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Trevor Hogan

Trevor Hogan teaches in sociology at La Trobe University. He is Deputy Director of Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University. In his capacity as a Coordinating Editor of the  journal, Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology, he has recently edited themed issues on India (‘Popular Media Cultures in India’) and the Philippines (‘Manila’s urbanism and Philippine visual cultures’).  He is also Director, Philippines-Australia studies Centre, La Trobe University. With Professor Peter Beilharz he edited Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives (Oxford UP, 2012).

Chloe Hooper

Chloe Hooper's reports from the inquest into the death of Cameron Doomadgee on Palm Island won her a Walkley Award and were published around the world. The Tall Man, the story of the death of Cameron Doomadgee, tells the story of the subsequent trial and its repercussions through northern Australia. Her first novel, A Child's Book of True Crime, short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction (UK), was published in many languages and acclaimed as a New York Times Notable Book. Her recent novel, The Engagement, was published in March by Scribners. She lives in Melbourne.

Lisa Jacobson

Lisa Jacobson is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her new verse novel is The Sunlit Zone (Five Islands Press, 2012), which was recently shortlisted for three prizes: the inaugural 2013 Stella Prize, the 2012 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize and, as a manuscript, the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. She has won the 2011 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize and the HQ Short Story Prize. Her work is represented in Peter Porter’s Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse, Heinemann’s Best Short Stories (U.K.) and Adrian Hyland’s Kinglake 350. She shares a bush block in Melbourne with her partner and daughter.

Paul Kane

Paul Kane, the festival’s artistic director, has published thirteen books, including five collections of poems, and a poetry and music CD.  His awards include a Fulbright grant and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He has taught at Yale University and Monash University, and is presently Professor of English at Vassar College.  Together with his wife, Tina, he splits his time between New York and rural Victoria.

Michele Leggott

Michele Leggott was the Inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate 2007-09. Her most recent publications are northland (Pania Press, 2010), Mirabile Dictu (Auckland UP, 2009) and a CD of selected poems, Michele Leggott / The Laureate Series (Braeburn/Jayrem 2009). She coordinates the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) with Brian Flaherty at the University of Auckland.

Frank Moorhouse

Frank Moorhouse was born and raised in the coastal town of Nowra, NSW. He worked as an editor of small-town newspapers and as an administrator before becoming a full-time writer. Grand Days, the first novel in the Edith Trilogy, won the SA Premier's Award for Fiction. Dark Palace won the Miles Franklin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award and the Age Book of the Year Award.

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is a professional writer who also works on Aboriginal language recovery. He has been a publisher, editor, teacher, farmer, fisherman, Aboriginal community secretary and curriculum designer. He has two children, lives at Gipsy Point with his wife Lyn and is of Bunurong and Tasmanian descent. 
Bruce Pascoe’s books include : Night Animals, Shark, Ocean, Bloke, Cape Otway, Convincing Ground, The Chainsaw File, Little Red Yellow and Black Book, Fog, Dark Emu.
He is a board member of Aboriginal Corporation for Languages and First languages Australia.

Les Murray

Les Murray, the festival’s patron, is Australia’s most celebrated poet internationally: his work has been published in seventeen languages and has garnered numerous awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, the Petrarch Prize, the Mondello Prize, and the Christopher Brennan Award.  In 1999, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His latest volume of verse is The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray (Black Inc.). 

Craig Sherborne

Craig Sherborne’s memoir Hoi Polloi was shortlisted for the Queensland and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The follow-up, Muck, won the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction. Sherborne has also written two volumes of poetry, and his journalism and poetry have appeared in most of Australia’s leading literary journals and anthologies. His novel, The Amateur Science of Love won the 2012 Melbourne Prize for Writing.

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of many novels and works of nonfiction, including A Thousand Acres (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was later adapted for film), Horse Heaven, The Man Who Invented the Computer, a series of YA horse books, and most recently, Private Life. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and, in 2009, chaired the judges' panel for the Man Booker International Prize.  She lives in California, USA.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM enjoys a worldwide reputation; his most recent book of verse is New and Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2013). He has chaired Australian Poetry Limited and is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne. A public speaker and commentator on the visual arts, he specializes in “artists’ books.” Read It Again, a volume of critical essays, was published in 2005. Among his many awards he has won the Dublin Prize for Arts and Sciences, the Christopher Brennan Award for Literature, and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal.

Don Watson

Watson grew up on a farm in Gippsland, took his undergraduate degree at La Trobe University and a PhD at Monash University and was for ten years an academic historian. Death Sentence, his book about the decay of public language, was a best seller and won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year. Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words was published in 2004 and encouraged readers to renounce meaningless corporate and government jargon and embrace meaningful, precise language. His latest book, American Journeys is a narrative of modern America from his travels in the United States following Hurricane Katrina.  Published by Knopf in 2008, it won both The Age Book of the Year non-fiction and Book of the Year awards. It also won the 2008 Walkley Award for the best non-fiction book.

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