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Zoë Sadokierski (Australian)

Dr Zoë Sadokierski is a lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Technology, Sydney. She runs a print design practice, focusing on publications in which word and image combine in innovative ways. She has been shortlisted four times for the APA Book Design awards, and won twice.

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Michael Sala (Australian)

Michael Sala was born in the Netherlands in 1975 and moved to Australia in the 1980s. He now lives in Newcastle with his wife and children. The Last Thread, a novel based on real events, is Michael’s widely anticipated first book; he has excited industry insiders with a shortlisting for the prestigious The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award, his three-time selection for The Best Australian Stories and publication in Charlotte Wood’s Brothers & Sisters anthology.

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Frank Sartor (Australian)

Frank Sartor was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Australian Labor Party between 2003 and 2011, and held various senior ministries including climate change and the environment, planning, and energy and utilities. Before being elected to the New South Wales Parliament, Frank was the longest-serving lord mayor of Sydney, having held the post from 1991 to 2003. The Fog on the Hill: How NSW Labor lost its way was published in 2011.

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Brenda Saunders (Australian)

Brenda Saunders is a Sydney writer and artist of Aboriginal and British descent. She is a member of the Diverse group of poets who write and perform poems in response to visual art. Her poetry has been broadcast on Awaye! and Poetica) on ABC Radio National and has been published widely in edited anthologies and journals, namely Overland, Famous Reporter, Five Bells and Etching Indigenous. She was recently shortlisted for the David Unaipon Prize, Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards 2011.

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Monique Schafter (Australian)

Monique Schafter is a Walkley Award-winning reporter/producer who co-hosted the ABC's groundbreaking current affairs program, Hungry Beast. Over three series as a reporter, Monique covered a variety of topics such as mental illness, bullying, gay conversion therapy and disability. Monique also writes a weekly column, 'Tomboy Tales', for the Star Observer and is currently working on the ABC's nightly current affairs program, 7:30.

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Edward Scheer (Australian)

Dr Edward Scheer is the author of The Infinity Machine and associate professor in theatre and performance studies and deputy head of the School of English, Media and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales. He is a founding editor of the journal Performance Paradigm and is a former chair of the board of directors of the Performance Space in Sydney. He has published numerous pieces on arts and culture in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Monthly. He is president of Psi, Performance Studies international.

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Julianne Schultz (Australian)

Julianne Schultz is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW and a professor in the Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University. She has written extensively about contemporary Australia. She is a member of the board of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, chairs the reference group on the National Cultural Policy and the Queensland Design Council and is a judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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Claire Scobie (Australian)

Claire Scobie is an English-born journalist and author of Last Seen in Lhasa, winner of the Dolman Best Travel Book Award. Claire lives in Sydney, teaches creative-writing workshops and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers. A contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald, she is currently working on two new books and completing a doctorate in creative arts.

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Mark Scott (Australia)

Mark Scott was appointed Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a five year term from July 5, 2006. This was extended from July 2011 for another five years. The ABC is now widely regarded as Australia’s leading digital media innovator. Before joining the ABC, Scott served 12 years in a variety of editorial and executive positions with Fairfax Media. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Education and Master of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

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Jane Scott (Australian)

Jane Scott is the Academy Award-nominated producer of Shine and the adaptation of Li Cunxin’s top-selling autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer. She has had a career spanning 30 years and three continents where she has either produced  or line produced films ranging from: Strictly Ballroom and the Crocodile Dundee franchise, to the adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ confronting novel Head On and Jan Sardi’s directorial debut, Love’s Brother.

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Fiona Scott-Norman (Australian)

Fiona Scott-Norman is a Melbourne-based comedian, writer and radio broadcaster. She recently edited Don’t Peak at High School, a collection of interviews with Australia’s most popular stars revealing how being bullied shaped their lives. Fiona, herself as popular as scabies at school, was moved to gather these stories to help teens cope with bullying. Her writing appears regularly in The Big Issue and her one-woman comedy show, Disco: The Vinyl Solution, was a sell-out at the recent Melbourne Comedy Festival.

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Harold Scruby (Australian)

Harold ‘Haitch’ Scruby was born in Singapore and educated in Sydney. During his 25 years in the rag trade, he wrote two books: Waynespeak and Manglish. He spent eight years on Mosman Council as a councillor and deputy mayor. He is the chairman of the not-for-profit Pedestrian Council of Australia. Harold is a passionate crusader for pedestrians and the executive director of Ausflag Limited, which wants the Jack removed from the Australian flag. His most recent book is Modern Manglish: Gobbledygook made plain.

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Marion Scrymgour (Australian)

Marion Scrymgour is the member for Arafura in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. She was the CEO/Director of the Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation until shortly before standing for election in August 2001. She has been Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee inquiring into alcohol and substance abuse, Minister for The Environment and Parks, Minister for Children and Families, Minister for Education, and Deputy Chief Minister. Marion has inherited Tiwi identity and obligations as a member of the Miyartuwi Skin Group.

