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Latika Bourke
Nick Brodie
Nicky Buckley
Suzanne Burdon


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Brendan Gallagher
Ross Gittins
Dennis Glover
Robert Gott
Anne Gorman
Derek Guille
Cahit Guven

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Helen McGrath
Maggie MacKellar
Anne Manne
Russell Marks
Dave Mason
Patti Miller
Euan Mitchell

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Frances Quirk




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Michael Vagg



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Jo Case
Michael Cathcart
Phil Cleary
Cheryl Critchley


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John Harms
Lorna Hendry
Kirrily Hayward
Robert Hillman
Karen Hitchcock
Rodney Hogg
Kate Howarth
Liam Houlihan

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Andrew Nette






R

Hannie Rayson
Erina Redden



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Lisa Waller
Donna Ward
Tony Wilson
Tom Worsnop

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Sally Damiani
Sean Doherty
Monica Dux
Dr Nick Dyrenfurth


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Leah Kaminsky
Maria Katsonis
Malcolm Knox
Lee Kofman
Ramona Koval



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Jane Opie






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Angela Savage
Rochelle Siemienowicz
Alecia Simmonds
Dr Michelle Smith
Joanna Stewart

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Wilamena Falkenhagen
Vanda Fear
Joanne Fedler
Tim Flannery
Adam Ford
Patsie Frawley

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Kate Larsen
Ruth Lee
Mal Leyland
Marg Linley
David Lowe



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Kaz Paton
Jacqui Pierce
Sue-Ann Post
Greg Pyers



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Melanie Thomson




Lakita Bourke

Latika Bourke

Latika Bourke was born in India and adopted as a baby by an Australian family at eight months. In 2010 Latika was awarded the Walkley Award for Young Journalism, and has since worked as a political reporter for the ABC. She is currently the National Political Reporter at Fairfax Media and lives in Canberra.
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Nick Brodie

Nick Brodie

Historian and archaeologist Nick Brodie explores the past with original approaches to research and narration, inviting readers to journey with him to discover forgotten stories, familiar places, and foreign people. Nick’s focus on developing new ways of looking at former times, and bringing readers on his journeys of discovery, has resulted in a significant revision and new telling of Australia’s national story in KIN: A Real People’s History of Our Nation. Born and bred in country New South Wales, Nick currently lives in Tasmania, researching, writing, bushwalking, and even swimming.
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Nicky Buckley

Nicky Buckley

Nicky Buckley has graced the screens of Australian television for over 30 years. She is one of the rare group of Australian women who has had both longevity and success in the media. A Memoir is a memoir of Nicky’s life and looks at her personal journey not only of a successful media career, but also a behind the scenes look into a life under the spotlight.
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Suzanne Burdon

Suzanne Burdon

Suzanne Burdon is a writer who has recently published her first novel, “Almost Invincible” about the life and work of Mary Shelley. Suzanne is also a social researcher. She has owned and run Criteria Research and Analysis since 1982 and was born in London’s East End. In the UK she worked in Advertising with Leo Burnett Agency as an Insights Manager and Client Services Executive. She has previously published short stories, poetry and academic papers on research.
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Jo Case

Jo Case

Jo Case is the senior writer/editor for The Wheeler Centre and her first book, Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Asperger’s, was published in 2013.
Her book reviews appear in The Age, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Book Review. Opinion pieces and essays have also appeared in The Age.
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Michael Cathcart

Michael Cathcart

Michael Cathcart was born in Melbourne in 1956—the year that television came to Australia. He has worked as a schoolteacher, university lecturer and theatre director. He has presented several Radio National programs, including ‘Arts Today’ and the ‘Radio National Quiz’, and for ABC TV he has presented the history magazine show ‘Rewind’ and the documentary series ‘Rogue Nation’. He  is the author of Defending the National Tuckshop (1988), an expose of a secret militia called the White Army formed in Victoria in 1931, and he has published an abridgement of Manning Clark’s epic A History of Australia and an anthology of Australian speeches.  Michael Cathcart’s latest book is The Water Dreamers.
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Phil Cleary

