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

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Christine Paice (Australian)

Christine Paice is an award winning poet and writer. She won the Josephine Ulrick Award for poetry in 2009 with The Ministry of Going In. Her poem, ‘The Quality of Light’, was shortlisted for the Blake Poetry Prize 2013. She has published two poetry collections, Mad Oaks and Staring at the Aral Sea, (Ginninderra Press) and an illustrated children’s book, The Great Rock Whale, (Hachette Australia ). The Word Ghost, her debut novel, was published by Allen & Unwin in June 2014.

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Yeonmi Park (International)

Human rights activist and North Korean defector Yeonmi Park is fast becoming the face and voice of her oppressed people, as well as an inspiration for freedom-loving individuals throughout the world. In the fall of 2014 she was a featured speaker at the Oslo Freedom Forum and The One Young World Summit in Dublin, where her passionate, deeply personal speech about the brutality of the North Korean regime became an international phenomenon. Since then, she’s been named one of the Top 100 Global Women by the BBC and profiled in numerous media outlets. Yeonmi’s memoir, In Order To Live, was published by Penguin in 2015.

Naomi Parry (Australian)

Naomi Parry is a Katoomba-based historian who has published widely on child welfare and Aboriginal history. She was the NSW historian on the Find & Connect web resource and project editor at the Dictionary of Sydney. In 2015 she received the National and State Libraries Australasian Honorary Fellowship at the State Library of NSW to research the life of the Aboriginal warrior Musquito. She is currently coordinating the NSW Centenary of Anzac Book NSW and the Great War.

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Bruce Pascoe (Australia)

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man. His novel Fog A Dox won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards and his most recent book Dark Emu won the NSW Premier's Award Book of the Year in 2016.

Steve Pennells (Australian)

Steve Pennells is a five-time Walkley Award winner who also took out the coveted Gold Walkley in 2012. He is The West Australian’s Sydney-based chief writer, a roving brief which has seen him on assignment across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. But he is probably better known for his two-year court battle against Gina Rinehart, who tried to force him to reveal the sources behind his award-winning series which exposed her multi-billion dollar battle with her children. He is one of the country’s most awarded journalists with a series of national and international honours over his 20-year career. He is a six-time winner of the UN Media Peace Prizes and was named the recipient of the Arthur Lovekin Prize for Excellence in Journalism a record four times. Last year, he was appointed Channel Seven’s Network Investigative Reporter, filing for the network’s flagship long-form show, Sunday Night.

Antonia Pesenti (Australian)

Antonia Pesenti is an architect and illustrator. She works across the two disciplines; co-directing an award winning design practice as well as illustrating for many Australian and international clients. Creating picture books is her passion - she designed and illustrated the best selling books Alphabetical Sydney and Numerical Street.

Sheila Pham (Australian)

Sheila Pham is a writer, producer and broadcaster. She produces programs for ABC Radio and her writing has been published in New Philosopher, Griffith Review, The Big Issue and Kill Your Darlings. She is currently a project manager at Sydney Story Factory.

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Claire Phipps (International)

Claire Phipps is The Guardian's senior live blogger, covering major breaking news including the Sydney siege, the Oscar Pistorius trial, the Bali Nine executions, the Charlie Hebdo shootings and terror attacks in Paris and Brussels. She is currently based in Sydney and was previously a news editor on The Guardian home desk in London. She tweets @Claire_Phipps.

Liz Pichon (International)

Liz Pichon is the author of the best-selling Tom Gates series, which has sold 1 million books in the UK alone and been translated into 36 languages. The first book in the series, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, The Red House Book Award Best Book for Young Readers and the Waterstones Best Fiction for 5-12 year olds. The fourth book in the series, Tom Gates: Genius Ideas Mostly,won the Blue Peter Award for Best Story. Liz has also written and illustrated a number of picture books. She lives in Brighton, UK.

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

Ailsa Piper has worked as a writer, director, actor, teacher, speaker and broadcaster. She was co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright’s Award for her script Small Mercies, and co-adapted Bell Shakespeare’s version of Duchess of Malfi. Her memoir, Sinning Across Spain, was an investigation of personal morality, conducted along a 1300 kilometre Spanish pilgrim trail. Ailsa has judged both the NSW and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and contributed to Slow Living magazine, Eureka Street, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. Her next book, co-authored with Catholic priest Tony Doherty, is a series of letters documenting their unlikely friendship.

Felicity Plunkett (Australian)

Felicity Plunkett is a poet and critic. Her first collection Vanishing Point (UQP, 2009) won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize and was short-listed for several other awards. Her chapbook Seastrands (2011) was published in Vagabond Press’ Rare Objects series. She is Poetry Editor with University of Queensland Press and the editor of Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, 2011). Her reviews and essays appear in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Book Review, Sydney Review of Books etc.

Peter Polites (Australian)

Peter Polites is a writer and editor. The latest anthology he produced is Ornaments from Two Countries: GLBTIQ Stories of Difference from Western Sydney and Regional NSW. He is the associate director of SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. His first book is forthcoming with Hachette in 2017.

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Graham Potts (Australian)

War defines the first decade of Graham Potts's adult life. After challenging assignments with the Royal Australian Air Force, his inner strategist acknowledged the truth: writing is his true passion. Graham has a fondness for literature and an appetite for intrigue, offering an action-packed style that captivates, thrills, and touches on the truth. His first novel is No Free Man, released in January 2016.

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Ron Pretty (Australian)

Ron Pretty’s eighth book of poetry, What the Afternoon Knows, was published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2013. He published Five Islands Press books for twenty years, during which time the Press published 230 Australian poetry titles. He has edited the magazines Scarp: New Arts and Writing and Blue Dog: Australian Poetry. He has taught creative writing in schools, universities and community groups in Australia and overseas. His book, Creating Poetry, was released by Pitt Street Poetry in 2015.

Alice Pung (Australian)

Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She has won numerous awards including the 2007 Newcomer of the Year Award in the Australia Book Industry Awards for her first book Unpolished Gem. Her Father's Daughter won the Western Australia Premier's Book Award for Non-Fiction. Alice’s writing has appeared in The Monthly, the Age, Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. In 2015, Alice published four books around the character Marly in Penguin's Our Australian Girl series.

John Purcell (Australian)

John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian début author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at