Archive Festival 2016
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This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

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Sunil Badami (Australian)

From being a trainee circus clown in England to a sous chef in a pub at the foot of a Manx mountain, a financial planner in the CBD to managing a Kings Cross sex shop, Sunil Badami has had more jobs than he’s had haircuts. He’s written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Good Weekend, Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Monthly, The Australian, Art & Australia, Southerly, Island, Seizure, Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. In addition to teaching at the University of Technology, Sydney, he appears regularly on 702 ABC Sydney, Radio National and Double J, where he presents the regular books segment You Gotta Read This!.

Julian Baggini (International)

Julian Baggini is the co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. His books include What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, and The Virtues of the Table. He is most well known for the bestselling The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten and The Ego Trick. Julian has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for think tanks Demos, The Institute of Public Policy Research, and Counterpoint. He has also appeared as a character in two Alexander McCall-Smith novels. His latest book, Freedom Regained, is an exploration of free will.

Julia Baird (Australian)

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney, Australia. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar. She is currently writing a biography of Queen Victoria for Random House, New York. Her book Media Tarts: How the Australian Press Frames Female Politicians was published in 2004.

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Bajo (Australian)

Bajo first found a love of video games growing up on a farm in Toowoomba. In between spending quality time with his various animals (including two evil goats, Burty and Gurty), Bajo attempted to master any video game he could get his hands on. He now co-hosts ABC TV shows Good Game and Good Game: Spawn Point and also loves science fiction, cosmology (space!), riding bicycles and eating cheese sandwiches.

Eileen Baldry (Australian)

Eileen Baldry (BA, DipEd, MWP, PhD) is a Professor of Criminology at UNSW Australia where she has been an academic since 1993. Eileen is an esteemed researcher in the areas of Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work and was recently named as one of the inaugural PLuS Alliance Fellows in Social Justice. Eileen also holds the distinguished position of Academic Chair, UNSW Diversity and Equality Board and is the current Deputy Chair of the Disability Council NSW. In 2009, the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW recognised Baldry’s ‘indefatigable’ support for justice-related causes by awarding her its highest honour: the Justice Medal.

Bankstown Poetry Slam (Australian)

Bankstown Poetry Slam was founded in early 2013 with a vision to introduce the spoken word poetry scene to Western Sydney. Since then, its monthly events started to regularly attract over 300 people every month from all over Sydney. It is now recognised as the largest regular poetry event in the country, and has run a number of school workshops and projects, such as the ‘Real Talk’ theatre show and the ‘BPS Olympics’.

Nir Baram (International)

Nir Baram was born into a political family in Jerusalem in 1976. His grandfather and father were both ministers in Israeli Labor Party governments. He has worked as a journalist and an editor, and as an advocate for equal rights for Palestinians. He began publishing fiction when he was twenty-two, has been compared to Dostoyevsky and Grossman, and is the author of five novels, including The Remaker of DreamsGood People and World Shadow. His novels have been translated into more than 10 languages and received critical acclaim around the world. He has been shortlisted several times for the Sapir Prize and in 2010 received the Prime Minister’s Award for Hebrew Literature. Good People is published for the first time in English this year. With rapturous reviews in more than 10 languages, Good People is a tour de force: sparkling, erudite, a glimpse into the abyss. In late 2016 his work of reportage, Walking the Green Line, describing his one year journey into the West Bank and East Jerusalem, will be published by Text. 

Julian Barnes (International)

Julian Barnes is the author of 12 novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; four collections of essays including the recent Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art; and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times number one bestseller, Levels of Life. He has also translated a book by French author Alphonse Daudet and a collection of German cartoons by Volker Kriegel. Julian’s new novel is The Noise of Time. It is the first since his Booker-winning The Sense of An Ending.

Shirley Barrett (Australian)

Shirley is best known for her work as a screenwriter and director. Shirley's first film, Love Serenade won the Camera D'Or (Best First Feature) at Cannes Film Festival in 1996. The script for her most recent film South Solitary won the 2010 Queensland Premier's Prize (script), the 2010 West Australian Premier's Literary Prize (script), and the West Australian Premier's Prize 2010. It was also nominated for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Shirley continues to work extensively as a director in television (Love My Way, Offspring, Wild Boys) and TVC's. Rush Oh! is Shirley’s first novel.

