Kerryn Goldsworthy

Kerryn Goldsworthy is a freelance writer and critic, and a former lecturer in literature at the University of Melbourne. She has been an editor of Australian Book Review and a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and won the 2013 Pascall Prize for Criticism, earning the title Australian Critic of the Year. Her most recent book is Adelaide. Kerryn was chair of the Stella Prize judging panel from 2013–2015.

Caroline Baum

Caroline Baum is journalist and broadcaster and the Editorial Director of Booktopia. Caroline was the founding editor of Good Reading Magazine, presenter of ABC TV bookshow Between the Lines and Foxtel’s Talking Books. Her contribution to My Mother, My Father, an anthology of memoir writing about losing a parent, will be published in Best Australian Essays 2014.

Tony Birch

Sarah Blasko is a Sydney-based singer/songwriter who has released four critically acclaimed albums. She has also written music for theatre, film and dance and has a side project with singers Holly Throsby & Sally Seltmann called “Seeker Lover Keeper”. Sarah has been nominated for numerous awards, and received an ARIA Award for Best Female Artist (2010) and Best Pop Release (2007). Her 2009 album “As Day Follows Night” was named Triple J’s Album Of The Year. Sarah is currently working on her fifth studio album.

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a Goorie novelist whose work celebrates Aboriginal people and others living around the margins of the First World. Her novel Mullumbimby was longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award and Stella Prize, shortlisted for the Kibble Prize, and won the 2013 Queensland Literary Award for Fiction and the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing. Melissa is also a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and is a founding member of Sisters Inside, a groundbreaking organisation which supports criminalised women in Queensland.

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