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

This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

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Zelda la Grange (International)

Zelda la Grange was born in apartheid South Africa. She started her career in 1992 at the Department of State Expenditure and in 1997 she was promoted to become one of the three Private Secretaries in President Mandela’s personal staff. In 1999, he requested that she remain in his services beyond retirement. Together with Professor Jakes Gerwel, Zelda was the only other founding staff member of the post-Presidential Office of Mr Nelson Mandela from where the Nelson Mandela Foundation was established. Zelda served Mr Mandela for 19 years in different capacities until his death on 5 December 2013. Her memoir Good Morning, Mr Mandela is a story of love and hope in which Zelda shares her life and how serving Nelson Mandela for 19 years has had an impact on her life.

Sofie Laguna (Australian)

Sofie Laguna’s many books for children have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, and in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. She has been published in the United States, the United Kingdom and in translation in Europe and Asia. In 2008 Sofie published her first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong. It was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. One Foot Wrong was published throughout Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom, and screen rights have been optioned. Sofie lives in Melbourne with her husband and their young sons. Sofie’s most recent book, The Eye of the Sheep, won the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Samantha Lang (Australian)

Samantha Lang is international film director/writer and visual artist who has worked in Australia, France and the US over the last twenty years. Her films have screened at major international festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Locarno, and have received international recognition at the highest level, competing at the Cannes Film Festival for the prestigious Palme D’Or. In 2015 – her film Carlotta was nominated for five AACTA awards and won three. Most recent recently she was elected as President of the Australian Director’s Guild.

Benjamin Law (Australian)

Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based TV screenwriter, journalist, columnist and the author of two books - The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) - both of which have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now in its fourth reprint, has been translated into French and was adapted into a major six-part comedy by Matchbox Pictures for SBS in January. Gaysia was published in India in 2013 and North America in 2014.

Joy Lawn (Australian)

Joy Lawn is a freelance writer and reviewer for The Weekend Australian and Magpies magazine. Her work has also appeared in Books+Publishing, SMH and ABR. Joy judges several literary awards. She blogs about literary fiction, young adult and children’s literature at Boomerang Books blog and teaches at USQ (external). She is fascinated by ideas and images and how authors and illustrators express these with truth and originality.

Johannes Leak (Australian)

Johannes Leak is an illustrator and commercial artist who specializes in cartooning, magazine illustration, music album artwork and storyboards. He lives and works on the NSW Central Coast where he can also be spotted surfing and walking his dog, Calvin.

Suzanne Leal (Australian)

Suzanne Leal started her career as a criminal lawyer and has since had appointments to several tribunals including the Refugee Review Tribunal.  A former legal commentator on ABC radio, Suzanne is an experienced interviewer at literary functions and events. She is the author of the novels Border Street and The Teacher’s Secret.

Julian Leatherdale (Australian)

Julian Leatherdale is a novelist, researcher and journalist. He was a researcher and photo editor for the 16-volume Time-Life Australians At War series and later co-writer and researcher on ABC-Film Australia TV history documentaries The Forgotten Force (Australia’s role in post-war occupied Japan) and Return To Sandakan (Japanese POW camp atrocity and its legacy). His novel Palace of Tears (Allen & Unwin, 2015) is inspired by the history of the Hydro Majestic hotel and will be translated and published by HarperCollins in Germany in May 2016.

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Christophe Lecourtier (Australian)

H.E. Christophe Lecourtier took up his position as Ambassador of France to Australia in July 2014. Prior to his posting, he was the CEO of Ubifrance (French Agency for International Business Development).  H.E. Christophe Lecourtier has also served as Chief of staff and Special adviser to Mrs. Christine LAGARDE (Trade Minister), he also served in the Prime Minister’s office where he was responsible for External relations with the European Union. H.E. Christophe Lecourtier has received the Legion of Honor and The National Order of Merits, both in the rank of Knight.

Jody Lee (Australian)

Jody Lee has worked for almost twenty years in the publishing industry as an associate publisher (Simon & Schuster), commissioning editor and project editor (Random House and ABC Books). For the last ten years she has worked as a freelance editor working with all the major trade publishing houses (ABC Books, Allen & Unwin, Hachette Australia, HarperCollins, Murdoch Books, NewSouth Publishing, PanMacmillan, Penguin/Random House Australia, University of Queensland Press). She is an editorial consultant for Varuna, The National Writers’ House, and works closely with authors and literary agents to develop manuscripts for publication.

Alexandra Lee (Australian)

Alex Lee is a journalist and a comedian. She is politics reporter at BuzzFeed Australia, and was a writer/presenter on the daily satirical news show The Roast (ABC2) as well as a producer and presenter of News Exchange at ABC News 24. She has appeared on The Checkout (ABC), Media Circus (ABC), Story Club ABC2), The Feed (SBS2) and ABC radio. She co-wrote comedy miniseries Micro Nation for Network 10. Alex has starred in sketch, standup and improv shows at international comedy festivals in Sydney and Melbourne and is a regular performer at the comedy venue Giant Dwarf.

Geoffrey Lehmann (Australian)

Geoffrey Lehmann is an Australian poet and former taxation lawyer. Lehmann was the first Australian poet to be published by the London publishing house Faber and Faber with his first volume of poetry The Ilex Tree, published jointly with Les Murray, which went on to win the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 1965. He was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 1994. He is co-author of five editions of a major taxation text and chairman of the Australian Tax Research Foundation. He has written a variety of poetry collections, such as: Conversation with a Rider (1972), Spring Forest (1992), and Baking at Night: and other poems (2003).

