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AUTHORS and PRESENTERS

Featured Authors Biggest Book Club Authors & Presenters Publishers
Geraldine Doogue Angela Murphy Professor Sandra Harding Dan Kelly
Dr Veny Armanno Fiona Sewell Jennifer Barrett Matthew Kelly
Dr Sathyabhama Daly Stephen Chong
Jacque Duffy Gemma Deavin
Professor Iain McCalman Sheryl Gwyther
Hazel Menehira Carol Hautot
Professor Stephen Torre Jack Heywood
Helene Young Robyn Kienzle
Jarryd Luke
Andrew Matthews
Barbara Miller
Virginia Miranda
Philip Newey
Michael Quinn
Helen Ramoutsaki
Kier Shorey
Dr Ariella Van Luyn
Dr Gloria Webb
Bill Wilke
Jo Dillon
Jock Blair
Sonja Anderson
Diane Finlay

Featured Authors

Geraldine Doogue

"Keynote Speaker ‐ Literary Dinner"
"In Conversation with Professor Sandra Harding"

Geraldine Doogue is a journalist and broadcaster who has worked in print media, television and radio for more than four decades. In a career that started with a cadetship at the West Australian, she has gone on to receive a United Nations Media Peace Prize and two Penguin Awards for her major role in ABC TV's coverage of the Gulf War.

In 2003 she was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media.

A former host of ABC TV's Compass and Radio National's Life Matters, Geraldine is currently hosting Radio National's Saturday Extra. She lives in Sydney.

Her book, The Climb - Conversations with Australian Women in Power, is inspiring and insightful, revealing a varied and at times quite unexpected picture of contemporary Australia

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Dr Veny Armanno

"Masterclass ‐ Writing Fiction across the genres"
"The Biggest Book Club"
"Panel Discussion"

Venero (Veny) was born in Brisbane to Sicilian migrant parents.

He is the author of one book of short stories and nine critically acclaimed novels. In 1993, Jumping at the Moon was equal runner‐up, Steele Rudd Award for Best Short Story collection. My Beautiful Friend was runner‐up Aurealis Best Horror Novel, 1996. Firehead was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best Novel in 1999 and The Volcano won that award in 2002. The Volcano was also shortlisted for the Courier Mail Best Book of the Year. Veny's latest book, Black Mountain, has been very well received. His novels have been published in USA, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Israel and South Korea.

Veny is also a trained screenwriter and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Queensland.

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Professor Iain McCalman

"In Conversation"
"Panel Discussion"

Professor Iain McCalman was born in Nyasaland in 1947, schooled in Zimbabwe and did his higher education in Australia. His last book,Darwin's Armada (Penguin, 2009) won three prizes and was the basis of the TV series, Darwin's Brave New World.

He is a Fellow of three Learned Academies and is a former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was Director of the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, from 1995‐2002 and won the inaugural Vice‐Chancellor's Prize at ANU for Teaching Excellence. He is a former Federation Fellow and currently a Research Professor in history at the University of Sydney and co‐Director of the Sydney Environment Institute.

His new book, The Reef ‐ A Passionate History, from Captain Cook to Climate Change, was published by Penguin in Australia in November 2013 and by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux in the USA in May 2014.

He was made Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to history and the humanities.

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Helene Young

"The Essence of Storytelling"
"Panel Discussion"

Multi‐award‐winning author and airline pilot, Helene Young, is a Check Captain with Australia's largest regional airline. Her fast‐paced suspense novels star feisty women and sexy men.

When she's not writing or flying, Helene's sailing the seas with Capt G and Zeus, aboard their catamaran Roo Bin Esque.

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Hazel Menehira

"Book Creator's Network ‐ who are we?"
"Write time ‐ to lift life to page"

A Fellow of Trinity College, London, Hazel Menehira is an acclaimed theatre director and published writer after 55 years in journalism and education.

A professional mentor and reviewer she has published 15 books across all genres.

