Archive Festival 2016
Program by Writer: Surnames A...

This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

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Patrick Abboud (Australian)

Patrick Abboud is a Walkley-nominated storyteller working across TV, radio, online and the arts. An accomplished film-maker, Pat often travels alone on assignment presenting, shooting, producing and directing compelling documentaries. He has lived in and reported from across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. 2016 will see Pat continue his work on SBS TV’s irreverent nightly news, tech and culture program The Feed (which he created and pitched the initial concept for) while also freelancing for SBS flagship current affairs program Dateline and international broadcasters. Pat is also co-host, writer and director for the SBS Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras broadcast.

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)

Randa Abdel-Fattah wrote the first draft of her debut book Does My Head Look Big in This? when she was fifteen. Since then, she has used her writing as a medium for expressing her views about the occupation of Palestine, Australian Muslims, racism, Islamophobia and multiculturalism, and the misunderstood status of women in Islam. She has been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Al Jazeera English. She has appeared on both the ABC’s Q&A and SBS’s Insight. Randa worked as a litigation lawyer for almost ten years but is now a doctoral candidate at Macquarie University exploring everyday multiculturalism, Islamophobia and racism in Australia.

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australia)

Randa Abdel-Fattah is an award-winning author, former lawyer, regular media commentator and doctoral candidate researching Islamophobia and racism in Australia. While conducting her PhD research, she was inspired to write the young adult novel about racism, refugees and love, When Michael Met Mina.

Phillip Adams (Australian)

Phillip Adams is a prolific and sometimes controversial broadcaster, writer and film-maker. He currently presents Late Night Live on Radio National. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Unspeakable Adams, Adams Versus God, Talkback, Retreat From Tolerance and A Billion Voices. He has been a contributor to The Times and The Financial Times in London, and to The New York Times. A foundation member of the Australia Council and chairman of the Film, Radio and Television Board, and in 1998, the National Trust elected him one of Australia's 100 Living National Treasures. His latest book is Bedtime Stories; Tales From My 21 Years at RN’s Late Night Live.

Robert Adamson (Australian)

Robert Adamson is one of Australia's most celebrated poets. His awards include the Christopher Brennan Prize for lifetime achievement, The Patrick White Award and The Blake Prize for Poetry. He was recently the inaugural Chair of Poetry at the University of Technology, Sydney. His twenty-first and most recent book of poems is Net Needle. Adamson edited the first Australian issue of Poetry, published by The Poetry Foundation Chicago USA. He lives on the Hawkesbury River, NSW, with his partner photographer Juno Gemes.

Debra Adelaide (Australian)

Debra Adelaide is the author of several novels, including The Household Guide to Dying (2008), which was sold around the world, Serpent Dust (1998), The Hotel Albatross (1995), Letter to George Clooney (2013) and her most recent, The Women's Pages (2015). She is also the editor of several themed collections of fiction and memoirs, including Acts of Dog (2003) and the bestselling Motherlove series (1996-1998). As well as a creative writer she has also been a freelance researcher, editor, book reviewer and literary award judge, and is now an associate professor at the University of Technology, Sydney where she teaches creative writing.

Louise Adler (Australian)

Louise Adler is the Chief Executive of Melbourne University Publishing, President of the Australian Publishers Association and Chair of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (fiction and poetry).

Carmen Aguirre (International)

Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based, multiple-award-winning theatre artist and author who has written and co-written twenty-five plays, including The Trigger, The Refugee Hotel, and Blue Box. Her first book, the critically acclaimed Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, won the prestigious CBC Canada Reads Award in 2012 and is a number one national bestseller. Her second book, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution, is listed as one of the most anticipated books of the season by various publications. Carmen has 80 film, tv, and stage acting credits, and is a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop facilitator. She is a graduate of Studio 58.

Adam Aitken (Australian)

Adam Aitken is a researcher in writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. He spent his early childhood in London, Thailand and Malaysia, before settling in Sydney. He is the author of numerous articles on poetry, works of creative non-fiction, and four books of poetry. He was Poet in Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2011, and co-edited the contemporary Asian Australian Poets anthology (Puncher & Wattmann) in 2013. His most recent poetry and essays have recently appeared in HEAT, Axon, Canadian journal Arc and in Transnational Literature. His memoir is One Hundred Letters Home (Vagabond Press 2016).

Emma Alberici (Australian)

Emma Alberici is a host for ABC's Lateline program. She was previously the ABC's Europe correspondent and was based in London. Prior to moving to London, Emma was a senior business journalist for ABC TV and Radio Current Affairs. Emma has twice been a finalist at the Walkley Awards for journalism. She tweets at @albericie.

Emma Allen (Australian)

Emma Allen is an award-winning children’s author whose debut book The Terrible Suitcase (Scholastic) won the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood and was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Literary Awards. Emma worked as a paediatric speech-language therapist for many years and is now studying for a PhD in Creative Writing. Emma lives in Canberra.

