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Finch Memoir Prize
Code: 148  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Biography & Memoir
Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Richard Glover, Susan Duncan, Jacqueline Kent, Fiona Scott-Norman (facilitator)
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The winner of the 2012 Finch Memoir Prize for an unpublished Australian life story is announced at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival. Following the announcement, the three judges, Richard Glover, Jacqueline Kent and Susan Duncan, and the winner, tell Fiona Scott-Norman all about it.

Richard Glover (Australian)

Richard Glover is the author of 11 books including Why Men Are Necessary and The Mud House. He presents the Drive show on 702 ABC Sydney and his popular column has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald for more than 20 years. He is also the author of Desperate Husbands, In Bed with Jocasta and The Dag's Dictionary.

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Susan Duncan (Australian)

Susan Duncan worked in radio, newspaper and magazine journalism for 25 years. She gave up her job following the deaths of her husband and brother.
Today Susan lives with her second husband, Bob, on the shores of Pittwater. Her bestselling memoir, Salvation Creek, won the 2007 Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award and was shortlisted for the prestigious Dobbie Award, part of the Nita B. Kibble Awards for women writers. Susan has now turned her hand to fiction, with her first novel The Briny Cafe, set in a fictional Pittwater.

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Jacqueline Kent (Australian)

Jacqueline Kent has written young-adult fiction, social history and biography. A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, A Literary Life won the National Biography Award and the Nita B. Kibble Award; An Exacting Heart: The Story of Hephzibah Menuhin also won the Kibble Award and was shortlisted for the New South Wales, Queensland and Victorian Premier’s Awards as well as the Walkley Award and the Magarey Medal for Biography. Her most recent book is The Making of Julia Gillard: Prime Minister.

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Fiona Scott-Norman (Australian)

Fiona Scott-Norman is a Melbourne-based comedian, writer and radio broadcaster. She recently edited Don’t Peak at High School, a collection of interviews with Australia’s most popular stars revealing how being bullied shaped their lives. Fiona, herself as popular as scabies at school, was moved to gather these stories to help teens cope with bullying. Her writing appears regularly in The Big Issue and her one-woman comedy show, Disco: The Vinyl Solution, was a sell-out at the recent Melbourne Comedy Festival.

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