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2015 WRITERS



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ALEXIS WRIGHT

 
Alexis Wright, a member of the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria, has actively worked for Aboriginal concerns and rights in Australia for many years.  

Her books include Plains of Promise, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize; Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in Tennant Creek; the short story collection Le Pacte de Serpent; and, as editor, Take Power, a collection of essays and stories celebrating twenty years of land rights in Central Australia.

Her most recent novel, The Swan Book, won the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Gold Medal, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.  In addition to her literary work, she has organised two successful Indigenous Constitutional Conventions in the Northern Territory. 


 
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ANTHONY LAWRENCE
 
Anthony Lawrence, born in Tamworth, New South Wales, in 1957, has published fourteen books of poems and a novel.

He is the recipient of many awards, including The New South Wales Premier's Award, The Judith Wright Calanthe Award, The Newcastle Poetry Prize and the Gwen Harwood Memorial Award.  His most recent collection, Signal Flare (Puncher & Wattmann, 2013), was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards.

He lives at Kingscliff, on the far north coast of New South Wales, and teaches Creative Writing and Writing Poetry at Griffith University, Gold Coast. 

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BARRY HILL

Barry Hill has won Premier’s Awards for poetry, history, non-fiction and the essay, and in 2009 was short-listed for the Melbourne Prize for Literature. His publications include the award-winning Broken Song: TGH Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession (Knopf 2002); Necessity: Poems 1996-2006 (which won the ACT’s 2008 Judith Wright Prize); Lines for Birds, a collaboration with the painter, John Wolseley (short-listed for the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Award; Naked Clay: Drawing from Lucian Freud (short-listed for the 2012 UK’s Forward Prize); and, most recently, Peacemongers, hailed as "an amazing tour de force."


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EILEEN CHONG

Eileen Chong, a Sydney poet born in Singapore, has lived in Australia since 2007. Her first collection of poems, Burning Rice (2012), was runner-up in the Anne Elder Award, highly commended in the Australian Arts in Asia Award, and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.  

Other awards include the Poets Union Youth Fellowship in 2010 and appointment as the Australian Poetry Fellow for 2011-2012. Her second collection, Peony (2014), was published by Pitt Street Poetry. 

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JUDITH BEVERIDGE

Judith Beveridge is the current Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal judge.  She has published six books of poetry, including Devadatta’s Poems (Giramondo, 2014) and Hook and Eye: A Selection of Poems in The Braziller Series of Australian Poets (Braziller, USA, 2014).  

Her awards include the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Poetry, the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry, the Queensland Premier’s Poetry Prize, and, in 2005, the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for excellence in literature.

At present, she teaches post-graduate poetry at Sydney University and serves as poetry editor for Meanjin. 

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SHARON OLDS
 
Sharon Olds, born in San Francisco, has lived in New York City for fifty years.

The acclaimed author of ten books of poetry, she has received many awards for her work, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

She teaches at New York University's Graduate Program in Creative Writing and has been involved with NYU’s outreach workshops, including the Goldwater Hospital workshop and the workshop for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 

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THOMAS KENEALLY

Thomas Keneally, one of Australia’s best known and most loved authors, has published more than thirty novels, dramas, screenplays and books of non-fiction.

He has won many awards for his work, including the Miles Franklin Award, the Los Angeles Book Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Prize, the Scripter Award of the University of Southern California, the Mondello International Prize, and the Helmerich Prize.

In 1982, he won the Booker Prize for Schindler's Ark, later made into the Steven Spielberg Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List.  In 2014 he published the final volume of Australians, his trilogy of Australian history from its origins to the present.

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PETER GOLDSWORTHY
 
Peter Goldsworthy, poet, novelist, essayist and librettist, has won many literary awards across a wide range of genres, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize; the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Poetry prize; the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction; and a Helpmann Award, with composer Richard Mills, for the opera Batavia.

His 1995 novel, Wish, was recently re-released in the Text Classics series, and his 1989 novel, Maestro, as an Angus & Robertson Australian Classic. The Rise of the Machines and other Love Poems, his first collection of poems in fifteen years, was recently published by Pitt Street Poets. 

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TRACY FARR

Tracy Farr is the inaugural Mildura Writers Festival Writer-in-Residence.
 
A novelist, short story writer and former research scientist, her debut novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (Fremantle Press, 2013), was longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and the 2014 Barbara Jefferis Award. 
 
Born in Melbourne and growing up in Perth, she has lived since 1996 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is presently working on her second novel.





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