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Julia Leigh (Australian)

Julia Leigh is the author of two internationally acclaimed and widely translated novels, The Hunter (1999) and Disquiet (2008). Her film Sleeping Beauty was nominated for the Palme D'Or at the Festival de Cannes 2011. She lives in Sydney, Australia. Her latest book is Avalanche.

Andrew Leigh (Australian)

Andrew Leigh is the author of The Luck of Politics: True Tales of Disaster and Outrageous Fortune. He is the federal MP for Fraser, the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and a former economics professor at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD from Harvard and in 2011 received the Economics Society of Australia’s award for the best Australian economist under forty. He is also the author of Battlers & Billionaires, The Economics of Just About Everything and Disconnected.

David Leser (Australian)

David Leser is a Walkley award winning journalist who has worked in Australia, North America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia for the past 36 years. He is the author of six books, including his latest, a memoir – To Begin To Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father which was shortlisted for the 2015 National Biography Award. He is also executive producer of the award-winning documentary, Paul Kelly: Stories of Me.

Amelia Lester (Australian)

Amelia Lester is the editor of Good Weekend. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker.

Janna Levin (International)

Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a centre for arts and sciences in Brooklyn, and has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. Her previous books include How the Universe Got Its Spots and a novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, which won the PEN/Bingham Prize. She was named a Guggenheim fellow in 2012 and her most recent book is Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space.

Yasmine Lewis (Australian)

Straight outta Bankstown, Yasmine began performing spoken-word in 2013 after being dragged along to Bankstown Poetry Slam by a friend. Since then, she’s become a state finalist in the national Australian Poetry Slam, toured alongside Mark Gonzales for the Write on the World Series and was one of 5 poets who mentored students for the ‘Stand Tall, Speak Out!’ high school competition. Recently, Yasmine co-directed Real Talk, a spoken-word theatre show, and has worked on various events including 4Elements, MicCheck and Western Sydney U’s Diversity Fest. She’s also a pending law grad, Glacage addict and cat video enthusiast.

Isabelle Li

Isabelle Li is an Australian Chinese writer and translator. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including The Best Australian Stories. Her collection of short stories, A Chinese Affair, will be published by Margaret River Press in 2016. Her poetry translation has been published by ASM in Macau and World Literature in China. Her debut script was made into a short film, premiered at the 60th Melbourne International Film Festival.

Sophie Lieberman (Australian)

Dr Sophie Lieberman is Head of Programs at Sydney Living Museums where she leads public, education and volunteer programming to involve diverse audiences with eight house museums, a world heritage site, two city museums, a research library and their associated landscapes, collections and research. Sophie chairs the Executive Committee of the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group, is a board member of the Australian Theatre for Young People and has held roles on the Sydney Architecture Festival and National Science Week Committees. In 2014 she was awarded a place in the Sydney Leadership Program with Social Leadership Australia.

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Kate Lilley (Australian)

Kate Lilley is Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Sydney, and the poetry editor of Southerly. She is the author of two prize-winning collections, Versary (Salt) and Ladylike (UWAP), and the editor of Dorothy Hewett: Selected Poems (UWAP) and Margaret Cavendish: The Blazing World  (Penguin Classics). Her new book of poems, Tilt, will be published by Vagabond in 2016.

Eleanor Limprecht (Australian)

Eleanor Limprecht’s novel Long Bay is about an abortionist convicted of manslaughter in 1909 who spent time in Long Bay Gaol, where she gave birth to a child. Her first novel, What Was Left, came out in 2013 and was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. Eleanor also writes short fiction and was published in Best Australian Stories 2015. She lives in Sydney but was born the United States and raised in Germany, Pakistan and the US.

Astrid Lorange (Australian)

Astrid Lorange is a writer and teacher from Sydney. She lectures at UNSW Art and Design and runs the talk series Conspiracy at Minerva Gallery. How Reading is Written: A brief index to Gertrude Stein was published by Wesleyan Press in 2014. Poetry books include Eating and Speaking, Minor Dogs, one that made it alike and FOOD TURNS INTO BLOOD.

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John Low (Australian)

John Low was Local Studies Librarian at the Blue Mountains City Library 1982-2007. An active member of the Blue Mountains Historical Society, he received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2012.

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Nakkiah Lui (Australian)

Nakkiah is a writer, actor and Gamillario/Torres Strait Islander woman. She is a co-writer and star of Black Comedy (ABC) and is a monthly columnist for The Australian Women’s Weekly online. She has been an artist in residence at Griffin Theatre Company and was playwright in residence at Belvoir from 2012 - 2014. Nakkiah is also a broadcaster with the ABC, having hosted the Radio National Awaye program and NAIDOC Evenings for ABC Local Radio, broadcast nationally. Nakkiah is also a young leader in the Australian Aboriginal community and has contributed to The Guardian and Junkee. She has also appeared on Q&A and The Drum.

Valeria Luiselli (International)

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and 1983 and grew up in South Africa. A novelist (Faces in the Crowd) and essayist (Sidewalks), her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney’s. In 2014, Faces in the Crowd was the recipient of The Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation’s Five Under 35 award. The Story of My Teeth is her most recent novel.

Catharine Lumby (Australian)

Catharine Lumby is a Professor of Media at Macquarie University. She researches and writes about gender politics, sexuality, ethics, and social media. She is a former print and TV journalist who worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin and the ABC. Catharine is currently completing her biography of the author Frank Moorhouse.