J.D. Barrett (Australian)

J.D. Barrett has written and script edited on an array of one hour television dramas including Wonderland, Bed of Roses, East of Everything and Love My Way. J.D. has several original film and television projects in development in Australia, the US and the UK. The Secret Recipe For Second Chances is her first novel. She is currently working on her second.

Nigel Bartlett (Australian)

Nigel Bartlett is the author of King of the Road, published by Vintage/Random House. Writing for The Sydney Morning Herald, Debra Adelaide called King of the Road ‘a carefully crafted thriller that never misses a beat, delivering a confronting story with great control of the genre’. Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph called it ‘a beautifully constructed, tightly written and very tense thriller’. Nigel is also a magazine writer and editor who has worked for many of the best-known publications in Australia. In 2012 he completed a research masters in creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. He lives in the inner-city suburb of Redfern.

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Linda Bartolomei (Australian)

Linda Bartolomei is the Director of the UNSW Centre for Refugee Research. Since 2002 she has been engaged in a series of research projects which have explored the challenges associated with identifying and responding to the protection needs of refugee women and girls. This has involved research in multiple sites across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. These projects resulted in significant research and policy and law outcomes which were presented at the UNHCR in Geneva. Her current research includes projects related to refugee protection and community development in New Delhi, human rights, social capital and refugee settlement in Australia.

Rosie Batty (Australian)

In an incident that shocked Australia, Rosie Batty's 11-year-old son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014. Greg Anderson murdered Luke Batty at cricket training and was then himself shot by police. Rosie has since become a passionate campaigner on the issue of family violence. She won the Pride of Australia Award in 2014, and was named Australian of the Year in January 2015. Her autobiography, A Mother’s Story, written with Bryce Corbett, was published in 2015.

Caroline Baum (Australian)

Caroline Baum is a journalist, broadcaster and presenter who has worked with the ABC, BBC, Conde Nast magazines, Fairfax etc., and was the founding editor of Good Reading magazine. Currently, Caroline is the Editorial Director of Booktopia, Australia’s largest online bookseller.  In 2015 Caroline was awarded the Hazel Rowley Fellowship. Her work has been published in the anthology My Mother, My Father (Allen & Unwin) and Best Australian Essays 2014 (Black Inc). In 2016, an extract of her forthcoming memoir will be published in the Rebellious Daughters anthology (Ventura Press).

Larissa Behrendt (Australian)

Larissa Behrendt is Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a regular columnist for The Guardian and has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is also the author of two novels: Home, which won the 2002 David Unaipon Award and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (South-East Asia and South Pacific); and Legacy, which won the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing. She is the Ambassador of the Guwara Aboriginal Campus at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney and a board member of the Sydney Story Factory, a literacy program in Redfern. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year.

Hilary Bell (Australian)

Hilary is a playwright, librettist and lyricist. Works include Wolf Lullaby, Fortune, The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch, The Falls, Memmie Le Blanc, The Splinter, The White Divers of Broome, Mrs President and The Wedding Song. She co-wrote The Mysteries: Genesis and Paul Capsis’ Angela’s Kitchen. With Antonia Pesenti, she created books Numerical Street and Alphabetical Sydney. She wrote The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour, And Other Sydney Firsts, illustrated by Matthew Martin. A graduate of the Juilliard Playwrights’ Studio, NIDA and AFTRS, she was the Tennessee Williams Fellow 2003-04 and the 2013 Patrick White Playwriting Fellow. Hilary is a member of 7-On Playwrights.

Tamryn Bennett (Australian)

Tamryn Bennett is a poet and multidisciplinary artist. Since 2004 she has exhibited experimental works in Sydney, Melbourne, Switzerland and Mexico. Her first collection is phosphene (Rabbit Poet Series, 2016). Tamryn has a doctorate in Literature from the University of New South Wales. She currently lives in Australia and is Executive Director of The Red Room Company.

Tegan Bennett Daylight (Australian)

Tegan Bennett Daylight is a fiction writer, teacher and critic. She is the author of three novels: Bombora, What Falls Away and Safety, as well as several books for children and teenagers. Her short stories have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Griffith Review, Meanjin and Best Australian Stories. Her first collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms was published in 2015.