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Miles Allinson (Australian)

Miles Allinson is a writer and an artist. He was born in Melbourne in 1981, and has a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Masters of Fine Arts (Art in Public Space) from RMIT. Fever of Animals is his first novel, and won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2014.

Sahar Amer (Australian)

Sahar Amer (Ph.D, Yale University) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in Arab and Muslim societies and on the history of relations between Arab Muslim societies and the West. She is the author of What Is Veiling? (2014) and a number of other books and articles.

Suad Amiry (International)

Suad Amiry is no longer attending the Festival.

Suad Amiry is a Palestinian writer, a conservation architect, and a political and social activist. Suad Amiry is the author of the internationally acclaimed memoir Sharon and My Mother in Law. The book has been translated into 20 languages and won the prestigious Italian literary award Premio Viareggio in 2004. Amiry is also the author of Nothing to Lose But Your Life: an 18 hour Journey with Murad. Her latest book Golda Slept Here, won the Italian Nonino Prize in 2014. Amiry who says she became a writer by pure accident at the age of 50, is a conservation architect. She is also the founder of RIWAQ: Centre for Architecture Conservation, an NGO based in Ramallah, Palestine, which has won many international awards.

Felice Arena (Australian)

Felice Arena is one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children's books for all ages, including Whippersnapper, the bestselling Specky Magee books, Andy Roid and the Sporty Kids series.

Michelle Arrow (Australian)

Associate Professor Michelle Arrow researches and teaches Australian history at Macquarie University. Her books include Upstaged: Australian Women Dramatists in the Limelight at Last (2002) and Friday on Our Minds: Popular Culture in Australia since 1945 (2009). In 2014, she won the NSW Premier’s Multimedia History Prize for the radio documentary Public Intimacies: The 1974 Royal Commission on Human Relationships. She is currently a Fellow at the National Library of Australia, where she is writing a history of the 1970s in Australia.

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James Arvanitakis (Australian)

James Arvanitakis is a Professor in the Humanities at Western Sydney University and the Dean of the Graduate Research School. He is also a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. In 2012, he was awarded the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year and in 2015 named an Eminent Scholar by the Australian India Education Council. He is the author of Contemporary Society: A Sociological Analysis of Everyday Life and is the resident sociologist on Sydney's FBI Radio.

David Astle (Australian)

David Astle has written two novels, plus five non-fiction works: Cluetopia, Puzzled, One Down, One Missing, Offbeat Australia and Riddledom. Between books, he drives the world to delight and despair as Friday's crossword setter, DA, appearing in both The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Actor Geoffrey Rush, in fact, describes David as 'the Sergeant Pepper of cryptic crosswords - a complete mind fuck'. Which is possibly a compliment. David was the former dictionary bloke on SBS's Letters and Numbers, while his feature stories have tackled luck, lying, drowning and fridge magnets, to name a few topics. His short stories have won several awards, including a trip to Beijing via Dublin as part of the James Joyce Suspended Sentence Prize in 2001.

Elsa Atkin

Elsa Atkin is a director and a cultural management consultant. She has occupied management positions in Government and not for profit organisations including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Trust. Elsa has held senior advisory roles in cultural agencies including The State Library of NSW, Synergy/TaikOz Ltd and Symphony Australia. Elsa’s passion is Australian art in all its facets and devotes a great deal of her time to helping artists and cultural institutions on a pro-bono basis.

Alan Atkinson (Australian)

Emeritus Professor Alan Atkinson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian Historical Society and has been an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow. In 2015, he was awarded the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Australian History Prize at the NSW Premier's Awards, the Ernest Scott Prize (jointly) and the CHASS Australia book prize, all for his third volume of The Europeans in Australia. He also received the History Council of NSW's 2015 Annual History Citation in recognition of his outstanding contributions as an historian to teaching, scholarship and the community.

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Jami Attenberg (International)

Jami Attenberg is the author of a story collection, Instant Love, and four novels, including The Kept Man, The Melting Season and The Middlesteins, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Her most recent book is Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays and criticism to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, The Washington Post and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Auburn Poets and Writers Group (Australian)

The Auburn Poets and Writers group (APWG) have been meeting for 10 years and have taken part in SWF over many years.  APWG currently meet on the first Monday of each month at Auburn Library as part of Auburn Council’s Lifelong Learning program. The group is multilingual and participants share, encourage and discuss their writing and work towards performance opportunities.  In 2015 the group produced Mosaic- Auburn Poets and Writers Group 10 Year Anthology.

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Maryam Azam (Australian)

Maryam Azam is an Honours graduate in Creative Writing with a diploma in the Islamic Sciences. She is a primary school teacher and writes across the genres with a special interest in poetry. She sometimes blogs at​

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