Phil Cleary

Phil Cleary is a former teacher, footballer and Independent member of the Federal Parliament – winning former PM Bob Hawke’s seat of Wills at a by-election in 1992 and at the general election in 1993. He is the author of three books and since the murder of his 25-year-old sister, Vicki, in 1987 Phil has been at the forefront of the campaign to stop violence against women. It’s widely acknowledged that his books, newspaper articles and media commentaries were pivotal to the abolition of the law of provocation in Victoria and changing community attitudes on violence against women. He is currently finalising another book that deals with violence against women.
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Cheryl Critchley

Cheryl Critchley

Now freelancing, Cheryl Critchley spent 21 years at the Herald Sun and has written six books. Her latest, Why did they do it? (Pan Macmillan), was co-authored with leading psychologist Dr Helen McGrath and analyses the motives and personality disorders of 10 Australian convicted killers. Cheryl is now writing about Facilitated Communication.
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Sally Damiani

Sally Damiani

Sally Damiani has poured her efforts into understanding everything about Leukodystrophy since first hearing the term in July 2009. Sally’s main mission is keeping Massimo and his twin brothers happy and healthy while they push the development of a future treatment that may arrest the development of Massimo’s disease.  Sally co-founded the Mission Massimo Foundation with her husband Stephen and works in a senior strategy management role with a global health care organisation.
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Sean Doherty

Sean Doherty

Sean Doherty is the author of MP Untold. He’s written ten books, edited Tracks magazine for eight years and worked as a pro tour commentator, and he is currently a senior writer at Surfing World and Surfer magazines.
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Monica Dux

Monica Dux

Monica Dux is a social commentator, a columnist with The Age, and the author of Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting) (2013), co-author of The Great Feminist Denial (2008), and editor of the anthology Mothermorphosis, (April 2015).
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Nick Dyrenfurth

Dr Nick Dyrenfurth

Nick Dyrenfurth is an academic and the author of several books including Mateship: A Very Australian History and A Little History of the Australian Labor Party (with Frank Bongiorno). Nick is a leading media commentator who regularly writes for The Age, The Monthly and The Saturday Paper.
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Wilamena Falkenhagen

Wilamena Falkenhagen

Wilamina Falkenhagen has always written for herself, however an early midlife crisis caused her to re-examine what she wanted out of life. She resigned from her steady paid Monday to Friday job, and started on the adventure of becoming a writer. Her first book is a non-fiction book exploring the lives of women who either by choice or circumstance, never gave birth to a child of their own, Couldn’t , Wouldn’t Didn’t.
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Vanda Fear

Vanda Fear

Vanda Fear has been campaigning for well over a decade to stop the unnecessary admissions of young people, who have very high support needs due to their disability/health, into aged care facilities. In 2001 her son Paul who was only 17, acquired a catastrophic Brain Injury which left him unable to do anything for himself. This meant that he needed full support in every aspect of his life 24/7. The only option offered to Vanda and her husband Keith was for Paul to be placed into an Aged care Facility which was and still is totally inappropriate.

For over 14 years Paul has lived at home surrounded by his family and continues to do so. However Vanda knows that both Keith and herself can’t be here for Paul forever and is trying to help campaign for other options for these very vulnerable young people who need our support .

Joanne Fedler

Joanne Fedler

Joanne Fedler is an internationally bestselling author of nine books. She is an inspirational speaker and takes groups of women on writing retreats each year to Tuscany and Fiji. Her latest book Love in the Time of Contempt: consolations for parents of teenagers is a #1 Amazon bestseller.
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Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers and Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 Australian of the Year. In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded and heads the Australian Climate Council. His latest book is Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis.
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Adam Ford

Adam Ford

British archaeologist, TV presenter and writer, Adam Ford, has led expeditions and explored the stories of our past across the world. With an archaeological career spanning 25 years Adam is the founder of DIG International and has led and participated in expeditions to the Caribbean, British Isles, Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Australia. From Cold War bunkers in England to Bronze Age cities on the Euphrates, shipwrecks in remote Western Australia, to burials in Barbados, Adam has thrown his energy, enthusiasm and humour into unlocking the mysteries of the past.
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Pastie Frawley

