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Kent MacCarter (Australian)

Kent MacCarter is a writer and editor in Castlemaine, with his wife and son. His publishing career began at University of Chicago Press in 2000. He’s the author of three poetry collections – In the Hungry Middle of Here (Transit Lounge, 2009), Ribosome Spreadsheet (Picaro Press, 2011) and Sputnik’s Cousin (Transit Lounge, 2014). He is also editor of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home (Affirm Press, 2013), a non-fiction collection of diasporic memoir. He is an active member in Melbourne PEN, and was executive treasurer on the board for Small Press Network from 2009-2013. He is currently Creative Director at Cordite Publishing Inc.

 
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Hugh Mackay (Australian)

Hugh Mackay is a social psychologist and researcher and the author of 17 books - 11 in the fields of social analysis, communication and ethics, and six novels. He was also a newspaper columnist for over 25 years. Among other honorary appointments, Hugh has been deputy chair of the Australia Council, chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School and the founding chair of the ACT government's Community Inclusion Board. He is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. His latest book, Beyond Belief, explores the ways we find meaning and purpose in a society where religious faith and practice are in sharp decline.

 
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Megan Mackenzie (Australian)

Megan MacKenzie is a leading expert on gender, security and women in combat and is the author of Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can’t Fight (June 2015). Megan is a Senior Lecturer of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and a former post-doctoral fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University.  

 
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Dougal MacPherson (Australian)

Dougal MacPherson once drew a truck on a rainy Sunday afternoon to entertain his young son. Since then, he has illustrated for tech websites and conferences and now, a children's book: Introducing Teddy, a gentle, heart-warming story about a transgender teddy bear. Dougal lives in Melbourne with his wife, son, daughter and a cat called Monster. He documents the antics of his family through fifteen-minute drawings in a popular Instagram account @15mindrawings.

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Emily Maguire (Australian)

Emily Maguire is the author of the novels The Gospel According to Luke (2006), Taming the Beast (2004), Smoke in the Room (2009) and Fishing for Tigers (2012), an international bestseller and finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Kathleen Mitchell Award. Her most recent novel is the psychological thriller, An Isolated Incident (2016). Emily enjoys a high-profile in Australia as a social commentator, with her articles and essays on sex, religion and culture having been published in newspapers and journals including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Review, The Big Issue and The Griffith Review. Emily has participated in many literary festivals, and is in demand as a speaker to writing classes, book groups and literature students.

 
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Carol Major (Australian)

Carol Major is an author, teacher and writing consultant at Advanced Narrative.

 
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David Malouf (Australian)

David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including Ransom, The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' prize and the Prix Femina Etranger), Remembering Babylon (winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), An Imaginary Life, Conversations at Curlow Creek, Dream Stuff, Every Move You Make and his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. His most recent books are A First Place and The Writing Life. He was born in 1934 and was brought up in Brisbane.

 
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Robert Manne (Australian)

Robert Manne is an author, professor of politics at La Trobe University and a regular commentator with the Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC radio and television. His most recent books include Cypherpunk Revolutionary, The Best Australian Essays 2014 and The Words That Made Australia. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

 
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Paddy Manning (Australian)

Paddy Manning is an award-winning journalist who has worked for The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey and the ABC, and was founding editor of Ethical Investor magazine. He is author of two books: Boganaire: The Rise and Fall of Nathan Tinkler (2014) and What the Frack? Everything You Need to Know About Coal Seam Gas (2013). His latest book is Born to Rule: The Unauthorised Biography of Malcolm Turnbull.

 
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Alison Manning (Australian)

Alison Manning from A Mind of One's Own  specialises in helping writers overcome the psychological and emotional barriers to working at their best. She has conducted sellout courses for the Australian Society of Authors, worked as an independent facilitator and workshop leader, and has appeared at the Sydney Writers' Festival to talk about her work. Her work with writers includes virtual groups, one-to-one creativity coaching and face-to-face workshops. 

