KEYNOTE SPEAKER : ‘Embracing The Fact That Not Everyone Will Love What You Write’ - Emily Maguire
Emily Maguire is the author of five novels and two works of non-fiction. She was named as a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year in 2010 and again in 2013.
Her most recent novel, An Isolated Incident, has been shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and long-listed for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award.
Emily’s articles and essays on sex, feminism, culture and literature have been published widely including in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Monthly and The Age.
She works as a teacher and mentor to emerging writers.
GUEST SPEAKER SPOT: 'Kokoda Rewritten' - Susan Ramage
Darkness is fading and weak morning light is shafting down through the dense jungle foliage in the early hours of 27 October 1942. Now, 75 years later, ‘The Lost Battlefield of Etoa’ at Eora Creek in New Guinea is still wreathed in dripping jungle gloom and is still largely unknown. Why was this battle site lost? What are the secrets of Eora Creek still haunting the Kokoda Campaign?
In her prize-winning book, Kokoda Secret, Susan Ramage reveals the shocking truth which is of national and international significance. General Ken Gillespie, Chair of NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council, who launched Susan’s book in the presence of the Governor of New South Wales, General David Hurley, described Kokoda Secret as ‘a national treasure’.
Susan is a writer and historian. Her publications include poetry, and historical articles in the Journals of The Australian War Memorial (Wartime) and the Australasian Pioneer Society. She has spoken at The Australian War Memorial and been interviewed by Channel 7 and Alan Jones. This is her first book
WORKSHOP PRESENTER: 'The Australian Women Writers Challenge' - Elizabeth Lhuede
In 2012, as a then aspiring writer with a PhD in Australian poetry, Elizabeth Lhuede established the Australian Women Writers Challenge. Her aim was to help to counter the gender bias apparent in reviewing of books by women, as identified by organisations such as the VIDA Count in the US and the Stella Prize in Australia. Now in its sixth year, the AWW challenge has a searchable database featuring around 4000 reviews of books by Australian women.
Since establishing the challenge, Elizabeth has had two ebooks published under the name of "Lizzy Chandler": the best-selling rural romance Snowy River Man (now re-published in, Country Secrets, a print anthology of "Australian best sellers"), and the romantic suspense, By Her Side.
She has also written a literary thriller and a YA fantasy, and is currently working on a time-slip novel, loosely based on research into her family history.