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Paul Baggaley (International)

Paul Baggaley is the publisher of Picador in the UK where he is responsible for the publishing of Pan Macmillan's literary imprint as well as editing and publishing fiction, non-fiction and poetry writers
including Cormac McCarthy, Bret Easton Ellis, Don DeLillo, Alan Hollinghurst, Graham Swift, Emma Donoghue, Carol Ann Duffy, Clive James, Jon Ronson and Oliver Sacks. He was previously publishing director of Harper Perennial, publicity director of Jonathan Cape and marketing director of the Harvill Press.

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Julia Baird (Australian)

Julia Baird is an author, broadcaster and journalist. She has just returned from the United States, where she worked as a columnist and deputy editor of Newsweek. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including The Daily Beast, Harpers Bazaar, The Guardian, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Monthly, The New York Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. Her first book was Media Tarts: How the Australian Media Frames Female Politicians. She is currently writing a biography of Queen Victoria.

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Candida Baker (Australian)

Candida Baker is an author, editor, photographer and natural horsemanship practitioner. She has had numerous fiction and non-fiction books published. Her most recent book is an anthology The Wisdom of Women. As a journalist she has been editor of The Weekend Australian Magazine, arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and a feature writer for The Age and in 2011 she was Director of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. She lives in the hills behind Byron Bay with too many animals and several children.

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Tom Ballard (Australian)

Tom Ballard is the co-host of Triple J’s weekday breakfast program. In 2009 Tom was the youngest person ever to take out the prestigious Melbourne Airport Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tom has been a guest on an extensive range of radio shows all around Australia and can be seen as a regular guest on Network Ten’s Good News Week and The 7PM Project. Tom's mum thinks he's quite funny but wishes he wouldn't swear quite as much
as he does.

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Tristan Bancks (Australian)

Tristan Bancks loves telling inspiring, fast-moving stories for young people. He has a background as an actor and television presenter and his short films have won a number of awards. Tristan has written several books for children and teens including the explosive Mac Slater, Coolhunter series, the illustrated series Nit Boy, and young-adult novel it’s yr life. Tristan’s latest enthralling adventures for kids are My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up and Galactic Adventures: First kids in space.

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Cynthia Banham (Australian)

Cynthia Banham writes a regular column for The Sydney Morning Herald and is doing her PhD with the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University. Her thesis is looking at the responses of liberal democracies to the use of torture after September 11. Cynthia has over a decade's experience as a senior journalist working in the Canberra Press Gallery covering foreign policy and defence issues. She has a masters of international affairs from the ANU and is also a lawyer.

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Stephen Banham (Australian)

Called a “typographic evangelist” by Eye magazine, Stephen Banham is founder of Letterbox, a typographic studio based in Melbourne, Australia. He has written and produced over 16 publications on typography including his latest book Characters, released by Thames and Hudson. Banham has been a lecturer in typography since 1991 and holds a Masters in Design Research. He has spoken at international design events from Barcelona to Beirut, New Zealand to New York.

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Margaret Barbalet (Australian)

Margaret Barbalet is a poet, short story writer and novelist, the most recent being The Presence of Angels. Her newest work is the script of the short film, Count Your Fingers.  A new novel is with her London agent. A former diplomat, posted to Abu Dhabi from 2005 to 2008, she now lives in Sydney and is working on a novel set in Ashfield.

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Anna Barnes (Australian)

Anna is a Melbourne writer, playwright and researcher. Her new play Minus One Sister will be her Sydney debut at New Theatre in July. She is a PhD candidate researching what role social media plays in friendships of adolescent girls in Melbourne. Thus, she knows way too much about Facebook privacy settings and the complex politics of poking.She has a regular column about celebrity in Melbourne-based arts journal The Lifted Brow.  Her first book, Girl! The Ultimate Guide To Being You is being published by Penguin in July 2012.

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Jennifer Barrett (Australian)

Jennifer Barrett has published on museums, art, culture and the public sphere. Her monograph, Museums and the Public Sphere, was published in 2011 and her co-authored monograph with Jacqueline Millner, Australian Artists and Museums, will be published in 2012. Jennifer is currently pro dean in the faculty of arts and has been director of museum studies at the University of Sydney since 2001. Her current research examines the concept of universalism as it engages with museums and human rights.

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Sebastian Barry (International)

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels include The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, Annie Dunne, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture. A Long Long Way, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2007. The Secret Scripture won several awards and was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Sebastian lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.

Supported by Culture Ireland.

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Caroline Baum (Australian)

Caroline Baum is a respected journalist and broadcaster, and a regular contributor to national magazines, newspapers and digital media.

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Larissa Behrendt (Australian)

Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai and Kamilaroi woman. She is an academic and author, and is currently a professor of law and director of research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her first novel, Home, won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her most recent novel, Legacy, was released in 2009 and won a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. In 2009 she was the NAIDOC Indigenous Person of the Year and NSW Australian of the Year 2011.