 
Simon Marnie (Australian)

Simon Marnie is the host of 702 ABC Sydney’s Weekends show. He began his career at Triple J after studying radio at the AFTRS. He conceived and produced SBS TV's music show nomad, produced on WOW TV and reported on ABC TV's TVTV. He eventually returned to full-time radio with Tony Delroy's NightLife on ABC Local Radio, and is now firmly ensconced in the Weekends show.

 
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David Marr (Australian)

David Marr is the multi-award-winning author of four Quarterly Essays including The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell and most recently Faction Man: Bill Shorten’s Path to Power. His other works include Patrick White: A Life, Panic and The High Price of Heaven. He co-authored Dark Victory with Marian Wilkinson. David has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of The National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He currently writes for The Guardian Australia and serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

 
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Nate Marshall (International)

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. His first book, Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. He is a coeditor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015). His rap album, Grown, is due out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. He is a visiting assistant professor at Wabash College. He earned his MFA at the University of Michigan, where he served as a Zell postgraduate fellow. He is a founding member of the poetry collective Dark Noise. A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Indiana Review, The New Republic and elsewhere. He was the star of the award winning full-length documentary Louder Than a Bomb and has been featured on the HBO original series Brave New Voices. Marshall received the 2014 Hurston/Wright Founding Members Award for College Writers and the 2013 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

 
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Sylvia Martin (Australian)

Sylvia Martin is a scholar based at the University of Tasmania. Her previous publications include Passionate Friends: Mary Fullerton, Mabel Singleton and Miles Franklin (Onlywomen Press 2001), and Ida Leeson: A Life - Not a Bluestocking Lady (Allen & Unwin 2006). Ida Leeson won the Margarey Medal for biography in 2008.

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Stephen Matthews (Australian)

After graduating from Cambridge University, Stephen Matthews was a teacher for nearly twenty years. He then had a successful bookselling career and was a book reviewer for The Canberra Times and Australian Book Review for many years. In 2003, he received a Centenary Medal for his ‘contribution to the writing community and ongoing support for local authors’. He compiled How Did the Fire Know We Lived Here?, a best-selling collection of stories about the January 2003 Canberra bushfires.

 
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Kate McClymont (Australian)

Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a five-time winner of journalism’s most prestigious award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley. She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the Health Services Union and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid.  Kate is also the recipient of numerous other awards including six Kennedy awards and the George Munster award.

 
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Cassie McCullagh (Australian)

Cassie McCullagh is a keen media observer, a TV addict and is often found lurking in dark corners of social media and the web. Cassie spent more than 15 years as a magazine writer and newspaper journalist. She was a staff writer at Good Weekend magazine and a senior newspaper features writer with Fairfax’s Illawarra Mercury. Since joining the ABC in 2007 she has presented and produced a wide range of programs for Radio National, Local Radio, Classic FM and Digital Extra. She has been executive producer of RN’s extensive broadcasts of the Sydney Writers’ Festival for the past two years, and of the 2011 TEDx Sydney event.

 
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Rónán McDonald (Australian)

Professor Rónán McDonald holds the Australian Ireland Fund Chair in Modern Irish Studies and is the Director of the Global Irish Studies Centre UNSW. His research interests span modern Irish literature and culture, the contribution of Irish migrants to Australia and the broad field of cultural value. His first book Tragedy and Irish Literature was published in 2002, followed by Cambridge Introduction to Beckett in 2006 and The Death of the Critic in 2007. His current research interests focus on Darwinism, degeneration and the crisis of value in Irish modernism. He is also editing a collection of essays on the Values of Literary Studies, and co-editing collections on Flann O'Brien and Samuel Beckett.

 
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John McDuling (Australian)

John McDuling writes about business, technology and the economy for The Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald. Previously, he was a New York based reporter for Quartz, the global business news website, where he covered media, technology, markets and various aspects of corporate news. He began his career in the finance industry in London.

