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Nicole Abadee

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Nicole Abadee writes about books and other things for Good Weekend in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She appears regularly at writers’ festivals as a facilitator, and has a books podcast, Books, Books, Books, where she speaks to Australian and international writers about their latest books. She is also a literary consultant.

Paul Adler

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Paul Adler holds the Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy at the University of Southern California. He grew up in Australia, received his PhD in economics and management in France, and moved to the USA in 1981. His work focuses on the management of complex organisations and business/government/society interactions.

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

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Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founding director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and the award-winning author of The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014) and The Lebs (Hachette, 2018). Mohammed is the editor of After Australia (Affirm Press, 2020).

Susie Anderson

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Susie Anderson writes words that come out of the land and into people.

Evelyn Araluen

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Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher, and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal. Her debut poetry collection Dropbear is to be released with the University of Queensland Press in March 2021. Born and raised on Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation.

Adolfo Aranjuez

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Adolfo Aranjuez is an editor, writer, speaker and dancer. He is currently the Melbourne International Film Festival's publications and content coordinator, and Liminal's publication editor; previously, he edited Metro and Archer. His essays and poetry have appeared in Meanjin, Right Now, Screen Education, The Manila Review, Cordite and elsewhere.

Rawah Arja

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Rawah Arja is a member of the Western Sydney women’s writing collective Finishing School. Her work has featured in Arab, Australian, Other (Picador, 2019), Sydney Review of Books, SBS Voices and at the Sydney Writers' Festival. She is a WestWords Varuna Emerging Writers’ Fellow, and teaches creative writing at schools.

Robbie Arnott

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Robbie Arnott is the author of Flames and The Rain Heron. He lives in Hobart.

Gavin Aung Than

Portrait of Gavin Aung Than.

Gavin Aung Than is a New York Times bestselling cartoonist currently working on the middle-grade graphic novel series Super Sidekicks, published by Penguin Random House. He also is the creator of the website Zen Pencils, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories.

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Nadia Bailey

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Nadia Bailey is a writer and editor. She is the 2020 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing, and was the recipient of the 2019 Kraków City of Literature Creative Fellowship. She is currently working on her first novel.

Sarah Bailey

Portrait of Sarah Bailey.

Sarah Bailey is a Melbourne-based writer with a background in advertising and communications. She has two young children and is the Managing Partner of advertising agency VMLY&R. Over the past five years, she has written a number of short stories and opinion pieces. Her first novel, the bestselling The Dark Lake, was published in 2017 followed by Into the Night in 2018. Where the Dead Go is her third novel in the Detective Gemma Woodstock series. Sarah has a new novel, The Housemate, due for release in September 2021.

Brit Bennett

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Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 awardee, and her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller.

Tegan Bennett Daylight

Portrait of Tegan Bennett Daylight.

Tegan Bennett Daylight is a writer, teacher and critic. She lives in the Blue Mountains with her husband and two children, and is the author of several novels, the short story collection Six Bedrooms and a new book of essays, The Details.

Clare Bowditch

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Clare Bowditch is a storyteller who lives in Melbourne with her husband Marty, their three teenage children, a white groodle, and two cats. In terms of ‘the fancy stuff’, Bowditch is a bestselling ARIA award-winning musician (Best Female Artist), Rolling Stone Woman of the Year (Contribution to Culture), Logie-nominated actor (for her role as ‘Rosanna’ on hit TV show Offspring), and a former ABC broadcaster who still misses her talk-back callers very much, and hopes they’re doing okay out there. In her spare time, Bowditch does a lot of public-speaking and eventrunning. She uses humour and the collective terror of ‘public-singing’ as tools to teach skills around courage and self-leadership.She is also the founder of Big Hearted Business, a love project designed to support creative people in their businesses, and businesses with their creative thinking. As a musician Clare has performed and toured with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Paul Kelly, Cat Power, John Butler, Snow Patrol and Gotye. The person she enjoys touring with the most is her drummer and husband, Marty Brown.

Candy Bowers

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Candy Bowers is a radical mischief-maker, comedian, writer and actor born of South African political refugees. A musical comedy star and hip hop theatre-maker, she was the recipient of the MentorLA initiative in 2019 and has added screenwriting to the mix, signing to Hollywood Agency WRITLarge.

James Bradley

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James Bradley is a writer and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and The Penguin Book of the Ocean. His new novel, Ghost Species, is published by Hamish Hamilton.

Judith Brett

Environmental portrait of Judith Brett.

Judith Brett is emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. She is the author of four Quarterly Essays:, Exit Right, Fair Share and The Coal Curse. Her books include From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People and Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class.

