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Nicole Abadee

Nicole Abadee is the books writer for The Australian Financial Review Magazine, Good Weekend & Australian Book Review. She is a regular moderator at festivals & literary events and runs a literary consultancy for fiction and non-fiction writers.

SESSIONS
CONVERSATION - Gravity is the Thing
PANEL - Weaving History Through Stories


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John Blay

John Blay is a noted Australian writer, naturalist and historian who has written extensively about the Australian bush and its people in drama, prose and poetry. He is the author of Back Country and On Track and has won the Parks Writer Award.

SESSIONS
CONVERSATION - Searching Out the Bundian Way

Proudly sponsored by The Old Church Milton
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Lauren Chater

Lauren Chater writes historical fiction with a particular focus on women’s stories. The Lace Weaver is her first novel, and she is currently working on her second, Gulliver’s Wife. Her blog The Well Read Cookie celebrates her love of baking and literature.

SESSIONS
PANEL - Historical Inspirations
PANEL - Weaving History Through Stories


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Candice Fox

Candice Fox is the author of the bestselling Fall, Crimson Lake and Redemption Point, all shortlisted for Ned Kelly and Davitt Awards. Her first collaboration with James Patterson Never Never topped bestseller lists in Australia, USA and UK.

SESSIONS
PANEL - Criminal Minds
PANEL - Unforgettable Settings
Proudly sponsored by Legacy Wills & Estates
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David Hunt

David Hunt is the bestselling author of Girt which won the 2014 Indie Award for Non-Fiction. His first book for children The Nose Pixies was released in 2016, while his next picture book My Real Friend is due in May 2019.

SESSIONS
READING - My Real Friend
CONVERSATION - The Art of Forgetting
PANEL - The Power of Sound

Proudly sponsored by The Old Church Milton
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Suzanne Leal

Suzanne Leal is the author of The Teacher’s Secret & Border Street. She is the senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, a board member of BAD:Sydney Crime Writers Festival & a book reviewer for The Australian.

SESSIONS
CONVERSATION - Becoming a Bestseller
PANEL - A Funny Thing Happened
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Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books as well as many articles & essays. Her latest novel, An Isolated Incident was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

SESSIONS
WORKSHOP - Fiction Fundamentals


Proudly sponsored by The Dairy Shed
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Joanna Nell

Joanna Nell is author of international bestseller, The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village. Her short fiction has won multiple awards and has been published in various journals and literary anthologies. Joanna is also a GP living in Sydney.

SESSIONS
PANEL - We’re Not Getting Any Younger
PANEL - A Funny Thing Happened

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Marita Smith

Marita Smith is the author of two YA novels Convergence and Emergence from her debut series Kindred Ties. Marita is passionate about the environment, science, paleobiogeochemistry and LGBTQIA+ representation.

SESSIONS
PANEL - The Weird & Wacky World of Science

Marita Smith proudly sponsored by Julie Bozza
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Karen Viggers

Karen Viggers is the author of four novels: The Orchardist's Daughter, The Stranding, The Lightkeeper’s Wife & The Grass Castle. Karen is also a wildlife veterinarian. Her novels are known for their evocative portrayal of Australian people & landscapes.

SESSIONS
PANEL - Unforgettable Settings

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Rebecca Summerton

Rebecca Summerton is the co-owner/director of the multi-award winning screen production company Closer Productions. Rebecca produced the breakout film 52 Tuesdays which won awards at both Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival.

SESSIONS
FILM NIGHT - Script to Screen

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Nicole Coventry

Nicole is the production supervisor, scripted at SBS where she works across the development, production and broadcast of SBS’ drama slate. Prior to SBS, Nicole worked on a wide range of drama series, feature films & documentaries including Top of the Lake, Safe Harbour, Ali’s Wedding, Hunters, Wonderland, Love My Way and Tangle.

SESSIONS
FILM NIGHT - Script to Screen

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Amal Awad

Amal Awad is the author of novels Courting Samira & This Is How You Get Better and non-fiction Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women and Fridays with my Folks. She contributed to the anthology Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia.

SESSIONS
PANEL - We’re Not Getting Any Younger



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Kel Butler

Kel Butler is a podcaster and wannabe author. Her podcasting business "ListenUp Podcasting" is all about making positive podcasts for a positive world. Kel co-hosts the Writes4Women and Writes4Festivals podcasts with author Pamela Cook.

SESSIONS
WORKSHOP - Podcasting Fundamentals


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Katherine Collette

Katherine Collette is the author of The Helpline which was longlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards and will be released in North America, the UK and Italy in 2019. Katherine also co-hosts The First Time podcast with author Kate Mildhenhall.

SESSIONS
PANEL - The Power of Sound
PANEL - A Funny Thing Happened


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Leigh Hobbs

Leigh Hobbs is an artist and author best known for his children’s book characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Mr Chicken and Mr Badger. A highly successful animated TV series, based on Leigh’s Old Tom series of books has been screened in Australia and Europe.

SESSIONS
CONVERSATION - Inspiring Creativity in Children


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Meredith Jaffe

Meredith Jaffé is the author of two novels for adults - The Fence and The Making of Christina - and the first in a series for children, Horse Warrior. She is the Festival Director of Storyfest and regularly facilitates at other writers festivals and literary events.

SESSIONS
PANEL - Criminal Minds
CONVERSATION - The Art of Forgetting
CONVERSATION - Accidental Feminists
CONVERSATION - Wild Adventures in Fantasy
GALA DINNER - In Conversation with Maggie Beer
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Dave Leys

Dave Leys is the author of The Institute of Fantastical Inventions. He teaches English to high school students in Sydney. He wishes he knew more about science and is attempting to make that wish come true by studying the weird and wonderful world around him.

