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MA (Australian)

Described as ‘Bjork meets Hall & Oates’, MA makes you believe in pop all over again: classic songwriting, soulful vocals and infectious hooks – their live show is an 11-piece electro-pop soul spectacle. MA has just released their second album, Dance Until My Heart Breaks. Their new single, If That's How You Want It To Be, is a sassy throwback to classic Australian, female-fronted acts from the 1980's: bold, empowered and darkly sexy.

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Sarah Macdonald (Australian)

Sarah Macdonald is a journalist, writer and presenter.  She’s a former host of Triple J’s Arts and Morning Show and has appeared on ABC TV’s Race Around the World, Recovery and Two Shot. She also presents on 702 ABC Sydney. Her best selling book Holy Cow has been published around the world in several languages. Sarah writes for various publications and is currently hosting the TV/internet discussion show 3Q. Her weekly blog can be found on Fairfax’s Daily Life (

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Anna Maguire (Australian)

Anna Maguire has worked in book publishing and digital content for 25 years and now runs digital publishing consultancy Digireado. Anna was head of production and interactive at Random House Australia and first digitised content for online in the late 1990s. She is a passionate advocate of digital publishing and the Australian market. Anna works with publishers and authors on developing their digital and social-media strategies, and conducts training for students and writers. Anna is on Twitter @Digireado

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Emily Maguire (Australian)

Emily Maguire is the author of three highly acclaimed novels and two non-fiction books. Her articles and essays on sex, feminism and literature have been widely published. She is the recipient of the 2007 Edna Ryan Award for her writing about women's issues and in 2010 was named as a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year.

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Kim Mahood (Australian)

Kim Mahood is the author of Craft for a Dry Lake, which won several awards for non-fiction including The Age Book of the Year and the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. Her essays are published regularly in journals and collections. She is also a practising artist with work held in state, territory and regional collections. Kim lives near Canberra and spends several months each year in the Tanami and Great Sandy Desert region, working on projects with Aboriginal traditional owners.

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Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini (Australian)

Nasrin Mahoutchi has worked as an art and writing facilitator at various organisations and NGOs. She is a recipient of funding from the Australia Council for the Arts to facilitate writing workshops in Western Sydney for women and newly arrived migrants and refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds. Nasrin has used text from different languages to create an installation titled Invisible Map, which has been shown in Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and received international attention. Nasrin writes in Farsi and English.

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Jennifer Maiden (Australian)

Jennifer Maiden has published 16 poetry collections and two novels. She is the only writer to have won the Kenneth Slessor Award three times and has twice won The Age Poetry Book of the Year and The Age Book of the Year. She has also won the C.J. Dennis Award, the Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement and many other prizes and Australia Council fellowships. In 2011 The Monthly named her collection, Friendly Fire, as their Poetry Masterpiece since 2000.

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Carol Major (Australian)

Carol Major writes fiction and non-fiction. She was among the founding editors of Connexions, a provocative journal exploring social policy in relation to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and was awarded the Rosemary Derham Scholarship by the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) for her campaigns on child safety. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Australian and Canadian literary journals and anthologies. She is author of Closed Adoption Policy in the 1960s: Exploring the Construction of Motive Through Fiction.

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Lynne Malcolm (Australian)

Lynne Malcolm is the Executive Producer of ABC Radio National’s Science Unit and she currently hosts All in the Mind. This is RN’s weekly exploration of all things mental – a program about the mind, brain and behaviour, and the endlessly fascinating interactions between them. Lynne has received several awards for her radio work, including Bronze and Gold Medals in the New York Radio Festivals International Awards, the Michael Daley Award for Journalism in Science, the radio award from the NSW Mental Health Services and finalist status in the Eureka Awards.

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David Malouf (Australian)

David Malouf is the author of short-story collections The Complete Stories, Dream Stuff and Every Move You Make, and of acclaimed novels including The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ and Miles Franklin prizes) and Remembering Babylon (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award). Ransom was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award. He also writes poetry, drama and libretti for operas. Born and brought up in Brisbane, he lives in Sydney.

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Tony Maniaty (Australian)

Tony Maniaty is senior lecturer in international journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a screenwriter and author. His novels include Smyrna, shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. His most recent non-fiction work is Shooting Balibo, based on his coverage of the East Timor conflict in 1975 and the making of the feature film Balibo in 2008. Tony is currently completing his PhD on the psychological impacts of war reporting, and developing the interactive game Warco.

