Jono Lineen, Simon Kennedy, Mandy Sayer, Susan Wyndham (facilitator)
Everyone, at some point, suffers the trauma of a close relative dying. How do we cope with grief? The shocking death of comedian Simon Kennedy’s mother when her plane crashed into the Pentagon changed Simon's approach to life. In My Mother My Father, Mandy Sayer writes about both of her parents’ deaths and her complex relationship with them, and the death of Jono Lineen’s brother became the catalyst for him to journey Into the Heart of the Himalayas.
Simon Kennedy (Australian)
Simon Kennedy has worked for more than 13 years as a national headline comedian, broadcaster, voice-over artist, radio host, writer and corporate entertainer. He appears weekly on Channel 7’s Morning Show. His book 9/11 and The Art of Happiness: An Australian Story was recently released. simonkennedy.com
Mandy Sayer won the Australian/Vogel Literary Award with her first novel, Mood Indigo. Since then she has been named one of Australia's Best Young Novelists by the Sydney Morning Herald and has published seven books, including Dreamtime Alice, which was translated into several languages and won several awards. Sayer's second memoir, Velocity, won the South Australian Premier's Award for Non-Fiction and The Age Book of the Year Award (Non-Fiction). Sayer reviews books regularly for major publications and her work is anthologised in many collections and journals both here and overseas. Her most recent book is The Poet’s Wife.
Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and contributing editor of the recent anthology My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent. In her career as a journalist she has been editor of Good Weekend magazine, New York correspondent for The Australian, and a deputy editor of the Herald. She is also the author of Life in His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist.
Jono Lineen is a writer and public speaker whose passion for landscape and humankind's connection to it inspires his writing. He has worked as a trekking guide, a medico for Medicin Sans Frontiers, and is a former world class ski racer. He holds an MFA in creative writing and is also the author of the bestselling River Trilogy: Travels Down Three of the World's Great Rivers. His new book is Into the Heart of the Himalayas. jonolineen.com