Katherine Biber (Australian)

Katherine Biber is a legal scholar, criminologist and historian. She is Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney, where she teaches and researches in the areas of criminal procedure and law of evidence. Katherine’s research examines the interactions of crime, photography, documentation and visual culture. She is author of Captive Images: Race, Crime, Photography (Routledge, 2007) and co-editor of The Lindy Chamberlain Case: Nation, Law, Memory (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009). Her forthcoming book is titled In Crime’s Archive: The Cultural Afterlife of Evidence (Routledge, 2016).

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Carla Billinghurst (Australian)

Carla Billinghurst is a Blue Mountains blogger and writer who self-published her first book, Halibut Herring and You, in 2015. Carla’s writing encourages readers to see archetypal forms in life’s characters - giants who can be brought down, sleepers that can be woken and magical helpers who together are on a quest to secure the happy ending of modern culture. Carla is also the creator of Kindle Runners: a self-publishing course running out of Cyber Shed in Blackheath.

Anthony Billingsley (Australian)

Anthony Billingsley has a BA (UNSW), MSc (Strathclyde), M. Int. Law (ANU), and a PhD (Macquarie). He has worked with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Westpac, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE, and the Office of National Assessments. He wrote Political Succession in the Arab World, ‘Under the Spotlight’ in Gaza: Law, Politics and Morality, and co-wrote International Law and the Use of Force: a Documentary and Reference Guide. Anthony’s teaching focus is on the politics of international law and on Middle East politics and civilisation. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

Tony Birch (Australian)

Tony Birch is the author of Blood (UQP, 2011), which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of Shadowboxing (2006), and two short story collections, Father’s Day (2009) and The Promise (UQP, 2014). Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He lives in Melbourne and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University. His most recent book is Ghost River.

John Birmingham (Australian)

John Birmingham is the author of the cult classic He Died With a Felafel in His Hand, the award-winning history Leviathan, and the trilogy comprising Weapons of Choice: World War 2.1, Designated Targets: World War 2.2 and Final Impact: World War 2.3. Between writing books he contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines on topics as diverse as biotechnology and national security. Before becoming a writer he began his working life as research officer with the Defence Department's Office of Special Clearance and Records. His latest book is The Brave Ones.

Stephanie Bishop (Australian)

Stephanie's first novel was The Singing, for which she was named one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists. Her second novel, The Other Side of the World, was winner of the 2015 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2014 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award. Stephanie’s essays and reviews have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Australian and the Sydney Review Of Books. She holds a PhD from Cambridge and is a lecturer in creative writing at UNSW. In 2016 she'll be a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Life Writing at the University of Oxford.

Aaron Blabey (Australian)

Aaron Blabey is the creator of many best-selling, award-winning books for children, including The Bad Guys series, the Pig the Pug series, Thelma the Unicorn, Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas, I Need A Hug, The Brothers Quibble and his well-loved first book Pearl Barley & Charlie Parsley, just to name a few. Aaron has been the recipient of a Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, a Children's Peace Literature Prize, 2 Yabba Awards for Best Picture Book and 2 Koala Awards as well. He lives in the Blue Mountains.

Georgia Blain (Australian)

Georgia Blain has published novels, a memoir, essays, and short stories in Australia and overseas. Her first novel, Closed for Winter, was made into a film. She has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the NSW and SA premier’s literary awards, and the Nita B. Kibble Award. The Secret Lives of Men was published by Scribe in 2013, and her most recent book is Between a Wolf and a Dog.

Kathleen Bleakley (Australian)

Descended from lighthouse keepers, Kathleen was drawn back to Wollongong to live between the sea and the escarpment after years in Canberra. Lightseekers is her third book and second major collaboration with performance photographer 'pling. Kathleen and 'pling's previous publication was jumping out of cars with Andrea Gawthorne. Kathleen’s first book was Passionfruit & Other Pieces with etchings by Hannah Parker. Kathleen is widely published including: Etchings; Going Down Swinging; Griffith Review; Hecate; Melaleuca; Poetrix; Wet Ink; and Windmills.

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Anthony Bond (Australian)

Anthony Bond OAM is a freelance writer and curator. Until 2013 he was Director, Curatorial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales where, from 1984, he was responsible for the gallery’s collection of international contemporary art. He was also curator of the inaugural Liverpool Biennial in 1999 and the 1992 Biennale of Sydney. His writing on art has been published widely in Australia and internationally. 

