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Delia Falconer (Australian)

Delia Falconer grew up in Sydney. Her first novel, The Service of Clouds, was nominated for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her second novel, The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers, was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her recent non-fiction title, Sydney, was shortlisted for the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and won ‘The Nib’ CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature 2011.

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Johanna Featherstone (Australian)

Johanna Featherstone is the founder and artistic director of The Red Room Company. Her most recent chapbook is Felt and her poetry has featured in journals Quadrant, Best Australian Poems, Heat and Mascara. Johanna is a research associate with the University of Western Sydney and an honorary associate of the University of Sydney's School of Letters, Arts and Media.

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Melanie Feddersen (Australian)

Melanie Feddersen has more than 20 years design experience. After working at HarperCollins Publishers, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Studio Duenk in Amsterdam, she started her own business in 2000: i2i Design – a small design studio with a focus on publishing and the arts. She has spent more than seven years learning traditional and contemporary bookbinding techniques, and collecting letterpress fonts. Melanie is inspired to mesh the old, the new and the tactile.

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Marc Fennell (Australian)

Marc Fennell is a broadcaster on ABC Radio National (RN) where he presents a technology program called Download this Show. He is a media and technology commentator on both ABC News 24 and Sky News. He does movie critiques for The Circle (Network Ten) and The Movie Club (Showtime), Triple J and ABC Local Radio. Marc was also a presenter on ABC TV’s Walkley and AFI nominated Hungry Beast. He is an author, tech geek and media mischief-maker.

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Richard Fidler (Australian)

Richard Fidler presents Conversations with Richard Fidler, a long-form interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Local Radio and Radio National. Richard has interviewed CIA agents, ex-prisoners, astronauts and the Dalai Lama. He’s particularly partial to people unknown to the broader community who have seen and done amazing things. In another life Richard was a member of comedy group The Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS), which played to audiences all over the world.

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Roland Fishman (Australian)

Roland Fishman has worked as a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend and The Financial Review, and has published three books. In 1992 Roland started The Writers' Studio, designing a curriculum that draws on his own career and experiences travelling the world studying with bestselling authors and teachers. Roland has since personally guided thousands of people through the unique step-by-step processes at The Writers’ Studio.

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Peter FitzSimons AM (Australian)

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator and former radio presenter. Peter is the author of over 20 books including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia and six biographies, and is Australia's biggest-selling nonfiction author of the last 10 years. His latest book is Mawson. Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community and to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator. Peter serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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John Flanagan (Australian)

John Flanagan's Ranger’s Apprentice adventure series originally comprised 20 short stories that John wrote to encourage his son to enjoy reading. Now sold to more than 30 countries, the series regularly appears on New York Times’ bestseller lists and has been shortlisted for children's book awards worldwide. In 2011 John launched his latest series, Brotherband, which is set in the same world as Ranger’s Apprentice. John, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife in Sydney.

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Chris Flynn (Australian)

Chris Flynn is books editor at The Big Issue and fiction consultant at Australian Book Review. The former publisher of Torpedo magazine, he writes for The Age, The Australian, Paris Review and ABC Radio National, and is editing a forthcoming issue of McSweeney’s partly devoted to Indigenous Australian fiction. Chris grew up Belfast and lives in Melbourne, and was once a sumo-wrestling referee in a travelling fair. A Tiger in Eden is his first novel.

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Eugenia Flynn (Australian)

Eugenia Flynn is a Larrakiah, Tiwi, Chinese and Muslim woman living and working in Melbourne. Eugenia is the Student Programs Manager at the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts at the University of Melbourne. Her thoughts on Indigenous politics and race matters within Australia have been recorded in a number of publications including Black Politics by Sarah Maddison and the article Recreating Community: Indigenous women and Islam by Peta Stephenson. Eugenia's own critical writing can be found mostly on her blog, Black Thoughts Live Here.

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Lionel Fogarty (Australian)

Lionel Fogarty is an unabashedly political poet and author who has published nine collections since he first appeared on the scene in 1980. A Murri man, he was born at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, in 1958. His collections include Minyung Woolah Binnung: What saying says and Dha'lan Djani Mitti: Collected poems. An activist, he has been at the forefront of the political struggles of Indigenous Australians, including literacy and using Aboriginal English innovatively to challenge readers to examine their cultural assumptions.

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Hugh Ford (Australian)

Hugh Ford has been designing for the Australian book industry for the last five years. He has been involved in designing and art-directing every genre from history, to cookbooks, to art and photography, and novels as well. He currently runs his own business, Hugh Ford Design, based in Sydney. He also does some painting and illustrating.

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Deborah Forster (Australian)

Deborah Foster grew up in Footscray. She worked as a staff and freelance journalist for many years and was a This Life columnist on The Age and The Sunday Age. Deborah Foster is married to Alan Kohler and they have three children. The Book of Emmett, her first novel, was shorltisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Prime Minister's Award for Literature.

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Kate Forsyth (Australian)

Kate Forsyth is the bestselling author of 25 books for children and adults. Kate won Best First Novel by Locus Magazine for her debut, The Witches of Eileanan and has been nominated for a CYBIL Award. She won five Aurealis awards in a single year for her Chain of Charms series. Book 5 of the series, The Lightning Bolt, was also a CBCA Notable Book. Her latest book for adults, Bitter Greens, weaves a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale with the scandalous life story of 17th-century French writer Charlotte-Rose de la Force. Her latest book for children, The Starkin’s Curse, is set in the same world as her bestselling novels The Starthorn Tree and The Wildkin’s Curse.

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Kathryn Fox (Australian)

Kathryn Fox is a medical practitioner with a special interest in forensic medicine. She is the author of five bestselling and critically acclaimed thrillers, and her books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Her sixth crime thriller, Cold Grave, will be published in July 2012. Kathryn lives in Sydney.

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Adrian Franklin (Australian)

Professor Adrian Franklin trained as an anthropologist in the UK, held professorial positions at the University of Bristol and the University of Oslo, and is currently professor of sociology at the University of Tasmania as well as editor of Tourist Studies. Adrian became a household name as co-host of popular ABC TV’s Collectors, regular commentator on By Design, opinion writer for The Age and New Scientist, and columnist for The Mercury.

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Rachel Franks (Australian)

Rachel Franks wrote her PhD thesis on class, gender and the ethics of murder in Australian crime fiction. Rachel is the area chair of fiction for the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. She is also a member of the Creative and Performing Arts Education Group at the CQUniversity.

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Phillip Frazer (Australian)

Phillip Frazer has published The Hightower Lowdown since 1999. In his youth in Melbourne, he created several magazines, including Go-Set, the Aussie Rolling Stone, and The Digger. After more than 30 years working on political and environmental issues in the US, he reckons Hightower’s take on all that’s good and bad about the US of A is the sharpest and feistiest you can get. These days Frazer divides his time between San Francisco and Coorabell NSW with his partner, novelist Kate Veitch.

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