Walker Chair

Brenda Walker is a novelist and Professor Emerita of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. She is the author of the novels CrushOne More RiverPoe’s Cat and The Wing of Night. The latter won the 2006 Nita B Kibble Award and the 2007 Asher Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2006 Miles Franklin Award. She is also a critic, essayist and editor. Her most recent book, Reading by Moonlight, was the winner of the 2010 Nita B. Kibble Award and the Nettie Palmer Prize for Nonfiction at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Brenda was a judge of the 2014 Stella Prize, and chair of the 2016 and 2017 Stella Prize judging panels.

Emily Maguire is an author and social commentator who has published several books, including the international bestseller Taming the Beast and the nonfiction book Princesses and Pornstars. She was named a SMH Young Novelist of the Year in 2010 and again in 2013. Emily’s articles and essays on sex, feminism, culture and literature have been published widely, including in The Sydney Morning HeraldThe AustralianThe Observer and The Age.

Geordie Williamson

Geordie Williamson is publisher at Picador Australia. He was formerly the chief literary critic of The Australian newspaper, and his essays and reviews have appeared in newspapers and magazines in Australia and the UK for over a decade. In 2011, he won the Pascall Prize for criticism, Australia’s only major national prize awarded for critical writing. His first book, The Burning Library, is a collection of essays on neglected figures from Australian literature.

Suzy Wilson

Suzy Wilson is the founder of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. In 2010 she was awarded the Dromkeen Award for her efforts in ‘being a catalyst in changing children’s lives through literature’. She is also the owner of Riverbend Books in Brisbane, and has a background as a teacher, an education consultant with Education Queensland and a part-time lecturer at QUT.

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