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John Bell (Australian)

John Bell is one of Australia's most acclaimed theatre personalities. In a career spanning four decades and incorporating both acting and directing, John has been instrumental in shaping the Australian theatre as we know it today. In particular, his contribution to the appreciation of the works of William Shakespeare has been pervasive and invigorating, while his many interpretations of roles have become performance benchmarks in Australian theatre.

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Jill Bennett (Australian)

Jill Bennett is professor and director of the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales. Her books include Empathic Vision: Affect, trauma and contemporary art, Practical Aesthetics: Events, affects and art after 9/11, and a number of monographs on new media art and artists. She has recently published Living in the Anthropocene, commissioned for dOCUMENTA 13 and is co-writing with Saskia Beudel, Imagining Sydney, which blends 'new nature writing' and visual cultural analysis to create an ecological portrait of the city.

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Tegan Bennett Daylight (Australian)

Tegan Bennett Daylight is a fiction writer, critic and lecturer in writing. She is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: Bombora, What Falls Away and Safety, as well as several books for children and teenagers. She has recently completed a long essay on the writing life, How Influence Works, and is at work on a collection of short stories, some of which have been published in Best Australian Stories, New Australian Stories, and Charlotte Wood’s collection Brothers and Sisters.

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Vanessa Berry (Australian)

Vanessa Berry is a Sydney writer and artist, and is one of Australia's best known zine makers. She is the author of the memoir Strawberry Hills Forever, the zine series I am a Camera, and the literary blog Biblioburbia, which documents her explorations of the Sydney suburbs through public libraries.

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Judith Beveridge (Australian)

Judith Beveridge has published four books of poetry, all of which have won major prizes including the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the Grace Leven Prize and the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize. Her most recent collection is Storm and Honey. In 2005 she was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for excellence in literature. She is the poetry editor for Meanjin and teaches poetry at postgraduate level at the University of Sydney.

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Jonathan Biggins (Australian)

One of Australia’s leading political satirists and actors, Jonathan Biggins is also a writer, director, broadcaster and corporate MC/Speaker.

Jonathan has worked with all of Australia’s leading theatre companies in productions ranging from David Williamson’s Soulmates to West Side Story. He co-wrote an adapted libretto for Orpheus in the Underworld (and played the Mikado),  has hosted afternoon radio for ABC 702, co-written and performed in Three Men and a Baby Grand for ABC TV,  hosted arts program Critical Mass and An Audience with Stephen Sondheim. He received the Helpmann Award for Best Director for the STC’s tour of Avenue Q, is author of three books and writes as a journalist for publications including The Age, Australian Traveller and Australian Wine Selector Magazine. Jonathan’s newest work as a playwright, Australia Day, will have its world premier at the Melbourne Theatre company in March 2012.

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Tony Bilson (Australian)

Tony Bilson, the ‘Godfather of Australian Cuisine’, has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading chefs for more than 40 years and his restaurants have been milestones in the advancement of Australian gastronomy. Tony has published five books and contributed to major wine and food magazines as well as newspapers around Australia. In January 2010 he launched his festival, Cuisine NOW, which has become an annual event in the culinary calendar. Tony lives in Sydney.

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Georgia Blain (Australian)

Georgia Blain has published six novels: Closed for Winter, Candelo, The Blind EyeNames for Nothingness, Too Close to Home and the young-adult novel Darkwater. She was named one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists in 1998 and has been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, with Too Close To Home currently on the shortlist for the Barbara Jefferis award, and her memoir Births Deaths Marraiges, shortlisted for the Nita B. Kibble Award in 2009.

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Geoffrey Blainey (Australian)

Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. He held chairs in economic history and in plain history at the University of Melbourne for 21 years and has written some 36 books including the bestselling A Short History of the World. Professor Blainey was a delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention and also chaired various Commonwealth government bodies including the Australia Council, the Literature Board, the Australia-China Council and the National Council for the Centenary of Federation.

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Graeme Blundell (Australian)

Graeme Blundell is an actor, director, producer and writer. He has directed and acted in over 100 plays and appeared in more than 40 films and hundreds of hours of television. He is an award-winning director of commercials and a prolific journalist, currently the television writer for The Australian. Graeme’s publications include the co-authored Brett Whiteley: An Unauthorised Life, Australian Theatre: Backstage with Graeme Blundell, the bestselling King: the Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy as well as his own memoir, The Naked Truth.

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Margaret Bradstock (Australian)

Margaret Bradstock has published five collections of poetry. The most recent are The Pomelo Tree, which won the Wesley Michel Wright Prize, Coast and How Like the Past. She was Asialink writer-in-residence at Peking University in 2003, co-editor of Five Bells from 2001-10 and recently edited Antipodes, the first anthology of white and Aboriginal responses to 'settlement'.

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Heather Brooke (International)

Heather Brooke is a freelance journalist and freedom of information campaigner. She writes for the UK’s main national papers and has presented Channel 4's Dispatches. Heather is a visiting professor at City University's department of journalism and is also the author of Your Right to Know and The Silent State. In 2009 she was named Reformer of the Year and won the Setting the Political Agenda Award from the Political Studies Association. The Revolution Will Be Digitised is her latest work.