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Jacque Duffy

"Belonging to the Tribe"
"The Art and Science of Picture Book Writing"

Jacque Duffy is the author and illustrator of the newly released picture book The Bear Said Please, published by Wombat Books. Jacque is also the creator of the "That's not!" series of children's books that were placed in Queensland State Schools, libraries and licensed Child care Centres by the Queensland State Government.

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Professor Stephen Torre

"A Writer's Guide to Flashing"
"The Biggest Book Club"
"Fact is stranger than fiction"

Stephen Torre is Adjunct Professor of English at James Cook University and a Research Fellow of the Cairns Institute. His research interests are in the short story, writing and culture in the tropics, and twentieth‐century avant‐gardes.

Stephen has taught courses on Australian literature and culture, Avant‐Garde/Modernist literature, and Short Story Writing. He is one of the judges of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies annual Colin Roderick Award for the best book published in Australia, dealing with any aspect of Australian life.

He is also the editor of etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, the project leader of the Cairns Institute's Cultural Atlas of Tropical Australia, and the convenor of the Tropics of the Imagination Conference.

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Dr Sathyabhama Daly

"A Writer's Guide to Flashing"
"Fact is stranger than fiction"

Sathyabhama Daly (nee Gopal) was born in Malaysia. She pursued a Nursing career in London in the 1970s, and migrated to Cairns to work as a paediatric nurse and midwife at Cairns Base Hospital, and Wu Chopperen Aboriginal Medical Service.

Bhama completed her PhD in English Literature at James Cook University. Her work experiences include tutor in English literature, lecturer and researcher in Indigenous Health (University of Queensland), and learning adviser at James Cook University.

As a founding member of Tropical Writers Inc., Bhama is actively involved in promoting creative arts in the region. Stories, myths and legends and the way in which they provide explanations for being in the world inform her creative writing and research.

She lives in Cairns with her husband and has two sons.

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Jo Dillon

"Writing for the Screen"

Jo Dillon joined Screen Queensland as Head of Development and Production with more than 10 years’ experience in feature film and television in Australia and the UK.

After a successful career as a UK national newspaper journalist and broadcast commentator, Jo joined Emmy-winning production company Yipp Films as Head of Development, where she developed factual narratives for network television and established the company’s first drama slate.

She worked with independent production companies, including Ipso Facto Films (Snow In Paradise, Soulboy, Irina Palm) and Vita Nova Films (Prima Primavera) on a diverse range of critically and commercially successful feature films and feature documentaries, and was an assessor for Northern Film & Media and Screen West Midlands.

Jo moved to Australia in 2012. She consulted to Screen Australia, Film Victoria and the Australian Writers Guild and mentored emerging writers and producers through Open Channel before taking a role as a Development Executive at Screen Australia where she was responsible for assessing, funding and developing a slate of feature film projects, overseeing development and production of short films and managing programs to support the careers of emerging writers, directors and producers.

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Publishers

Matthew Kelly

"Publishing from the publisher's perspective"
"The Biggest Book Club"

Matthew Kelly is Non‐Fiction Publisher for Hachette Australia. He focuses on good stories, well told, from colonial or contemporary Australia, ranging from military history to popular biography.

He has worked at a variety of publishing companies, including Allen & Unwin, Random House Australia, ABC Books and Hachette Australia.

Titles Matthew has commissioned and published include Kokoda (Peter FitzSimons), Flinders (Rob Mundle), SAS Sniper (Rob Maylor and Robert Macklin), The Australian Light Horse and The Changi Brownlow (Roland Perry), Architect of Kokoda (Robyn Kienzle), and The Unknown Anzacs (Michael Caulfield).

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Dan Kelly

"Publishing with Boolarong Press"

Dan Kelly is General Manager of Boolarong Press. Boolarong, established in 1976, has published over 1,000 titles and continues to assist and promote Queensland authors to the world. Currently, Boolarong has 250 titles in print and a small number as free-flow ebooks. In 2012, Boolarong launched the History Queensland magazine to enhance our knowledge of local and State history.