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Margaret Seale (Australian)

Margie Seale joined Random House Australia as deputy managing director and head of publishing in February 2000 and was appointed managing director and publisher in September 2001. Margie’s role includes responsibility for the company’s New Zealand operations. In 2010 she was appointed president, Asia development, exploring potential business opportunities in south-east and northern Asia on behalf of Random House worldwide.
Margie was educated at the University of Sydney, is vice president of the Australian Publishing Association and serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Anne Sebba (International)

Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, journalist and former Reuters foreign correspondent. Her first job was at the BBC World Service in the Arabic department. She has written eight critically acclaimed books, mostly about iconic women who enjoyed using power and influence in different ways. Her latest biography is That Woman: The life of Wallis Simpson. Anne has presented BBC Radio documentaries, is a member of the Society of Authors Executive Committee and regularly lectures to corporations, clubs and institutions.

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Isabel Sequeira (International)

Isabel ‘Beba’ Sequeira’s family were involved in the Timorese clandestine movement, leading to her being interrogated by the Indonesian military while a chair was ground into her foot. She tells her story in Step by Step: Women of East Timor. After the referendum in 1999, Beba helped establish a women’s organisation - APSC-TL - that supports women veterans, provides scholarships to young women, and collects and publishes women’s stories, the latest being Secrecy: The key to independence.

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Eddie Sharp (Australian)

Eddie Sharp is a writer, performer and curator who lives and works in Sydney. He is founder and co-director of The Imperial Panda Festival as well as Erotic Fan Fiction readings. He is also a member of theatre company Rhubarb Rhubarb, the creators of Wonka! A Live Cinema Remix, The Mad Max Remix and Some Film Museums I Have Known.

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Paul Sharrad (Australian)

Paul Sharrad is associate professor of English literatures at the University of Wollongong. He specialises in postcolonial writing, particularly Indian English and Pacific Islands, but also looks at the internationalising of Australian literature. Paul has books on Raja Rao, Albert Wendt and postcolonial library history, has edited New Literatures Review and currently edits the New Literatures section of The Year's Work in English Studies. He has organised the regional section of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and been a judge for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.

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Simon Sheikh (Australian)

Simon Sheikh studied economics at the University of New South Wales, which led him to the NSW Treasury department. He represented Australia at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Uganda in 2007 as Australia’s commonwealth youth representative. He was named the NSW Young Professional of the Year in the same year. In 2008 he left Treasury and went on to assume the role of national director of GetUp!.

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Keyi Sheng (International)

Sheng Keyi had a rural upbringing and writes of the migrant experience with the depth of personal insight: she was born in Hunan and is now living in Beijing after several years spent living in Shenzhen. Through her writing she addresses the issues that affect women in China today, and often experiments with style and voice. A multi-award winning author, Northern Girls will be the first of her works to be published in English.

Supported by the University of Western Sydney.

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Annette Shun Wah (Australian)

Annette Shun Wah is a freelance broadcaster, actor and writer. She has been published in various anthologies including Grandma Magic, edited by Janet Hutchinson, Growing Up Asian in Australia, edited by Alice Pung, Family Journeys, published by the National Archives of Australia and Come Away With Me, edited by Sarah MacDonald. Her book Banquet – Ten Courses to Harmony, co-written with Greg Aitkin, won a Bronze Award at the 1999 World Food Media Awards. Annette is also one of the founders of Bookmark Media, producing web trailers for books and writing. Annette serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Diana Simmonds (Australian)

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Bruce Sinclair (International)

Bruce Sinclair is a Métis theatre artist, teacher and arts administrator who has created and developed professional and community theatre in the Aboriginal community for 25 years. Originally from Saskatchewan in Western Canada, Bruce has performed, directed, written and facilitated theatre workshops and productions throughout Canada, the United States, Colombia and South America, Australia and the UK. He is focusing on the revitalisation of his mother tongue, Michif-Cree and the intersections of First Languages and arts practice.

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Sjón (International)

Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic poet and novelist. He won the Nordic Council Literature Prize, the equivalent of the Man Booker Prize, for The Blue Fox, which was also longlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2009. His work has been translated into 22 languages. Sjón is president of the Icelandic PEN Centre and director on the board of Reykjavík, UNESCO City of Literature. Also a songwriter, he has written lyrics for Björk. His latest novel is From the Mouth of the Whale.

Supported by The Wheeler Centre

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Russell Skelton (Australian)

Russell Skelton is a contributing editor to The Age and the 2011 Walkley Book Award-winner for his book King Brown Country. He is a former deputy editor, foreign editor and foreign correspondent (Japan and Hong Kong). He was also deputy editor of The National Times on Sunday. Russell has been reporting regularly on Indigenous issues since 2005. He received the prestigious Grant Hattam Quill Award for investigative journalism and a United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award for his reports on Aboriginal disadvantage.

