David Marr is a journalist, biographer and broadcaster who has spent most of his career working for Fairfax and the ABC. Lately he has been writing for The Guardian Australia. He’s also the author of half a dozen books including lives of Patrick White and Garfield Barwick. With Marian Wilkinson he wrote Dark Victory, an account of the Tampa crisis and the election that followed. He was a judge of the Miles Franklin. Over the last few years he has written a number of Quarterly Essays. The latest is The White Queen, One Nation and the Politics of Race.
Jane McCredie is Executive Director of the NSW Writers’ Centre and a writer, book reviewer and journalist. A former book publisher, she is the author of a book on the science of sex and gender Making Girls and Boys and was co-editor of The Best Australian Science Writing 2013.
Jennifer Medway is currently the Literary Associate of Melbourne Theatre Company. Prior to this she was Resident Dramaturg at ATYP for four years. She was a Griffin Studio Artist in 2014, Co-Artistic Director of the Crack Theatre Festival in 2013, Associate Artist-Dramaturgy at Belvoir in 2012 and Literary Assistant at Belvoir in 2011. Jennifer also works as a freelance dramaturg and script assessor working for organisations such as Playwriting Australia and various artists across a wide spectrum of theatre and performance making.
Kathryn is Professor of Screen and Creative Arts at Macquarie University. She is also a writer and director whose films are internationally recognised and much awarded. Most recently, Kathryn’s feature documentary Shock Room (2015) won ‘Best Australian Documentary’ at the Antennae Documentary Film Festival and has travelled widely. Other major long-form credits as writer and director include The Boot Cake (2008); Travelling Light (2003); Parklands (1996) and Light Years (1991). Kathryn’s scripts—across drama and documentary—have received multiple Australian Film Institute and AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild) nominations.
Peter Minter is a leading Australian poet, poetry editor and writer. His books include the award-winning Empty Texas and blue grass, and his poetry has been widely published and translated internationally, most recently in the volume In the Serious Light of Nothing (Chinese University Press Hong Kong, 2013). He was a founding editor of Cordite poetry magazine and co-edited the pioneering anthologies Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets and the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, and has been the poetry editor for Meanjin and Overland. He teaches in English, Creative Writing and Indigenous Studies at the University of Sydney.
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Robin Morrow is National President of IBBY Australia (International Board on Books for the Young). She founded the first specialist children’s bookshop in Sydney and managed it for 25 years. She was children’s book reviewer for The Weekend Australian for 10 years. She has worked as a children’s publisher, and taught children’s literature at universities including Macquarie and UTS. In 2012 she devised and has since been teaching (online) for Simmons College, Boston, a postgraduate course in Australian children’s and YA books. Robin has served on a number of literary award judging panels.
Debra is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She is a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and was creator and head writer of the first five seasons of Offspring. Her stage plays have been performed around the world . Gary’s House, Sweet Road and The Peach Season were all shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Debra has also written four plays for young audiences – Dags, Skate, Stories in the Dark and House on Fire. Her television credits include award-winning episodes of Police Rescue, Palace of Dreams, The Secret Life of Us, Sweet and Sour and Bananas in Pyjamas. Debra has written six children's novels, including The Redback Leftovers, Getting Air and Blue Noise. Her first adult novel Useful was published in 2015 and a new novel, The Whole Bright Year, will be published in 2018.
Bruce Pascoe published and edited Australian Short Stories magazine from1982-1999. He won the Prime Minister’s Literature Award for Young Adult fiction for Fog, a dox (2013) and has also won the Australian Literature Award 1999, Radio National Short Story 1998 and FAW Short Story 2010. Bruce is a board member of the Aboriginal Corporation for Languages. He has Bunurong/Tasmanian heritage. His latest novels are, Bloke (2009), Chainsaw File (2010), Fog (2012), and Mrs Whitlam (2016). Dark Emu (2014) was shortlisted in the Queensland, Victorian and Premiers’ Awards and won the NSW Premier's Literary Award. His film, Black Chook (2015) starred Brendan Cowell, Jack Davis and Lynette Curran.
Tohby Riddle is the multiple award-winning creator of picture books, illustrated books, two cartoon collections and a novel. His picture books include The Great Escape from City Zoo, Nobody Owns the Moon, perennial favourite The Royal Guest, and the ambitious 128-page Unforgotten, which has been published in six languages. Illustrated books include the best-selling Word Spy series on the English language (by Ursula Dubosarsky), and The Greatest Gatsby (which was awarded White Raven status in 2016 by the International Youth Library in Germany). Tohby is also a former editor of NSW Department of Education’s The School Magazine, a literary magazine for children.
Stephen Romei is a writer and critic. He is literary editor of The Australian, and one of the paper's film critics.
Iain is an award winning director, translator and is currently resident dramaturg for Playwriting Australia. As a Director: For MTC The Beast by Eddie Perfect, for STC Mojo by Jez Butterworth, Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca (translation by Iain Sinclair), Our Town by Thornton Wilder. For QTC Brisbane by Matthew Ryan. For Belvoir: The Seed by Kate Mulvany, Killer Joe by Tracey Letts, Beyond the Neck by Tom Holloway, My Arm by Tim Crouch, For the Eternity Theatre: All My Sons by Arthur Miller. For NIDA Lost Illusions by Alana Valentine. For Sport for Jove: Of Mice and Men. Iain has been assistant director to Max Stafford Clark and Cate Blanchett. Iain holds a Masters degree from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and King’s College London. His work has won four Canberra Critics Circle awards, a Matilda Award and three Sydney Theatre Awards.
Meg Stewart is the daughter of artist Margaret Coen and poet Douglas Stewart. She has worked in film, radio and print media; and has written both fiction and non-fiction. In non-fiction she is best known for Autobiography of My Mother, the life story of her mother which was first published in 1985 and Far from a Still Life the biography of artist Margaret Olley, published in 2005 and then updated after Olley’s death in 2011. In 1993, as the first Nancy Keesing Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales, she edited The Woman I Am, a collection of Keesing’s poetry.
Once a publisher/editor, Cathie Tasker has edited and commissioned nearly 800 books. Cathie has worked on popular and award-winning titles with HarperCollins Publishers, Scholastic Australia and Koala Books. Cathie sees her most important skill as teaching writing and working as a structural or developmental editor to help authors shape and develop their work. She is a member of FEN (Freelance Editors Network) and works as a teacher, mentor, manuscript assessor and speaker. Cathie has developed two very successful writing courses for the Australian Writers Centre and she also works as an online tutor. Cathie is a regular judge and convenor for the Aurealis Awards, has completed three years judging for the CBCA, and has judged a number of other awards and short story competitions.
Jen Webb is Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice at the University of Canberra, and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. Her recent work includes scholarly volumes Researching Creative Writing (2015) and Art and Human Rights: Contemporary Asian Contexts (with Caroline Turner; 2016), and poetry volumes Watching the World (with Paul Hetherington; 2015) and Stolen Stories, Borrowed Lines (2015). She is lead investigator on ARC Discovery projects Understanding creative excellence: A case study in poetry, and So what do you do? Graduates in the Creative and Cultural Industries.