Patsie Frawley

Dr Patsie Frawley has a national profile for her research and policy advocacy work in intellectual disability. Her research focus is on sexuality and relationships, abuse prevention and inclusion. She works at Deakin University at the Waterfront campus in Geelong as a Senior Lecturer in the Disability and Inclusion team and is leading a research project funded by the Australian National Research Organisation on Women’s Safety on developing accessible tertiary response services for women and girls who have experienced violence and abuse. She completed her PhD in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at LaTrobe University with a DHS Disability Services Scholarship. Her thesis was a qualitative study of the participatory experiences of people with an intellectual disability on government disability advisory bodies.
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Brendan Gallagher

Brendan Gallagher

Karma County frontman and ARIA award winning singer/songwriter Brendan Gallagher has produced records for Jimmy Little, Doc Neeson (Angels), Emma Donovan and Jeremy Oxley (Sunnyboys), played on recordings for David Bowie and Kylie Minogue and is the author of international best seller The Open Tuning Chord Book For Guitar.
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Ross Gittins

Ross Gittins

Ross Gittins is the Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and an economic columnist for The Age. A winner of the Citibank Pan Asia award for excellence in financial journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the Department of Economics (Melbourne University), Ross has written and contributed to many books and periodicals.
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Dennis Glover

Dennis Glover

Dennis Glover is the author of An Economy is Not a Society: Winners and Losers in the New Australia. He is the son and brother of Dandenong factory workers, grew up in Doveton before studying at Monash University and King’s College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD in history. He has worked for two decades as an academic, newspaper columnist, political adviser and speechwriter to Labor leaders and senior ministers. An often outspoken left-wing thinker, his previous books include The Art of Great Speeches and Orwell’s Australia.
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Robert Gott

Robert Gott

Robert Gott is the author of 80 books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has written four crime novels, two of which (including the latest The Holiday Murders) have been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. He is also the creator of the long-running newspaper cartoon The Adventures of Naked Man.
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Anne Gorman

Anne Gorman

Anne Gorman was born in Mudgee NSW, after a difficult childhood marked by grief, she grew up in Sydney and was educated at Catholic schools and at Sydney University gaining degrees in Arts and Social Work. At  23 she found herself living in the Riverina on a sheep and wheat property, married and  pregnant, living a life she could never have imagined. When her husband became gravely ill, an illness lasting over 10 years, Anne found the courage to keep the farm and her family of five children afloat. Later as a widow and single mother, she grew into a woman of substance, taking an active part in the big issues of the day, becoming known as a fearless  advocate for children and feminism and  later played significant roles on a much wider landscape.
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Derek Guille

Derek Guille

Derek Guille has been a communicator for most of his working life. He spent time as a photographer and music journalist with the Australasian Express newspaper in London in the Seventies, and for the past twenty eight years he was a radio broadcaster, for three years in commercial radio in Western Victoria then twenty five with ABC Local Radio.
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Cahit Guven

Cahit Guven

Cahit Guven has been a senior lecturer in economics at Deakin University since 2009. He conducts research on subjective wellbeing, development and behavioural economics. He has published papers at the highest ranking international and domestic academic journals. His findings have been cited at prestigious international and domestic media outlets including The Financial Times.
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John Harms

John Harms

John Harms is a writer, broadcaster, publisher, speaker and historian. He recently re-released his omnibus Play On which includes his three books on cricket (Confessions of a Thirteenth Man), horse racing (Memoirs of a Mug Punter) and football (Loose Men Everywhere). He has been a columnist and feature writer for various publications, in particular The Age and The Australian. In 2007 he established Malarkey Publications to produce the annual collection of footy writing The Footy Almanac. This game by game account of a season has given hundreds of writers opportunity to write about their great love: footy. This developed into www.footyalmanac.com.au where a community of sportswriters has gathered producing articles on sport and other things that get us through the day. He appears on ABCTV’s Offsiders. Originally a Queenslander, he now lives in Melbourne.
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Lorna Hendry

