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

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James Valentine (Australian)

James Valentine is a broadcaster, writer and musician. He presents Afternoons on 702 ABC Sydney, writes regularly for Australian newspapers and leads his own quartet performing around Sydney and Australia. He’s the author of six books, three for children and three books based on his radio show.

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Felicity Vallence

Felicity Vallence is a former Penguin Books marketing manager, publicist and social media manager of Penguin Teen Australia. She’s spent years falling in love with book boyfriends, having major literary feels, helping fans line up correctly at signings and finding the perfect GIF to encapsulate the emotions of a finished novel at 3am. Now, she is Floss the Fangirl and she still spends hours figuring out how she would survive the Hunger Games. Spoiler alert: she wouldn’t.

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Peter van Onselen (Australian)

Peter van Onselen is a professor of politics and foundation chair of journalism at the University of Western Australia. He is also a contributing editor at The Australian newspaper and a presenter at Sky News. His latest book, Battleground, was co-authored with Wayne Errington. His essay 'Ruling, not governing', was also co-authored by Wayne Errington, and is published in Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System.

 
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Yanis Varoufakis (International)

Yanis Varoufakis is an academic economist and Greece's former finance minister who led his country's negotiations with the IMF and the EU in 2015 and who resigned his post refusing to sign a third bailout loan agreement, describing it as ‘a loan contract designed to fail’. In February 2016 he launched a new pan-European political movement in Berlin (DiEM25) with the aim of ‘democratising a disintegrating Europe’. His most recent book is And The Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe, Austerity & the Threat to Global Stability, published by The Bodley Head.

 
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Rebecca Vaughan (International)

Rebecca trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and her film and television work includes the lead in Grace's Land, the receptionist in The Interview and Jane Austen in The Dead. She studied physical theatre with Sachi Kimura (student of Philippe Gaulier) and still attends The Actors Centre. Occasionally, she can be found on the South Bank dabbling in a bit of street clowning. At the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival, Rebecca performed a sell-out run of her one-woman show, Dalloway, based on Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, which was highly acclaimed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 
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Jean-François Vernay (International)

Born to an Australian mother and a French father, Jean-François Vernay grew up in New Caledonia’s multicultural community, which shares some of Australia’s characteristics, including a convict heritage and a complex history of settlement. Using Peter Carey and Christopher Koch as a starting point, he has been researching Australian fiction for 20 years and has published widely in the field, both in French and in English. He is the author of Water From the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch (Cambria Press, 2007), A Brief Take on the Australian Novel (Wakefield Press, 2016) and The Seduction of Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming in 2016).

 
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Michael Visontay (Australian)

Michael Visontay is a journalist and former senior editor at The Sydney Morning Herald. Michael was ghost writer for The Happiest Refugee, he has co-authored two other memoirs, Undies to Equities: the remarkable life of Henri Aram, and Nathan Hindmarsh: My Life, and the upcoming memoir of child abuse activist Manny Waks. Michael also has a keen interest in sport; he created and taught a course on Sport and Media at UNSW, and has written a book about the Western Sydney Wanderers football club, which will be published later this year.

 
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PJ Vogt (International)

PJ Vogt hosts the podcast Reply All from Gimlet. Reply All is a thrice-a-month podcast that mixes narrative journalism with an editorial sensibility that favours weirdness, humour, and surprise. Every month, the show is downloaded over 2.5 million times. He won a Third Coast Award for his hard-hitting look at a prolific songwriter who has written eight albums about toilets.