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Rowena Danziger AM (Australian)

Rowena Danziger AM was headmistress of Ascham School from 1973 to 2003. She was a member of the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival from 2002 to 2011, and a member of the board of Opera Australia from 1989 to 2009, including a period as chairperson (2001-2003). Rowena is currently chairperson of the Foundation of the Art Gallery of NSW, and is a board member of Crown Ltd and Consolidated Media Holdings.

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Mark Dapin (Australian)

Mark Dapin is an author, journalist, editor, lecturer and former features writer for Good Weekend magazine. Strange Country was a travel bestseller and his first novel, King of the Cross, won a Ned Kelly Award. His second novel, Spirit House, has been tipped by The Australian to be in the running for all this year’s literary prizes.

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Aleesah Darlison (Australian)

Aleesah Darlison writes picture books and novels for children and reviews books for The Sun Herald. Aleesah has always loved unicorns and as a child she collected unicorn figurines. Writing the Unicorn Riders series has been a dream of Aleesah’s for a long time. When Aleesah isn’t chasing her writing rainbow, she’s usually looking after her three very energetic children and her two dogs, Buck and Floyd.

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Satyajit Das (Australian)

Satyajit Das is an internationally respected expert in finance, with 33 years’ experience. He worked for the 'sell side' (banks such as Citicorp Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch), the 'buy side' (treasurer of the TNT Group) and acted as a consultant advising banks, investors, corporations and central banks throughout the world. He is the author of highly regarded books on derivatives and risk management including Extreme Money, regarded as standard reference works for professional traders.

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Elisabeth Davies (International)

Elisabeth Davies – despite going to Cambridge University, graduating in economics and becoming a civil servant – has spent a lifetime pursuing freedom and idleness, activities increasingly frowned upon. Retirement in 1995 gave her more time for doing very little except when holidaying with Hilary Linstead or writing freelance travel articles for the Karachi Evening Star. Growing Old Outrageously is her first book.

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Sam de Brito (Australian)

Sam de Brito is a writer and journalist from Sydney who has spent more than a decade writing for newspapers, TV and film. He currently steers the long-running national Fairfax blog All Men Are Liars, and writes a column of the same name for The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age. Sam is the author of No Tattoos Before You’re Thirty, No Sex With Your Ex, Building a Better Bloke, The Lost Boys and most recently, Hello Darkness.

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Robin de Crespigny (Australian)

Robin graduated from Melbourne’s La Trobe University with an arts degree in literature. She travelled in Asia, ran the Limerick Castle - a wine bar and music joint in Sydney - then left for America. In New York she worked in film before returning to Melbourne to study directing at Swinburne Film School and setting up her own production company. In 1996 she became the directing lecturer at AFTRS and continued writing film scripts. She began writing the book The People Smuggler in 2008.

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Edmund de Waal (International)

Edmund de Waal is one of the world's leading ceramic artists, with his porcelain is held in many major museum collections. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, won the Costa Biography Award and The Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. It was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize, The Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, the PEN/Ackerley Prize and the Southbank Sky Arts Award for Literature. Edmund was named New Writer of the Year at the 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards.

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Bob Debus (Australian)

Robert Debus is a former member for the state electorate of the Blue Mountains and the federal electorate of Macquarie. He was the minister for home affairs in the Rudd government and attorney-general, minister for environment and minister for arts in the Carr government in New South Wales. Robert was responsible for adding two million hectares to the National Park system.

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Andrew Denton (Australian)

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Robert Dessaix (Australian)

Robert Dessaix is a writer, translator, broadcaster and occasional essayist. His best-known books, all translated into several European languages, are his autobiography, A Mother’s Disgrace, the novels Night Letters and Corfu, a collection of essays and short stories, And So Forth, and the travel memoirs Twilight of Love and Arabesques. A full-time writer since 1995, Robert lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

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Catherine Deveny (Australian)

Catherine Deveny is a comedian, writer, social commentator and author. She is known for her work as a columnist with The Age, as a regular on ABC radio and QandA, for her sell-out Melbourne Comedy Festival one-woman show God Is Bullshit, and her work with over 20 charities. Her seventh book and first novel is The Happiness Show. She has three little boys and lives in an atheist kibbutz with her partner and gay husband.

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Benito Di Fonzo (Australian)

Benito Di Fonzo is a journalist, playwright, poet and performer. He has written for, and been profiled
by, the best and worst of publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, The Australian and CNN. Benito has performed his narrative neo-beat poems and spoken word in London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Melbourne, Rome, Adelaide, Perth and Indonesia. As well as writing radio serials and plays for 2SER and FBi Radio he has had two plays broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House.

