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Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson, one of Australia’s leading poets, is the author of numerous collections of poems, including The Golden Bird which won the CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry, and The Goldfinches of Baghdad, which won The Age Book of the Year Award.  In 2004, he published a memoir, Inside Out, which was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award, the NSW Premier's Literary Award, and the State Library of NSW Biography Award.  He has edited The Best Australian Poems 2009 and 2010, and is the inaugural CAL Chair of Poetry at University of Technology, Sydney.  His most recent book is a volume of poems, Empty Your Eyes (2013).

Chris Wallace-Crabbe



Chris Wallace-Crabbe has a world-wide reputation as poet, while his most recent books of verse include Telling a Hawk from a Handsaw and New and Selected Poems (Carcanet Oxford Poets). He has chaired Australian Poetry Limited and has a new collection, My Feet Are Hungry, out this year from Pitt Street Poets. He remains an outdoor person.

Helen Garner

Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942, and lives in Melbourne. Her first novel, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977. She is known for working close to the boundary between fiction and non-fiction, and has published novels, short stories, and essays, as well as feature journalism and film reviewing. A new non-fiction work, set in the Victorian Supreme Court, is due out later this year. In 2006 she was awarded the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature. Her most recent book, The Spare Room, has been translated into many languages.(Image by Nicholas Purcell Studio)  

Lisa Gorton


Lisa lives in Melbourne. Her second poetry collection, Hotel Hyperion (Giramondo), was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards. Last year, Lisa also edited Black Inc's Best Australian Poems anthology. Her first poetry collection, Press Release (Giramondo), was awarded the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry. Lisa has also written a children's novel, Cloudland (Pan Macmillan). A Rhodes Scholar, Lisa wrote her doctorate on John Donne's poetry and prose and received the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in Donne Studies. Lisa has also been awarded the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize.  Lisa is reviews editor of Cordite and poetry editor of ABR.

Gideon Haigh


Gideon Haigh has been a journalist for more than thirty years, contributed to more than a hundred newspapers and magazines, written thirty books and edited seven others. His book On Warne won the British Sports Book Awards Best Cricket Book of the Year Award, the Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award, the Jack Pollard Trophy, and the Waverley Library Nib Award; it was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Biography of the Year, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. The Office won the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction. Other recent titles include Uncertain Corridors: Writings on Modern Cricket, End of the Road? on Australia's automotive industry, and The Deserted Newsroom, about media in a digital age.

Alex Miller



ALEX MILLER'S eleventh novel, COAL CREEK, was published to national critical acclaim by Allen & Unwin in 2013.  Miller's books are published internationally and widely in translation.  He is twice winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award and  is an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize.  COAL CREEK is the winner of the 2014 Victorian Premier's Fiction Award.

Bruce Pascoe



Published and Edited Australian Short Stories magazine1982-1999, winner Australian Literature Award (Shark) 1999, Radio National Short Story 1998, FAW Short Story 2010, Prime Minister’s Award for Literature (Yong 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/Tasmanian heritage. Board member of Aboriginal Corporation for Languages and First languages Australia. Past Secretary Bidwell-Maap Aboriginal Nation. His most recent books are : Bloke, published by Penguin in 2009, Chainsaw File, Oxford, 2010, Fog; a dox, Magabala, 2012. (Fog won the 2013 PM’s Award, and was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Award and the Deadlies Award). Dark Emu the history of Aboriginal agriculture was released in 2014. Lives in Gipsy Point, Far East Gippsland with wife, Lyn Harwood. He has two children and three grandchildren.

Alice Pung

Alice Pung is a Melbourne writer, lawyer and teacher; and the author of the bestselling Her Father’s Daughter and Unpolished Gem, and the editor of Growing up Asian in Australia. Unpolished Gem won the 2007 Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award. Her Father’s Daughter won the 2012 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Awards for Non-Fiction. Alice has had stories and articles published in Good Weekend, Meanjin, the Monthly, Age, The Best Australian Stories and The Lifted Brow.
In 2008, Alice was the Asialink writer-in-residence at Peking University, and in 2009, the Australian representative at the Iowa International Writing Program. In 2010, she was a judge for the Walkley Awards for Journalism, and the 2011 Australian representative to the US Department of State ‘Fall and Recovery’ writers’ tour of disaster and conflict sites of America. Alice is currently the Artist in Residence at Janet Clarke Hall, Ambassador to the 100 Story Building and Room to Read.

Christina Thompson

Christina Thompson is the editor of Harvard Review and a former editor of Meanjin. The author of a memoir, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which was shortlisted for New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, she is the recipient of fellowships from the Australia Council, Arts Victoria, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Vogue, the Paris Review, and the American Scholar. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts, and teaches in the Writing Program at Harvard University Extension.

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