Katerina Bryant

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Katerina Bryant is a writer based in South Australia. Her work has appeared in Griffith Review, Island and Voiceworks, among others. She has been shortlisted for the 2019 The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Writing, the 2018 Feminartsy Memoir Prize, and the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. She is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Flinders University.

James Button

Portrait of James Button.

James Button was a feature writer, deputy editor and Europe correspondent of The Age. In 2009 and 2010 he worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, writing speeches for then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, an experience he describes in his book, Speechless: A Year in my Father's Business. He has also written Comeback: The Fall and Rise of Geelong, and has won three Walkley awards for feature writing.

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Bridget Caldwell-Bright

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Bridget Caldwell-Bright is a Jingili Mudburra writer and editor currently based in Melbourne. She currently works as a freelance editor for Hardie Grant and Mascara Literary Review, among others. She was previously co-editor for Archer Magazine's First Nations Edition and managing editor for Blak Brow, a Black Women's Collective edition of The Lifted Brow.

Jan Carson

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Jan Carson has a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, and short story collection, Children’s Children, and two micro-fiction collections, Postcard Stories Vol. 1 and 2. Her novel The Fire Starters won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland 2019.

Wai Chim

Portrait of Wai Chim.

Wai Chim is the award-winning author of The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. She is a first-generation Chinese-American from New York City. Her previous books include Freedom Swimmer, the Chook Chook series and Shaozhen, part of the Through My Eyes: Natural Disaster Zone series. She lives in Sydney with her husband and cat.

Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe is a journalist and filmmaker. She is a regular contributor to The Saturday Paper. The recipient of a number of awards, she was recently recognised at the UN as one of the most influential people of African descent in the world. Her first book of non-fiction, detailing the stories of convicts of African descent transported to Australia, is due in 2021.

Michael Christie

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Michael Christie is the award-winning author of Greenwood, which won the Arthur Ellis Award, was longlisted for the Giller Prize, and is a finalist for the BC Book Award. A former carpenter and homeless shelter worker, he lives on Galiano Island, British Columbia, with his wife and two sons in a timber frame house that he built himself.

Claire G Coleman

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Claire G Coleman is a Noongar author whose debut novel, Terra Nullius (Hachette, 2017), was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. Her follow-up novel, The Old Lie (Hachette), was published in August 2019.

Lee Constable

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Lee Constable aka Captain Garbology is a science TV/digital presenter and the author of How to Save the Whole Stinkin' Planet. This superhero journey through all things trash and treasure will make young waste warriors grossed out and giggly as they get hands on and quizzical while using science to save the planet.

Richard Cooke

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Richard Cooke is The Monthly’s US correspondent and contributing editor, and the author of Tired of Winning and On Robyn Davidson. His work appears in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian and The New Republic as well as The Best of Longform and Best Australian Essays. He was Mumbrella Publish Columnist of the Year in 2018.

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Megan Davis

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Megan Davis is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous and Professor of Law at UNSW, and Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. She is a member of the UNHRC's Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and was a member of the Referendum Council and the Experts Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples in the Constitution.

Anna Downes

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Anna Downes is a British-Australian author and actor. In 2009 she left the UK to go travelling, a trip that included a stint working as a live-in housekeeper on a remote French estate, where the seeds for The Safe Place were sown. Anna now lives on the Central Coast with her husband and two children.

Gregg Dreise

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Gregg Dreise is a gifted artist, storyteller and musician, who features the didgeridoo and guitar in his high-energy performances. He uses music and laughter to take audiences on a storytelling journey – that just might sneak in a lesson or two. His latest book is My Culture and Me.

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Ali Cobby Eckermann

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Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal poet Ali Cobby Eckermann is the author of seven books, including the verse novel Ruby Moonlight, and the poetry collections Inside My Mother and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry. In 2017 she was awarded Yale University's Windham Campbell Prize in Poetry. In 2018 she was awarded a Literature Fellowship by the Australian Council for the Arts.

Astrid Edwards

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Astrid Edwards is a writer, teacher, podcaster and director. She hosts The Garret: Writers on Writing, coordinates RMIT University's Associate Degree of Professional Writing, and is a Director of Bad Producer Productions. Astrid is also Deputy Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival and serves on the Victorian Government's Disability Advisory Council.

Anne Enright

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Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has written two collections of stories, one book of non-fiction, and six novels, including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and The Green Road.

Raf Epstein

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Raf Epstein hosts the Drive program, on ABC Radio in Melbourne. He has been a report and broadcaster for 25 years, including working for the ABC TV and Radio from Parliament House in Canberra, London and East Timor. He has won two Walkely Awards for investigative journalism and two Quill Awards from the Melbourne Press Club.

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Toby Fitch

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Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland, a mercenary in creative writing at the University of Sydney, and the poet behind books Rawshock, Bloomin' Notions, and Where Only the Sky had Hung Before.