Lorna Hendry

Lorna Hendry is a freelance writer, editor and graphic designer. She also teaches in RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program. Her first book, Wrong Way Round, a travel memoir about her family’s three-year camping trip around Australia, was published in April 2015 by Hardie Grant.
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Kirrily Hayward

Kirrily Hayward

Ambassador for advocacy group Summer Foundation, Kirrily Hayward is a passionate disability rights advocate, self-confessed gym tragic, and social work graduate and former student politician from Deakin University She’s also the youngest resident in an aged care facility in Geelong, in southwest Victoria and is one of 600 people under the age of 50 living in aged care facilities across Australia.
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Robert Hillman

Robert Hillman

Robert Hillman is the author of Vera: My Story. His memoir, The Boy in the Green Suit, won the Australian National Biography Award in 2004. He is the co-author of The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif (with Najaf Mazari) and My Life as a Traitor (with Zarah Ghahramani).
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Karen Hitchcock

Karen Hitchcock

Karen Hitchcock is the author of Quarterly Essay 57 – Dear Life. She is the author of the award-winning story collection Little White Slips and a regular contributor to the Monthly. She is also a staff physician in acute and general medicine at a large city public hospital.
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Rodney Hogg

Rodney Hogg

Rodney Hogg announced himself as the blond, blue-eyed, aggressive and menacingly fast bowler who took 41 wickets for World Series-depleted Australia against England in the Ashes of 1978–79. The way he regularly beat Geoff Boycott for pace thrilled Australia at a lean time. He now writes regularly for The New Daily and appears often as the cricket expert on radio SEN.
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Kate Howarth

Kate Howarth

Kate Howarth is an emerging writer whose voice is sometimes shocking in its frankness.  Her first memoir Ten Hail Marys shone an uncomfortable spotlight on a dark chapter of Australia’s social history.  The sequel,  Settling Day, details one woman’s hard-won  fight for self-possession.
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Liam Houlihan

Liam Houlihan

Liam Houlihan is an award-winning journalist and former lawyer. He is the author of four books including Return to the Badlands (Victory Books, 2012) and Once Upon a Time in Melbourne (Victory Books, 2014). He is currently a News Editor at the Herald Sun.
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Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky, an award-winning physician and writer, is Poetry & Fiction Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. Her debut novel The Waiting Room is published by Vintage (September 2015). A literary non-fiction book about death denial is forthcoming with Harper Collins in early 2016.  She conceived and edited Writer MD, and  she is co-author of Cracking the Code, with the Damiani family. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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Maria Katsonis

Maria Katsonis

Maria Katsonis is the author of The Good Greek Girl, a memoir about her experience of mental illness and rebellion against a traditional Greek upbringing. She has been published in The Age and The Guardian.  While Maria now lives with a chronic mental illness, she leads an active and purposeful life. 
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Malcom Knox

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox is the author of Supermarket Monsters: The Price of Coles and Woolworths’ Dominance. He is a former literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and has won a Walkley Award for journalism. His books include Jamaica and The Life.
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Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman is the author of the memoir The Dangerous Bride (MUP 2014) and three fiction books. Her short works have been widely published in Australia, the UK, Scotland, Canada and the US, including Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Essays and Meanjin. She teaches and mentors writers.
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Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is the author of Bloodhound: Searching for my Father (Text Publishing, 2015) and By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life (Text Publishing, 2013). She is Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne. She is writing a series of political interviews for The Saturday Paper and was for many years an ABC broadcaster.
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Kate Larsen

Kate Larsen

Kate Larsen is a writer, poet and arts manager with more than 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit, government and cultural sectors in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. She is currently the Director of Writers Victoria.
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Ruth Lee

Ruth Lee

Historian and author, Dr Ruth Lee, is a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Arts and Education, and Language and Learning Advisor in the Division of Student Life at Deakin University. Her biography of pioneering Geelong obstetrician Mary De Garis “Woman War Doctor, the Life of Mary De Garis” was published in 2014.
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Mal Leyland