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Robert Manne (Australian)

Robert Manne is professor of politics at La Trobe University and a regular contributor to The Monthly. His recent books include Quarterly Essay 43, Bad News: Murdoch’s Australian and the shaping of the nation, Making Trouble: Essays against the new Australian complacency, Goodbye to All That: On the failure of neo-liberalism and the urgency of change (ed.) and W.E.H. Stanner: ‘The Dreaming’ and other essays (ed.).

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Hilary Mantel (International)

Hilary Mantel is the author of 12 books including Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2009. Her other novels include A Place of Greater Safety, Giving Up the Ghost and Beyond Black, which was shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize. Her most recent novel is Bring Up the Bodies, the highly anticipated sequel to Wolf Hall. Hilary lives outside London.

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Lex Marinos (Australian)

Lex Marinos has worked across all media as an actor, director, writer and radio personality. Recently appearing in The Slap he is also known on TV for Kingswood Country, Embassy and Late Night Legends and in film for Cathy’s Child, Goodbye Paradise and Bedevil, to name a few. On stage, Lex has appeared with numerous theatre companies. He is Deputy Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, Member of the National Multicultural Advisory Committee and is Vice-President of the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

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David Marr (Australian)

David Marr’s most recent book is Panic. He is the multi-award winning author of Patrick White: A life and The High Price of Heaven, and co-author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. In 2010 he wrote the Quarterly Essay Power Trip: The political journey of Kevin Rudd. David serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Shona Martyn (Australian)

Shona Martyn is the publishing director for Australia and New Zealand at HarperCollins. Soon after launching her career in the rough-and-tumble world of daily newspapers, Shona was named New Zealand Journalist of the Year. She subsequently worked in newspapers and magazines in the UK and Australia, including as a feature writer for Vogue and editor of Good Weekend before founding the much-lauded HQ magazine. Shona then transitioned to books, being appointed publisher at Transworld Publishers before moving to HarperCollins in 1999.

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Jack Marx (Australian)

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Hisham Matar (International)

Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. His first novel, In the Country of Men, was published in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US. It won six international literary awards including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the inaugural Arab American Book Award. It has been translated into 28 languages.

Supported by the British Council.

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Karen McCartney (Australian)

Karen McCartney has a wealth of experience in the areas of art, design and style, spanning 20 years and several continents. She has written for, among other titles, British Elle Decoration and the Financial Times. In Australia, Karen edited Marie Claire Lifestyle before becoming founding editor of Inside Out. She is now group editorial director, Lifestyle Content at News Ltd, and has published her second book on the subject of Australian residential architecture.

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Chris McCourt (Australian)

Chris McCourt was born and educated in Sydney but lived in Tokyo as a child. After a brief career as an actress, she joined Crawford Productions in Melbourne as a trainee and has since worked as a scriptwriter on shows as diverse as McLeod’s Daughters and G.P.. Chris is currently a writer on the hit TV series Packed to the Rafters and one of the writers developing a new mystery drama for the ABC set in 1950s Ballarat.

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Cassie McCullagh (Australian)

Cassie McCullagh is a journalist and ABC broadcaster who hosts Radio National's new pop culture show Common Knowledge. This fun and insightful program and podcast explores the cultural shifts and everyday events shaping our world. Cassie has presented a range of programs on ABC Local Radio from around the country, and was the lead producer for 702 Drive’s Richard Glover. She has also been a magazine and newspaper feature writer.

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Joe McGinniss (International)

Joe McGinniss is a New York Times bestselling author of 12 books on topics ranging from crime and politics to horse-racing and football. He has worked as an investigative journalist for over 40 years and has spent time living in Alaska, at one stage living next door to the Palins. The Rogue is destined to become Joe’s crowning achievement.

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Fiona McGregor (Australian)

Fiona McGregor is a Sydney writer and performance artist. She has published four works of fiction: Au Pair, Suck My Toes (winner of the Steele Rudd Award), chemical palace and, most recently, Indelible Ink. Indelible Ink won the 2011 The Age Book of the Year and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Fiona's travel memoir, Strange Museums, recounts a performance-art tour taken through Poland in 2006. Fiona has performed live across Australia and Europe, and her video works have been seen internationally.

Phillipa McGuinness (Australian)

Phillipa McGuinness is publishing director at NewSouth Publishing in Sydney. She has published prize-winning history, politics, memoir and literary non-fiction, including the acclaimed City series, where Australian authors write about their home towns.

