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

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Michaela Kalowski (Australian)

Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer and facilitator. She has conducted radio interviews for the ABC on RN's The Music Show, Big Ideas, on Classic FM and ABC Local Radio. She has also facilitated panels at Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Jewish Writers' Festival and All About Women at Sydney Opera House. She's interviewed writers and thinkers from the worlds of arts, science and politics. Highlight interviews include Amos Oz, Tom Keneally, Daniel Mendelsohn, Robyn Davidson, Emile Sherman, Anthony Horowitz, Joanna Murray Smith and Laura Marling. Michaela also works as researcher/producer on The Margaret Throsby Program (ABC Classic FM) and was a producer/writer on SBS TV political interview series The Observer Effect.

Leah Kaminsky (Australian)

Leah Kaminsky, a physician and award-winning writer, is Poetry and Fiction Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. Her debut novel The Waiting Room is published by Vintage (2015) and will be released by Harper Perennial US in late 2016. We’re all Going to Die is forthcoming with Harper Collins in June 2016. She conceived and edited Writer MD, a collection of prominent physician-writers, which starred on Booklist (Knopf US 2012). She is co-author of Cracking the Code, with the Damiani family (Vintage 2015). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Sarah Kanowski (Australian)

Sarah Kanowski is a presenter of the Books and Arts program on ABC RN. She has a Masters degree in English studies from Oxford University.

Deepti Kapoor (International)

Deepti Kapoor was born in Uttar Pradesh and grew up in various places across North India. Her first novel, A Bad Character, was published globally by Penguin Random House, and in France by Seuil, where it was shortlisted for the Prix Médicis Étranger 2015. It was also shortlisted for several awards in India. Deepti writes for Granta, Conde Nast Traveller and The Guardian. She is working on her second novel, a multi-perspective narrative about an American yoga student disappearing in India.

Fiona Katauskas (Australian)

Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Sydney. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Guardian and New Matilda online and regularly pops up in Scribe’s annual Best Australian Political Cartoon collections. She has also designed greeting cards for the Ink Group and t-shirts for Mambo and produces ‘Talking Pictures’ on ABC TV’s Insiders program. Despite being a grown up, Fiona is also a passionate reader of children’s and young adult literature. The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made is her first book.

Sarah and Phil Kaye (International)

Sarah Kay is the founder of Project VOICE. She is best known for her 2011 TED talk, ‘If I Should Have A Daughter’ which has been seen over seven million times online. Her books, B and No Matter the Wreckage are both consistently top-ranked bestselling poetry books.

Phil Kaye is the co-director of Project VOICE. His work has been viewed over five million times online and featured in media outlets ranging from NPR to He is a former teacher of weekly poetry workshops in maximum-security prisons. Phil’s first collection of poetry, A Light Bulb Symphony, was published in 2011.

Catherine Keenan (Australian)

Dr Catherine Keenan is co-founder and executive director of the Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to changing the lives of marginalised young people through creative writing and storytelling. She was formerly an arts writer and literary editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.  Dr Keenan is the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero.

Phillip Keir (Australian)

Phillip worked in theatre and performance in New York, London and Cologne before returning to Australia to join Sydney Theatre Company as Associate Director. In 1987 he developed NextMedia, a consumer magazine company, which went on to become the 4th largest consumer magazine company in Australia. In 2005 he established the Keir Foundation to provide grant support in the arts and human rights. The Foundation has been active in the areas of Visual Arts and Dance, particularly with projects that have involved the commissioning of new work with an international dimension.

Amanda Keller (Australian)

Amanda Keller is a much loved Australian personality who has been on our screens and air-waves for over 30 years. She spent her early years in Queensland and Western Australia before moving to suburban Sydney with her family. She studied communications at Mitchell College, where she became friends with Andrew Denton. She got a job straight out of university at Simon Townsend's Wonder World! before moving to Ray Martin's Midday Show, Beyond 2000, Talkin' About My Generation and The Living Room. Her memoir, Natural Born Keller, was released in late 2015.

Stuart Kells (Australian)

Stuart Kells is the author of Penguin and the Lane Brothers. His previous book, the critically acclaimed biography of Kay Craddock, Rare, was published in 2011. He is an antiquarian books authority, has a PhD from Monash University, and lives in Melbourne with his wife, Fiona, and daughter, Thea.

Paul Kelly (Australian)

Paul Kelly is editor-at-large of The Australian. He has been editor-in-chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. Paul appears each week on Australian Agenda and before that was a regular on Insiders for nearly a decade. He is the author of nine books: The Unmaking of Gough, The Hawke Ascendancy, The End of Certainty, November 1975, Paradise Divided, 100 Years: The Australian Story, The March of Patriots, Triumph and Demise and most recently, The Dismissal.

Paul Kelly (Australian)

Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly has recorded twenty studio albums, two live albums, and several film soundtracks (Lantana and Jindabyne) in an influential career spanning more than thirty years. His first work of prose, How To Make Gravy, a self described ‘mongrel memoir’, was published in 2010. Playful and honest, insightful and intimate, the memoir is an irresistible reflection on both the big and little things in life. His prose has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly, Rolling Stone and The Age. His latest album, based on the work of Shakespeare, is Seven Sonnets and a Song.

