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Benjamin Laird (Australian)

Benjamin Laird writes computer programs and electronic poetry. For nearly a decade he has worked in the IT industry. His poetry has been published in Peril, Cordite Poetry Review and Rabbit. He is currently geek-in-residence at Australian Poetry, a senior web application developer at Loop11 and a Meanland blogger.

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Margo Lanagan (Australian)

Margo Lanagan is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. Her collections of short stories have garnered many awards. Black Juice was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, won two World Fantasy Awards and the Victorian Premier's Award for Young-Adult Fiction. Red Spikes won the CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers) and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Tender Morsels won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Margo’s most recent novel is Sea Hearts.

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Justine Larbalestier (Australian)

Justine Larbalestier is the author of the Magic or Madness trilogy, How to Ditch Your Fairy and Liar, which won the Western Australian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, among many other honours. Justine edited a scholarly collection of feminist science fiction in the twentieth century, Daughters of Earth, and is co-editor, with Holly Black, of Zombies vs Unicorns. Justine’s next book, written with Sarah Rees Brennan, is Team Human.

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L.A. Larkin (Australian)

L.A. Larkin divides her time between writing environmental thrillers and her work for one of Australia’s leading climate-change consultancies. She studied literature at the University of London, followed by a successful career in magazine publishing in London. Since publishing The Genesis Flaw, Larkin now runs thriller-writing workshops and undertakes public-speaking engagements on the subject of climate change and thrillers.

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Benjamin Law (Australian)

Benjamin Law is the author of The Family Law. He is a senior contributor to frankie magazine and his work has also appeared in The Monthly, The Big Issue, The Courier-Mail, Growing Up Asian in Australia and The Best Australian Essays. Ben lives in Brisbane and his book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East will be published in September 2012.

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Joy Lawn (Australian)

Joy Lawn is fascinated by ideas and images, and how authors and artists express these with truth and originality. She reviews for The Australian, Australian Book Review and Australian Bookseller + Publisher, where she also writes a poetry column. She speaks about literature at conferences and other forums and is a literature judge. Joy’s latest book is the annual Inside the Shortlist 2012, which looks at this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlisted books.

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Sylvia Lawson (Australian)

Sylvia Lawson is one of Australia’s most acute and eloquent cultural and political essayists. Her work includes the prizewinning collection How Simone de Beauvoir Died in Australia, The Archibald Paradox: A strange case of authorship and the novel The Outside Story, centred on the Sydney Opera House. She is currently film critic for the online and print journal Inside Story.

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Bem Le Hunte (Australian)

Bem Le Hunte is the author of two novels. Her debut, The Seduction of Silence, featured as the HarperCollins Publishing Event of the Year and became an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Her follow-up novel, There, Where the Pepper Grows, received critical acclaim and was a bestseller in Australia. She is currently finishing her third novel, Father of All Stories, as part of her creative arts doctorate at the University of Sydney.

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Suzanne Leal (Australian)

Suzanne Leal practised criminal law before being appointed to several tribunals including the Refugee Review Tribunal. She is a facilitator and interviewer at literary events and functions and has been a regular legal commentator on ABC Radio 702. She has also been a judge for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and ‘The Nib’ CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature. Her novel, Border Street, is the story of the unlikely friendship between a young Australian woman and her Czech-Jewish neighbours.

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Dub Leffler (Australian)

Dub (David) Leffler is one of 13 children and grew up in the small town of Quirindi, south of Tamworth. He is descended from the Bigambul and Mandandanji people of south-west Queensland. He began his visual arts career as an animator and has worked as a muralist and art teacher. He has illustrated several children’s books and has collaborated with internationally recognised illustrators such as Colin Thompson, Shaun Tan and Banksy. Once There Was a Boy is the first book that Dub has both written and illustrated.

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Geoffrey Lehmann (Australian)

Geoffrey Lehmann has published seven collections of poetry and a Selected Poems and Collected Poems. He has edited two anthologies of Australian comic verse and co-edited (with Robert Gray) several anthologies of Australian poetry, the most recent being Australian Poetry Since 1788. He has been a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and continues to write as a literary reviewer for The Australian newspaper. His poems are widely published, most recently in The New Yorker.

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David Leser (Australian)

David Leser has been a journalist for 33 years, working as a feature writer in North America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. David has been nominated four times for a Walkley Award, winning it in 1999 for his profile of Alan Jones. He has won the Magazine Publishers Association Award for Feature Writing three times. Since 2000 he has been writer-at-large for the Australian Women’s Weekly. The author of four books with a fifth currently in train, he is also executive producer of a documentary on the life and musical career of Paul Kelly.

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Luka Lesson (Australian)

Luka Lesson is a hip hop artist, the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion and co-director of The Centre for Poetics and Justice based in Melbourne. Luka uses hip hop and poetry to run community development projects for marginalised young people. He has taught Indigenous studies at Monash University for the past two years and holds a first-class honours degree in the same field. Luka's first full-length book and album is Please Resist Me.