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David Brooks (Australian)

David Brooks is a poet, novelist, short-story writer and essayist. He teaches Australian literature at the University of Sydney and is co-editor of Southerly. His latest work, The Sons of Clovis, is a comprehensive reappraisal of the Ern Malley hoax and a revelation of its French origins.

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Trevor Brown (Australian)

Trevor Brown is a lecturer in performance studies at RMIT University. He is known as a pioneer in Australia's music scene, adding his own interpretations to world music, jazz, improvisation and electronica. He has worked for 20 years as a freelance musician, musical director, composer, performer and event organiser. Trevor has also initiated ground-breaking collaborations with spoken-word artists and is currently a member of the band Waiting for Guinness.

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James Brown (Australian)

James Brown served as an officer in the Australian Army prior to joining the Lowy Institute. He commanded a cavalry troop in Iraq, was attached to Special Forces in Afghanistan, and received a commendation for his work in the Solomon Islands. He also served as an instructor at the Army’s Combat Arms Training Centre and as an operational planner at the Australian Defence Force Headquarters Joint Operations Command. James studied economics at the University of Sydney and completed graduate studies in strategy at the University of New South Wales.

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Nick Bryant (Australian)

Nick Bryant was born in Bristol and works in Australia for the BBC as one of its most trusted and senior foreign correspondents. He is a regular contributor to several Australian magazines and newspapers, including The Australian, The Spectator, The Monthly and The Australian Literary Review. Nick studied history at Cambridge and has a doctorate in American politics from Oxford. He lives in Sydney with his wife and son.

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Nick Bryant-Smith (Australian)

Rapper and spoken-word poet Nick Bryant-Smith (AKA Solo) is one half of Sydney hip hop act Horrorshow. The duo’s first album, The Grey Space, received wide acclaim and earned an ARIA nomination for Best Urban Album. Nick has supported acts such as The Herd, Hermitude and Blackalicious as well as securing spots at Sydney’s Big Day Out, Groovin The Moo, Urthboy and more. Horrorshow’s latest album is due out in 2012.

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Robbie Buck (Australian)

Robbie Buck hosts ABC Radio National’s daily music program The Inside Sleeve. Each afternoon he presents a range of sounds from across the musical spectrum including folk, jazz, blues, electronic, experimental and world music. Robbie has been involved in music broadcasting for over two decades, hosting programs on Triple J, ABC Local Radio in NSW and the ACT and on SBS TV.

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Meredith Burgmann (Australian)

Dr Meredith Burgmann is a former president of the NSW Legislative Council. She was an industrial relations academic for 20 years and an MP for 16 years. She is the co-author (with Verity Burgmann) of a book about early environmentalism, Green Bans, Red Union and a book on misogyny (with Yvette Andrews, The Ernies Book. She is presently editing a book in which well-known Australians write about their ASIO files.

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J. C. Burke (Australian)

J.C. Burke was born in Sydney in 1965. With writers for parents, she grew up in a world of noise, drama and books but decided to become a nurse after her mother lost a long battle with cancer. Since 2000 Burke has published a number of acclaimed books for young adults including Pig Boy, Faking Sweet, The Red Cardigan and The Story of Tom Brennan, which won the 2006 CBCA Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and is on the NSW HSC syllabus.

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John Muk Muk Burke (Australian)

John Muk Muk Burke was born in Narrandera, New South Wales, in l946 of a Wiradjuri mother and an Irish father. His novel, {Bridge of Triangles}, won the 1993 Unaipon Award and his poetry volume, {Night Song and Other Poems}, won the national Kate Challis RAKA Award in 2000. John now lives in Wagga Wagga and spends time each day writing, patting his cat Mimi and drinking red wine – not always in that order.

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Joanne Burns (Australian)

joanne burns’ poetry includes numerous prose poems, short fictions and monologues. Her first book of poetry, Snatch, was published in London in 1972. Since then she has published over a dozen other collections including on a clear day, aerial photography, footnotes of a hammock and an illustrated history of dairies. joanne has been performing her work since the 1970s. She has been a teacher of English and creative writing. Her latest collection is 'amphora’.

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Pamela Burton (Australian)

Pamela Burton is a Canberra lawyer and author of From Moree to Mabo: The Mary Gaudron story. She is currently writing the true story of the killing of Australian art curator, Nick Waterlow, and his daughter, Chloe.

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Caroline Butler-Bowdon (Australian)

Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon is assistant director of creative services for the Historic Houses Trust, where she directs the work of teams in programs, exhibitions, interpretation, publications, design, web, and collections and access. She is an award-winning author on Australian architectural, social and urban history, co-authoring Painting the Rocks: The loss of old Sydney, Shooting Through: Sydney by tram, Homes in the Sky: Apartment living in Australia and Sydney Then & Now.

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Jennifer Byrne (Australian)

Jennifer Byrne is a journalist and broadcaster, and the host of ABC TV’s First Tuesday Book Club. She has written for The Bulletin and worked on television programmes such as Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes, Sunday and ABC TV’s Foreign Correspondent.

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