 
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Fiona McFarlane (Australian)

Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney, and has degrees in English from Sydney University and Cambridge University, and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her work has been published in Best Australian Stories and The New Yorker, and she has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Phillips Exeter Academy and the Australia Council for the Arts. The Night Guest, her debut novel, has sold into fifteen territories around the world. Her latest book is The High Places.

 
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Iggy McGovern (International)

Iggy McGovern was born in Coleraine (Northern Ireland) in 1948 and educated in Belfast, earning BSc and PhD degrees in physics at Queen’ s University Belfast. He was Professor of Physics at Trinity College, Dublin until retirement in 2013. He now holds the lifetime position of Fellow Emeritus of the College (in which capacity he writes poems for official occasions, such as the Annual Alumni Awards). His most recent appointment was as Alexander von Humboldt Visiting Scholar in Science & Poetry at Erlangen University (Oct/Nov 2015).

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Alyce McGovern (Australian)

Dr Alyce McGovern is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Australia. Her research examines the intersections between crime, media and culture, with a focus on police-media relations. Recent publications include Policing and Media: Public Relations, Simulations and Communications (with Professor Murray Lee, Routledge) and Sexting and Young People (with Professor Thomas Crofts, Professor Murray Lee and Dr Sanja Milivojevic, Palgrave).

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Phillipa McGuinness

Phillipa McGuinness has been a non-fiction book publisher for more than twenty years. She is now Executive Publisher at UNSW Press/NewSouth Publishing where she has published a number of prize-winning books of Australian history, politics, biography and memoir, including the acclaimed city series of books. She is editor of the book Copyfight, published in 2015, and is writing a history of the year 2001 for Random House.


 
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Michaela McGuire (Australian)

Michaela McGuire is the author of Last Bets: A True Story of Gambling, Morality and the Law, and the Penguin Special A Story of Grief. She contributes to The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and Good Weekend. Michaela is the Director of the Emerging Writers' Festival. She is one half of the creative duo behind the epistolary Women of Letters events (with Marieke Hardy). The sixth Women of Letters book was released in 2015.

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Richard McHugh (Australian)

Richard McHugh has worked in jobs ranging from typist for the personal column at the Guardian in London to Wall Street attorney in New York. He now lives in Bronte with his partner and an unexpectedly large number of children. When he is not driving two daughters and two sons around greater Sydney, he works as a barrister, makes photographs and writes. Charlie Anderson's General Theory of Lying is his first novel.

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Adrian McKinty (Australian)

Adrian was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland during what were euphemistically known as The Troubles. He studied philosophy at Oxford University and with that useless degree under his belt emigrated to New York City where he did a series of ridiculous jobs before eventually becoming a high school English teacher. In 2008 Adrian emigrated again, this time to Melbourne where he turned writer full time. The first Sean Duffy novel The Cold Cold Ground won the 2013 Spinetingler Award and its sequel I Hear The Sirens In The Street, was shortlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Award. His most recent novel is Rain Dogs.

 
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Felicity McLean (Australian)

Felicity McLean is the author of several books, most recently Body Lengths, written with Olympian Leisel Jones. Her writing has featured in the Good Weekend, The Daily Telegraph, The Big Issue and more. She tweets from @felicitymclean.

 
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George Megalogenis (Australian)

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades of experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-Fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. He is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era. His most recent works are Australia’s Second Chance andQuarterly Essay 61: Balancing Act -- Australia Between Recession and Renewal.

 
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Caro Meldrum-Hanna (Australian)

Caro Meldrum-Hanna is a Walkley Award winning reporter with ABC TV’s Four Corners program. Prior to joining Four Corners in 2014, Caro reported for the ABC’s nightly current affairs program, 7:30 from 2011 – 2013, where she was nominated for six Walkley Awards, winning two. In 2014 Caro was also nominated for the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Current Affairs Report for her exclusive series of reports on the sports supplements saga involving several NRL and AFL clubs. In 2015 Caro won the Gold Walkley Award and was named NSW Journalist of the Year by the Kennedy Foundation.

