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Avnesh Ratnanesan (Australian)

Dr Avnesh Ratnanesan, or ‘Avi’, is a man of many talents. He is an innovative entrepreneur, passionate about merging the world of screen and the digital era with his company Araya Pictures. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and actor with a global vision. Avi speaks about his knowledge and experience in the creative industries, in particular 'Mobile Movies' and Mobile Screenfest, the first film festival for users of mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

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Hannah Richell (Australian)

Hannah Richell is the author of Secrets of the Tides. After years of driving desks in publishing, marketing and film, she finally summoned the courage to do what she had always secretly wanted to do and wrote her first novel in stolen moments as her young son slept. To date, Secrets of the Tides has been sold to publishers in the UK, USA, Brazil and throughout Europe. Born in the UK, Hannah now lives in Sydney with her husband and two young children. She is currently hard at work on her second novel.

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Judith Ridge (Australian)

Judith Ridge is an internationally recognised specialist in children’s and youth literature. She has been an English teacher, editor, writer, critic and teacher of children’s literature and creative writing. She is currently the project officer for WestWords - the Western Sydney Young People’s Literature Development Project. Judith is a Churchill Fellow and has a master’s in children’s literature.

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Stella Rimington (International)

Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968 and was appointed Director General in 1992. She was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director General whose name was publicly announced on appointment. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. She has written an autobiography, Open Secret, and five Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk. Her latest release is Rip Tide.

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Hugh Riminton (Australian)

Hugh Riminton is a two-time Walkley Award winner and is the political editor for the TEN Network based in Canberra. He has reported from dozens of countries in a 30-year career, most of it spent as a travelling reporter, news anchor and foreign correspondent for the Nine Network and CNN. His Hong Kong-based news show CNN Today was twice named best news program in Asia.

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Andrew Robb MP (Australian)

Andrew Robb is the shadow minister for finance and debt reduction. He was elected to the federal seat of Goldstein in 2004 and has previously served as federal director and campaign director of the Liberal Party. In 2003 Andrew was awarded the Office of the Order of Australia and Centenary Medal for his service to agriculture, politics and the community. Andrew documented his lifelong battle with depression in Black Dog Daze: Public life, private demons in 2011.

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Deborah Robertson (Australian)

Deborah Robertson was born in Bridgetown, WA. Her first book, Proudflesh, won the 1997 Steele Rudd Award for the best Australian short-story collection, and her stories have been widely published at home and abroad. Her first novel, Careless, was published to wide acclaim and bestseller status, and was shortlisted for a number of literary prizes including the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2007. A long-term resident of Fremantle, she now lives in Melbourne.

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Robot Child (Australian)

Robot Child play original prog- and metal-influenced rock music with a splash of jazz and funk. Featuring Waleed Aly on lead guitar, Jeff Wortman on lead vocals, Marty Holt on bass, Jonny Palmer on keyboard and Dan Slater on drums.

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Michael Robotham (Australian)

Michael Robotham began his career as an investigative journalist in Australia and Britain. He later became a ghost-writer, collaborating on 15 'autobiographies' including those of Lulu, Rolf Harris, Geri Halliwell and Ricky Tomlinson, 12 of which became Sunday Times bestsellers. Twice a winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Australia’s Best Crime Novel, Michael has been shortlisted for several other awards. His psychological thrillers have been translated into 22 languages. His latest novel is The Wreckage.

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Emily Rodda (Australian)

Emily Rodda is one of Australia's most popular and successful children's authors. A former publisher and editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, she also writes adult fiction under her real name, Jennifer Rowe. She has won the CBCA Book of the Year Award (Younger Readers) an unprecedented five times. Her Deltora Quest series, published in 35 countries and translated into 29 languages, has sold close to 16 million copies. The Silver Door is the second book in her new series, The Three Doors.

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Zoë Rodriguez (Australian)

Zoë Rodriguez is a lawyer at Copyright Agency, an organisation representing the collective copyright interests of over 20,000 Australian authors, publishers and artists. She has two key roles at Copyright Agency: contributing to policy positions through advocating for mechanisms to support the interests of Australia’s creative industries; and managing the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. The Cultural Fund provides $2 million per year to organisations and individuals for projects that will benefit Australia’s publishing and visual arts industries.

