.

Alli’s books explore history, culture, love and grief, and relationships between family, friends and lovers. She captures the romance and thrill of discovering old and new worlds, and loves taking readers on a journey of discovery. Alli regularly presents workshops and private writing groups, as well as providing mentoring and manuscript assessment. Her books have been translated into German and Serbian.

Dr Howard Gray

Dr Howard Gray is an author of six award-winning books on natural and maritime history themes. Between tour guiding, lecturing and researching, he actively promotes the rich maritime heritage of the Batavia Coast. His efforts were recognised through the Heritage Council’s 2015 Award for Individual Voluntary Contribution to Heritage in Western Australia.

David Whish Wilson

David Whish-Wilson was born in Newcastle, NSW but left Australia in 1984 to live in Europe, Africa and Asia, where he worked as a barman, actor, streetseller, labourer, exterminator, factory worker, gardener, clerk, travel agent, teacher and drug trial guinea pig.  His second novel Line of Sight was short-listed for a 2011 Ned Kelly Award.  His historical crime novel, The Coves, was released by Fremantle Press in July 2018. Set in 1849 in San Francisco, Samuel Bellamy has entered the ‘Sydney Coves’ with the hope of finding his Mother. Filled with occasional street and pub violence, prostitution, and other confronting acts, it is an intensely violent environment that he must deal with. David has taught in the prison system in both WA and Fiji. He currently creative writing at Curtin University.

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