Acclaimed social researcher and long-time newspaper columnist Hugh Mackay has written 17 books: 10 in the field of social psychology and ethics, and seven novels. His latest novel, Selling the Dream, is a biting satire about advertising. With his insider knowledge of the industry, Hugh has crafted a funny and disturbingly realistic portrayal of the lengths some admen will go to. Join him as he shares how his social insights find their way into fiction. 

Hugh Mackay (Australian)

Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay is a social psychologist, researcher, and the bestselling author of 21 books, including his latest two: Hiding From Ourselves and The Question of Love. Hugh's recent titles have included The Good Life and Australia Reimagined. Hugh was a weekly newspaper columnist for 25 years, has been a deputy chair of the Australia Council for the Arts and is a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper is a writer, performer, director, teacher and moderator, who works across a range of forms. Her play Small Mercies was co-winner of the 2001 Patrick White Playwrights Award, and her adaptation (with Hugh Colman) of The Duchess of Malfi was widely acclaimed. She wrote the travel memoir Spinning Across Spain and co-wrote the epistolary dual memoir The Attachment with Tony Doherty. Most recently, she has contributed to Griffith Review's latest edition, Getting On.