25th - 27th August 2017
Power, Politics, Passion

Authors

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Matthew Evans - Opening Night Dinner

Enjoy a great night out to open the Canberra Writers Festival with Fat Pig Farm’s Matthew Evans as he tells a rollicking tale of real food, hot red vans and why you should never order chicken on a Monday.

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Allan Behm

Chair - Canberra Writers Festival Board

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Allan Gyngell

Allan Gyngell was Director-General of ONA, the Australian government’s central intelligence assessment agency, from 2009 to 2013.

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Amanda Hampson

Amanda Hampson grew up in rural New Zealand. She spent her early twenties travelling, finally settling in Australia in 1979 where she now lives in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Writing professionally for more than 20 years, her latest book is 'The French Perfumer'.

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Amy Gottlieb

Amy Gottlieb is a graduate of Clark University and the University of Chicago. Her fiction and poetry has been released in multiple publications. The Beautiful Possible is Amy's latest novel.

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Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford is the author of, among others, Illegal Harmonies, Earth Dances, Try Whistling This and The Sound of Pictures. He is a composer, writer and broadcaster and presents The Music Show on ABC Radio National.

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Andy Martin

Andy Martin’s most recently published work is Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me: “as if Jack Reacher wrote literary criticism instead of beating bad guys to death with his elbows” (Steven Poole, Financial Times).

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Angus Trumble, F.A.H.A.

Board Member

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Anna Broinowski

Anna Broinowski is an author and filmmaker who has been tracking the illicit, subversive and bizarre since her 1995 film on the Japanese cultural underground, Hell Bento!! After covering Kim Jong Il in her first book, The Director is the Commander, and Senator Pauline Hanson in her second one, Please Explain, Anna is looking forward to not writing about politicians for a while.

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Anna Snoekstra

Anna Snoekstra is the author of the debut novel Only Daughter to be launched at the festival by Alex Sloan. Anna was born in Canberra, Australia.

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Anne Buist

Anne Buist has over twenty-five years’ clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, and works with protective services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder.

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Bates Gill

Bates Gill is Professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University. He is an internationally recognised China expert with 25 years’ experience as a scholar and policy adviser.

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Bernadette Schwerdt

Bernadette is a writer, speaker and entrepreneur. She is a lecturer in marketing at RMIT and Swinburne University, and the head copywriting tutor at Australian Writers Centre.

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Bram Connolly

As a Special Forces officer, Bram Connolly served several tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for leadership in combat. He takes you deep into the world of high-intensity combat few have experienced.

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Cameron & Sam Bloom

Penguin Bloom is an extraordinary true story full of hope and courage, featuring Cameron Bloom’s exceptional photographs and a captivating narrative by New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive.

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Canberra's Big Book Club with Laura Tchilinguirian

Join ABC Radio host Laura Tchilinguirian as she brings to life Canberra's Big Bookclub live with special guests Jack Heath, Kaaron Warren and Anna Snoekestra.

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Catherine Fox

Catherine Fox is an award-winning journalist and deputy editor of AFR BOSS magazine. She is one of Australia's leading commentators on women and the workforce.

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Catherine McCullagh

Catherine McCullagh completed a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) at the Australian National University in Canberra and taught English, History and languages at secondary and pre-tertiary level.

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Chris Masters

Chris Masters is Australia's best-known investigative reporter, and is the author of the bestselling Jonestown (2006).

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Chris Uhlmann

Chris Uhlmann is one of Australia's best-known political broadcasters. He won a Walkley award for broadcast interviewing in 2008 and is highly respected for for the quality of his reporting and analysis as political editor of ABC News.

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Amin Saikal

Amin Saikal is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Public Policy Fellow, and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. He has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations, and Visiting Fellow to Princeton University, Cambridge University; the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; and Indiana University.

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Dan Bourchier

Dan Bourchier presents Breakfast on ABC Radio Canberra as well as the 7pm News bulletin on ABC TV from Monday-Thursday.

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Daniel Lloyd

Daniel is a Senior Producer with Screencraft Media. He has previously worked as a Screenwriting Teacher at the University of Canberra, in the development department at Vertigo Films in the UK and as a film critic.

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Daryl Karp

Deputy Chair - Canberra Writers Festival Board

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David Dufty

David Dufty is a Canberra-based writer and researcher. He completed a psychology degree with honours at the University of Newcastle, has a PhD in psychology from Macquarie University, and has worked as a statistician and social researcher at the University of Memphis, Newspoll, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. His previous book, How to Build an Android, described modern developments in robotics and artificial intelligence.