Frank Bongiorno (Australian)

Frank Bongiorno lectures in history at the Australian National University, and has previously worked at other universities in both Australia and Britain. He is the author of several books on Australian history, including The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (2012), which was shortlisted in the Australian history category of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the New South Wales Premier's History Awards, and won the ACT Book of the Year. His most recent book is The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015).

Chris Bowen (Australian)

Chris Bowen was elected to federal parliament as Member for Prospect in 2004 and McMahon in 2010. He was appointed to the Federal Labor Party's frontbench as the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Revenue and Competition Policy in 2006, and appointed Treasurer by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2013. He is the current Shadow Treasurer. His latest book, The Money Men, is about Australia’s most notable Treasurers.

Mike Bowers (Australian)

Mike Bowers is the photographer-at-large for The Guardian Australia. He is also a freelance photographer, photo-journalist and the host of ‘Talking Pictures’ on Insiders on ABC1 at 9:00am on Sunday.

William Boyd (International)

William Boyd is the author of three collections of short stories and fourteen novels, that include A Good Man in Africa, Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart and Restless. His most recent novel is Sweet Caress (2015). His work has been published around the world and translated into over thirty languages. In addition some 17 of his screenplays have been filmed and his latest play, The Argument, had its world premiere at The Hampstead Theatre, London, in March this year.

John Boyne (International)

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of nine novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John’s other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. His most recent book for young readers is The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain, which sees him returning to the setting of the Second World War. His novels are published in over 45 languages.

James Bradley (Australian)

James Bradley is a multi-award winning author and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field and The Resurrectionist, The Penguin Book of the Ocean and a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus. His most recent novel, the critically acclaimed Clade, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction and the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

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Troy Bramston (Australian)

Troy Bramston is a senior writer and columnist with The Australian and a contributor to Sky News. He has worked as a policy and political adviser in government, opposition and the private sector. He is the author of two previous books: Rudd, Gillard and Beyond (2014, Penguin) and Looking for the Light on the Hill: Modern Labor's Challenges (2011, Scribe). As well as editing four books about the political history of Australia, Troy co-wrote The Dismissal with Paul Kelly.

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Frank Brennan (Australian)

Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest, professor of law at the Australian Catholic University, and adjunct professor at the College of Law and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University. He has written a number of books on indigenous issues and civil liberties. His most recent books are No Small Change, Tampering with Asylum, and Acting on Conscience. In 2009, he chaired the National Human Rights Consultation. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to Aboriginal Australians, particularly as an advocate in the areas of law, social justice and reconciliation.

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Anna Broinowski (Australian)

Anna Broinowski fell into filmmaking by accident – when she unearthed Japan's queer and Otaku subcultures in cult hit Hell Bento!!.Her films Forbidden Lie$, Aim High in Creation! and Helen's War have won stuff, including a Walkley, 3 AFIs, the Rome Film Festival Cult Prize, a Russian Critics' prize and the Writers Guild of America Best Nonfiction Screenplay. Anna was once an actor and rock violinist, touring her play The Gap to Japan. Born in Tokyo and raised in Manilla, Burma, Canberra and Iran, she likes exploding western clichés about the East. 

Brothablack (Australian)

Brothablack (aka Shannon Narrun Williams), is one of Australia’s pioneers of Indigenous hip hop. As a founding member of South West Syndicate he won the Deadly Award for Most Promising New Talent and also had a single release on The Triple J Hip Hop Show compilation album. In 2008, he performed for the Big Day Out tour and was the first Aboriginal solo artist to be included in the line-up of performers. Brothablack has a long history working in remote and urban Aboriginal communities teaching hip hop and helping mentor young people to develop their skills. He continues to develop his own musical/artistic output whilst actively promoting and encouraging younger and emerging Indigenous hip hop artists.

Bob Brown (Australian)

Bob Brown is Australia’s most renowned environmentalist. Founding member and long-time leader of the Australian Greens, Bob was elected to the Senate in 1996. His bestselling autobiography Optimism was published in 2014 and Green Nomads: Across Australia’s Wild Heritage in 2015. Having been locked up for helping save Tasmania's Franklin River, he says compared with the Senate, gaol is not bad. Bob lives in Tasmania with partner Paul, and continues working to protect Australia's environment through the Bob Brown Foundation.

