National Biography Award

Annual Award of $25,000 for a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing aiming to promote public interest in these genres.

The shortlist will be announced on 9 July and the winner will be announced on 6 August 2018.

Biography and me: Notes on the wonders of self (and some on self)

Lecture by Kim Williams AM as part of the National Biography Award Lecture Series


Kim Williams AM

Kim Williams

Kim Williams AM is Chairman of the State Library Foundation Board, and in 2015 he presented the National Biography Award Lecture. He discussed a variety of biographies which have mattered to him and also his own critically acclaimed memoir Rules of Engagement.

Kim has had a long involvement in the arts, entertainment and media industries. He has held various executive leadership positions since the late 1970s including as Chief Executive at each of News Corp Australia, Foxtel, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia, and was also a senior executive at the ABC.

Kim was the Chief Executive of Foxtel for the decade up until November 2011. He was chairman of the Australian Film Finance Corporation (which he founded in 1988), the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva Australia and, most recently, the Sydney Opera House Trust from 2005 to 2013.

Kim is a current board member of the University of Western Sydney Foundation, the Myer Foundation and a Commissioner of the Australian Football League.

Kim Williams AM
Biography and me: notes on the wonders of others (and some on self)

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