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Jason Di Rosso (Australian)

Jason Di Rosso is a film critic and cultural commentator at ABC Radio National. He works as a presenter producer on Movietime and Common Knowledge, RN's weekly look at the pop culture landscape. His writing on film and popular culture has appeared in GQ magazine and The Australian. In 2011 he was host and curator of the weekly filmmaker Q and A called "Friday On My Mind", held at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney.

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Barry Divola (Australian)

Barry Divola - freelance journalist, critic, columnist and author writes regularly for Rolling Stone, The Sydney Morning Herald, the (sydney) magazine and Who. He has published seven books, including Fanclub, Searching For Kingly Critter, The Secret Life Of Backpackers, M Is For Metal and Nineteen Seventysomething. He has won the Banjo Paterson Award for short fiction three times and the Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award.   ‘Hopelessly Devoted’, a feature story about music fandom he wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald, was chosen by New Yorker critic Alex Ross for the notable music writing list in the Best Music Writing 2011 international anthology. Barry regularly appears as a critic on 702 ABC radio and teaches his Scribble writing course at Berkelouw Books in Newtown.

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Nancy Doherty (International)

Nancy Doherty has honed her editing skills over decades in a career encompassing many aspects of publishing. She has been an award-winning reporter at the Anchorage Daily News, managing editor of New Jersey Monthly magazine and a contributing editor to the Book-of-the-Month Club. She also worked as an editor for Simon & Schuster, Atheneum and Grossett & Dunlap publishers. Nancy now runs a book-editing business in rural Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband, author Joe McGinniss.

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Sean Doherty (Australian)

Sean Doherty edited the larrikin Australian surf magazine, Tracks, for eight years. His first book, a biography of 1970s surfing cult hero Michael Peterson, became a national bestseller and was followed up by his book on Maroubra’s Bra Boys. Today he’s a senior writer at both Surfing World and Surfer magazines and continues to write widely for magazine, book and online projects throughout the world. He moonlights as a pro surfing broadcaster.

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Kelly Doust (Australian)

Kelly Doust is the author of craft books The Crafty Minx, The Crafty Kid and Minxy Vintage, fashion memoir A Life in Frocks and blog. A freelance writer, Kelly also occasionally appears as a craft and fashion expert on various television programs.

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Stephanie Dowrick (Australian)

Dr Stephanie Dowrick, ordained in 2005 as an interfaith minister, is an adjunct fellow at the University of Western Sydney and a regular speaker for the Breast Cancer Network Australia. Her books include In the Company of Rilke, Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, Choosing Happiness and Seeking the Sacred. She was ‘Inner Life’ columnist for Good Weekend magazine from 2001 to 2010 and has been a frequent guest on ABC Radio. Her latest book is Everyday Kindness.

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Paula Dowse (Australian)

Paula Dowse is a drummer turned puppeteer. For 20 years she toured extensively with bands including The Mojos and The Teabags Marching Band. She has recorded more than 10 CDs. Paula has also been musical director for The Women’s Circus and Westside Circus among others. Paula is a qualified Auslan interpreter working freelance for the Deaf community. She has combined her stage experience, interpreting skills and new love of puppetry to perform the role of August in The Grimstones.

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Roddy Doyle (International)

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of nine acclaimed novels and Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. The Dead Republic was the final volume in the Henry Smart trilogy.

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Ursula Dubosarsky (Australian)

Ursula Dubosarsky is widely regarded as one of the most talented and original writers in Australia today. She is the author of many outstanding books, both for young adults and for children, and has won numerous awards for excellence. In 2007 The Red Shoe won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, the NSW State Literary Award (Young Adult), and was an Honour Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Award (Older Readers). Ursula has a PhD in English literature from Macquarie University. She lives in Sydney with her family.

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Michael Duffy (Australian)

Michael Duffy reports on courts and crime for the Sun Herald and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is the author of the Nicholas Troy series of crime novels set in Sydney, the most recent being The Simple Death. He has also written the true crime books Call Me Cruel and the forthcoming Bad, about Anthony Perish, the subject of the next series of the television program Underbelly. Michael co-presents Counterpoint, Radio National’s weekly questioning of conventional ideas.

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Conor Duffy (Australian)

Conor Duffy is currently acting as the National Environment Reporter at the ABC, reporting across television, radio and online. He has covered a number of major stories domestically and overseas. Conor was a cadet in 2005 and the Andrew Olle Scholar in 2007. He recently travelled to Birdsville and Eyre creek to cover the outback floods. Conor has also worked for ABC Radio Current Affairs programs, AM, The World Today and PM, as well as ABC TV News, Lateline and 7.30.

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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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Geoff Dyer (International)

Geoff Dyer, described by The Daily Telegraph as “possibly the best living writer in Britain”, is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, a critical study of John Berger and six other non-fiction books including But Beautiful, winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His most recent book is Zona, a study of the Tarkovsky film Stalker. Geoff lives in London.

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