Mal Leyland

From a five year old migrant to an Australian icon, Mal Leyland and his brother Mike became best known for their three-hundred-plus TV shows that started screening in 1964 . Mal has authored 15 books embracing expedition narratives, picture books of wild places, children’s story books, adult fiction and his latest work; his autobiography, Still Travelling.
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Margaret Linley

Marg Linley

Margaret Linley is a journalist and feature writer with The Geelong Advertiser with a focus on food writing, book reviewing, the arts and feature writing. She also has a regular weekly hosting spot on Bay FM’s The Catch Up.
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David Lowe

David Lowe

Professor David Lowe is a historian of international relations and Australia in world affairs. He has published on Australia’s involvement in wars, including the Cold War, and on aspects of Australia’s overseas policies after the Second World War. He has authored or co-authored four books: Menzies and the Great World Struggle: Australia’s Cold War 1948-1954 (UNSW Press, 1999); with Joan Beaumont, Chris Waters and Garry Woodard, Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: Australian Foreign Policy Making 1941-1969 (MUP, 2003); Australian Between Empires: the Life of Percy Spender (Pickering and Chatto, 2010); and, with Tony Joel, Remembering the Cold War (Routledge, 2013).
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Helen McGrath

Helen McGrath

Helen McGrath is a psychologist in part-time private practice and an Adjunct Professor in both the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University and the College of Design & Social Context at RMIT University. She has written or co-authored more than 20 books including ‘Difficult Personalities’ and the award-winning Bounce Back Resilience & Wellbeing program’ Helen is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Centre Against Bullying, has co-developed several national safety and wellbeing frameworks and has been an expert witness in a number of high-profile court cases related to bullying. She is a regular media commentator on a range of topics related to psychology and wellbeing.
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Maggie MacKellar

Maggie MacKellar

Maggie MacKellar has published two books on the history of settlement in Australia and Canada and two memoirs, When It Rains and How to Get There. She now lives on the East Coast of Tasmania with her partner and two children.
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Anne Manne

Anne Manne

Anne Manne has been a columnist for The Australian and The Age. Her books include Motherhood, a memoir So This Is Life; and a Quarterly Essay: Love and Money; The Family and The Free Market. Her most recent book is The Life of I; the new culture of narcissism, Melbourne University Press 2014, 2015.
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Russell Marks

Russell Marks

Russell Marks is the author of Crime and Punishment: Offenders and Victims in a Broken Justice System. He has worked as a criminal defence lawyer and as a writer for the Monthly. He is currently a policy advisor to the Greens and an honorary associate at La Trobe University.
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Dave Mason

Dave Mason

Dave Mason is best known as the lead singer and producer of indie pop, rock group, The Reels. Since 1976 Dave has written, performed and produced recordings and live performances for the band.

A talented songwriter, Dave’s key compositions are Love Will Find a Way (October 1979), Prefab Heart (1980), After the News (July 1980) and Shout and Deliver (March 1981). He also wrote the haunting Quasimodo’s Dream which was listed at number 10 in the Australasian Performing Rights Association’s Top 30 Australian Songs of All Time in 2001.

The Reels also had chart success with covers of Herb Alpert’s This Guy’s in Love With You (No. 7, 1982) and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising (No. 11, 1986).

Rock music historian Ian McFarlane said of The Reels, “one of the most original and invigorating pop bands to emerge from the Australian New Wave movement of the late 1970s”.
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Patti Miller

Patti Miller

Patti Miller is the author of Writing Your Life, The Last One Who Remembers,  Child, Whatever The Gods Do,  The Memoir Book, the award-winning The Mind of a Thief and Ransacking Paris. Her articles and personal essays are published in newspapers and magazines around Australia. She grew up on Wiradjuri land and now lives in Sydney.
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Euan Mitchell