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David Hunt

David Hunt is the author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction and was shortlisted in both the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Australian Book Industry Awards. David is a historian, comedy writer and children’s book author.

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David Marr

David Marr is the author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic, The High Price of Heaven and Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson). He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Saturday Paper, the Guardian and the Monthly.

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David W Cameron

David W. Cameron received his PhD in biological anthropology in 1995 at the Australian National University and is a former Australian Research Council QEII Fellow at the Department of Anatomy & Histology, University of Sydney.

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Dirk Kurbjuweit

Dirk Kurbjuweit is deputy editor-in-chief at Der Spiegel, where he has worked since 1999, and divides his time between Berlin and Hamburg. Fear is the first of his works to be translated into English.

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Elizabeth Kostova

Elizabeth Kostova is the internationally bestselling author of The Historian, which sold over three million copies, and The Swan Thieves.

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Ellie Marney

Ellie Marney is a teacher and author of YA fiction. Every Breath, the first novel of her YA crime Every series, was listed in 2015 as one of the most-borrowed YA books in Australian libraries, and her books have won or been shortlisted for a bunch of other amazing awards.

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Eugene Schlusser

Eugene Schlusser has written a series of film documentaries on diverse subjects but this is the first time he has written about his family.

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Frances Flanagan

Frances Flanagan is the Research Director at United Voice and an affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute. She holds a DPhil and masters from the University of Oxford, and bachelors degrees in arts and law from the University of Western Australia. Her book, Remembering the Revolution: dissent, culture and nationalism in the Irish Free State, was published by Oxford University Press and shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Historical Society Whitfield Prize.

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Frances Isaac

Frances Isaac has been a fiction writer for over twenty-five years. She has worked as a journalist and freelance writer in Australia, and overseas including in England where she was a senior journalist in the Harrow observer in Middlesex.

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Frank Bongiorno

Frank Bongiorno is professor of history at the Australian National University and author of the award-winning The Sex Lives of Australians.

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Gabrielle Williams

Gabrielle Williams is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels Beatle Meets Destiny, The Reluctant Hallelujah and The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex, all of which have been shortlisted for several prestigious awards.

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Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans was a Cabinet member throughout the Hawke-Keating years, as Attorney-General (1983-84), Minister for Resources and Energy (1984-87), Minister for Transport and Communications (1987-88) and Foreign Minister (1988-96). He left Australian politics to become President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000 to 2009, and has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since 2010.

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Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.

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Gary Ramage

Gary Ramage did his training in the Australian Army Public Affairs Corps as a photographer and cameraman taking frontline images from his Army deployments in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

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George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis has thirty years' experience in the media, including over a decade in the federal parliamentary press gallery.

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Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion is the bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. The Best of Adam Sharp is Graeme's latest novel.

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Graham Wilson

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney. He is a self-published author of nine books which have sold widely in ebook form in the USA and United Kingdom. Lizzie’s Tale, the second novel in the Old Balmain House series, is being launched at the Canberra Writers Festival in 2017.

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George Dunford

George Dunford has held several digital leadership positions for RMIT University, the Wheeler Centre, National Library and is currently head of Digital and Content Services at the National Museum of Australia. He was written over 20 books for Lonely Planet along with several articles for Meanjin, The Big Issue, Cordite, The Age and others.

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Eamon Flack

Eamon is the Artistic Director at Belvoir. He graduated from the acting course at WAAPA in 2003 and has since worked as a director, actor, writer and dramaturg for Belvoir, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Bell Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye, Perth International Arts Festival, Darwin Festival, Playwriting Australia and various other companies.

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Dinka Dekaris

Dinka Dekaris is launching her book "My Journey with Aladin" during the Canberra Writers Festival. The launch will include a reading of several passages from the book, a discussion on the book's origins and a Q&A with the audience.

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Helen Roe

Helen Roe is a leading authority on marketing with over 20 years’ experience managing global brands to market success. She helps women around the world grow their business through authentic connection and engagement.

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Hugh Mackay AO

Hugh Mackay is a prolific and well-known social researcher, writer and commentator in Australia. Hugh was a newspaper columnist for over 25 years, and is now an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong.

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Hugh White

Hugh White is the author of The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power and Quarterly Essay 39 Power Shift: Australia’s Future between Washington and Beijing. He is a professor of strategic studies at ANU and a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute.

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Ian Burnet

Ian Burnet has spent thirty years, living, working and travelling in Indonesia. His three prior books show his fascination with the diverse history and cultures of the archipelago.

