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Vikki Wakefield (Australian)

Vikki Wakefield is the author of the highly acclaimed debut All I Ever Wanted. Vikki worked in banking, journalism, communications and graphic design before enrolling in TAFE’s Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing) in 2009. Her articles have since been published in Australia and overseas and she is an award-winning short-story writer. Vikki lives with her family in the Adelaide foothills. She writes late at night and vividly remembers the young-adult novels she read by torchlight until the pages were see-through.

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Louise Wakeling (Australian)

Louise Wakeling has been widely published in poetry journals and anthologies including Best Australian Poems 2010. In 2007 she was the recipient of a NSW Premier’s English Teaching Award to research the teaching of poetry in American schools and universities. Her poetry collections include medium security and paragliding in a war zone. She is currently working on a collection of ecopoetry.

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Jesmyn Ward (International)

Jesmyn Ward grew up in Mississippi and received her MFA from the University of Michigan. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama. Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, was a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient and a finalist for both the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Most recently she released the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction winner, Salvage the Bones.

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Christopher Warren (Australian)

Christopher Warren is the federal secretary of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the union of people who inform and entertain Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible for coordinating the industrial and professional campaigns of the organisation on issues to build a strong and independent media and entertainment sector. A journalist, Chris is also CEO of the Walkley Foundation for Excellence in Journalism and a long-time trustee of the $3 billion Media Super. He is immediate past president of the International Federation of Journalists.

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Nicole Watson (Australian)

Nicole Watson is a member of the Birri-Gubba People and the Yugambeh language group. Nicole was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1999. She has worked for Legal Aid Queensland, the National Native Title Tribunal, the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency and as a columnist for the National Indigenous Times. Nicole is currently a senior research fellow at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology, Sydney. Her first book, The Boundary, won the 2009 David Unaipon Award.

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John Watson (Australian)

John Watson is the author of A First Reader, Montale: A biographical anthology, Erasure Traces, Views from Mt Brogden & A Dictionary of Minor Poets, River Syllabics, Four Refrains and Ockam’s Aftershave. He won the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2002 and the Blake Prize for Poetry in 2009. John presently lives in the Blue Mountains.

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Sam Watson (Australian)

Sam Watson was born and raised in Brisbane. He has tribal, family and Dreaming connections to Aboriginal nations throughout the south-east and far-north. He was involved in the early black political movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Kadaitcha Sung was published in 1991 to critical acclaim. Since then Sam has written and co-produced a short film, Black Man Down, and written two plays for Brisbane audiences. In recent years he has taught courses in black Australian literature and politics at the University of Queensland.

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Elizabeth Weiss (Australian)

Elizabeth Weiss has been a publisher at Allen & Unwin for 20 years. Elizabeth currently oversees the company's digital publishing arm. Allen & Unwin is regarded as an industry leader in digital publishing, with established e-book and digital-printing programs.

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Margaret West (Australian)

Margaret West taught art theory and practice at the University of Sydney College of the Arts from 1979 to 1999. She has travelled, exhibited and lectured extensively in Australia and overseas, and her work is represented in major public national and international art collections. Her essays and poetry have been published in anthologies, journals and catalogues. Since 2000 Margaret has lived in Blackheath in the upper Blue Mountains where she works full-time as an artist and writer.

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Deborah Westbury (Australian)

Deborah Westbury has developed a career as a writer, lecturer, mentor and editor. In 1998 she was instrumental, with Ron Pretty, in the establishment of Five Islands Press, and subsequently, The New Poets Programme. In 1999 she was guest lecturer at the prestigious Catskill Poetry Workshop in the USA and the following year she was writer-in-residence for James Cook University in Queensland. Deborah has written four collections of poetry, most recently her new and selected The View From Here.

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Scott Westerfeld (Australian)

Scott Westerfeld spends his Southern Hemisphere summers in Sydney, Australia, and his Northern Hemisphere summers in New York City. He was born in Texas and has been a musician, software-game designer and ghost-writer, but writing under his own name turned out to be the most fun. He has two series, Uglies and Midnighters, which won the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy. Penguin have also published So Yesterday and Peeps. Scott's steampunk saga begins with Leviathan, continues in Behemoth and concludes with Goliath.

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Westside Writers Group (Australian)

The Westside Writers’ Group is an ensemble of emerging and established writers from Western Sydney who meet fortnightly to develop new and original works. One of the main goals of the group is to source writing about Western Sydney as well as writing from Western Sydney. The work of the Westside Writers’ Group has been showcased in a series of Westside anthologies, including Fill Your Bucket, and at a series of Sydney Writers’ Festival events.