Pam Brown (Australian)

Pam Brown is a dedicated professional amateur. She writes poetry and reviews. Her eighteenth slim volume, Missing up, was published by Vagabond Press in 2015. Pam is a contributing editor for several magazines and independent publishers. She lives in Alexandria, Sydney.

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Thomas Brown (Australian)

Thomas Brown is a self-taught artist who produces digital art, books, animation and hand–painted wall works. He is a descendant of the Walbunja People from the Yuin Nation (through his father) of the South Coast of NSW. Through his father’s people he is also connected to the Gundungurra Nation through the Parmoo Clan. For the past ten years he has been artist in residence at Gundungurra Tribal Council and has produced a range of work based on the Gundungurra Peoples’ Dreamtime Stories.

James Brown (Australian)

James Brown is the Research Director of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. A former Australian Army officer, he commanded a cavalry troop in southern Iraq, served on the Australian taskforce headquarters in Baghdad and was attached to Special Forces in Afghanistan. Between 2010 and 2014 James was the Military Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy researching Australian defence and strategic policy. In 2015 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. A regular contributor to Australian and international media, his first book was the acclaimed Anzac's Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession (Black Inc, 2014).

Bryan Brown (Australian)

Bryan Brown is one of Australia’s best-known actors. He came to prominence in the early 80’s with the TV mini-series A Town Like Alice and the Australian Film Breaker Morant. This led to an International career that has spanned four decades and has taken him to filming in some twenty countries including the US, most of Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and many African countries. Films include Australia, Cocktail, Gorillas in the Mist, Two Hands, The Thorn Birds, Along Came Polly and the soon to be released Blue Dog. He lives in Sydney with his wife, the filmmaker Rachel Ward, and his three children.

John Muk Muk Burke (Australian)

John Muk Muk Burke is a Wiradjuri man, born in Narrandera in 1946. Muk Muk spent his early life in Wagga Wagga and then travelled for 40 odd years as an itinerant labourer, factory worker, bottle washer, student and teacher. In 2007 he returned to the Riverina and was employed by Charles Sturt University. For the past three years Muk Muk has been doing his own thing – writing and piano and reflecting.

joanne burns (Australian)

joanne burns has been publishing and performing her poetry (including prose poems, microfictions and monologues) since the early 1970s. Many collections of her works have been published. Recent collections include brush (2014), amphora (2011), an illustrated history of dairies (2007) — all published by Giramondo Books, and footnotes of a hammock (Five Islands Press, 2004). an illustrated history of dairies was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Kenneth Slessor Award for Poetry in 2008 and footnotes of a hammock was joint winner of the Judith Wright ACT Poetry Prize in 2005. She is currently assembling a selected volume of her writing, provisionally titled real land. She lives in Sydney.

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Julian Burnside QC (Australian)

Julian Burnside is a Melbourne barrister specialising in commercial litigation. He is a former President of Liberty Victoria, and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of refugees. He is the author of Wordwatching, Watching Brief, and Matilda and the Dragon. He compiled a book of letters written by asylum seekers held in Australia’s detention camps, published as From Nothing to Zero. In 2004 he was elected as a Living National Treasure, in 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, and in 2014 he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

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Caroline Butler-Bowdon (Australian)

Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon is the Director of Curatorial and Public Engagement at Sydney Living Museums. Spanning 20 years, her career has been dedicated to connecting diverse audiences to history, arts and heritage through a broad range of public engagement programs including festivals, exhibitions and books. She is also an award-winning author and curator.

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Jennifer Byrne (Australian)

Jennifer Byrne has been presenting The Book Club on ABC TV for ten years, during which she has also has interviewed many of the world’s pre-eminent writers for special broadcasts, including the only Australian interview with JK Rowling in 2012 (which coincided with the launch of her first adult book). Jennifer has also worked as a TV journalist on ABC and has written feature stories for many of Australia’s leading newspapers.

B’tutta (Australian)

B’tutta (bah-too-tah) take their name from the Italian phrase meaning ‘to strike’, and this percussion ensemble can sure strike their instruments! In a performance of exciting rhythms and invigorating beats, students are encouraged to conduct, perform and improvise with the ensemble. The talented B’tutta play their own version of musical chairs throughout the performance, rotating through playing drums, djembe, vibraphone, marimba, and all sorts of hand-held percussion instruments! If you’ve got a heartbeat, you’ll enjoy this performance.

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