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Parnell McGuinness (Australian)

Parnell McGuinness is editor of Binge Thinking Magazine and convener of Shaken and Stirred Salons, as well as principal of Thought Broker, a communications agency specialising in disseminating complex and abstract ideas. She has written, edited and translated for a wide range of clients from the Boston Consulting Group to the German Green Party. Parnell has run an art gallery in Berlin, misspent five years in advertising and knocks off the occasional article for the mainstream media.

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David McKnight (Australian)

David McKnight is associate professor and a senior research fellow at the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of NSW. Known as a political commentator and  historian, he is the author of three books including Beyond Right and Left. A former journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC TV's Four Corners, David also contributes regularly to the opinion pages of Australian newspapers.

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Katherine McLeod (Australian)

Katherine McLeod is a Canadian storyteller with a unique way of bringing audiences together, charging a space with excitement, anticipation and loads of little surprises. She will be riding into the Blackheath Neighbourhood Centre on her Bakfiets Cargo Bike, all decked out with bells, whistles, props, drums and colourful costuming!

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Rhyll McMaster (Australian)

Rhyll McMaster’s poetry was published in The Bulletin while she was still a schoolgirl. Her work has won acclaim and awards including the C.J. Dennis Prize and the Grace Leven Poetry Prize. Her poems have been broadcast and adapted for national radio and television. She has staged her poetry in a performance piece with a singer and a four-piece rock band. Her poetry and prose are interconnected, with many phrases from her poems reappearing as prose in her award-winning first novel, Feather Man.

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Hilary McPhee (Australian)

Hilary McPhee is a writer and publisher. Wordlines, her selection of recent Australian writing, was published in 2010 after a long stint in the Middle East and Italy. Hilary recently introduced and annotated a collection of Australian film director Tim Burstall’s diaries, Memoirs of a Young Bastard. She is now working on a sequel to Other People’s Words, an account of her life in books.

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Stephen Measday (Australian)

Stephen Measday is the author of 17 young-adult and junior fiction novels. He is currently writing the time-travel novel series, Send Simon Savage. Two of his novels, The News They Didn’t Use and A Pig Called Francis Bacon, were commended as Notable Books by the CBCA. He has been published in Australia, the UK, Germany, Indonesia, France, the USA and South Korea. Stephen is also an award-winning scriptwriter in children’s and adult television.

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George Megalogenis (Australian)

George Megalogenis is a senior journalist and political commentator with The Australian, to which he also contributes the respected blog Meganomics, and is a regular guest on ABC TV's The Insiders. He spent over a decade in the Canberra Press Gallery and is the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era. His latest book is The Australian Moment.

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Yaara Bou Melhem (Australian)

Yaara Bou Melhem is a multi-award winning reporter and video journalist currently based in Sydney. In 2011 she was named Young Australian Journalist of the Year by the Walkley Foundation for her reporting from Syria and went on to win a Walkley Award for International Journalism. Yaara’s first short documentary saw her awarded the Young Australian Television Journalist of the Year in 2009. She’s been a four-time finalist in the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards for her TV reporting from the Middle East. Yaara currently works for SBS's Dateline.

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Miles Merrill (Australian)

Originally from Chicago, Miles Merrill is the creative director of the literary arts association, Word Travels. He has worked as a writer and performer of monologues, poems and stories for 15 years. His productions The Night Words Festival (Sydney Opera House 2008) and Slamming (Sydney Festival 2005) won outstanding critical acclaim. Miles introduced poetry slams to Australia in 2004 and he created the national Australian Poetry Slam in 2007. He publishes on CD, DVD, online and in print but his work is best experienced live.

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Elizabeth Meryment (Australian)

Elizabeth Meryment is the food writer and restaurant critic for Sydney's The Sunday Telegraph and has co-authored four books of food writing including The Foodies' Guide to Sydney 2011 and 2012 and Eating and Drinking Sydney 2012. Her food journalism has appeared in major publications around Australia including The Weekend Australian Magazine, The Weekend Australian, Body & Soul, The Courier-Mail and the Herald Sun. She writes frequently on challenging topics including sustainability, ethical farming and the rise of social media and food blogging.

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Joshua Meyer (Australian)

Joshua Meyer works in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. His research focuses on detective fiction, particularly the work of James Ellroy, on which he has written a doctoral dissertation.