Elizabeth Flux

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Elizabeth Flux is editor-at-large for the Melbourne City of Literature Office and an award-winning writer whose fiction and nonfiction work has been widely published and anthologised.

Chris Flynn

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Chris Flynn is the author of Mammoth, The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Age, The Australian, The Guardian, McSweeney's and many other publications. Chris lives on Phillip Island, next to a penguin sanctuary.

Helena Fox

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Helena Fox is the author of the award-winning novel How It Feels To Float, published in Australia and overseas. She lives by the sea in Wollongong, Australia, where she mentors young writers and runs workshops on writing and mental health. Helena has an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in the US.

Zana Fraillon

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Zana Fraillon is the author of 11 books for children and young adults, including the multi-award winning novel The Bone Sparrow and The Ones That Disappeared. She lives in Melbourne and writes full-time. Her latest book is The Lost Soul Atlas.

George Friedman

Portrait of George Friedman.

George Friedman is an internationally recognised geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures. He is a New York Times bestselling author of The Next 100 Years and his most recent book The Storm Before the Calm.

Lisa Fuller

Portrait of Lisa Fuller.

Lisa is a Murri woman doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. She is an award-winning writer. Her debut novel, Ghost Bird, won the Readings 2020 YA Book Prize and has been shortlisted for the 2020 CBCAs Older Reader Book of the Year and the 2019 Aurealis Awards.

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Damon Gameau

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Damon Gameau is an Australian filmmaker and author. His two films, That Sugar Film and 2040 now both sit in the top four highest grossing Australians docs of all time. Damon was a NSW nominee for Australian of the Year in 2020 for his work in starting 'the Regeneration' movement off the back of 2040.

Helen Garner

Portrait of Helen Garner.

Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. In 2019 she was honoured with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Her novels include The Children's Bach, Cosmo Cosmolino, and The Spare Room.

Ken Gelder

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Ken Gelder FAHA is Professor of English at the University of Melbourne, where he teaches Australian literature, contemporary writing and crime narratives. His most recent books are Adapting Bestsellers: Fantasy, Franchise, and the Afterlife of Storyworlds (Cambridge University Press 2019) and, with Rachael Weaver, The Colonial Kangaroo Hunt (Miegunyah Press 2020).

Julia Gillard

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Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013. Ms Gillard is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister.

Roanna Gonsalves

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Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP) published in India as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger). The book won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Multicultural) 2018 and was longlisted for the Dobbie Award 2018. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Kate Grenville

Portrait of Kate Grenville.

Kate Grenville’s international bestseller The Secret River has been adapted for the stage and screen and is now a much-loved classic. Her latest novel, A Room Made of Leaves, is her first in nearly a decade. Her novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Dark Places and The Idea of Perfection.

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Victoria Hannan

Environmental portrait of Victoria Hannan.

Victoria Hannan is a writer and photographer living in Melbourne. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, 3:AM and Subbed-In. Kokomo, her first novel, was the 2019 winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Jess Hill

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Jess Hill is a Walkley-award winning journalist and author who’s been reporting exclusively on domestic abuse since 2014. Prior to this, she was a Middle East correspondent, and producer/reporter across ABC TV and radio. In 2020, her first book, See What You Made Me Do, was awarded the 2020 Stella Prize.

Erin Hortle

Environmental portrait of Erin Hortle.

Erin Hortle is the author of The Octopus and I, a novel that explores the human’s relationship with the more than human world. Her fiction and essays have appeared in a range of Australian publications, and in 2017 she won an emerging writer’s prize in the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes.

Caoilinn Hughes

Portrait of Caoilinn Hughes.

Caoilinn Hughes' latest novel, The Wild Laughter, is just out. Her first novel Orchid & the Wasp (2018) won the Collyer Bristow Prize and was a finalist for four other prizes. Her poetry collection Gathering Evidence (2014) won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award. Her short fiction won The Moth Short Story Prize and an O.Henry Prize.

Rebecca Huntley

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Dr Rebecca Huntley is a writer, researcher and broadcaster. She is on the board of The Whitlam Institute and The Bell Shakespeare Company. She is the author of nine books.

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Gail Jones

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Gail Jones is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her work has been translated into 12 languages and has won numerous awards in Australia and internationally. Her novel The Death of Noah Glass won the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Gail’s forthcoming novel, Our Shadows, will be published in October 2020.

Ketan Joshi

Portrait of Ketan Joshi.

Ketan is a prolific writer, analyst and science communicator focusing on clean energy and climate change. He previously worked in climate and energy for private companies and government agencies, and now writes journalism and commentary from the frontlines of climate and energy battles around the world.

