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Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)

Randa Abdel-Fattah knew she wanted to be a writer when, aged 10, she wrote her first book: a complete rip-off of Matilda. Since stealing ideas from Roald Dahl, she’s found her own voice and has written eight books: Does My Head Look Big in This?, Ten Things I Hate About Me, Where the Streets Had A Name, Noah’s Law, Buzz Off, The Friendship Matchmaker, The Friendship Matchmaker Goes Undercover and No Sex in the City. Randa is also a lawyer and human rights activist.

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Deborah Abela (Australian)

Deborah Abela has always dreamed of being braver, which is probably why she writes books about spies, ghosts, soccer legends and characters who battle sea monsters and evil harbour lords. She is the author of the Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series, The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen, Grimsdon and Ghost Club. Deborah has won awards for her books but mostly hopes to be as brave as the characters inside.

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Richard Ackland (Australian)

Richard Ackland is the publisher of law journals Justinian and Gazette of Law & Journalism. He is also a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Robert Adamson (Australian)

Robert Adamson is the inaugural CAL chair of poetry at UTS. He has published over 20 books of poetry including the prize-winning 1990 collection, The Clean Dark. Inside Out, his acclaimed autobiography, won The Age Poetry Book of the Year in 2007. The Golden Bird won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry in 2009. In 2011 he was awarded the Patrick White Prize and the Blake Prize for Poetry. His latest book of poetry, The Kingfisher's Soul, is published by Bloodaxe Books UK.

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Debra Adelaide (Australian)

Debra Adelaide is the author of over 10 books including three novels, the latest of which is The Household Guide to Dying, launched at the Sydney Writers' Festival in 2008. She also teaches at the University of Technology, Sydney where she is an associate professor in creative practices.

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Louise Adler (Australian)

Louise Adler AM is the CEO and publisher-in-chief of Melbourne University Publishing. She has served as a member of the Monash University Council for over a decade and is also a member of the board of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the Monash University Museum of Art. Louise is a deputy chancellor of Monash University and is president of the board of the Methodist Ladies' College.

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Richard Aedy (Australian)

Richard Aedy is an ABC broadcaster who currently hosts The Media Report on Radio National (RN) and Sunday Profile on both RN and local ABC radio. In an increasingly media-saturated world, each week The Media Report makes sense of it by talking to key players, examining contemporary journalism and charting the enormous changes of the digital age including concerns about privacy and reputation. On RN Richard has previously hosted Life Matters, The Media Report and The Buzz. He has worked with Independent Radio News, Radio New Zealand and the BBC.

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad (Australian)

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is chief editor of Westside Publications. He is currently completing an honours degree at the University of Western Sydney and a JUMP Mentorship with Professor Ivor Indyk. His writing has appeared in HEAT Literary Journal in 2008 and 2010. In 2008 Mohammed was recipient of a grant from the FTO’s Young Filmmakers’ Fund for production of his script, The Pizza. As an actor, Mohammed has most recently starred in the 2012 Belvoir Theatre/Sydney Festival production, I’m Your Man.

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Tanveer Ahmed (Australian)

Tanveer Ahmed is a psychiatrist, columnist and author of the entertaining memoir of migration, The Exotic Rissole. He writes a regular opinion column for The Sydney Morning Herald, sits on several boards and is a practising psychiatrist in Sydney and rural NSW. He is a former TV journalist, has co-hosted a game show and appears in various media.

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Ali al Jenabi (Australian)

Ali al Jenabi was born in Iraq in 1970. In 1991 he was caught by Saddam’s army during the Shiite uprising and imprisoned in Abu Ghraib for four years. When released he joined the resistance in Kurdistan but soon his mother and remaining seven siblings were in danger. He helped them escape to Iran, then went ahead to try and reach Australia. In Indonesia he became a people smuggler to get them to safety, and came to be known as the Oskar Schindler of Asia.

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Dennis Altman (Australian)

Dennis Altman is the son of Jewish refugees, and a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. Since then Dennis has written 11 books exploring sexuality, politics and their inter-relationship in Australia, the United States and now globally. Dennis is professor of politics and director of the Institute for Human Security at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.