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Hilary Rogers (Australian)

Hilary Rogers is one of Australia’s most successful children’s and young-adult publishers. In her role as publishing director at Hardie Grant Egmont, Hilary has commissioned blockbuster series such as the multi-million-selling Zac Power and Go Girl! series, and more recently Billie B Brown, as well as a shelf-full of acclaimed individual titles ranging from picture books to young-adult novels. Hilary is responsible for commissioning and editing HGE’s diverse and dynamic list, and for finding and developing new and established authors and illustrators.

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Chip Rolley (Australian)

Chip Rolley is artistic director of Sydney Writers’ Festival. He has been an editor, literary project manager and freelance writer, and has worked in Australia, the US and China. He is a life member of Sydney PEN.

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Stephen Romei (Australian)

Stephen Romei is literary editor of The Australian. His blog, A Pair of Ragged Claws, is at

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Anna Rose (Australian)

Anna Rose is co-founder and chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and a former joint Environment Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year. Her most recent book is Madlands: A journey into the climate fight. She has also co-authored the book Future by Us, is a fellow of the International Youth Foundation and was named by The Sydney Morning Herald as one of Sydney’s 100 Most Influential People.

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Heather Rossiter (Australian)

Heather Rossiter was a research scientist in the US and UK, teacher and vine-grower in Australia. Her articles, book reviews and travel pieces have appeared in Australian and international publications. She was research consultant to the documentary, Mawson: Life and death in Antarctica. Her book, Lady Spy, Gentleman Explorer: The life of Herbert Dyce Murphy, was shortlisted for the ISA Book Award 2002. Heather is a passionate traveller, particularly to Russia and the Middle East. Mawson's Forgotten Men: The Antarctic Diary of Charles Turnbull Harrisson 1911-1913 is her latest book.

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James Roy (Australian)

James Roy's books for young people have earned popular and critical praise, especially the CBCA Honour Books Captain Mack and Billy Mack’s War, the non-fiction title The ‘S’ Word: A boys’ guide to sex, puberty and growing up and, more recently, Town and the Edsel Grizzler trilogy. He lives with his family in the Blue Mountains and relaxes by bushwalking, taking photos and playing his guitar. He doesn’t like olives very much.

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Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya (International)

CANCELLED: Due to medical reasons, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya is unable to attend Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya was born in India and educated in politics and philosophy at Calcutta University and the University of Pennsylvania. His novels, The Gabriel Club and The Storyteller of Marrakesh, have been published in 11 languages in 16 countries. The Gabriel Club was selected as one of the 10 Best Novels of 2000 by Publishing News, selected for the Grand Jury Award at the Budapest Book Fair and shortlisted for India's prestigious Crossword Prize. The Watch is his latest novel.

Supported by the Australia-India Council

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Margaret Owen Ruckert (Australian)

Margaret is currently the ‘Cafe Poet’ at Limes in Lugarno, writing poems and treating patrons to the sweets of language. She is also facilitator of the Hurstville Discovery Writers Group. Her articles and poems have appeared in journals, edited anthologies and newspapers, and she has won several awards, notably the Society of Women Writers National Poetry Prize (2007). In her recent collection, You Deserve Dessert, she serves up over 100 poems on sweet foods to delight and surprise the reader.

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Kevin Rudd (Australian)

Nambour boy Kevin Rudd has been the Member for Griffith since 1998. In 2007 Kevin was from Queensland and he was here to help. In 2012 he continues to help in a range of areas he is passionate about including homelessness, indigenous affairs, organ donation and Australia’s future in Asia.



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Penny Russell (Australian)

Associate Professor Penny Russell teaches and writes on Australian history and gender history at the University of Sydney. She is the author or editor of nine books including, most recently, Savage or Civilised? Manners in Colonial Australia, which was shortlisted for five awards in 2011 and won the New South Wales Premier's Award for Australian History. Her current research includes a study of Jane Franklin, wife of the ill-fated Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, and a comparative project on honour in colonial societies.

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Lyndall Ryan (Australian)

Lyndall Ryan is a professor in the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her major publications include The Aboriginal Tasmanians and articles on settler massacres of Aborigines in northern New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria. Her new book, The Tasmanian Aborigines: A history since 1803, reconsiders the historical experiences of the Tasmanian Aborigines in the light of new debates about settler violence and new research that confirms their survival as a modern Aboriginal community today.

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Gig Ryan (Australian)

Gig Ryan's New and Selected Poems was published in 2011 by Giramondo. Her five previous collections of poetry include Pure and Applied, which won the 1999 Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry, and Heroic Money, which was shortlisted for the 2002 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. The recipient of writers’ grants and residencies from the Australia Council, she is a distinguished poetry critic, and poetry editor of The Age newspaper.

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