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Ian McPhedran

Ian McPhedran is the Sydney based national defence writer for News Limited. He has been a journalist all his working life and has covered conflicts in Burma, Somalia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Ian Townsend

Ian Townsend is a journalist who worked for many year with ABC Radio National. He has won four national Eureka Prizes for science and medical journalism, and an Australian Human Rights Award for journalism.

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Jack Heath

Jack Heath is the internationally bestselling author of The Cut Out and many other action-packed thrillers for young people.

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Jaclyn Moriarty

Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney's north-west and studied Law and English on three continents - at Sydney University in Australia, Yale in the US and Cambridge in England. She spent four years working as a media and entertainment lawyer and now writes full-time so that she can sleep in each day. She lives in Sydney again.

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James Bradley

James Bradley was born in 1967. His books include the novels, Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade, The Penguin Book of the Ocean, and most recently The Silent Invasion, the first in a trilogy of novels for young adults. He writes and reviews for a wide range of Australian and international publications and in 2012 won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the year. He lives in Sydney with his partner, novelist Mardi McConnochie.

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James Phelan

James Phelan is the bestselling and award-winning author of 28 novels and one work of non-fiction.

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Jamila Rizvi

Over the past five years, Jamila Rizvi has firmly established herself as the preeminent voice of young Australian women online. She is a columnist for News Limited, a presenter for Fox FM and a regular television commentator for shows including The Project and The Drum.

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Jane Caro

Jane Caro is an author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator. She spent 30 years as an advertising writer and her creative work has won many national and international awards.

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Jane Rawson

Jane Rawson has written two novels - "A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists" and "From the wreck" – and a novella, Formaldehyde.

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Jean Kittson

Jean Kittson is a performer and scriptwriter for stage, television, radio, magazines and newspapers. Jean came to national attention on 'The Big Gig'. She is also well known for her comedy debates for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel Ten. At the moment, she is featuring in the pilot comedy programme Bleak, for ABC TV.

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Jeff Maynard

Jeff Maynard is an author and documentary maker. His latest book is The Unseen Anzac: how an enigmatic explorer created Australia’s World War I photographs

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Jennifer Bott, AO

Artistic Director

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Jessica Friedmann

Born in 1987, Jessica Friedmann is a Canberra-based writer and editor. Her essays and other non-fiction have appeared widely, both in Australia and internationally. Things That Helped is her first published collection.

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Joan Beaumont

Joan Beaumont is an internationally recognised historian of Australia in the two world wars, the history of prisoners of war and the memory and heritage of war. She is Professor of History at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, and has published several books about World Wars I and II.

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John Blaxland

John Blaxland is a Professor in International Security and Intelligence Studies and Head (acting) at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU. His most recent book is The Secret Cold War: The Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1975-1989 (Allen & Unwin 2016)

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John Safran

John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues.

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Josh Earl

Josh Earl (Spicks and Specks) delivers a brand new show about a small town, a big problem, and the creativity of a kind boy who brings everyone together.

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Julia Baird

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster, columnist and political commentator. Her latest book is Victoria: The Queen.

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Kaaron Warren

Kaaron Warren has been publishing horror and science fiction for more than 20 years. She’s won awards close to home (the ACT Writers and Publishers Award, three times!) and far away (the Shirley Jackson Award) Her most recent novel, The Grief Hole, won the Canberra Critics Award, and is the first novel to win the Aurealis Award, the Australian Shadows Award and the Ditmar Award.

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Karen Viggers

Karen Viggers is the award-winning internationally best-selling author of three novels: The Stranding, The Lightkeeper’s Wife and The Grass Castle. She writes contemporary fiction set in wild Australian landscapes, and her work explores connection with the bush, grief and loss, healing in nature, death, family, marriage and friendship.

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Katharine Murphy

Katharine Murphy is Guardian Australia's political editor. She has worked in Canberra's parliamentary gallery for 15 years. In 2008, she won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism, while in 2012 she was a Walkley award finalist in the best digital journalism category.

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Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues. She is one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism, paving the way for Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham.

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Katy Gallagher

Katy Gallagher is a current member of the Australian Senate, and the former Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory and member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2014, representing the electorate of Molonglo for the Australian Labor Party. She was also Minister for Health, Minister for Higher Education and Minister for Regional Development.

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Laura Tchilinguirian

Laura has been a presenter and producer at ABC NewsRadio since 2009. Laura returned to Canberra to present Breakfast on ABC Radio Canberra at the end of 2016, and is delighted to be presenting Afternoons in 2017.

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Laura Tingle

Laura Tingle is political editor of the Australian Financial Review. She won Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011, and in 2010 and 2013 was shortlisted for the John Button Prize for political writing. She appears regularly on Radio National’s Late Night Live and ABC-TV’s Insiders.