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Patricia Karvelas

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Patricia Karvelas is a prominent Australian journalist, beginning her professional career at the ABC and SBS 20 years ago. She currently presents Radio National’s flagship radio current affairs program RN Drive – a role she took up in January 2015. Patricia co-hosts the ABC’s popular weekly political podcast, The Party Room. She also presents Afternoon Briefing on ABC news TV at 4pm every day. Patricia has worked for The Australian as political correspondent in the Canberra press gallery. She was also employed as The Australian’s Victorian Bureau Chief and Editor, and Senior National Affairs Journalist.

Yumna Kassab

Portrait of Yumna Kassab.

Yumna Kassab's first book, The House of Youssef, was listed for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, The Stella Prize and the Glenda Adams UTS Award for New Writing. It is available through Giramondo Publishing.

Amie Kaufman

Portrait of Amie Kaufman.

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries. Her series include The Illuminae Files, The Aurora Cycle, Other Side of the Sky duology, The Starbound Trilogy, the Unearthed duology and The Elementals Trilogy.

Patrick Radden Keefe

Monochrome portrait of Patrick Radden Keefe.

Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and author of the New York Times bestseller Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, as well as two earlier books, The Snakehead and Chatter. He's also the writer and host of the podcast Wind of Change. He lives in New York.

Mikki Kendall

Portrait of Mikki Kendall.

Mikki Kendall is a writer and speaker whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, TIME, Ebony, Essence, and elsewhere. She has discussed race, feminism, violence in Chicago, tech and pop culture in various forms of media as well as at universities across the USA.

Julie Koh

Portrait of Julie Koh.

Julie Koh is the author of Capital Misfits and Portable Curosities. She was named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her fiction has appeared in the Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Comedy Writing. She has written two radio plays for Radio National Fictions and the libretto for the satirical opera Chop Chef.

Will Kostakis

Environmental portrait of Will Kostakis.

Will Kostakis is a writer of all things, from celebrity news stories that score cease and desist letters, to tweets for professional wrestlers. That said, he’s best known for his award-winning YA novels, including The First Third, The Sidekicks, and the Monuments duology.

Kevin Kwan

Portrait of Kevin Kwan.

Kevin Kwan is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, now a major motion picture, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. Born in Singapore, he has called New York's West Village home since 1995. Sex and Vanity is his newest novel.

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Raelee Lancaster

Portrait of Raelee Lancaster.

Raelee Lancaster is a Brisbane-based writer, collaborator and creative producer. Raelee was a recipient of a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship 2019 and was awarded first place for the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers in 2018. Her writing has featured in Cordite Poetry Review, The Guardian, Overland, The Lifted Brow and more. Raised on Awabakal land, Raelee is descended from the Wiradjuri and Biripi peoples.

Benjamin Law

Portrait of Benjamin Law.

Benjamin Law is the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia (2012), and the Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 (2017), and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). He also created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law and his sold-out debut play Torch the Place (Melbourne Theatre Company) ran February–March 2020.

Michelle Law

Portrait of Michelle Law.

Michelle Law is a writer and actor working across print, theatre, and screen. Her work includes the play Single Asian Female and the SBS show Homecoming Queens, which she co-created, co-wrote and starred in. Her latest play, Miss Peony, will be staged at Belvoir St Theatre.

Jing-Jing Lee

Monochrome portrait of Jing-Jing Lee.

Jing-Jing Lee was born and raised in Singapore. Her first novel, How We Disappeared, was published by Oneworld in 2019. It has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize as well as the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford and currently lives in Amsterdam with her husband and son.

Jo Lennan

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Jo Lennan is the author of In The Time of Foxes, a collection of short stories. She has worked as a lawyer and writer, contributing to The Economist, 1843, Time Magazine and The Monthly. Her work has also appeared in the Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Stories anthologies.

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Megha Majumdar

Environmental portrait of Megha Majumdar.

Megha Majumdar is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel A Burning. She was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, followed by graduate school in social anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She works as an editor at Catapult, and lives in New York City.

Becky Manawatu

Portrait of Becky Manawatu.

Becky Manawatu (Ngāi Tahu) is a novelist and journalist. Her debut novel Auē won the 2020 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction. She writes for a daily print newspaper in Westport and lives in Waimangaroa with her family.

Ellie Marney

Portrait of Ellie Marney.

Ellie Marney is the award-winning author of nine YA crime fiction novels – her latest release is None Shall Sleep. She has been behind the scenes at the Westminster Mortuary in London and interviewed forensic autopsy specialists around the world in search of just the right gory details. Ellie is a qualified teacher, and lives near Castlemaine with her family.

Thomas Mayor

Portrait of Thomas Mayor.

Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin. He was entrusted to carry the sacred canvas of the Uluru Statement from the Heart on an 18-month journey to garner support. Thomas’s journey continues in person and through the pages of his books Finding The Heart of The Nation and Finding Our Heart.