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Angela Meyer (Australian)

Angela Meyer's short stories, articles and reviews have been published widely, including in Wet Ink, The Lifted Brow, Crikey, Southerly, The Big Issue, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian. She is a former acting editor of Bookseller+Publisher and runs a popular blog, LiteraryMinded, featuring book reviews and author interviews. She is based in Melbourne and is working on a novel as part of a doctorate of creative arts through the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.

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Kate Middleton (Australian)

Kate Middleton is Sydney’s first City Poet. A Canberra-born poet and musician, Kate was selected from over 70 applicants and gained a 12-month appointment, supported by Arts NSW in partnership with the UTS Centre for New Writing. During her tenure she will produce six ekphrastic poems reflecting on Sydney’s iconic artworks and artists. She will be responsible for delivering workshops and seminars to students, poets and the general public, and provide mentoring to aspiring metropolitan and regionally based poets.

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Karen Middleton (Australian)

Karen Middleton is a political journalist with more than two decades’ experience reporting on national and international affairs in print and broadcast media. A former president of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and a Churchill fellow, she is chief political correspondent with SBS Television, a long-time newspaper columnist and radio commentator, and a panellist on the ABC’s lnsiders program. Karen was in Washington DC on September 11, 2001 and has reported from Afghanistan in 2007 and 2011.

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Patti Miller (Australian)

Patti Miller, originally from country NSW and the Blue Mountains, is the author of six books: Writing Your Life, The Last One Who Remembers, Child, Whatever The Gods Do, The Memoir Book and the latest, The Mind of a Thief. She freelances articles and essays in major newspapers, mentors manuscripts (more than 20 of ‘her’ writers have been published), and is Australia’s foremost life-writing teacher, having led workshops in Australia, Fiji, Bali and Paris. She lives in Kings Cross with her partner.

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Steven Miller (Australian)

Steven Miller is head of the Art Gallery of NSW’s research library and archive. He has worked in public and commercial galleries since the late 1980s and has written extensively on Australian art, photography and Australian Indigenous art. He co-authored books on the artist Weaver Hawkins and on the first exhibition of modernist European paintings to visit Australia. Degenerates and Perverts, a broad cultural history of Australia between the two world wars, received the New South Wales Premier’s Australian History Award in 2006.

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Peter Minter (Australian)

Dr Peter Minter is a leading contemporary Australian poet, editor and scholar. He is coordinator of the Indigenous Australian studies major at the University of Sydney and is an ARC chief investigator on the AustLit: The Australian literature resource consortium, contributing to the national BlackWords Aboriginal literature digital humanities infrastructure project. Peter was the co-editor of The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and is currently the poetry editor of Overland journal. His latest book of poetry is Blue Grass.

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Alex Mitchell (Australian)

Alex Mitchell is an Australian journalist. His account of his 50-year career in journalism and politics is called Come The Revolution: A memoir. Alex’s life in newspapers as an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent and columnist contributed to his passionate political convictions. He became editor of Britain’s first Trotskyist daily newspaper and was witness to its rise and fall. He was state political editor of The Sun-Herald until 2007 and is now a freelance.

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Peter Mitchell (Australian)

Peter Mitchell worked for the department of immigration from 1990 to 2003 as a long-term compliance officer, later rising to manager of the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre and manager of the Kosovar and East Timorese 'Operation Safe Haven' in 1999. He is the author of Compassionate Bastard, an insider’s account of the dilemmas inherent in a job that deprives people of their liberty through the application of Australian Law.

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Barbara Mobbs (Australian)

Barbara Mobbs started in book publishing in London over 40 years ago. On her return to Australia she worked for Ure Smith in Sydney and represented their production department in Hong Kong. After 14 years with Curtis Brown in Sydney and London, she started her own agency and represents 65 writers and illustrators. She represents adult literary fiction and children’s books – both YA and picture books.

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Drusilla Modjeska (Australian)

Drusilla Modjeska was born in England but lived in Papua before arriving in Australia in 1971. Her books include Exiles at Home, Poppy, The Orchard, Timepieces, Sisters, which she co-edited, and Secrets, with Robert Dessaix and Amanda Lohrey. Poppy won the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award and The Orchard won the Nita B. Kibble Award, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award and the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award. Drusilla is also the author of the bestselling Stravinsky's Lunch. The Mountain is her latest novel.