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Linda Jakobson

Linda Jakobson is an award-winning, internationally recognised author of six books on China. A Mandarin speaker, she worked as a researcher and policy adviser in China for 22 years before moving to Sydney in 2011 to become East Asia Program Director at the Lowy Institute. In 2015 she founded China Matters, an Australian public policy initiative. A Finnish national she is a permanent resident of Australia.

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Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for ABC TV's 7.30 and Four Corners. She has covered the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. Milligan is Irish-born and was raised a Catholic.

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Maggie Alderson

Maggie Alderson is the internationally best-selling author of nine novels. Her children’s book, Evangeline the Wish Keeper’s Helper, was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s award. She has also published four collections of her cult fashion column, Style Notes. She currently lives in the UK.

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Mark Henshaw

Mark Henshaw has lived in France, Germany, Yugoslavia and the USA. He currently lives in Canberra. His first novel, Out of the Line of Fire (1988), won the FAW Barbara Ramsden Award and the NBC New Writers Award. It was one of the biggest selling Australian literary novels of the decade and has been re-released as a Text Classic. The Snow Kimono won the 2014 NSW Premier’s Award for Fiction and Mark Henshaw was the 2015 winner of the Copyright Agency’s Author Fellowship.

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Matthew Evans

Enjoy a great night out to open the Canberra Writers Festival with Fat Pig Farm’s Matthew Evans as he tells a rollicking tale of real food, hot red vans and why you should never order chicken on a Monday.

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Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is one of Australia's most successful writers of young-adult fiction and is a best-selling and critically acclaimed author in more than twenty countries and in eighteen languages.

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Meredith McKinney

Meredith McKinney is an award-winning translator of classical and modern Japanese literature, whose translations include Sei Shônagon’s eleventh-century classic The Pillow Book, and Kokoro and Kusamakura by the early modern novelist Natsume Sôseki.

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Merlinda Bobis

Merlinda Bobis is a multi-awarded writer, performer, and scholar whose latest novel Locust Girl.

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Michael Brissenden

Michael Brissenden has worked for the ABC for more than thirty years. He has been a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987. A two-time Walkley Award winner, Michael has recently joined the ABC'S 4 Corners as a reporter.

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Michael Robotham

Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death.

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Michelle Arrow

Dr Michelle Arrow is Associate Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University in Sydney. She is the author of Friday on Our Minds: Popular Culture in Australia since 1945 and Upstaged: Australian Women Playwrights in the Limelight at Last.

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Nicola Gates, PhD

Nicola Gates PhD, author of A Brain for Life, is a clinical neuropsychologist, neuroscientist, and conjoint lecturer with the Centre of Healthy Brain Ageing UNSW.

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Niki Savva

Niki Savva is one of the most senior correspondents in the Canberra Press Gallery. She was twice political correspondent on The Australian, and headed up the Canberra bureaus of both The Herald Sun and The Age.

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Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels, including the international bestseller, The Bride Stripped Bare, and four works of non-fiction.

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Leah Kaminsky

Dr Leah Kaminsky, is a physician and award-winning writer. Her debut novel The Waiting Room won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize.

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Lisa Gorton

Lisa lives in Melbourne and writes poetry, essays and fiction. She studied at the universities of Melbourne and Oxford, where she completed a doctorate on John Donne. Her awards include the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry, the NSW Premier’s People’s Choice Award for Fiction and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Fiction.

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Margaret Harris

Margaret Harris is Challis Professor of English Literature Emerita of The University of Sydney, and literary executor for Christina Stead. She is currently Acting Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, a role she previously held in 2000 to 2002.

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Harry Potter Show with Professor Frankie

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Harry Potter books and Professor Frankie directs an hour of mayhem in celebration.

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Rachel Seiffert

Rachel Seiffert's first novel, The Dark Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was made into the feature film Lore. She was named as one of Granta's twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and in 2011 she received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Rebecca Huntley

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's most respected researchers on social and consumer trends, heading the long running Mind & Mood Report. She is also a Director at Ipsos Australia, a presenter of Friday's RN Drive for Radio National, a columnist for Business Review Weekly and the author of numerous books including The World According to Y, Eating Between the Lines and The Italian Girl.

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Reni Eddo-Lodge

Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, award-winning journalist and black feminist. Her work can be found at the New York Times, Voice, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Stylist, Inside Housing, Pool, Dazed and Confused, and the New Humanist.

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Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler presents Conversations with Richard Fidler, an in-depth, up close and personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio.