Elizabeth McCarthy

Monochrome portrait of Elizabeth Mccarthy.

Elizabeth has worked as a producer and presenter in radio for 20 years. She currently works as Breakfasters and Talks Producer at 3RRR, and reviews books on Breakfasters and ABC Radio Melbourne. She regularly appears at live events and public conversations for the Wheeler Centre, Sydney Writers' Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and more.

Charlotte McConaghy

Portrait of Charlotte McConaghy.

Charlotte McConaghy has been writing from a young age. She has both a Graduate Degree in Screenwriting and a Masters Degree in Screen Arts, and has worked in script development for film and television for several years. She has written a number of speculative fiction books but The Last Migration is her first literary novel. She lives in Sydney.

Andrew McDonald

Portrait of Andrew McDonald.

Andrew McDonald is the author of the bestselling Real Pigeons series. He loves writing books that make kids laugh, wonder and leap into the air with surprise. His books have been shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize and the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Jess McGuire

Portrait of Jess McGuire.

Jess McGuire is a writer, DJ, broadcaster and MC based in Melbourne. She appears regularly on ABC Radio as a reviewer and cultural commentator, and for many years she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia. She is a former presenter of Triple R’s flagship Breakfasters show.

Leah Jing McIntosh

Leah Jing McIntosh is the editor of Liminal magazine.

Laura Jean McKay

Monochrome portrait of Laura Jean McKay.

Laura Jean McKay is the author of The Animals in That Country (Scribe, 2020) and Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc., 2013), shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia. Laura is a lecturer in creative writing at Massey University and the ‘animal expert’ presenter on ABC Listen’s Animal Sound Safari.

Larissa McLean Davies

Portrait of Larissa McLean Davies.

Larissa McLean Davies is an Associate Professor of Languages and Literacies Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She is Chief Investigator on the ARC-funded project Investigating Literary Knowledge in the Making of English Teachers and leads the Literary Education Lab's research into the teaching of Australian literature.

Sophie McNeill

Portrait of Sophie McNeill.

Sophie McNeill is an investigative reporter for Four Corners. A former foreign correspondent based in the Middle East for the ABC, she's worked across the region. Sophie has twice been awarded Australian Young TV Journalist of the Year and in 2010 won a Walkley award.

Laura McPhee-Browne

Portrait of Laura McPhee-Browne.

Laura McPhee-Browne is a writer, social worker and counsellor living in Melbourne, on unceded Wurundjeri land. Her short stories have been published widely in Australia. Her debut novel, Cherry Beach, was published with Text Publishing in February 2020.

Casey McQuiston

Portrait of Casey McQuiston.

Casey McQuiston is the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue, as well as a pie enthusiast. She writes books about smart people with bad manners falling in love. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, she now lives in New York City with her poodle mix and personal assistant, Pepper.

Angela Meyer

Portrait of Angela Meyer.

Angela Meyer’s debut novel, A Superior Spectre, was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, the MUD Literary Prize, an ABIA, the Readings Prize for New Australian Writing and a Saltire Award (Scotland). Her novella, Joan Smokes, won the inaugural Mslexia Novella Award (UK). She works as a freelance editor and consultant.

Cath Moore

Environmental portrait of Cath Moore.

Born in Guyana, Cath Moore is of Irish/Afro-Caribbean heritage. Though raised in Australia, she has also lived in Scotland and Belgium. Cath is also an award-winning screenwriter, teacher and filmmaker. She holds an MA in screenwriting and a PhD in Danish screenwriting practices. Metal Fish, Falling Snow is Cath’s first novel. She lives in Melbourne.

Adam Morton

Adam Morton is the environment editor of Guardian Australia.

Sisonke Msimang

Portrait of Sisonke Msimang.

Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home (2018) and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela (2019). Her work is focused on race, gender and democracy and she has written for a range of publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera.

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Claire Nichols

Portrait of Claire Nichols.

Claire Nichols is the host of The Book Show on ABC Radio National, a weekly podcast and radio show that features in-depth interviews with the best authors from around the world. She has spent more than a decade at the ABC, with roles in news, current affairs, local radio and at RN.

Karlie Noon

Environmental portrait of Karlie Noon.

Karlie Noon is a Gamilaray astrophysicst who is passionate about Indigenous astronomical knowledge and communicating science to those from a disadvantaged background. She was the first Indigenous female to obtain degrees in physics and mathematics, which were completed at the University of Newcastle in 2016. She has since completed a masters degree in astrophysics at the Australian National University in 2019. Karlie was an ACT Young Australian of the Year 2019 finalist and a Eureka Prize Emerging Leader 2019 finalist.

