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Liz Jackson (Australian)

Liz Jackson graduated with first-class honours in philosophy and literature from the University of Melbourne before qualifying as a barrister-at-law from Gray’s Inn, London. On her return to Australia she worked as a legal adviser in the NSW Premier’s Department before joining the ABC in 1986. She joined the ABC TV's Four Corners program as a reporter in 1993. Throughout her career Liz has won numerous awards including three Logies and eight Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism, including the Gold Walkley Award in 2006.

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Geesche Jacobsen (Australian)

Geesche Jacobsen has been a journalist for more than 14 years and has reported on court cases and crime since 2004. She reported on the inquest into Dianne Brimble's death and on Mark Wilhelm's trial for The Sydney Morning Herald. She is currently the paper's legal affairs editor. Geesche contributed a chapter to Through Other Eyes, a book on the Fred Hollows Foundation, and has put together an ABC Radio documentary about the Theresienstadt concentration camp. In 2011 she was a finalist for the Walkley Book Award.

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Mette Jakobsen (Australian)

Mette Jakobsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1964 and now lives in Sydney. She has a PhD in creative writing and a BA in philosophy. In 2004 she graduated from NIDA’s Playwrights Studio and several of her plays have been broadcast on national radio. The Vanishing Act is her first novel and rights have already been sold around the world.

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Neil James (Australian)

Neil James is executive director of the Plain English Foundation, which combines plain-English training, editing and evaluation with a campaign for more ethical public language. His latest book is Modern Manglish, co-authored with Harold Scruby. Neil is the author of Writing at Work and the editor of Writers on Writing and The Complete Sentimental Bloke. He has published over 65 articles and essays on language and literature in publications as diverse as The Times Literary Supplement and The Daily Telegraph.

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Peter James (International)

Peter James is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold 11 million copies worldwide and been translated into 33 languages. Peter works closely with the Sussex Police and has also carried out extensive research with police in Moscow, Munich, Paris, Melbourne, Sweden, New York and Romania. Peter, an established film producer and scriptwriter, has produced numerous films. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with Peter overseeing all aspects including the screenplay.

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Phil Jarratt (Australian)

Phil Jarratt has been one of the world’s best-known surf writers for more than 30 years. A former editor of Tracks and The Australian Surfers Journal, and contributing editor to The Surfers Journal, Surfer, Surfing and Pacific Longboarder, Phil is also the author of several surfing bestsellers. His book, Salts and Suits, is an insider’s take on the $10 billion global surf industry. Phil lives in Noosa Heads, Queensland, where he dabbles in event management and surfing First Point.

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Jeff Jarvis (International)

Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How sharing in the digital age improves the way we work and live and What Would Google Do?, blogs about media and news at He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York. Jeff is consulting editor and a partner at Daylife, a news start-up, and also consults for media companies. He lives in the New York area.

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Oliver Jeffers (International)

Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories. His picture books have won many prestigious awards. Lost and Found was made into an award-winning animated film and The Heart and the Bottle has been made into a highly acclaimed iPad application. His latest picture books are Stuck and The New Jumper, the first book in his brand-new series, The Hueys. Born in Australia, Oliver grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Supported by Culture Ireland.

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Ben Jenkins (Australian)

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Susan Johnson (Australian)

Susan Johnson is a former journalist and author of eight books. She was shortlisted for the 1991 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for the novel Flying Lessons; for the 1994 National Book Council's Banjo Award for the novel A Big Life; and for the 2000 National Biography Award for her memoir, A Better Woman. The Broken Book was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Award and the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal Award for an Outstanding Australian Literary Work.

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Lou Johnson (Australian)

Lou Johnson is the managing director of Simon & Schuster Australia. She began her publishing career as a sales rep at HarperCollins over 20 years ago. Since then she has managed the ABC Centres at ABC Enterprises and held senior sales and marketing roles at Random House, Allen & Unwin and Simon & Schuster. Lou works extensively with the APA, and currently sits on the Trade Publishers and the ABIA committees.

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Elizabeth Johnstone (Australian)

Elizabeth Johnstone is a retired corporate partner and now company director and consultant to Ashurst. She was formerly practice head, company law and governance, with Blake Dawson Lawyers, following a business career managing strategic planning, marketing and organisational change. In a prior life she taught tertiary-level literature. Elizabeth serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival. She is passionate about books, reading and contributing to a great community festival.

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Gail Jones (Australian)

Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections and five novels including Sorry and Five Bells. She has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times and won the Western Australian Premier's Award for Fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, The Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction and the ALS Gold Medal. She has also been shortlisted for the IMPAC and the Prix Femina. Gail is professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney.

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Toni Jordan (Australian)

Toni Jordan’s debut novel, the international bestseller Addition, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award and the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year, longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and won Best Debut Fiction in the Indie Awards. Addition was published in 16 countries. Her second novel, Fall Girl, was published in Australia, the UK, Germany, France and Taiwan. Toni teaches Novel at RMIT University and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, the Herald Sun and The Monthly.

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