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Robert Macklin

Robert is the author of 27 books, including DARK PARADISE, HAMILTON HUME and four works focusing on the SAS and Australia's Special Forces.

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Robyn Williams AM

The author of more than 15 books, Robyn Williams AM has presented science programs on ABC radio and television since 1972.

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Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman has published four books on history, philosophy and economics. He won the Belgian Liberales prize for best non-fiction book in 2013 and has twice been nominated for the prestigious European Press Prize for his journalism work.

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Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen. Between 2010 and 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford. In 2013 she published The Bone Season, the first in a seven book series.

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Sarah Schmidt

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Professional writing and editing), a Master of Arts (Creative Writing), and a Graduate Diploma of Information Management, Sarah currently works as a Reading & Literacy Coordinator (read: a fancy librarian) at a regional public library. See What I Have Done is her first novel and is already attracting huge buzz both internationally and here in Australia!

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Shireen Morris

Shireen Morris is a lawyer and constitutional reform fellow at the Cape York Institute and researcher at Monash University.

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Simon Troeth

Public Officer - Board Member

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Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis arrived in Canberra in late 1992 and spent the next two decades tormenting the nation's political elite. He worked as a political reporter for the Australian Financial Review, the Australian and News Corp metro papers, and is currently senior adviser at Newgate Communications.

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Sulari Gentill

Award-winning author Sulari Gentill set out to study astrophysics, ended up graduating in law, and later abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. When the mood takes her, she paints, although she maintains that she does so only well enough to know that she should write.

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Sunni Overend

Sunni Overend is a graphic design grad, and the daughter of the late, award-winning children's author Jenni Overend.

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Tim Watson-Munro

Criminal psychologist 'Doc' Tim Watson-Munro spent his formative years in Sydney and San Francisco. Educated at Sydney University, Tim rose to prominence as a pioneering prison psychologist at Parramatta Gaol.

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Tom Frame

Professor Tom Frame is the Director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) at UNSW Canberra.

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Tony Jones

Tony Jones is one of Australia’s most respected journalists, with more than 30 years experience in radio and television news and current affairs. He has won six Walkley Awards, including three for ‘Broadcast Interviewing’ in 2004, 2007 and 2011.

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Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is the author of eight picture books (HARRY HIGHPANTS, EMO THE EMU), a middle grade series (THE SELWOOD BOYS) and some novels for adults (PLAYERS, MAKING NEWS).

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Tracey Spicer

Tracey Spicer is an iconoclast whose TEDx Talk ‘The Lady Stripped Bare’ has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people. Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, and has brought her sassy style to talkback radio.

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Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the author of seven novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2000 and adapted into a film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.

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Troy Bramston

Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011. He was previously a columnist with The Sunday Telegraph.

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Will Kostakis

Personally, Will Kostakis is ready to catch a ball two seconds after it’s hit him in the face. Professionally, he’s thankful he’s chosen a career that requires little (if any) coordination. After dabbling in celebrity journalism and reality TV, he now writes for young adults.

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Raihan Ismail

Raihan Ismail is a lecturer at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU. Her research interests include Islam, Political Islam, sectarianism, and Middle East politics.

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Peter Stanley

Peter Stanley is a Research Professor at UNSW Canberra. He is one of Australia’s most active military social historians and the author of over 30 books, many dealing with Australia’s Great War. He was formerly Principal Historian at the Australian War Memorial, was jointly awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History (in 2011) and is current President of Honest History.

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Wish you could be a superhero?

Have you ever wanted to make your very own superhero storybook? Children’s book writer and publisher, Susan Hall and illustrator Cheryl Westenberg, lead a writing and drawing workshop to assist children to create their own illustrated superhero story. Suitable for aspiring writers and illustrators aged 5 – 8 years. Superhero super power ideas are essential and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Vice Admiral Tim Barrett

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1976 as a Seaman Officer and later specialised in aviation. He assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy on 1 July 2014.

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Virginia Haussegger

Virginia Haussegger AM, is Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra. Virginia is a well-known women’s rights and gender equity advocate, journalist and ABC News presenter.

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Yolande Norris

Yolande Norris is a writer and producer based in Braidwood, NSW. A graduate from the Australian National University School of Art she has worked with a diverse range of arts organisations, including the National Gallery of Australia, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre and Canberra Contemporary Art Space

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Stefan Posthuma-Grbic

From an early age Stefan Posthuma-Grbic worked in the kitchen of his mother's cafe and in his father's photographic shop, developing passions for food and photography. Stefan took over Quicksand Publishing in 2013. He has since published three new titles, began podcasting & continues to explore new areas to promote local food.

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