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Biggest Book Club

Angela Murphy

"The Biggest Book Club"

In 2006 Angela's play The Boathouse was co‐produced by JUTE Theatre Company, Cairns and Darwin Theatre Company, Darwin. In 2009‐10 her play Survival Instincts was a finalist and award winner at the Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra Short and Sweet Festivals. In 2011 What are the Odds, produced by JUTE Theatre Company Cairns, was a box office hit. Currently, Angela is putting the final touches on her new played Stewed, ready for a 2015 production.

Angela has won awards for her short stories and has been a writers' festival panel member and workshop presenter throughout North Queensland. She provides professional writing services for newspapers, magazines, individuals, agencies, James Cook University and Education Queensland.

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Fiona Sewell

"The Biggest Book Club"

Fiona is a program maker for ABC Far North. One of her favourite things to do is to get out and about to find far northerners doing incredible things and record their stories.

Fiona has just started her own book club, the First Thursday Book club! Members have very different tastes so she is enjoying reading a great variety of books that she may not have normally looked at. She's even prepared to give sci fi a go!

She loves sharing her love of literature with her daughter. They are currently working their way through the Harry Potter series, something they started on a road trip to Western Australia last year while Fiona was enjoying six months long service leave.

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Authors and Presenters

Professor Sandra Harding

"In conversation with Geraldine Doogue"

Professor Sandra Harding
Vice‐Chancellor and President, James Cook University
BSc (Hons) ANU, MPubAdmin UQ, PhD NCSU, Hon Doc JIU, FACE, FQA, FAICD, FAIM

Professor Sandra Harding took up her appointment as Vice‐Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia in January 2007. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville.

Professor Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. An economic sociologist by training, her areas of enduring academic interest include work, organisation and markets and how they work. She also has a keen interest in public policy, particularly education policy and other policy domains affecting higher education.

Professor Harding has undertaken a wide variety of external roles within the business community and the higher education sector.

Current roles include: Chair, Universities Australia; Member, Northern Australia Advisory Group; Member, the Australia‐China Council Board; Co‐Vice Chair, the New Colombo Plan Reference Group; Member, International Education and Training Advisory Council Queensland; Director, Regional Australia Institute; Council Member, the Australian Institute for Marine Science; Director, North Queensland Cowboys NRL club; Member, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Advisory Board; Member, Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Board; Director of Townsville Enterprises and of Advance Cairns (regional economic development bodies); and; a Governor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

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Dr Ariella Van Luyn

"The Thrill of the Chase"
"Poets' Picnic"

Ariella Van Luyn is a lecturer in writing at James Cook University. Her short stories have been published in Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Lip Magazine and Riptide. Her unpublished manuscript, Hidden Objects, was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards 2012.

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Barbara Miller

"In Conversation"

Barbara Miller's recent book The European Quest to Find Terra Australis Incognita: Quiros, Torres and Janszoon exposes little known history re the exploration of Australia and the Pacific. Gifted in biography and history, Miller's book William Cooper, Gentle Warrior: Standing Up for Australian Aborigines and Persecuted Jews is an eye-opener.

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Bill Wilkie

"The Daintree Blockade ‐ a book, a play, a rainforest full of stories"

Bill Wilkie is a Mossman based writer whose research has taken him from the National Library of Australia in Canberra to remote hippie camps in isolated tropical rainforests. The Daintree Blockade, due for release in 2014, is his first book.

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Carol Hautot

"Finding your authentic Voice"

Carol Hautot is an award-winning business coach and a closet writer. A career in Hotel Management then Human Resources and delivering workplace training was her start point. Carol completed a Masters Degree in Professional Education and Training whilst on Christmas Island, started an amateur theatre group and launched into play writing. Back in Cairns, she spent seven years with ActionCOACH as a business coach. In 2013 Carol blended her brains for business with her love of theatre and developed. Dynamic Conversations; www.dynamicconversations.com

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Gemma Deavin

"Blogging ‐ Panel Discussion"

"ABC Open Digital Storytelling"

Gemma Deavin, ABC Open Producer for Far North Queensland…

Gemma spent 2012 and 2013 as the ABC Open Producer in Western Queensland.