SESSIONS
PANEL - The Weird & Wacky World of Science

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Leonie Marsh

Leonie Marsh is a film and podcast producer (Kick Ass 2, Unpaused the Podcast, The Short Film Pod). She spent six years in London at Matthew Vaughn's MARV Films, is a regular contributor to White Wash Magazine & has produced numerous award-winning short films.

SESSIONS
FILM NIGHT - From Script to Screen



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Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham has written eight bestselling novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, and four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death.

SESSIONS
PANEL - Criminal Minds
Michael Robotham is proudly sponsored by The Old Schoolhouse
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Julie Sydenham

Julie Sydenham has illustrated 12 books to date, including four with bestselling author, Di Morrissey.
Julie runs her own art studio where she teaches classes and workshops in a variety of mediums, as well as creating her unique brand of art and illustration.

SESSIONS
WORKSHOP - A Thousand Words with Julie Sydenham
WORKSHOP - Painting Words with Pictures

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Christian White

Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter. His debut novel, The Nowhere Child, won the 2017 Wheeler Centre Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript, and has been published in multiple territories around the world.

SESSIONS
PANEL - Criminal Minds
FILM NIGHT - From Script to Screen
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Natalie van den Dungen

Natalie is a director, writer & producer whose short film Bunny New Girl won 15 awards including Best Family Film at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2016 & Best Comedy at the St Kilda Film Festival 2015. Bunny New Girl has over 8 million views on YouTube.

SESSIONS
FILM NIGHT - Script to Screen

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Andrena Finlay

Andrena Finlay has been producing films since 1983. She has produced or executive produced ten feature films, three short films and two television films including Paws, Frauds, Razzle Dazzle, Goddess and Thunderstruck. Her new initiative is Screen Arts. Business. Consulting (www.screenabc.com) and she is author of “Producing for the Screen: A Handbook" co-written with producer Sue Milliken.

SESSIONS
FILM NIGHT - Script to Screen

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Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer AM is one of Australia’s best-known food personalities, appearing on Masterchef & The Great Australian Bake Off. She has written many cookbooks including the award winning Maggie’s Recipe for Life & runs an international food production business.

SESSIONS
GALA DINNER - In Conversation with Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer AM is proudly sponsored by Cupitt’s Winery.
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Jane Caro AM

Jane Caro AM is an author, novelist, broadcaster, columnist and social commentator. She was awarded the 2018 Walkley for Women’s Leadership. Her latest book Accidental Feminists tells how one generation became feminists that changed the world.

SESSIONS
CONVERSATION - Accidental Feminists

Proudly sponsored by The Old Church Milton
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Pamela Cook

Pamela Cook is the author of four novels including Blackwattle Lake, Essie’s Way, Close to Home and The Crossroads. She hosts the writing podcast Writes4Women & is a proud Writer Ambassador for Room to Read.

SESSIONS
DINNER + PANEL - Historical Inspirations
CONVERSATION - Inspiring Creativity in Children
PANEL - We’re Not Getting Any Younger
PANEL - The Power of Sound
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Robert Hollingworth

Robert Hollingworth is an award-winning Australian artist and writer. He has published five titles, most notably They Called Me The Wildman which was shortlisted for the 2010 SA Premier’s Literary Award. His latest novel is A Blank Canvas.

SESSIONS
PANEL - Unforgettable Settings


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Meg Keneally

Meg Keneally is co-author with Tom Keneally of The Soldier's Curse and The Unmourned, the first two books in The Monsarrat Series. Fled is her first solo novel. Meg is fascinated by the ocean and history, in particular maritime history and archaeology.

SESSIONS
CONVERSATION - Weaving History Through Stories




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Natasha Lester

Natasha Lester is the USA Today bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress, as well as Her Mother’s Secret and a A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald. Her fourth historical novel, The French Photographer was released in March 2019.

SESSIONS
PANEL - Historical Inspirations
CONVERSATION - Becoming a Bestseller
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Jaclyn Moriarty

Jaclyn Moriarty is author of the critically acclaimed YA series ‘The Colours of Madeleine’ and the ‘Ashbury-Brookfield’ novels. She has lived in the US, England, Canada, and now lives in Sydney where she grew up. Gravity is the Thing is her second novel for adults.

SESSIONS
CONVERSATION - Gravity is the Thing
CONVERSATION - Slightly Alarming Tales
WORKSHOP - Writing for Tweens and Teens

Proudly sponsored by Hozack Clisdell Lawyers
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Inga Simpson

Inga Simpson is the author of Mr Wigg, Where the Trees Were and Nest which was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Stella Prize, and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. Inga's love of Australian nature led to her memoir Understory.

SESSIONS
CONVERSATION - Searching Out the Bundian Way
PANEL - Unforgettable Settings

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Allison Tait

Allison Tait (A.L. Tait) is the international bestselling author of middle-grade series The Mapmaker Chronicles and the Ateban Cipher novels. Allison is a multi-genre writer, teacher, speaker & co-host of the top-rating So You Want To Be A Writer podcast.

SESSIONS
CONVERSATION - Slightly Alarming Tales
CONVERSATION - Wild Adventures in Fantasy
PANEL - The Power of Sound
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Michelle Barraclough

Michelle Barraclough is an emerging author whose debut novel As I Am was shortlisted for the 2017 Richell Prize & is currently on submission. Michelle is a passionate reader with a degree in Literature and blogs regularly about writing & reading.

SESSIONS
READING - My Real Friend
PANEL - The Weird & Wacky World of Science
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Sophie Hyde

Sophie Hyde is a director, producer and writer whose debut film 52 Tuesdays won awards at both Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival. Her other projects include F*!#ing Adelaide, Life in Movement and Animals.

SESSIONS
FILM NIGHT - Script to Screen

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