Areej Nur

Environmental portrait of Areej Nur.

Areej Nur is a radio producer, presenter and educator. She is also co-founder of African artist collective and research platform, Still Nomads. She currently presents The Rap on Triple R and teaches media and communications at a tertiary level.

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Connor Tomas O'Brien

Portrait of Connor Tomas O'Brien.

Connor Tomas O'Brien runs Studio Sometimes, a design studio devoted to working with non-profits, and was previously the Wheeler Centre's Digital Content Producer and founder of the Digital Writers' Festival. He is the author of Change is Hard (Text Publishing, 2021), a forthcoming guidebook for ‘lapsed and lazy environmentalists’.

Jenny Odell

Portrait of Jenny Odell.

Jenny Odell is the author of the New York Times bestseller How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, The Paris Review, The Believer, and McSweeney’s. Odell is based in Oakland, California.

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Favel Parrett

Environmental portrait of Favel Parrett.

Favel Parrett's career was launched with her acclaimed debut Past the Shallows. It was shortlisted in the Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. There Was Still Love, Favel's third novel, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and won Book of the Year – The Indie Book Awards 2020.

Zoya Patel

Portrait of Zoya Patel.

Zoya Patel is the award-winning author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism. She is also the founder of feminist literary organisation, Feminartsy. Zoya has won numerous awards for her writing and editing, and has been published widely, including in the The Guardian, the Australian Financial Review, ABC, SBS, Junkee, Overland, Meanjin, Sydney Morning Herald and more. She was a 2020 judge for the Stella Prize, and is the inaugural ACT Stella Schools Ambassador.

Alice Pung

Monochrome portrait of Alice Pung.

Alice Pung is an award-winning Melbourne writer whose books include Unpolished Gem, Her Father's Daughter and Laurinda. She is the current artist in residence at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne.

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Christopher Raja

Environmental portrait of Christopher Raja.

Christopher Raja is an Indian-born Australian author of short stories, essays, a play and a novel. He co-authored the play The First Garden with Natasha Raja, which was performed in botanical gardens throughout Australia and published by Currency Press in 2012. His debut novel, The Burning Elephant, was published in 2015 (Giramondo). It was written with the assistance of an Australia Council New Work grant. Christopher has been twice shortlisted for the Northern Territory Writers Centre’s Chief Minister’s Book of the Year award. He migrated from Calcutta to Melbourne in 1986, and spends his time between Melbourne and Alice Springs. Christopher Raja is the author of the memoir, Into the Suburbs: A Migrant's Story, forthcoming from UQP.

Ewa Ramsey

Portrait of Ewa Ramsey.

Ewa Ramsey is a writer and arts administrator based in Newcastle, NSW. She has presented short fiction at the National Young Writers Festival, won a commendation in the Newcastle Short Story Award, and been a finalist in the Newcastle Herald Short Story Competition. She has also written for PC&Tech Authority, and worked as an editorial assistant and pop-culture writer and reviewer for Atomic magazine. She is currently Operations Manager for the Newcastle Writers Festival and on the board of the National Young Writers Festival.

Graham Readfearn

Portrait of Graham Readfearn.

Graham Readfearn is an environment reporter for The Guardian in Australia, and has been writing about climate science, denialism and lobbying for more than a decade.

Teela Reid

Portrait of Teela Reid.

Teela Reid is a Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, lawyer and activist. She is a co-founder of @blackfulla_bookclub on Instagram that honours First Nations ancestors as the original storytellers. This year, Teela published her first piece in the Griffith Review titled '2020: The year of reckoning, not reconciliation. It's time to show up!'

Sally Rippin

Portrait of Sally Rippin.

Sally Rippin is Australia’s highest-selling female author and has written more than 50 books for children and young adults. Her widely popular Billie B Brown books are beloved across the globe, and have sold more than five million copies in eighteen countries. Currently, Sally is working on adapting the Billie series for television.

Mirandi Riwoe

Portrait of Mirandi Riwoe.

Mirandi Riwoe is the author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Award’s fiction prize. Her work has appeared in New Australian Fiction (Kill Your Darlings), Meanjin and Griffith Review.

Jamila Rizvi

Close-up portrait of Jamila Rizvi.

Jamila Rizvi is a bestselling author of two books and a columnist for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Good Weekend. She is the Chief Creative Officer at Nine’s Future Women and co-host of two podcasts, The Briefing and Anonymous Was A Woman. She is a board member of the Melbourne Writers Festival and Chair of the Programming Committee.

Ursula Robinson-Shaw

Portrait of Ursula Robinson-Shaw.

Ursula Robinson-Shaw is a writer from Aotearoa, living in Narrm/Melbourne. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and co-director of sick leave, a reading series and journal. Her chapbook Noonday was published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2019.