The wide brown land and small population was a world away from the densely populated Jakarta where she was living before making the move to the outback.

She transitioned from travelling up the remote rivers of Kalimantan helping tell the stories coming out of local communities in Borneo, for World Wildlife Fund Indonesia, to working with Western Queenslanders teaching them skills around photography, video and writing so they could also share their stories.

Gemma is now based in Cairns as the ABC Open Producer for Far North Queensland and is loving the salty air, sea, rainforests, rain and adventures she's having in this beautiful part of Australia.

Originally a Sydney girl with a background in print journalism and her own multimedia communications business, Gemma loves nothing more than travelling and exploring her surroundings, with camera in hand.

Digital storytelling is a type of storytelling that allows anyone to share a story, in a range of media. Photography, audio, video ‐ they are stories that come to life visually and audibly. We're talking about taking storytelling off paper into a form we can hear and see ‐ into a form that has a presence around us.

In this workshop we will explore this relatively new form of storytelling ‐ a form that's growing all the time. You will come up with a digital storytelling idea of your own that Gemma will then help you work on (if you choose) following the workshop. It could be a short audio/visual story, a radio piece or a video.

You'll walk away having an understanding of the changing media/storytelling environment and an idea of how to contribute your own story to this landscape. Anyone can be a journalist these days!

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Dr Gloria Webb

"Book Creator's Network - who are we?"

Her experience as a freelance editor showed Gloria a clear need ‐ helping authors self‐publish ‐ leading to the establishment of Jabiru Publishing. Gloria has many years' experience in writing and editing across a range of fields. As a publisher, she derives great pleasure from helping authors bring their works to fruition.

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Helen Ramoutsaki

"Poet's Picnic"

Performing poet Helen Ramoutsaki comes sandwiched with a delicatessen of alter-egos, including her rapping grandmother, MC Nannarchy, who often pulls the picnic rug out from under her feet. Helen's latest speciality is taking you on excursions around the Wet Tropics in poetry from her performance piece, Wet: an appetite for the tropics.

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Jack Heywood

"The Daintree Blockade ‐ a book, a play, a rainforest full of stories"

After graduating from NIDA in 1961, Jack Heywood had a 40 year career as a professional actor. Since retiring to Port Douglas, Jack has written and staged local themed plays at the Clink Theatre, including, The Sins of Ellen Thomson, Too Good to be True, and Max and Diana of the Nautilus. His latest play, Love in the treetops, will be performed in October.

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Jarryd Luke

"The Thrill of the Chase"
"Create your own Zine"

Jarryd Luke is the Director of the Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre. He has been shortlisted in the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award, the QUT Postgraduate Writing Prize, and the Emerging Author category of the Queensland Literary Awards. His stories have been published in The Lifted Brow, M/C Journal, LiNQ and Rex.

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Jennifer Barrett

"The Thrill of the Chase"

Jennifer has won or been a runner-up in many short story competitions since 2007 and is on the board of the Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre. She is proud to be an inaugural member of the Verb Writers group in Townsville and is just finishing her first novel.

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Kier Shorey

"Guest Speaker"
"Panel Discussion"

Kier Shorey has been presenting the Breakfast Show at ABC Far North since 2006. Breaky runs from 5 am every weekday and Kier delivers a fast paced, high energy program covering everything from music, local comedy, news and sport to movie reviews, the FNQuiz and great local stories.

Before Kier joined ABC Far North, he was a successful Sydney-based screen writer. His screen writing credits include the feature film Blurred (to earn Kier 1.2 cents please hire this film at your local DVD shop), and Stop, a short film which appeared at the Cannes Film Festival. He has also lent his writing talents to Neighbours, Ocean Girl and Pirate Island.

Kier has a long association with the theatre and has acted for various Cairns theatre companies including the Cairns Little Theatre and the Just Us Theatre Ensemble

Kier says that being Breaky presenter is the ideal job for him, being an exhilarating combination of one part writing, one part performance and one part buffoonery.