Euan Mitchell

Dr Euan Mitchell is an author, editor, publisher and lecturer in professional writing. Originally a staff writer and commissioning editor for an independent educational publisher, Euan became a senior editor for a major publisher before he successfully self-published his first novel in 1998. Since then he has continued writing fiction and non-fiction books, both published and self-published, while helping writers from all walks of life launch their works into orbit.  His latest book, originally commissioned by the Australian Society of Authors, is Your Book Publishing Options: How to Make and Market Ebooks and Print Books.
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Andrew Nette

Andrew Nette

Andrew Nette is a Melbourne based writer, reviewer and pulp scholar. He is one of the founders of Crime Factory Publications a small press specialising in crime fiction. He helps edit its on-line magazine Crime Factory and co-edited its publications Hard Labour, an anthology of Australian short crime fiction, and LEE, a fiction anthology inspired by the American cinema icon Lee Marvin.
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Jane Opie

Jane Opie

Jane Opie has been a GP In Geelong for 25 years with special interests in public health, epidemiology, youth health/mental health (headspace) and teaching (Deakin University School of Medicine medical students; GP Registrars).  She is the Medical Advisor for Western Victoria Primary Health Network, previously “Barwon Medicare Local” and is the proud mother of two sons 18 and 20 and is passionate about equity and improving health outcomes by focussing on big picture health and using evidence to inform healthcare policy and practice.
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Kaz Paton

Kaz Paton

Kaz Paton is the Manager for the Arts & Culture Department of the City of Greater Geelong. Kaz has been a board member of many arts organisations. She was a founding board member of the Cultural Development Network of Victoria and is Vice Chair of Regional Arts Victoria. She is a Churchill Fellow. Before local government Kaz trained and worked as an actor in Australia, the United Kingdom and New York City.
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Jacqui Pierce

Jacqui Pierce

Jacqui Pierce has been actively employed in and by the education and community services sector since 1987. Her experience includes work within both government and non-government agencies. She has been self-employed since 1997 and her work during that time includes a plethora of agencies and projects across the state of Victoria.
Jacqui works from a community and service development and human rights perspective and this enables many innovative partnerships to be created that lead to solutions. She is a passionate advocate that works systemically to create the change that is needed to improve the lives of people who may otherwise be highly vulnerable and marginalised.
Jacqui was the local level Every Australian Counts Campaign Coordinator from March 2010 – June 2013 in the Barwon Area of Victoria. This campaign lead Australia to introduce the NDIS which is one critical part of the jigsaw that should allow us to “fix” the issue of YPINH once and for all.
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Su-Anne Post

Sue-Ann Post

Sue-Ann Post is an author and Australia’s first out lesbian comedian. She’s been entertaining audiences around the world since 1988. She has won numerous awards including best show at the 1999 Melbourne Comedy Festival. She had a column in The Age for three years and has just published her third book.
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Greg Pyers

Greg Pyers

Greg Pyers is the author of 164 non-fiction books and three novels for children. He has written information signage for zoos, botanic gardens and museums. This year his first historical fiction novel for adults was published.
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Frances Quirk

Frances Quirk

Professor Frances Quirk is a UK Chartered Health Psychologist, behavioural scientist and sexologist. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and is recognised internationally for her research. Prof Quirk is Director of Research, Barwon Health, with a Conjoint Honorary Clinical Professorship in the School of Medicine, Deakin University, an Adjunct Professorship in the School of Medicine and Dentistry and a Research Fellowship at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University.
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Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson is the author of 14 plays, including Hotel Sorrento, Life After George and Inheritance. A graduate of Melbourne University and the VCA, she has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University. Hello, Beautiful! is her new memoir, published by Text Publishing.
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Erina Redden

Erina Redden

Erina Reddan was awarded the prestigious Walkley Award for her work as a foreign correspondent. She now runs a media training organisation as well as writes fiction so she brings experience from both sides of the microphone. She has had wide publicity for her work in both fiction and non-fiction including morning television, radio interviews in every state, a four page spread in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, and been profiled for the much read Two of Us column in the Fairfax papers.
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Angela Savage

Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar, won the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She won the 2011 Scarlett Stiletto Award with her short story, ‘The Teardrop Tattoos’, and has twice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her most recent novel, The Dying Beach, was released in July 2013.
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Rochelle Siemienowicz

