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

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Chris Reason (Australian)

Chris Reason is a Walkley Award winning senior reporter and presenter for Seven News. He has been with the network for 25 years, serving as both a foreign correspondent based in the London Bureau (1992-96) and anchor to Seven’s flagship news programs – 6pm, Sunrise, and the Afternoon and Morning News. In a career that began in newspapers but quickly moved to television, he has covered some of the biggest stories of our time – across hotspots including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Pacific rim. He’s covered the Boxing Day tsunami, Fukushima disaster, London bombings, September 11, Thredbo landslide, Beaconsfield disaster, the deaths of Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana, and eight Olympic Games.

James Rebanks (International)

James Rebanks runs a 600 year-old family farm in the Lake District in northern England. The Shepherd's Life is his first book. He also uses his popular Twitter feed - @herdyshepherd1 - to share updates on the shepherding year. James is a graduate of Oxford University, and also works as an expert advisor to UNESCO on sustainable tourism.

Michael Reid (Australian)

Michael Reid has been News Editor at ABC News 24 since 2011, overseeing live and rolling coverage of the biggest stories of the day. Major coverage has included the 2015 Sydney Siege, Gallipoli 100th anniversary coverage from Turkey, the Arab Spring and the Paris shootings. Michael was previously a supervising producer on Nine News and has also worked as a reporter/producer for Ten News and for Associated Press TV News in London. He has also produced several news documentaries.

Georgina Reid (Australian)

The Planthunter is the love child of Sydney-based writer and landscape designer Georgina Reid. It’s the culmination of the many years Georgina has spent pondering, exploring, and documenting the various ways humans relate to the natural world as a designer, writer and thinker. Georgina also writes a regular garden column for Australia’s most popular design blog, The Design Files, is the contributing gardens writer for Belle Magazine, contributes to Green Magazine and Ninemsn Homes, is asked to speak at events like Vivid and Melbourne Writers Festival, and is sometimes interviewed by various print and online publications. Or, she’s designing gardens.

Eliza Reilly (Australian)

A recent acting graduate from the Actors Centre Australia (ACA), Eliza’s screen work can frequently be caught on the ABC and SBS, most notably working with Giant Dwarf (The Chaser) as well as creating her own television work with her sister Hannah Reilly (Triple J, ABC TV). As well as working on the stage and screen, Eliza has been a radio presenter and broadcaster for over six years on FBi 94.5 and can be heard every month on 702 with James Valentine. Her comedy writing has been featured on Radio National, ABC and at the Sydney Comedy Festival.

Hannah Reilly (Australian)

Hannah May Reilly is a writer, performer, director and broadcaster. She is currently working as a writer/presenter on The Checkout (ABC1) and and has recently taken over Sunday nights on Triple J with a new sex and relationships show, The Hook Up. Hannah is co-Creator of Yarramadoon, a comedy debate held at Giant Dwarf Theatre. She has worked with political satire group A Rational Fear and in 2013 she wrote and directed the short film Great Day, which was a finalist at Tropfest.

Tohby Riddle (Australian)

Tohby Riddle is the multi-award-winning creator of numerous well-loved picture books, two cartoon collections and a novel. In his new book, The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar,he has directed his love of words and pictures to the tricky subject of grammar. By making the book Tohby Riddle wished he’d had when he was learning grammar at school, he might just have created a world first: a visual book of grammar – that is simple, fun, understandable and memorable!

Erin Riley (Australian)

Erin Riley is a sports writer and historian from Sydney. She has written extensively about gender and sport in Australia. Her writing is focused on understanding the role sport and sport institutions play in Australian life and has appeared in outlets including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian and SBS Zela. She recently contributed to From The Outer (Black Inc, 2016).

Sally Rippin (Australian)

Sally Rippin is Australia’s highest-selling female author and one of the country’s best-loved children’s authors. Writing for almost 20 years, Sally has written over 50 books for children and young adults, and her mantel holds numerous awards for her writing. Best known for her Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series, Sally loves to write stories with heart and characters that resonate with children, parents and teachers alike.

Jamila Rizvi (Australian)

Over the past few years, Jamila has firmly established herself as the pre-eminent voice of young Australian women online. As a writer, presenter, interviewer and commentator she injects her own special brand of humour, irreverence and authenticity into the public debate. Jamila is Editor-at-Large for the Mamamia Women’s Network and a popular speaker/MC who appears regularly on the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel 10. She is wife to Jeremy, mother to baby Rafi, 10 months, and is currently writing her first book, to be published by Penguin in 2017.

Rhoda Roberts (Australian)

Rhoda Roberts is a significant force on the Australian arts scene. She recently completed 21 years as a radio broadcaster with the National Music program Deadly Sounds. From 1992 to 2014, Rhoda was producer of Vibe Australia. She was also Creative Director of Sydney New Year's Eve and Festival Director of Garma Festival, produced by the Yothu Yindi Foundation. She was a co-founding member of Australia's first national Aboriginal theatre company, the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust (ANTT). She is currently Head of Indigenous Programming, Sydney Opera House; Creative Director of Rhoda Roberts Gallery & Events; and Festival Director, Boomerang Festival. Rhoda is a member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul clan of Northern NSW and South East QLD and a sought-after speaker.

