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Kimberley Writers Festival 2016 - Festival Guests

 

Agustinus Wibowo

Agustinus Wibowo

is an Indonesian travel writer and travel photographer.  He started a “Grand Overland Journey” in 2005 from Beijing, where he pursued his bachelor degree in Tsinghua University, and dreamed to reach South Africa totally by land with an optimistic budget of US$2000. His journey has taken him across Himalaya, South Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, and ex-Soviet Central Asian republics. He was stranded and stayed for three years in Afghanistan, until 2009. His first book, A Blanket of Dust (2010) chronicles his journey in Afghanistan. It was followed by BorderlinesA Journey through Central Asia (2011) and his third book, Zero (2013), he has pioneered a new genre in Indonesian travel literature.  Agustinus speaks Indonesian, English and Mandarin Chinese fluently; and has learned Russian, Japanese, German and French academically; and has taught himself to speak many languages including Urdu, Farsi, Tajik, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Uzbek, Mongol, Turkish, and Tok Pisin.


Nkandu Beltz 

Nkandu Beltz

is an author, philanthropist, social change maker and lover of humanity, who has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years.  She is a Young Leaders Commissioner with the G200 Association based in Geneva and an International Award-winning Social Pioneer who works with youth and women around the globe. Nkandu has written three books which are now sold in more than 10 countries. She travels the globe as a speaker and runs workshops on personal leadership and unleashing your potential. With her journalistic skills she interviews Thought Leaders that inspire people to take action.

 

Faye Bohling 

Faye Bohling   

Soon after Faye Bohling’s birth, her mother chose to leave her with a foster carer. Over subsequent years she spent short fragments of time with her mother, before she was taken to live in a convent institution for ‘wayward girls’. Faye was just ten years old when she was put to work in the convent’s vast commercial laundering operation and denied an education. The Laundry Girl is the true story of a young girl’s struggle to understand her place in a constantly changing world, dispersed with heart-warming vignettes of colourful characters and experiences encountered on her life’s journey.

 

Kevin Brophy 

Professor Kevin Brophy

is the author of thirteen books of poetry, fiction and essays. His latest book is Walking: New and Selected Poems (John Leonard Press). He teaches poetry and short fiction in the Creative Writing Program in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His poems, fiction and essays have been anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, Best Australian Essays 2009 and Best Australian Stories 2012 (Black Inc.), Australian Poetry since 1788 (UNSW Press 2011), Best Australian Essays: a ten-year collection (Black Inc. 2011), the MacQuarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (Allen & Unwin 2009), Australian Verse since 1788 (UNSW Press 2011), Australian Love Poems (Inkerman & Blunt 2013) and other publications. In 2009 he was awarded the Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay. He has been a recent board member of Going Down Swinging (2009-12), four times a judge for the Victorian Premiers Literary Awards, and from 2001-2008 he was a member of the Executive of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs. He has performed and read widely in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

 

Mary Anne Butler

Mary Anne Butler

is a Darwin based playwright whose play Broken won the 2016 Victorian Prize for Literature, the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama and the 2014 NT Literary Award for Best Script. Highway of Lost Hearts premiered at the 2012 Darwin Festival with a 2013 return season by demand, a 2014 three-month Australia-wide tour and in 2015 was adapted to a four-part radio series for Radio National. Mary Anne is a 2014 Churchill Fellow, 2015 Regional Arts Fellow and co-Artistic Director of Knock-em-Down Theatre. She’s been awarded month-long Bundanon residencies for playwriting [2016 and 2010], holds an MPhil [Creative Writing] and an MEd [Arts Education]. Her plays are published by Currency Press.

 

Madelaine Dickie

Madelaine Dickie

studied Creative Arts and Journalism at the University of Wollongong. In 2011 she received a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award to move to West Java, Indonesia, and complete her first novel. As part of this award, she worked with mentors at Universitas Padjadjaran and Universitas Islam Bandung. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including the Griffith Review (2013), the American journal Creative Nonfiction (2012) and Hecate (2010). Her first novel Troppo won the 2014 T.A.G Hungerford Award and is published this year. 

 

Norman Jorgensen

Norman Jorgensen  

Award winning writer, Norman Jorgensen is one of WA’s most versatile writers for young people with a dozen books published, ranging from graphic novels and best-selling picture books to well-researched historical novels. Born in Broome in 1954, the eldest of four brothers, Norman became an avid reader after being given The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton at age seven. His first picture book, In Flanders Fields, illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever and telling the story of a homesick young soldier who risks his life to rescue a robin caught in the barbed wire that separates opposing forces in World War I, won the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award in 2003. Unlike the English and American books he read as a child, Norman is proud that his stories are almost always set in Western Australia in a landscape his readers can recognise.  

 

Dub Leffler

Dub Leffler

is a Bigambul man and is Australia’s premier Indigenous illustrator of children’s literature.  Dub has worked in many fields of the Arts including: animation, film, muralism, art installation & the performing arts.  He has written two books for children and illustrated over 20 publications. He has taught Illustration both here in Australia and internationally & has collaborated with the likes of Shaun Tan, Sally Morgan and Banksy. His first book, the award winning Once There Was a Boy, has garnered critical acclaim worldwide and is included in the permanent collection in The Library of Congress in Washington DC, USA and is soon to be published in Turkey - making him the first Bigambul person in the world to do so. Dub, his wife Kelly and their 3 year old daughter, Minnie, now reside on beautiful Guringai country in Horsfield Bay where he is illustrating his first title for The National Library of Australia.


Yassmin Abdel-Magied 

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

was born in Sudan and arrived in Australia with her family just before she turned two. Yassmin has forged a hybrid career as an engineer, social advocate and media commentator. At age 16, she founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that empowers young people to realise their full potential through collaborative, community based programs. In 2015 she was named Queensland Young Australian of the Year.  She sits on several Boards including the Australian Multicultural Council, the Queensland Museum, the Design Council, ChildFund, The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) and the domestic violence prevention organisation, Our Watch.  She was Head of Media on the organising committee of the 2014 Youth G20 Summit. She is the Gender Ambassador for the Inter-American Development Bank and has represented Australia through multiple diplomatic programs across the globe.  Yassmin debuted as an author at the age of 24 with her memoir, Yassmin’s Story - Who Do You Think I Am?  She has also written extensively for The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, AFR, The Griffith Review, and Huffington Post and has a growing TV and radio presence as a regular on Q&A and Triple J's Hack. Yassmin is passionate about making 'diversity' the norm.

 

Stan Grant

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances Stan will not be able to attend, however the organisers are working towards having a chat with him remotely during the festival.

 

 

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