 
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Catriona Menzies-Pike (Australian)

Catriona Menzies-Pike is the author of The Long Run, a memoir and cultural history of women and running. She is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books and has been working in digital media for a decade, including stints as managing editor of New Matilda and arts editor of The Conversation.

 
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Miles Merrill (Australian)

Sydney-based performing writer Miles Merrill brought poetry slams to Australia from Chicago. He is the driving force behind spoken-word in Australia. Miles performed with Saul Williams, jammed with Shane Koyczan, hosted an ABC TV special on poetry slams, wrote and co-directed a Sydney Festival show, performed solo at the Sydney Opera House and created the spoken-word festivals – Night Words and Story Fest. Miles directs the literary arts organisation Word Travels and founded the international performing writers' program, Australian Poetry Slam.

 
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Jane Messer (Australian)

Jane Messer's most recent novel is Hopscotch, for the writing of which she immersed herself in the worlds of IT corporations and the lives of 30-something women. Messer's other books include Provenance and Night by Night. She also writes radio plays (most recently Dear Dr Chekhov (ABC RN 2015)), short stories and essays. She is the Program Director of the postgraduate Creative Writing program at Macquarie University, a former Directer of the Australian Society of Authors and Australian Vogel Literary Award judge.

 
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Mahalya Middlemist (Australian)

Mahalya Middlemist is a professional artist/filmmaker who produces a range of film, video and installed media work. Her background includes curatorial practice and arts administration. She served for ten years on the City of the Arts Trust for BMCC and eighteen years as an Academic in the Film and Digital Art Studio at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. She is on the board of MAP (Modern Art Projects) Blue Mountains and was the MAP coordinator of the event MAP: Wantanganura/Skyworld at Varuna.

 
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Murray Middleton (Australian)

Murray Middleton was born with fractured hips in 1983. He spent the first three months of his life in plaster and has broken most bones since. He won The Age Short Story Award in 2010 with The Fields of Early Sorrow. When There's Nowhere Else to Run is his first published collection of short stories. He currently lives in Melbourne and won't publish a second collection of stories until the Saints win a second premiership.

 
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Richard Miles (Australian)

Associate Professor Richard Miles teaches ancient history at the University of Sydney. His books on the ancient world include Carthage Must be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of An Ancient Mediterranean Super-Power (Allen Lane/Penguin). He has written and presented numerous BBC documentaries, including the six-part series Ancient Worlds and The Secret History of Archaeology. Richard has also presented on the BBC's flagship The Culture Show.

 
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Sarah Mills (Australian)

Sarah Mills is the author of GOM’s Gold, a tween fantasy with an Arthurian twist. When Sarah chose to self-publish she was able to draw on decades of experience as a reporter and production journalist with Australia’s major metropolitan newspapers, including the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. She was also able to draw on decades of marketing experience, consulting to Australia’s leading blue-chip companies on strategic public relations, promotion and branding. Sarah’s next novel in the GOM’s Gold series is due in June and she has just published a ‘how-to’ book on overseas hip replacements.

 
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Catherine Milne (Australian)

Catherine is a Publisher at HarperCollins Publishers Australia.

 
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Veronica Milsom (Australian)

Veronica Milsom is a Sydney based radio presenter, actress, comedian and writer. She is best known as a cast member in the ABC TV sketch comedy series Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell and for her original mockumentary The Record, which received nominations for Best Comedy Series, Best Performance and Best Writing at the 2014 Online Video Awards. Other television credits include host of the ABC2 series Backseat Drivers, series 2 of It’s a Date, The Project, A League of Their Own and The Unbelievable Truth. Veronica is a co-presenter of the Triple J Drive show where she spends her afternoons co-hosting with her good mate, comedian Lewis Hobba.

 
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Peter Minter (Australian)

Peter Minter is a leading Australian poet, poetry editor and writer on poetry and poetics. He teaches in English, Creative Writing and Indigenous Studies at the University of Sydney. His books include Blue Grass, Empty Texas, and Rhythm in a Dorsal Fin. He is Poetry Editor of Overland and his most recent collection, In the Serious Light of Nothing, was published in translation by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.