Michael Robotham (Australian)

Michael Robotham started his career as a journalist but then became a ghostwriter, writing many bestselling autobiographies in collaboration with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and showbusiness personalities. His thrillers have been translated into twenty-two languages and he has twice won Australia's Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel. He won the CWA Steel Dagger Award in 2015 and was shortlisted in 2007 and 2008. Michael was also shortlisted for the inaugral ITV3 Thriller Awards.

Vivien Robotham (Australian)

Vivien Robotham is a former corporate researcher and PA, who gave up the world of high finance to raise three children and to look after the affairs of a highly demanding, temperamental fourth child who is otherwise known as her husband. She has taught him not to take her for granted.

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Judith Rossell (Australian)

Judith has been an illustrator and writer of children’s books for over 12 years. Before that, she worked as a government scientist (not a mad scientist, a normal kind of scientist) and also for a cotton spinning company (that made threads for T-shirts and denim jeans and mops and teabag strings). She has written 11 books and illustrated more than 80. Her books have been published in the UK and the USA, and have been translated into more than 10 languages. Judith lives in Melbourne with a cat the size of a Walrus.

Kate Rossmanith (Australian)

Kate Rossmanith is an academic and a nonfiction writer. Her essays on the work of judges, life on parole, stem cell technologies, germ theory, cliff accidents and crocodile country have appeared in The Monthly and Best Australian Essays. Kate’s writing explores remorse in the criminal justice system, telling the stories of wrongdoers, and of the people whose job it is to judge them. She teaches creative nonfiction writing at Macquarie University.

Aedenn Rowan (Australian)

Aedenn Rowan is from the Gamilaroi peoples from northwestern New South Wales with connections to the Wiradjuri, Ngemba and Yuin peoples who are New South Wales Aboriginal peoples. Aedenn’s artwork reflects his experiences in Aboriginal culture throughout his lifetime from the Stolen Generations to living as an Aboriginal person in the Blue Mountains where he lives with his wife and two children.

Jessica Rowe (Australian)

Jessica Rowe is a broadcaster and writer who, in a career spanning over twenty years, has worked at all the major Australian commercial television networks. She is currently a presenter on Channel 10’s morning show, Studio 10. Jessica is patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia and an ambassador for beyondblue. In 2015 she was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for her long commitment to mental health advocacy and her broadcasting career. Her new memoir is Is This My Beautiful Life?.

Josephine Rowe (Australian)

Josephine Rowe is an Australian writer of short fiction, poetry and essays. Her story collections include How a Moth Becomes a Boat and Tarcutta Wake, which was longlisted for the 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Iowa Review, Best Australian Poems, Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Five Dials, Australian Poetry Since 1788 and Harvard Review. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University. Her most recent book is A Loving, Faithful Animal.

Celestine Rowe (Australian)

Celestine Delvene Rowe is a Pintubi poet from Central Australian currently living in Adelaide. A bit political, never shy on stage, speaking the truth, telling the story. Celestine won the National Poetry Slam for the Alice Springs Desert Festival in 2011 and was a runner up at Heat Two of the SA leg of the 2014 National Slam. Cel is an amazing mother of four amazing children.

David Rowe (Australian)

Jean-Christophe Rufin (International)

Jean-Christophe Rufin is a doctor, historian, novelist, and the former French Ambassador to Senegal and Gambia. Having worked for NGOs for over 20 years, Rufin has led missions in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Sudan, Rwanda and the Balkans. He is one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders and was the administrator for the French Red Cross (1994-1996). Rufin is the author of bestsellers and Goncourt Prize-winners The Abyssinian and Brazil Red. In 2008, he was elected to the Académie Française and became one of its youngest members. Four of his novels have been translated into English. In 2015, Europa Editions will release The Red Collar, a novel on war and its aftermath. His new book on walking the Camino, The Santiago Pilgrimage, will be published in English this year.

Lesley Russell (Australian)

Dr Lesley Russell is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at the University of Sydney. She helped organise the first complete public reading of Anne Frank’s diary at the Powerhouse Museum in 2001. She worked in Washington DC for three years as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General in the Department of Health and Human Services. She was previously a health policy advisor to the Federal ALP and holds a PhD in biochemistry from the John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU.

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Juanita Ruys (Australian)

Dr Juanita Feros Ruys is Director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800. She specializes in the field of Medieval Latin texts. Her research interests include medieval and early modern didactic literature, the epistemology of experience in the Middle Ages, medieval understandings of suicide, empathy in the Middle Ages, and medieval demonology. She is the author of The Repentant Abelard (Palgrave 2014) and is currently working on two monographs on medieval demonology.