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Ali Jane Smith (Australian)

Ali Jane Smith's first poetry collection, Gala, was published in 2006 as part of the Five Islands Press New Poets Program. She has been the recipient of a Longlines Residency for Regional Writers at Varuna,the Writers House. Her work has appeared in publications such as Southerly, Cordite, and Mascara Literary Review. She has recorded readings for audio CD and performed in schools, universities, pubs, cafes, shopping malls and at festivals. She is a life member of the South Coast Writers’ Centre.

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Vivian Smith (Australian)

Vivian Smith was born in Hobart in 1933 and has lived in Sydney since 1967. These two oldest cities in Australia play a central role in his latest collection Here, There and Elsewhere. He has published eight collections of poetry as well as critical and scholarly books on Australian writers. His awards include the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, the Patrick White Literary Award and the Grace Leven Prize.

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David Smith (Australian)

Dr David Smith is a University of Sydney academic jointly appointed between the United States Studies Centre and the School of Social and Political Sciences. His research examines political relations between governments and religious communities in the US and other countries, with a focus on Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Recently he has explored how the religious identity of presidential candidates affects support for them, looking especially at Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Laura Soares Abrantes (International)

Laura Soares Abrantes was active in the Timorese resistance, gathering information about Indonesian human rights violations and sending it out of the country, both as a student in Java and with women’s organisation Fokupers in Dili. She has contributed to all the published books on Timorese women from 1999 to the present, either as a storyteller, story collector or editor. Laura’s latest publications include Secrecy: The key to independence and Step by Step: Women of East Timor.

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Dava Sobel (International)

Dava Sobel is the acclaimed author of the bestselling titles Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, The Illustrated Longitude and The Planets. She has written for The New York Times, Harvard Magazine, Omni, Science Digest, Discover and The New Yorker, and also had an asteroid – discovered in 1994 by David Levy and Carolyn Shoemaker – officially registered by them as (30935) Davasobel. She lives in East Hampton, New York. Her most recent release is A More Perfect Heaven.

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Jeff Sparrow (Australian)

Jeff Sparrow is the editor of Overland literary journal. He is the co-author, with his sister Jill, of Radical Melbourne: A secret history and Radical Melbourne: The enemy within, and the author of Communism: A love story and Killing: Misadventures in violence.

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Barry Spurr (Australian)

Barry Spurr is professor of poetry and poetics in the department of English, University of Sydney, where his research and teaching are concentrated on Renaissance and Modernist poetry. His latest book, on T.S. Eliot, Anglo-Catholic in Religion: T.S. Eliot and Christianity, is described by the Times Literary Supplement as a “wonderful journey” into its subject. Barry is currently writing books on representations of solitude and of animals in poetry, from the early Modern period to today.

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Robyn Stacey (Australian)

Robyn Stacey is one of Australia's leading photographers, whose work is held in the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, all state galleries and most university collections. Her work is studied as part of the New South Wales and Victorian high school curricula. Robyn is a senior lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, was a member of the visual arts board of the Australia Council from 2006 to 2008, and is photographer/author of three books investigating significant Australian collections: Herbarium, Museum and House.

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Jason Steger (Australian)

Jason Steger is the literary editor of The Age and a regular panellist on ABC TV’s First Tuesday Book Club.

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Stilgherrian (Australian)

Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster covering the intersection of the internet, politics, society and the media, with a particular focus on information security and privacy issues, cybercrime and cyberwar. His work is published by ZDNet Australia, Crikey, Technology Spectator, CSO Online, ABC The Drum, The Sydney Morning Herald and others. In the distant past he studied computing science and linguistics before a media career that included ABC Radio and the insanity of the first dot-com boom.

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Anne Summers (Australian)

Anne Summers is the author of Damned Whores and God's Police, Gamble for Power, Ducks on the Pond and The End of Equality, among other books. She edited the landmark American feminist magazine Ms. and Good Weekend and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review and numerous other publications. She has been an advisor to prime ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, chaired the board of Greenpeace International, and been deputy president of Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. She lives in Sydney. Her latest book is The Lost Mother.

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Mark Sutherland (Australian)

Mark Sutherland trained as a commercial animator and produced the groundbreaking surf noir animation Dream in 1989. In 1993 he was asked to produce a comic strip for Waves magazine and Gonad Man – a philosophical big-wave riding hero in purple bondage pants – was born. In 2001 Mark moved to the North Coast with his wife and daughters to surf and paint pictures. He recently resurrected Gonad Man and continues to publish regular episodes online at

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Susan Swingler (International)

Susan Swingler is the stepdaughter of one of Australia’s most revered writers: Elizabeth Jolley. She has been a freelance photographer, gardener, university lecturer, curator and researcher. In 2002 she edited an anthology, New Writers 2001, for the Bath Spa University College and in 2000 wrote a chapter for Shifting Horizons: Women’s landscape photography now. Susan’s short fiction has been broadcast on the BBC. She and her husband travel widely and have made regular visits to Australia since the late 1970s.

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