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Waleed Aly (Australian)

Waleed Aly is the host of ABC Radio National’s new live daily program RN Drive. He shares presenting duties with Julian Morrow who takes the chair each Friday evening from 6-8pm. Waleed is also the host of ABC TV’s Big Ideas and is currently appearing on ABC TV’s Agony Uncles. He is a lecturer in politics at Monash University and the author of What's Right? The Future of Conservatism in Australia (Quarterly Essay 37) and People Like Us: How Arrogance is Dividing Islam and the West. He is also the guitarist and main songwriter for Melbourne originals band Robot Child, which is the house band for The Chaser's show, The Empty Vessel. Waleed is looking forward to joining his fellow RN Drive host and Chaser Julian Morrow on stage!

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Steven Amsterdam (Australian)

Steven Amsterdam is a palliative care nurse and a writer. His first book, Things We Didn't See Coming, won The Age Book of the Year and was
longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. What the Family Needed is his second novel.

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Lemon Andersen (International)

Lemon Andersen is a critically acclaimed poet, author and actor. He is an original cast member of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on Broadway and regularly appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry. His film credits include The Son of No One and The Soloist. His critically acclaimed show, County of Kings, was produced by Spike Lee and the Culture Project; the book adaptation won the Grand Prize at the 2010 New York Book Festival. Lemon’s new play, ToasT, will premiere as part of the Under The Radar festival.

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Kate Anderson (Australian)

Kate Anderson studied at the Queensland University of Technology, graduating with a major in creative industries, drama. After taking some time to travel, she returned to Brisbane to work at Performance Frontiers, an organisational-development consultancy. With a desire to enter into arts management and creative producing, Kate moved to Sydney in 2011 for a position with Opera Australia as the project coordinator of the Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour, La Traviata.

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Chris Andrews (Australian)

Chris Andrews teaches at the University of Western Sydney. He has translated books of Latin American fiction, including Roberto Bolaño's The Secret of Evil and César Aira's Varamo. He is the author of a critical book on science in the writing of Queneau and Ponge and a collection of poems, Cut Lunch.

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Robyn Archer (Australian)

Robyn Archer is a singer, writer, director, artistic director, and public advocate of the arts, mainly in Australia though her reach is global. She is Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra 2013.

Photo by Rohan Thomson.

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Robyn Arianrhod (Australian)

Dr Robyn Arianrhod is a writer and mathematician, and an adjunct research fellow at Monash University. Her first book, Einstein’s Heroes, was shortlisted for The Age Non-fiction Book of the Year Award and the Victorian Premier’s Prize, and has been translated into several languages. Her latest book is Seduced by Logic.

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Michelle Arrow (Australian)

Dr Michelle Arrow is a senior lecturer in modern history at Macquarie University. Her second book, Friday on Our Minds: Popular culture in Australia since 1945, was shortlisted for the Australian History Prize in the 2010 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards. She is also the author of Upstaged: Australian women dramatists in the limelight at last and the co-editor of The Chamberlain Case: Nation, law, memory.

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Barbara Arrowsmith Young (International)

Barbara Arrowsmith Young is the founder of the Arrowsmith Program, a suite of cognitive programs based on the principles of neuroplasticity which change the brain’s capacity to learn. The genesis of the Arrowsmith Program of cognitive exercises lies in Barbara’s journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her own severe learning disabilities. Barbara holds a B.A.Sc. in Child Studies from the University of Guelph and a master’s degree in School Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

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Asphyxia (Australian)

Asphyxia is probably the world’s only Deaf circus performer turned puppeteer. Over the past 15 years she has toured internationally performing trapeze, hula hoops, magic and, more recently, marionette puppetry. Asphyxia spent 18 months designing and building The Grimstones theatre shows. She handcrafted old-world marionette puppets using car bog (!), crafted miniature household objects from junk around the garden and taught herself carpentry to build the sets. The Grimstones book series is based on these shows.

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Neil Astley (International)

Neil Astley is editor of Bloodaxe Books, Britain's leading independent poetry publisher, which he founded in 1978. His many anthologies include Staying Alive, which has sold over 200,000 copies, Being Alive, Being Human and two collaborations with Pamela Robertson-Pearce: Soul Food and In Person, the world's first DVD poetry anthology. Neil has also published two poetry collections and two novels: The End of My Tether, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, and The Sheep Who Changed the World.

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Auburn Poets and Writers Group (Australian)

Auburn Poets and Writers Group (APWG) is a dynamic group who write about connections between places, spaces and people. The group was formed in 2005 as an initiative of the Auburn Community Development Network (ACDN) partnership with Auburn City Council. The group has a solid core of regular members from the local community and the wider Western Sydney region, meeting on the third Wednesday of every month. APWG always welcomes new writers!

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