Lawyer and celebrated author David Francis (Wedding Bush Road) shares his unusual story about leaving Australia, landing in the heart of the Los Angeles riots and taking refuge in the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. He ended up becoming lead tenor in the oldest black choir in Los Angeles and performing as the warm-up act to the Dalai Lama at the Hollywood Bowl, before co-founding Horses in the Hood, which provides inner-city children with the opportunity to learn to ride horses.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

David Francis (Australian)

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David Francis' first novel Agapanthus Tango was published in seven languages. His second, Stray Dog Winter, was named Novel of the Year in the Australian Literature Review and won an American Library Association Stonewall Prize for Literature. His most recent novel, Wedding Bush Road, was released in November 2016. David's short fiction has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Griffith Review, Southern California Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Rattling Wall, Los Angeles Times and Harvard Review.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

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Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a senior research fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.