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)

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Hugh Mackay is Australia’s leading social researcher and a bestselling author. Australia Reimagined is his nineteenth book. His research career has spanned six decades, including twenty-five years as research director of The Mackay Report. He has been deputy chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, the inaugural chair of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board, and is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. He lives in Canberra.

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

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Ailsa Piper is a writer, director, performer, teacher and speaker. She was co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright’s Award in 2001 for her script Small Mercies, and her Sinning Across Spain, was published in 2012. An updated edition was released in 2017. The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship, was also published in 2017. Co-written with Tony Doherty, it celebrates conversation, correspondence and connection. An experienced interviewer, Ailsa has judged the NSW and Victorian Premiers Literary Awards six times.