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Alison Lester (Australian)

Alison Lester is one of the most popular and bestselling writers and illustrators of children's books in Australia and has won many awards. Her career now spans more than 21 years and in that time she has produced many Australian classics, such as Magic Beach and Are We There Yet?. In 2012 Alison was named an inaugural Australian Children’s Laureate and is also an ambassador for the National Year of Reading. Alison’s latest picture book is Sophie Scott Goes South.

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Kathy Lette (International)

Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues. After several years as a newspaper columnist and television sitcom writer in America and Australia, she wrote 10 international bestsellers including Foetal Attraction, Mad Cows and How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints). Her novels have been published in 14 languages. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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Marc Lewis (International)

Dr Marc Lewis is a developmental neuroscientist and professor of human development and applied psychology at Radboud University Nijmegen, one of the top five universities in the Netherlands, and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, where he taught and conducted research from 1989 to 2010. He is at the forefront of knowledge on the emotional brain and the neural foundations of personality development, and is the author of Memoirs of An Addicted Brain: A neuroscientist examines his own former life on drugs.

Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

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Kate Lilley (Australian)

Kate Lilley is a poet and academic. Her first book of poems, Versary, won the Grace Leven Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. Her new book is Ladylike. Kate's edition of her mother Dorothy Hewett's Selected Poems was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards and named one of the Best Books of the Year in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. She is an associate professor in the English department at the University of Sydney.

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Hilary Linstead (Australian)

Hilary Linstead left England for Australia at 21, pursuing a bloke and her dream of becoming an actress. Hilary discovered that she couldn’t make a full-time living as an actress and went into business with a friend as a casting director, later becoming the first theatrical agent for directors and designers in Australia, representing many distinguished clients including Neil Armfield, Gillian Armstrong, Baz Luhrmann, Louis Nowra, Wendy Harmer and Magda Szubanski. Growing Old Outrageously is her first book.

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Antony Loewenstein (Australian)

ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN is a freelance journalist, author and blogger. His bestselling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question, was shortlisted for the 2007 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award and this was followed by The Blogging Revolution, both titles now in translation. He is co-editor, with Jeff Sparrow, of Left Turn, and is working on a book about disaster capitalism. Antony is a research associate at the University of Technology, Sydney’s Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.

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Nick Lomb (Australian)

Dr Nick Lomb was curator of astronomy at Sydney Observatory for 30 years (1979-2009). He continues to work as a consultant astronomer for the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory. He is the author of Australian Sky Guide, published annually by the Powerhouse Museum, as well as several books on astronomy including his latest, The Transit of Venus. He led Sydney Observatory’s observations and celebrations of the transit of Venus in 2004.

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Skye Loneragan (Australian)

A playwright and performance poet, Skye Loneragan’s first of four solo shows, Cracked, won an Edinburgh Fringe First and was adapted for ABC Radio National. Her most recent play, Mish Gorecki Goes Missing, was shortlisted for three awards in the UK. Publications include contributions to Buying Into The Property Market, I Confess and The Grin Of Our Choices. Residencies include playwright-in-residence for Visible Fictions Theatre Company and The Scottish Book Trust.

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Simon Longstaff (Australian)

Dr Simon Longstaff has a PhD in philosophy from
Cambridge University. His doctoral research centred on related questions arising in the areas of political philosophy, ethics and the philosophy of education. He is the inaugural executive director of St James Ethics Centre. His book, Hard Cases, Tough Choices, was published in 1997. Simon was inaugural president of The Australian Association for and Applied Ethics, is a fellow of the World Economic Forum and serves on a number of company boards.

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Lenny Ann Low (Australian)

Lenny Ann Low is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and has co-created and performed theatre and comedy with Frumpus and double-act Hart & Low in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh. Lenny has been MC for Sydney Writers’ Festival’s So You Think You Can Write for the past two years and the School Days events at Sydney Theatre for the past four years.

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John Low (Australian)

John Low is a local historian who researches and writes on Blue Mountains history and enjoys sharing the stories of this remarkable place. He is also a poet and was the local studies librarian at the Blue Mountains City Library from 1982 until his retirement in 2007.

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Catharine Lumby (Australian)

Professor Catharine Lumby is a well-known public commentator who has worked as a news reporter, feature writer and columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald. She was the foundation chair of the media and communications department at the University of Sydney. She is the author of seven books and numerous book chapters and journal articles, and director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of NSW.

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Astrid L’Orange (Australian)

Astrid L’Orange is a Sydney poet with two books of poetry, Eating and Speaking and Minor Dogs, and her PDF book Pussy pussy pussy what what (Au lait day Au lait day). Astrid also contributes a regular column about Australian poetry to the internationally acclaimed online journal, Jacket2 and was recently guest editor of Cordite. She is completing a PhD dissertation on Gertrude Stein at the University of Technology, Sydney and is regularly between Sydney and Philadelphia.

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