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Omar Sakr

Portrait of Omar Sakr.

Omar Sakr is an award-winning Arab Australian poet. He is the author of These Wild Houses (Cordite, 2017) and The Lost Arabs (UQP, 2019), which has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the John Bray Poetry Award, and the Queensland Literary Awards. It's out now internationally through Andrews McMeel.

Kirli Saunders

Portrait of Kirli Saunders.

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning international children’s author and poet as well as a teacher, and emerging artist. She leads Poetry in First Languages, delivered by Red Room Poetry. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Ministers Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). Kirli is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Award and Prime Minister's Poetry Award. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

Ronnie Scott

Environmental portrait of Ronnie Scott.

Ronnie Scott is a writer, editor and academic. He lectures in the Writing and Publishing discipline at RMIT University. The Adversary is his first novel.

Jess Scully

Monochrome of Jess Scully.

Jess Scully is an advocate for the creative economy and the role of cities in a fair future. She is the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney; previously, Jess curated projects including Vivid Ideas and TEDxSydney, worked as a public art curator, policy advisor and magazine editor. Her first book, Glimpses of Utopia, is published by Pantera Press.

Sami Shah

Portrait of Sami Shah.

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning writer and comedian. He’s been profiled in the New York Times, ABC’s The Australian Story, BBC Radio 4, NPR, and appeared on QI with Stephen Fry, and The Project.

Marlee Silva

Portrait of Marlee Silva.

Marlee Silva is a 24-year-old Gamilaroi and Dunghutti storyteller. She is the co-founder of Indigenous female empowerment movement Tiddas 4 Tiddas and the host of the Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories podcast. Marlee’s debut book My Tidda, My Sister will be released in September 2020.

Darlene Silva Soberano

Portrait of Darlene Silva Soberano.

Darlene Silva Soberano is a poet. Their work has appeared in Mascara Literary Review, Australian Poetry, Cordite Poetry Review, Peril Magazine, and elsewhere. Darlene currently serves as a poetry editor for Voiceworks Magazine, and is a recipient of a Hot Desk Fellowship from The Wheeler Centre in 2020.

Anna Spargo-Ryan

Portrait of Anna Spargo-Ryan.

Anna Spargo-Ryan is the Melbourne-based author of The Gulf and The Paper House, and a winner of the Horne Prize. Her next book, a nonfiction narrative on mental illness, will be published by Picador in 2021.

Victor Steffensen

Portrait of Victor Steffensen.

Victor Steffensen is an Indigenous writer, filmmaker, musician and consultant applying traditional knowledge values in a contemporary context, through workshops and artistic projects. Much of Victor's work has been based on the arts and reviving traditional knowledge values, particularly Aboriginal fire management.

Elizabeth Strout

Portrait of Elizabeth Strout.

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, the #1 New York Times bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton, The Burgess Boys, Abide with Me, and Amy and Isabelle. Elizabeth Strout’s most recent book, a sequel to Olive Kitteridge titled Olive, Again, was published in October 2019, and selected for Oprah's Book Club.

Veronica Sullivan

Portrait of Veronica Sullivan.

Veronica Sullivan is the Programming Manager at the Wheeler Centre. She writes a regular column about the Australian publishing industry for Books+Publishing, and is the Chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. She co-founded and co-hosted Sisteria, a podcast about the experiences of women and non-binary creatives.

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Elizabeth Tan

Portrait of Elizabeth Tan.

Elizabeth Tan is a writer from Perth. She is the author of Smart Ovens for Lonely People, a short fiction collection, and Rubik, a novel-in-stories.

Miranda Tapsell

Portrait of Miranda Tapsell.

Miranda Tapsell is an Australian actress. After graduating from NIDA, she won hearts as Cynthia in The Sapphires and her award-winning performance as Martha Tennant in Channel 9’s Love Child . She wrote, produced and starred in the box office hit Top End Wedding and her book Top End Girl is her literary debut.

Jean Tong

Portrait of Jean Tong.

Jean Tong is a writer, dramaturg and director, and a current Philip Parson’s Fellowship (Belvoir) and Development Assistant at Goalpost Pictures. Jean’s work includes: Flat Earthers: The Musical; Hungry Ghosts (Melbourne Theatre Company); Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit (Malthouse Theatre, MICF; Brisbane Festival); The Lockdown Monologues (Malthouse Theatre).

Kate Torney

Environmental portrait of Kate Torney.

Kate Torney has been CEO at State Library Victoria since 2015. Prior to this, she spent six years as the Director of News at ABC, capping off a 20-year career there. A testament to her passion for creativity and knowledge, Kate is the Chair of National and State Libraries Australia, and serves on the boards of Circus Oz, The Conversation and the Judith Neilson Institute of Journalism and Ideas. In 2020, she was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to broadcast media and to the cultural sector.