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Kim Westwood (Australian)

Kim’s short stories have been chosen for anthologies in Australia and the USA, and for ABC Radio broadcast. She is the winner of an Aurealis Award and the Judges’ Prize at the 2011 Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Kim is the recipient of a Varuna Retreat Fellowship for her first novel, The Daughters of Moab. Her second novel, The Courier’s New Bicycle, is “a disturbingly credible and darkly noir post-cyberpunk tale”.

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Shane White (Australian)

Shane White is the Challis professor of history and Australian professorial fellow at the University of Sydney. He is the author or co-author of five books about African-American history and has written about, among other things, black style, theatre, dance, music and street life. Shane won the 2011 New South Wales Premier’s History Award for General History for Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem between the wars, co-authored with Stephen Garton, Stephen Robertson and Graham White. His current project is entitled The Prince of Darkness: Wall Street’s first black millionaire.

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Sue Whiting (Australian)

Sue Whiting started her working life as a primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature. In 2005 Sue left teaching to pursue a career in children’s book publishing and now works as a children’s book editor. She is also a successful children’s author who has written more than 60 books, including picture books, chapter books and novels for teens.

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Les Wicks (Australian)

Les Wicks is an Australian poet, publisher and editor. He has performed extensively around Australia for the past 35 years. His work has been published in over 250 different magazines, anthologies and newspapers across 15 countries in nine languages. Les conducts workshops around Australia and runs Meuse Press, which focuses on poetry outreach projects. His eighth book of poetry is The Ambrosiacs.

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Michael Wilding (Australian)

Michael Wilding's most recent book is Wild & Woolley: A Publishing Memoir. He is the author of novels, literary criticism, and collections of essays and short stories. He co-edited the magazine Tabloid Story and co-founded the publishing houses Wild & Woolley and Paper Bark Press. An emeritus professor at Sydney University, he is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and former chair of the NSW Writers' Centre.

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Cassandra Wilkinson (Australian)

Cassandra Wilkinson is the author of Don't Panic – Nearly Everything is Better Than You Think. Her speech at the 2008 Battle of Ideas on internet censorship has been downloaded several thousand times and carries a five star YouTube rating. She has written on happiness economics in Happiness and on effective programs for the poor in Right Social Justice. She is currently an opinion contributor to The Australian and regular commentator for Sky News Agenda and ABC The Drum.

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Robyn Williams (Australian)

Robyn Williams has presented science programs on ABC radio and television since 1972. He is the first journalist to be elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, was a visiting fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and is a visiting professor at the University of NSW.

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Geordie Williamson (Australian)

Geordie Williamson has been chief literary critic of The Australian since 2008. He studied at the University of Sydney and University College London, and worked for half a decade as a rare-book dealer in the UK. He is currently writing a book about the neglect of Australian literature for Text Publishing.

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Jeanette Winterson (International)

Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of 10 novels including Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing The Cherry; a book of short stories, The World And Other Places; a collection of essays, Art Objects, as well as many other works including children’s books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E.M. Forster Award and the Prix d'argent at Cannes Film Festival.

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Charlotte Wood (Australian)

Charlotte Wood's first novel, Pieces of a Girl, was published in 1999 and won the 1998 Jim Hamilton Award for an unpublished manuscript. Both this and her second novel, The Submerged Cathedral, were highly praised by reviewers and award judges; the latter was shortlisted for the 2005 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South East Asia and Pacific. Her third novel, The Children, received rave reviews and was a bestseller, selling over 10,000 copies in trade paperback. Charlotte lives in Sydney.

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Fiona Wright (Australian)

Fiona Wright’s work has been published in journals and anthologies in Australia, Asia and the USA. Her poems feature in Best Australian Poems 2008, 2009 and 2010, and the Toilet Doors Project (2004). Fiona works as an editor at Giramondo Publishing. Her first collection is Knuckled.

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Susan Wyndham (Australian)

Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. She has been a journalist for 30 years and is author of Life in His Hands, a biography of the neurosurgeon Charlie Teo and his patient Aaron McMillan, a concert pianist.

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Elisabeth Wynhausen (Australian)

Elisabeth Wynhausen is the author of Dirt Cheap: Life at the Wrong End of the Job Market, which was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, Manly Girls, shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and On Resilience. She has been a staff writer for The Bulletin, the National Times and The Australian. Her latest book is The Short Goodbye.

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