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Caroline Moorehead (International)

Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. Well known for her work in human rights, she has published a history of the Red Cross and a book about refugees, Human Cargo. She has helped to set up a Legal Advice Centre for refugees in Cairo, where she has also started schools and a nursery. Her biography of Lucie de la Tour du Pin was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award in 2009. Her most recent book is A Train in Winter.

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Frank Moorhouse (Australian)

Frank Moorhouse has written fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and essays, and edited many collections of writing. Forty Seventeen was named Book of the Year by The Age, Grand Days won the South Australian Premier's Award for Fiction and Dark Palace won the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Frank’s work has been translated into several languages. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to literature in 1985 and awarded an honorary doctorate from Griffith University in 1997.

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Chris Morphew (Australian)

Chris Morphew was born in Sydney in 1985. His experiences as a qualified primary school teacher, combined with his own formative high school years, have resulted in unintentional invaluable research for his writing. Chris is one of the most popular pseudonym authors behind the multi-million-selling Zac Power series. His fan base continues to grow with each subsequent release of his bestselling six-part YA series, The Phoenix Files. Chris still lives in Sydney and continues to divide his time between writing and casual teaching.

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Di Morrissey (Australian)

Di Morrissey is one of the most successful writers Australia has ever produced. She is consistently at the top of the bestseller lists, with each book outselling the previous one. The Opal Desert, published in November 2011, marked 20 bestsellers in 20 years. All Di’s novels have been inspired by a particular landscape and have recently touched upon links between Australia and its South-East Asian neighbours. Her new novel is set in Burma.

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Julian Morrow (Australian)

Julian Morrow is a co-founder of The Chaser, a satirical media empire that rivals Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability. He now works as part of the team's production company, Giant Dwarf (Yes We Canberra!, The Hamster Wheel) and is the host of Friday Drive on ABC Radio National.

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Tara Moss (Australian)

Tara Moss is a novelist, TV presenter and journalist. She is the author of seven bestselling novels: Fetish, Split, Covet, Hit, Siren, The Blood Countess and The Spider Goddess. She is published in 17 countries in 11 languages. Tara hosts the documentary TV series Tough Nuts: Australia's hardest criminals on the Crime & Investigation Network, and the author-interview show Tara in Conversation on 13th Street Universal. She is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and patron for BFHI. Her next novel is Assassin.

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Linda Mottram (Australian)

Linda Mottram is the Mornings presenter on 702 ABC Sydney. With 25 years’ experience as a journalist, Linda has travelled with Australian prime ministers, covered peace and war, reported on assassinations and elections, and created radio on a number of diverse issues. She is a Walkley Award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered the Middle East, Moscow and the Balkans for Australian listeners. Linda has presented the ABC’s flagship program AM, worked as Radio Australia’s Canberra correspondent and has worked in ABC News Online.

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Stephen Muecke (Australian)

Stephen Muecke is professor of writing at the University of New South Wales. He is known for his writing on Indigenous issues and his fictocritical style. Joe in the Andamans and Other Fictocritical Stories was shortlisted for the 2010 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature in the Innovation Category. His collaborative work with photographer Max Pam, Contingency in Madagascar, appeared with Intellect Books in 2012. Recently Documenta 13 commissioned his book on Aboriginal artist Butcher Joe.

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Nathan Mullins (Australian)

Nathan Mullins is an ex-cop, ex-soldier with the Australian Reserve Special Forces in Afghanistan and former security consultant in Iraq. He was also a volunteer in humanitarian emergencies for Australian Aid International. He is currently a security advisor for Australian Volunteers International and author of How to Amputate a Leg and Keep Your Head Down. When he’s not travelling, he lives in Melbourne with his wife and three daughters.

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Craig Munro

Craig Munro is a biographer and book historian whose Wild Man of Letters was published to wide acclaim. As UQP’s inaugural fiction editor, he launched the careers of both Peter Carey and David Malouf, and was later made publisher. In 2006 he co-edited Paper Empires: A history of the book in Australia 1946-2005. His publishing memoir, Editor at Large, is forthcoming, along with Under Cover, his history of Australian book editors. He is currently researching a biography of publisher A.G. Stephens.

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David Musgrave (Australian)

David Musgrave has published five poetry collections, a CD, Open Water, and a novel, Glissando, which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction in 2011. In 2008 he won the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize, and the Alec Bolton Prize for an unpublished manuscript. Phantom Limb was published in 2009 and won the Grace Leven Poetry Prize. David is the publisher at Puncher & Wattmann.

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