Christos Tsiolkas

Portrait of Christos Tsiolkas.

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of six novels including the international bestseller The Slap and Barracuda, shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and the inaugural Voss Literary Prize. The Slap and Barracuda were both adapted into celebrated television series. He is also a playwright, essayist and screenwriter, based in Melbourne. His latest novel, Damascus, was published in November 2019 to widespread acclaim, winning Best Fiction at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Jessie Tu

Portrait of Jessie Tu.

Jessie Tu is a writer and journalist based in Sydney. She has written about race, gender and culture in The Guardian, The Age and LA Review of Books. Her debut poetry collection You Should Have Told Me We Have Nothing Left was released in 2018. A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing is her debut novel.

Malcolm Turnbull

Portrait of Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull’s career spans journalism, law, business and politics – often pursued simultaneously. In 2004, Malcolm entered parliament as the Liberal member for Wentworth. He was elected Liberal leader and prime minister in September 2015. Winning the July 2016 election, he remained prime minister until August 2018, after which he retired from parliament.

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Alan Vaarwerk

Portrait of Alan Vaarwerk.

Alan Vaarwerk is the editor of Kill Your Darlings magazine. His work has appeared in Griffith Review, Stilts, Readings Monthly and Writers Bloc. He grew up in regional NSW, grew up some more in Brisbane, and now lives in Melbourne.

Jenny Valentish

Portrait of Jenny Valentish.

Jenny Valentish is the author of the research-memoir hybrid Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment. She is working on her second book for Black Inc, Everything Harder Than Everyone Else, about endurance and high-risk behaviour. You can also find her writing for The Guardian.

Ellen van Neerven

Portrait of Ellen van Neerven.

Ellen van Neerven belongs to the Mununjali Yugambeh people of south east Queensland. Ellen is an award-winning writer, editor and literary activist. They have authored three books including a new poetry collection Throat which explores different ways to be heard.

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Lou Wall

Portrait of Lou Wall.

Lou Wall is a multi-award winning comedian, composer and theatre-maker. Her works include A Dingo Ate My Baby (Malthouse Theatre MICF), It’s Not Me, It’s Lou (Malthouse Theatre MICF), Flat Earthers: The Musical (premiere reading at Arts Centre Melbourne) and queer extravaganza Lou Wall's Drag Race (Griffin Theatre Batch Festival).

Beverley Wang

Portrait of Beverley Wang.

Beverley Wang is a broadcaster, producer and journalist. She co-hosts Stop Everything!, a weekly show on ABC Radio National focusing on pop culture, cultural fault lines and the internet. She’s a former Executive Producer of RN Drive, and before that worked as a print journalist in the United States.

Sally Warhaft

Portrait of Sally Warhaft.

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne anthropologist, broadcaster and podcaster, a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia. She hosts The Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate.

Alison Whittaker

Portrait of Alison Whittaker.

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi author and law academic.

Lili Wilkinson

Portrait of Lili Wilkinson.

Lili Wilkinson is the author of 16 books, including Green Valentine and After the Lights Go Out. She established insideadog.com.au and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Her latest books are The Erasure Initiative and How To Make A Pet Monster: Hodgepodge.

Tara June Winch

Portrait of Tara June Winch.

Tara June Winch is an Australian (Wiradjuri) writer. She is the author of The Yield, which won the 2020 Miles Franklin award and was shortlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize, After the Carnage and Swallow the Air. A 10th anniversary edition of Swallow the Air was issued in 2016. She is the recipient of the international Rolex Mentor and Protégé prize, which saw her mentored by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.

Ben Wood

Portrait of Ben Wood.

Ben Wood is the illustrator of the bestselling series, Real Pigeons. Ben has illustrated over 30 books for children, with titles shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize and the Australian Book Industry Awards. He lives in Victoria, Australia.

Charlotte Wood

Portrait of Charlotte Wood.

Charlotte Wood is the author of six novels and two books of non-fiction. Her latest novel, The Weekend, won the 2020 Australian Book Industry Award for Literary Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal among other awards.

Alexis Wright

Portrait of Alexis Wright.

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation in the Gulf of Carpentaria, the author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, and three works of nonfiction: Take Power, Grog War and Tracker. Wright is the only author to win both the Miles Franklin Award (in 2007 for Carpentaria) and the Stella Prize (in 2018 for Tracker).

Lawrence Wright

Portrait of Lawrence Wright.

Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.

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Nevo Zisin

Portrait of Nevo Zisin.

Nevo is a queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, performer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm. They are the author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and a member of the Gender Euphoria cast – Australia's largest all-trans and gender diverse show on a main stage.