As well as his Breakfast slot, Kier, a mad‐keen movie fan, presents a regular film review every Wednesday at 10.15 am and hosts the Art Show each Friday morning at 10.30 am.

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Michael Quinn

"Poet's Picnic"

Story teller Michael Quinn engages audiences in dramatic re‐enactments of ancient tales from diverse cultures around the world. Drawing on Chinese, Japanese, Indian, African, Celtic, Native American and Australian Aboriginal sources, he conjures up gods, immortals, trickster spirits, heroes and weird beasts.

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Philip Newey

"The Writer as Architect, Builder and Interior Designer"

Philip has had an interesting and diverse career, having once been an Anglican Priest, then a community worker and more recently a research biologist. Now he has added writer and editor to his repertoire.

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Robyn Kienzle

"Publishing from the publisher's perspective"
"In Conversation"

Robyn's working life began as a science teacher but her journey eventually led to the successful publishing in 2011 of her father‐in‐law's biography The Architect of Kokoda Bert Kienzle The Man who made the Kokoda Trail. Robyn is now working on a series of stories about life growing up in colonial Papua.

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Sheryl Gwyther

"Belonging to the Tribe"

Sheryl Gwyther writes novels, chapter books, school plays for children and short stories for adults. She's State advisor for the global networking association, SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), is a recent Australian Society of Authors Board Director and also a Books in Homes Programme author role model.

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Stephen Chong

"Book Creator's Network ‐ who are we?"

Stephen is the highly acclaimed author of four self‐help novels:

The Book of Testaments: A practical guide for spiritual realisation (2009).
The Music of the Soul: A pathway to a rich and fulfilling life (2011).
Letters Across Time: A journey of enlightenment (2013)
The Power of the Possible: A teenager's traverse of the world (due Dec 2014)

His two screenplays A Meaningful Life and the sequel Power of the Possible are based on his novels.

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Virginia Miranda

"Belonging to the Tribe"

I've been writing articles and short stories for 35 years. Taking a sea change in 2005, I reduced my working hours and recaptured my writing spirit. I joined a number of writing groups and with likeminded friends started a group INK. My aim is to work less and write more.

Member of
Brisbane Writers Centre
Fellowship of Australian Writers Qld
Northern Rivers Writers Centre

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Andrew Matthews

"Snap up a Local ‐ Presentation & Book Signing" @ 7pm Friday
"Chatting with Kier Shorey" @ 11.10am Saturday

Andrew Matthews' books are published in 42 languages with sales of over 7 million copies in 60 countries. He has appeared on 3,000 radio and TV programs on 5 continents.

In the field of motivation and personal development, his books, Being Happy! and Follow Your Heart are classics.

His latest book How Life Works has just been released in Singapore and Malaysia where it has spent the last two months on the bestseller lists.

Andrew has addressed over a thousand international corporations. His presentations are laced with humour and he draws lightning-fast cartoons as he speaks!

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Sonja Anderson

"In Conversation with Iain McCalman" @ 3pm Saturday
"In Conversation with Geraldine Doogue and Professor Sandra Harding" @ 12.30pm Sunday

Sonja Anderson is a communication specialist with a broad background that encompasses journalism, editing, radio production, media management, marketing, public relations and community engagement.

Her career spans more than 18 years, as a freelance feature journalist, ABC producer and presenter, book writer and editor, and as a member of communication teams for local and state governments, and private enterprise.

As a part of her work she has often been an MC and presenter and finds hosting in-conversation events with authors enjoyable and illuminating.

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Diane Finlay

"Belonging to the Tribe" @ 4pm Saturday

Diane enjoys writing for children and is author, illustrator and self-published author of "The Duck with no Quack".

She is currently working on her third novel for children aged 7 - 9 years.

Her children's short stories are published with The School Magazine. Her adult short stories feature in Tropical Writers anthologies, Short and Twisted anthologies and also in her e-book series Short and Black.

She keeps getting involved in Festivals and is currently the Chair of the local RADF committee.

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