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

This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

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Matthew Gain (Australian)

Matthew Gain is responsible for Audible’s operations across Australia and New Zealand. Matthew has worked in PR and marketing roles for brands like Nivea, Samsung, Fitbit, Telstra and Microsoft, and has vast experience creating powerful branded content, which has been underpinned by a healthy passion for technology and storytelling. With a firm belief in the power of the voice to bring stories, ideas and characters to life, Matthew’s favourite audiobook is Matilda by Roald Dahl, narrated by Kate Winslet.

Damon Gameau (Australian)

Damon Gameau is an award-winning actor who has appeared in a range of productions. As a director, he was the winner of Tropfest in 2011 and That Sugar Film marked his first feature-length film. The film is now the highest grossing Australian documentary of all time and won the 2015 Aacta award for Best Feature Documentary. Damon is a passionate advocate for good health and is determined to help people find a happier way of living. On the back of the enormous success of That Sugar Film and That Sugar Book, Damon Gameau brings us That Sugar Guide which he has co-written with his wife Zoe.

Petina Gappah (International)

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. Her debut story collection, An Elegy for Easterly, won The Guardian First Book Prize in 2009. Her new novel is The Book of Memory.

Peter Garrett (Australian)

Peter Garrett is a well-known activist, musician and former federal politician. A founding member of Midnight Oil, he was twice president of the Australian Conservation Foundation before entering parliament as the Member for Kingsford Smith in 2004. He subsequently served as a minister in the Rudd/Gillard governments. Married with three children, he lives in Sydney.

Sarah Gates (Australian)

Sarah Gates is a novelist based in Adelaide, South Australia. Her contemporary romance novel, Love Elimination, will be published by Harlequin Australia in 2016. Sarah’s first novel, a young adult fiction, was originally published on Wattpad and now has over 9.6 million views. She has since self-published this work, and now teaches workshops on writing and self-publishing. She is the 2015 recipient of Carclew's Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing.

David Gaunt

David Gaunt has been the co-owner of Gleebooks since 1978. He has held many roles in industry associations. He is a Life Member of the Australian Booksellers' Association, for whom he was Copyright Committee Convener for fifteen years. He was a Board Member of the Sydney Writers' Festival during its first five years of its operation. His was Founding Chair of the Indigenous Literacy Project and on the Board of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation until 2016. In 2011 David was awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to the book industry. 

Joe Gelonesi (Australian)

Joe Gelonesi has been presenting The Philosopher’s Zone on ABC RN since 2013. He has been a member of the network’s executive editorial team for over a decade, overseeing key content areas such as science and health, religion and ethics, and arts and culture.

Sulari Gentill (Australian)

Award-winning author Sulari Gentill set out to study astrophysics, ended up graduating in law, and later abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. Sulari is author of award-winning Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, a series of historical crime fiction novels. The first in the series, A Few Right Thinking Men, was shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book. A Murder Unmentioned was shortlisted for the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards ‘Best Crime Novel’. Under the name S.D. Gentill, Sulari also writes a fantasy adventure series called The Hero Trilogy.

Anna Gerber (International)

Visual Editions was launched, is owned, and run by Anna Gerber and Britt Iversen. Anna is from Paris via Los Angeles and has been writing about (Creative Review, Eye Magazine) and teaching graphic design (Central Saint Martins and The Royal College of Art) for the past 15 years in London. She lives in Shepherds Bush with her husband and daughter. Alongside Visual Editions, Anna is also a Special Projects Creative Director for like-minded brands.

Anna and Brit believe in publishing books as beautiful cultural objects, championing great writing by some of the greatest writers in the world. We believe in making digital books that go beyond books as PDFs because frankly we think readers deserve more. And we believe in working with amazingly talented commercial and cultural partners from around the globe to keep making Great Looking Stories. 

Ross Gittins (Australia)

Ross Gittins is the Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and an economic columnist for The Age. He has been a Nuffield Press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a journalist-in-residence at the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. His most recent book is Gittins.

Madeline Gleeson (Australian)

Madeline Gleeson is a lawyer and Research Associate at the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. She specialises in international human rights and refugee law, with a focus on State responsibility, offshore processing and the protection of children. She has extensive experience working with forcibly displaced people around the world, including asylum seekers, refugees, stateless people, trafficked persons, economic migrants and people displaced by land grabbing in Asia and South Africa. Madeline previously worked with UNHCR in Geneva, and is a John Monash scholar. She is the author of Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, a new book exploring the reality of Australia’s offshore processing regime for asylum seekers in the Pacific.

Jane Gleeson-White (Australian)

Jane Gleeson-White is the author of Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have – or can accountants save the planet? (2014) and Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world (2011). Double Entry won the 2012 Nib Literary Award for excellence in writing and research and was shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the 2012 Age Book of the Year and the 2012 Queensland Literary Awards. Jane has also written two books about literature: Australian Classics (2007) and Classics (2005). She blogs at

Richard Glover (Australian)

Richard Glover has written a number of bestselling books, including In Bed with Jocasta, The Mud House, and George Clooney’s Haircut and Other Cries for Help. His recent book, the acclaimed memoir Flesh Wounds (published in 2015), was voted by viewers of ABC Televisions’ The Book Club as one of their Top 5 favourite books of the year. Richard also writes a weekly column for The Sydney Morning Herald and presents the Drive show on ABC 702.

Linda Godfrey (Australian)

Linda Godfrey is a poet, writer, editor, series editor of microliterature anthologies, reader, manuscript assessor, judge and publicist for Spineless Wonders publishing company, and she also works as a freelance editor. Her fiction and poetry have been published online and in journals. She is the curator of Little Fictions: live performances of short stories read by professional actors at Knox St Bar. She has also been the curator of Rocket Readings poetry readings since 2007.