Rochelle Siemienowicz

Rochelle Siemienowicz is a highly regarded film critic, journalist, editor and columnist. She has a PhD in Australian cinema and was the long-time film editor for The Big Issue. Her work has been published widely including in The Age, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue, ScreenHub and SBS Movies.
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Alecia Simmonds

Alecia Simmonds

Alecia Simmonds is a regular writer for Fairfax Media’s Daily Life, and a scholar in law and history at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her columns have been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Arena, Womankind and The Guardian. Wild Man is her first book.
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Dr. Michelle Smith

Dr Michelle Smith

Dr Michelle Smith is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.  She is currently researching the history of female beauty in British and American fiction, magazines, and beauty manuals from the nineteenth century. Michelle is the literature columnist for The Conversation.
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Joanna Stewart

Joanna Stewart

Joanna Stewart is Project Coordinator for the Summer Foundation’s NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) Connections Project in the Barwon region. The focus of the project is to assist young people in nursing homes to access the NDIS. Prior to commencing with the Summer Foundation, Joanna worked as a Social Worker for Epworth HealthCare for 15 years. She worked across a range of clinical settings including acute care and rehabilitation and has a particular interest in Trauma (Orthopaedic and Acquired Brain Injury) rehabilitation.
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Melanie Thomson

Melanie Thomson

Dr Mel Thomson completed her Honours degree in microbiology and immunology at the University of Melbourne (1998). She then immigrated to the UK where she worked on various projects as diverse as allergy and cancer before undertaking further studies. She completed a Masters in functional genomics in 2004 before reading for a PhD in microbial genetic regulation in Neisseria species, both at University of York, UK. After the award of her PhD in 2009, she became interested the host-pathogen interactions at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, UK. Dr Thomson returned to Australia in 2011 to start her own group at Deakin Medical School. She has recently become a national ‘torch bearer’ for the concept of crowd funding academic research, which a track record of two successful ‘Pozible’ campaigns, ‘Mighty Maggots’ and ‘Hips 4 Hipsters’. She is a prolific tweeter at @dr_mel_thomson and involved with advocacy for Women in Science.
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Michael Vagg

Michael Vagg

Dr Michael Vagg is a rehabilitation physician and pain medicine specialist.
He is a director of Pain Matrix, a private comprehensive pain service in Geelong, and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Deakin University Medical School and is an executive member of the MSK SIG and AFRM representative on the Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.
He writes regularly for The Conversation website (www.theconversation.edu.au) as a Health and Medicine Columnist. His areas of clinical interest include soft tissue pain, post-amputation pain and interventional pain treatments.
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Lisa Waller

Lisa Waller

Dr Lisa Waller is a senior lecturer in Journalism at Deakin University, Australia. Her research centres on questions about how news shapes society, especially at the local level, but also in fields including the justice system and policymaking. She was a newspaper journalist for 20 years before becoming an academic.
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Donna Ward

Donna Ward

Donna Ward established Inkerman & Blunt Publishers in 2013.  Indigo, the journal of Western Australian creative writing in 2007, and was the editor of Australian Poetry’s Sotto Magazine from 2011–2012.  Her prose has appeared in Island Magazine,    Ext2012, the esteemed Irish annual, Fish Anthology 2012 and Southerly Magazine.
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Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is an author of more than ten books, as well as writing columns and features for The Age, Good Weekend and The Monthly. He was a Breakfaster on Triple R for six years, and is a regular guest on 774 ABC Melbourne.
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Tom Worsnop

Tom Worsnop

Tom Worsnop, Executive Manager at the Summer Foundation, has worked for over twenty-five years in the health, welfare and disability sectors, initially in direct service delivery and more recently in operational and strategic management. His management experience includes program innovation, oversight and reporting in the acquired brain injury, disability and community services sectors. Network involvement has included chairing the Victorian Coalition of ABI Service provider network, and he was a founding member of the Victorian Young People in Nursing homes consortium. He has qualifications in Community Development, Counselling, Education and an Executive Masters in Public Administration.
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