Thomas Keneally (Australian)

Tom Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler's Ark, later made into the Steven Spielberg Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List. He has written an array of non-fiction and historical works, in addition to his acclaimed fiction. His novels The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers For The Paraclete won the Miles Franklin Award. The Soldier’s Curse, his most recent book, was written with his daughter Meg Keneally.

Meg Keneally (Australian)

Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. On returning to Australia, she joined the Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, before moving to Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer. Her latest book, The Soldier’s Curse, co-written with her father Tom Keneally, is the first in The Monsarrat Series.

Rachel Kent (Australian)

Rachel Kent is the Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She has worked with leading artists from around the world, curating major solo surveys by Grayson Perry, Yoko Ono, Annette Messager, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Wangechi Mutu amongst others. She writes and speaks publicly on contemporary art and curatorial practice, and her exhibitions have toured in the USA, Canada, Japan, China and New Zealand. She is currently curating a major international exhibition about story-telling, entitled Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form, which will be on display at the MCA from 2 June to 9 October.

Kinderling Kids Radio (Australian)

Kinderling Kids Radio is Australia’s first G-rated radio station for kids. From the Wiggles to The White Stripes, The Vegetable Plot to Village People; Kinderling Kids Radio is for the music lover in the child and the child in the music lover.

Michael Kimmel (Australian)

Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York, and executive director at the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. An author or editor of more than 20 books, including Manhood in AmericaThe Gendered Society, The History of Men, and Guyland, he has lectured at over 300 colleges and universities, and presented at many of the world’s leading corporations on engaging men in support of gender equality. Michael’s 2015 TED Talk has received over 1 million views.

Starlee Kine (International)

Starlee Kine is an American public radio producer and writer whose work has been featured on This American Life and Marketplace. She is now part of Alex Blumberg’s podcast company, Gimlet Media, where she hosts The Mystery Show podcast. Starlee’s writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine. She is currently working on a book about self-help titled It IS Your Fault. She also co-created the Post-It Note Reading series with the very talented Arthur Jones. Starlee has been making audio stories (This American Life, Pop-up Magazine, The Moth Radio Hour, Wiretap) for a long while, and solving mysteries for a short while.

Jon Klassen (International)

Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book, and This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal. He is also the illustrator of House Held Up by Trees, written by Ted Kooser, which was named a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, written by Mac Barnett, which won a Caldecott Honor. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.

Elizabeth Knight (Australian)

Elizabeth Knight is a senior finance and business commentator for the Sydney metropolitan newspapers including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times. Elizabeth regularly appears as a guest expert in other media including ABC television, Nine Network's Financial Review Sunday, Sky Business, ABC radio and commercial radio. She also acts as a facilitator and speaker at business events including the Australian chapter of Davos World Economic Forum. With a particular expertise in top 200 ASX listed Australian companies, Elizabeth has expertise across a range of industries including mining, food and beverages, communications, technology, media, banking and finance and retailing.

Herman Koch (International)

Herman Koch was born in 1953. He is a successful actor, screenwriter and columnist in the Netherlands, and has written a number of satirical novels, including Summer House with Swimming Pool and The Dinner, which became an international bestseller. The Dinner was adapted for stage and screen in the Netherlands and an English language film adaptation is soon to be released, starring Richard Gere, Steve Coogan and Laura Linney. Herman’s next novel, Mr. M, will be released in Australia in August.

Will Kostakis (Australian)

Will Kostakis writes books for young adults, and the other adults who like to read about them. He was a teenager when his first novel Loathing Lola was published. In 2014, Will won the Gold Inky Award, and was shortlisted for both the Prime Minister’s Literary and the Children’s Book Council: Book of the Year awards. In 2005, Will won The Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories. His latest book is The Sidekicks.

Christopher Kremmer (Australian)

Dr Christopher Kremmer has authored internationally acclaimed literary works on the religious, cultural, economic and political forces now reshaping the Asian region. His books include The Carpet Wars: A journey across the Islamic heartlands, and Inhaling the Mahatma, a portrait of change in contemporary India. A published novelist and essayist, he teaches literary and narrative journalism at the University of New South Wales. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australia India Institute, and former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of South Asia.

Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis (Australian)

Friederike is the Director of the South Coast Writers Centre, as well as an editor, publisher and author of fiction and non-fiction. She has worked as a journalist in Germany and taught at the University of Wollongong. She is the author of On the Reception of Aboriginal Art in German Art Space. Her young adult novella is near completion and set to be published in 2017.

Jay Kristoff (Australian)

Jay Kristoff is the internationally and The New York Times bestselling author of The Lotus War, The Illuminae Files and The Nevernight Chronicle. He is a winner of the Aurealis Award, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, and has been named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty countries, most of which he has never visited. Being the holder of an arts degree, he has no education to speak of. He does not believe in happy endings.

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