 
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Catriona Mitchell (Australian)

Catriona Mitchell is the editor of Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories (Hardie Grant Books, 2016) – a non-fiction anthology exploring what it means to be a woman in India during a time of intense and incredible change. She has worked with Jaipur Literature Festival since 2010, and in 2012 she took a group of Indian and Australian authors through south India for a month, on a literary train tour called Bookwallah, which won an Australian government arts award. Catriona publishes interviews with remarkable women on her blog: BRAVA! Brave Women, Bright Ideas. She has an M Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin.

 
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Natasha Mitchell (Australian)

Natasha Mitchell is a journalist, and presenter of flagship programs on ABC Radio National including the national daily morning show, Life Matters (2012-16), and the popular science, psychology and culture radio program, All in the Mind (2002-12). She served as a board member and vice president of the World Federation of Science Journalists, and was co-editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2013. Her work has received accolades internationally, including the Grand Prize and 4 Gold World Medals at the New York Radio Festivals, and a prestigious MIT Knight Fellowship.

 
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Drusilla Modjeska (Australian)

Drusilla Modjeska is one of Australia's most acclaimed writers. She was born in England but lived in Papua before arriving in Australia in 1971. Her books include Exiles at Home; the NSW Premier's Award-winning Poppy; Sisters, which she co-edited; the Nita B. Kibble, NSW Premier's Award and Australian Bookseller's Book of the Year Award-winner The Orchard; Timepieces; and Secrets with Robert Dessaix and Amanda Lohrey. She is also the author of the bestselling Stravinsky's Lunch and her first novel, The Mountain, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Miles Franklin Award, the Western Australia Premier's Award and the Barbara Jefferis Award. Her latest book is Second Half First.

 
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Kelsey Montague (International)

Kelsey Montague is an international street artist who believes that art should not be separated from the human experience, but that the human experience should have a hand in creating the art itself.
Kelsey has painted large scale, interactive street murals in six countries on three continents. Each piece has provided an opportunity for thousands of people to become living works of art. Participants are invited to step into the artwork, explore what inspires them, and post pictures on social media under the Instagram hashtag #whatliftsyou. Kelsey’s art has been featured by Forbes, Mashable and MTV, as well as seen on the Instagram accounts of Taylor Swift and Vanessa Hudgens. Kelsey is coming out with her first colouring book for adults: What Lifts You. This colouring book is a natural outcome of Kelsey’s philosophy that creating art should be an interactive, thought-provoking and uplifting experience.
 

 
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Frank Moorhouse (Australian)

Frank Moorhouse was born in the coastal town of Nowra, NSW. He has written fiction, non fiction, screenplays and essays and edited many collections of writing. Forty Seventeen was given a laudatory full-page review by Angela Carter in The New York Times and was named Book of the Year by the Age and 'moral winner' of the Booker Prize by the London magazine Blitz. Dark Palace won the Miles Franklin Literary Award and various other accolades. He was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to literature in 1985. His latest book is Australia Under Surveillance.

 
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Jocelyn Moorhouse (Australian)

Jocelyn Moorhouse’s directing credits include Proof starring Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe; How to Make an American Quilt starring Winona Ryder and Anne Bancroft; A Thousand Acres starring Michele Pfeiffer, Jessica Lang and Colin Firth, and The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth. In 2012 Jocelyn directed her first play, Sex with Strangers for the Sydney Theatre Company. She works closely with her husband PJ Hogan and was producer on his films Muriel’s Wedding, Unconditional Love, Peter Pan and Mental.

 
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Kendrah Morgan (Australian)

Kendrah Morgan has been a curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne since 2003. She has co-authored three books about Heide history with Lesley Harding: the dual biography Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed (2015); Sunday’s Garden: Growing Heide (2012), and Sunday’s Kitchen: Food and Living at Heide (2010). Kendrah is currently developing an exhibition of Charles Blackman's celebrated Schoolgirl series for Heide for 2017.  

