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.


Delia Falconer is the award-winning author of The Service of CloudsThe Lost Thoughts of Soldiers, and Sydney. She is also the editor of three anthologies: The Best Australian Stories 2008 and 2009 and The Penguin Book of the Road. Her short stories and essays have been anthologised in many publications, including The Penguin Century of Australian Stories and the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Delia is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney and a literary critic. Most recently, she was an invited guest of the Cátedra Coetzee: Literaturas del Sur at the University of San Martín, Buenos Aires.

Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) – both of which have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now a major SBS TV series.

Sandra Phillips teaches publishing studies in QUT Creative Industries and is the Chair of First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Inc. (FNAWN). Sandra’s research areas are Indigenous Story and Indigenous digital communities of practice. Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng, Sandra was an editor with Magabala Books and UQP and the first Aboriginal manager of Aboriginal Studies Press.

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