Paul Carter writes, draws, co-designs places. Coming from the UK, via Spain and Italy, he derives his material from
‘the migrant condition.’ In books like The Road to Botany Bay, The Lie of the Land and Meeting Place he has proposed new forms of cross-cultural communication.
He believes that the way we name and describe the world
is ethical: poetics is politics. He has written extensively about the Mallee (Ground Truthing, 2010) but also has deep links to memory sites in Berlin and Venice. His poems (Ecstacies and Elegies) explore the relationship between the plenitude of existence and the suffering of loss. His creative practice, Material Thinking, is named for a book published in 2004: it has produced a number of well-known projects including Nearamnew at Federation Square. He is also professor of design at RMIT University.
Ali Cobby Eckermann
Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first collection little bit long time was written in the desert and launched her literary career in 2009.
In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Australian Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. In 2014 Ali was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week, and the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. In 2017 Ali received a Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University USA and was awarded a Literature Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts in 2018. Ali was granted a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy in 2019, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at RMIT Melbourne.
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Peter Goldsworthy combines writing with the practice of medicine. He has won literary awards across a range of genres, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction, and, together with composer Richard Mills, the inaugural Helpmann Award for Best New Work for the opera Batavia. His most recent novel is Minotaur, published by Penguin Viking in 2019; his 1995 novel Wish has been reissued in the Text Classics series, his 1998 novel Maestro as an Angus & Robertson Australian Classic. His novels have been widely translated and most have been adapted for the stage.
Barry Hill has won Premier’s Awards for poetry, non-fiction and the essay. His most recent book is Reason and Lovelessness; Essays, Encounters, Reviews 1980– 2017, which derives from his major works, including Broken Song and Peacemongers. His poetic works include major studies of William Buckley and the celebrated English painter, Lucian Freud, which was shortlisted for the UK’s Forward Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologised. His selected poems, Eagerly We Burn, has recently been released by Shearsman Books in the UK. His new book of poems
is Kind Fire. He lives in Queenscliff with his wife, the singer-songwriter Rose Bygrave. He is the current
judge of the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal Award.
Charlotte Guest is a bookseller and
PhD candidate in creative writing at Deakin University, Geelong. Her debut poetry collection, Soap, was published
by Recent Work Press in 2017. She is currently working on her first novel.
Katie Holmes is an historian who writes on environment, memory, women’s letter and diaries, and gardens. She is the author of Spaces in Her Day: Australian Women’s Diaries of the 1920 & 1930s (1995) and Between the Leaves: Australian Stories of Women, Writing and Gardens (2011), and most recently co-author of Mallee Country: Land, People, History (Monash Uni Publishing, 2020). She is also Director of the La Trobe University’s Centre for the Study of the Inland and has an abiding interest in the history of Australian settlement.
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of six novels including
the international bestseller The Slap and most recently Barracuda, shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and the
inaugural Voss Literary Prize. The Slap and Barracuda were
both adapted into celebrated television series. He is also a playwright, essayist and screenwriter. He lives in Melbourne.
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Since migrating to Australia in 1976, John Wolseley has been on a search to discover how we dwell and move within landscape.
He sees himself as a hybrid mix of artist and scientist; one who tries to relate the minutiae of the natural world to the abstract dimensions of the earth’s dynamic systems. Since 2009, Wolseley has worked and exhibited with the great Yolngu artist Mulkun Wirrpanda painting the floodplains and flora of the Blue Mud Bay region of Arnhem Land. His work has been exhibited widely across Australia, is in many public collections and featured in numerous publications including John Wolseley: Land Marks by Sasha Grishin, Lines for Birds, John Wolseley and Barry Hill and most recently Midawarr/Harvest, The art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and
Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye, Palestinian-American, is the Young People’s Poet Laureate of the United States (Poetry Foundation). For
2019-2020 she was the poetry editor of the New York Times Sunday magazine. Selected for Lifetime Achievement Awards
by the National Book Critics Circle and the Texas Institute of Letters in both 2019 and 2020, she has conducted writing workshops all over the world and published more than 35 books. She lives with her husband, documentarian/photographer Michael Nye, in San Antonio, Texas. They have one son and one grandson.
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Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists and has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. The latest, Axiomatic (Brow Books), won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Best Writing Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and The National Book Critics Circle Award (USA). Maria holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.
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