 
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Julian Morrow (Australian)

Julian Morrow is a co-founder of The Chaser, a satirical media empire which rivals Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability. He was previously the host of the Friday edition of RN Drive and regularly presents the ABC consumer affairs show The Checkout.

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Jenny Mosher (Australian)

Jenny Mosher is a self-publishing facilitator, IPEd Accredited Editor, author and business operator. A long-term Blue Mountains resident, she enjoys making the most of 21st century technologies to run her business and make life easier. Under her MoshPit Publishing imprint, she helps people publish their books via her IndieMosh service. In her spare time, Jenny likes to paint, bushwalk and research her family tree. With plans to write nine more books, she hopes to get some sleep one day!

 
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Tara Moss (Australian)

A dual Canadian/Australian citizen, Tara Moss is the bestselling author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction published in nineteen countries. She is also a journalist, doctoral candidate, and outspoken advocate for child rights and women’s rights. She is UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, Patron for the Full Stop Foundation for ending rape and domestic violence, and Norton’s Family Ambassador for child e-safety and cyberbullying. In 2015 she received an Edna Ryan award for making a feminist difference, inciting others to challenge the status quo. Tara currently lives in New South Wales with her husband and daughter.

 
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Sam Mostyn (Australian)

Sam Mostyn serves on a number of boards across the corporate, sports, NFP, aid and arts sectors. In 2005 she was appointed to the AFL Commission, the first woman to take that role. In 2009, she was a member of the expert panel on the Crawford Review into Australian Sport, and now sits on the Indigenous Advisory Council of the AFL. Sam has enjoyed a diverse career ranging from policy advisor to former PM Paul Keating to business, women's advocacy, sport, sustainability and the arts.

 
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Elspeth Muir (Australian)

Elspeth Muir is the author of Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane. She has had work published in The Lifted Brow, The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume One and the Griffith Review.


 
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Paul Muldoon (International)

Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet. He is the author of over 30 collections of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States and is the poetry editor of The New Yorker. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in 1996. Other awards include the T.S. Eliot Prize, The Irish Times Poetry Prize and the Griffin Prize. His most recent book is One Thousand Things Worth Knowing.

 
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Kate Mulvany (Australian)

As a writer, Kate’s plays include The Seed, The Danger AgeI, the musicals Somewhere (music and lyrics by Tim Minchin), Masquerade (music by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen) and reworkings of Julius Caesar, Macbeth and Medea. Her adaptation of the novel Jasper Jones recently played at Belvoir in Sydney. Kate is also an actor, and has appeared in The Great Gatsby, The Turning and Secret City, and she was nominated for an AACTA for her performance in The Little Death. Kate is the Patrick White Fellow at the Sydney Theatre Company and is the Intersticia Fellow at Bell Shakespeare.

 
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Craig Munro (Australian)

Craig Munro is an award-winning biographer. As UQP’s inaugural fiction editor, and later as publisher, he worked with many emerging writers who have since become celebrated authors. Craig won the Barbara Ramsden Award for editing in 1985, and studied North American publishing on a Churchill Fellowship. His previous books include Wild Man of Letters, Paper Empires, and Under Cover: adventures in the art of editing. Since 2012 he has been a judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

 
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Paul Murray (International)

Paul Murray is the author of An Evening of Long Goodbyes, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2003, and Skippy Dies, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award in 2010 and (in the United States) the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Mark and the Void is his third novel. He lives in Dublin.


 
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Lisa Murray (Australian)

Dr Lisa Murray is the City Historian, overseeing a diverse program at the City of Sydney Council encompassing community, civic and urban history. Lisa is the award-winning author of planning histories and a regular contributor to debates around public history, including being a speaker at TEDxSydney 2013. Her forthcoming book is a Field Guide to Sydney Cemeteries with NewSouth Publishing. Lisa is a Board Member of the Dictionary of Sydney, and Councillor of the History Council of NSW.

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