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Ann Goldstein (International)

Ann Goldstein, the translator of all of Elena Ferrante’s novels, is an editor at The New Yorker and a recipient of a PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has translated works by, among others, Roberto Calasso, Alessandro Baricco, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Amara Lakhous, and is the editor of the complete works of Primo Levi. The New York Times has described Ann as having the ‘patience of a dove and the stomach of a lion’ in her work as a translator.

Elena Gomez (Australian)

Elena is an editor and poet living in Sydney. She is the author of chapbooks Chill Flakes (sus press) and A Glazed Window w/ Fat Borders//[Taut & Discoloured] (SOd press), and her poems have appeared in Mascara, Cordite and Scum Mag. She is currently working on a book based on the works of Alexandra Kollontai as part of an MFA at UNSW Art and Design.

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David Gonski AC (Australian)

As a lawyer and subsequently as a corporate adviser, David Gonski has spent the last thirty-eight years advising and participating in business in Australia and in Asia. David is presently Chairman of the ANZ Bank and Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd and Chancellor of the University of New South Wales. David has participated in four reviews for the Australian federal government, the best known of which was the 'Gonski Review' into the funding of schools in Australia. He recently released a collection of speeches I Gave a Gonski.

Gus Gordon (Australian)

Gus Gordon is an illustrator and author. He illustrated his first children's book in 1996 and has now illustrated and written over 70 books for children. Gus's first picture book, Wendy, is about a motorcycle-riding stunt chicken and was selected as a Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable Book in the 2010 Book of the Year Awards. His latest books are I am Cow, Hear Me Moo and Big Pet Day.

Vivian Gornick (International)

Vivian Gornick is an American critic, journalist, essayist, and memoirist. She was a reporter for the Village Voice from 1969 to 1977. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications. She has published 11 books including a biography of Emma Goldman, the critically acclaimed memoir Fierce Attachments, and the essay collections, The Men in My Life and The End of the Novel of Love, which were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent book is the memoir, The Odd Woman and the City. In 2007, she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. In 2014, she was the Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor in Non-fiction at the University of Iowa.

Lisa Gorton (Australian)

Lisa Gorton has a PhD on the poetry of John Donne from the University of Oxford. She is a poet and novelist, essayist and reviewer. Her first poetry collection Press Release won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry; her second, Hotel Hyperion was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. Her novel The Life of Houses was published in 2015 and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, Christina Stead Fiction Prize.

Michael Grant (International)

Michael Grant is the author of the bestselling Gone series, the BZRK trilogy and the brand new Front Lines trilogy. With his wife Katherine Applegate, he is also the co-author of Eve and Adam and the Animorphs series. Michael has written or co-authored over 150 books in total, which by his own admission is just absurd! Michael lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with Katherine and their two children.

Stan Grant (Australian)

Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri man whose latest book Talking to My Country (HCP, 2016) is a powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity. A journalist since 1987, Stan has covered some of the world's biggest news events and has received a string of prestigious international and Australian awards. He published his memoir, The Tears of Strangers (HCP) in 2002 and in 2015, he won a Walkley award for his coverage of Indigenous affairs.  He is Managing Editor of National Indigenous Television, Indigenous Affairs Editor at The Guardian and International Editor at Skynews.

Ross Grayson Bell (Australian)

After a career in Hollywood, where he produced Fight Club and Under Suspicion, Ross returned to his native Sydney in 2009 as Head of Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. In 2011 he adapted Susan Duncan’s memoir Salvation Creek, which was one of four screenplays selected for Screen NSW’s Aurora Script Development Program in 2013. More recently, Ross was re-appointed by the Minister of the Arts as Senior Judge of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and joined Screen Australia as an external script assessor. He is currently mentoring novelists and screenwriters through the Australian Writers Mentoring Program.

John M. Green (Australian)

John M. Green straddles two worlds, story and business. When he's not crafting a page-turning thriller about cyber-terror, geopolitics or money, he might be at a boardtable thrashing out billion-dollar business deals, like some of his fictional characters do. Author of The Trusted, Born to Run and Nowhere Man, John's next Tori Swyft thriller, The Tao Deception, will be released in November. On the boards of some major public companies, John is also a Councillor of the National Library of Australia and co-founded Pantera Press, a boutique publisher devoted to fostering Australian storytelling.

Tim Griffiths (Australian)

Tim was born in Sydney and has lived and worked there most of his life, apart from travels in Europe, Asia and America and two years in Papua New Guinea. He studied at University of New South Wales and obtained degrees in Arts and Law. He works as a lawyer and has four children. Endurance is his first novel. Tim is currently working on a novel based on the extraordinary story of Frank Hurley's expedition into Papua in the 1920s.


Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawong tree. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, he is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss. When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, Grug invents his own dance and calls it "The Grug". When snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails.

Billy Gruner (Australian)

Dr Billy Gruner is a practicing professional artist. He founded MAP (Modern Art Projects) in the Blue Mountains and was the founder and curator of WEST, a project space of MAP focusing on international wall works, film and sound. Modern Art Projects (MAP) is a not-for-profit incorporated association designed to explore the nexus of art and architecture via a broad interdisciplinary field. MAP has curated a series of public and private events where curated contemporary art is placed in unique domestic architecture and grounds.

James Gurbutt (International)

James Gurbutt set up Corsair as a boutique literary list at the then independent publisher Constable & Robinson in 2009 (the latter purchased by Little, Brown in 2014). His main areas of interest are literary fiction, crime and non-fiction. He started out as an accountant for Random House in 1997 and was the Commercial Director at Vintage. He later moved into editorial as Associate Publisher for Harvill. Key literary writers on the Corsair list include Roxane Gay, Jennifer Egan, Louise Erdrich, William Finnegan and John Waters.