Festival Guests 2018
A Fulbright scholar, Ahmad Fuadi parlayed his formative years at an Islamic boarding school into his
celebrated first novel, Negeri 5 Menara, which sold more than 100,000 copies in the first year of its release. Translated into English, The Land of Five Towers, the award-winning novel has also been adapted into a feature film. He was featured at Frankfurt Book Fair, Byron Bay Writers Festival in Australia, Ubud Writers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, and Makassar Writers Festival. He is the founder of Komunitas Menara, an organization to help unfortunate children to get a free access to early childhood education.
Anne Crawford is an international-selling, award-winning author who has co/written seven books. She travelled the outback for ‘Women of Spirit’, yarned endlessly with horsey people for ‘Great Australian Horse Stories’, gained the title of ‘Dog Biographer’ for ‘Ralf’ then surprised herself by writing a book about medical discovery. Anne lives in rural Victoria with her two chestnut mares and ever-adventurous red heeler cross Indi, and volunteers as a fire-fighter. She was a feature writer with ‘The Age’ newspaper for many years. Words are her passion but Anne is also a published and exhibited photographer. This will be her fourth trip to the Kimberley.
Before becoming an author, Fiona Palmer was raised in Pingaring and is a third generation speedway driver, and has been a driving for seven years. She now spends her days writing both women's and young adult fiction, working as a farmhand and caring for her two children in the tiny rural community of Pingaring, 350km from Perth. While running the local shop in Pingaring in 2006 with her mother Fiona began writing her first book “The Family Farm”. The books Fiona's passionate readers know and love contain engaging storylines, emotions and hearty characters.
Glenn B Swift is a Western Australian Storyteller and more recently has published the first in a series of WA Ghost stories. He has been performing professionally in schools and libraries since
1988. His repertoire includes stories from Australia and many other cultures, themed to the environment, social and natural history, but it’s all pure entertainment with lots of opportunity for
individual and group participation. Glenn enjoys creating new storytellers in his audience -ask any
public librarian from Esperance to Kununurra.
Samantha Nyadbi Martin, 41 Aboriginal woman and descendant from the Jaru and Kija people from the North East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Born in a small town called Wyndham, Samantha travelled around Australia and around the World delivering Aboriginal presentations for the Australian Embassy and producing documentaries for SBS, NITV (National Indigenous TV), ABC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
Samantha is an Author of the Bush Tukka Guide published by Hardie Grant in 2014 and Television Presenter for SBS/NITV and ABC for a TV show called ‘My Bush Tukka Adventures by Samantha Martin’.
Shane McCarthy presently resides in Perth, Western Australia, officially one of the top ten most furtherest away from everywhere places on the planet. Shane is a freelance writer whose work has been published internationally by DC Comics, Marvel Comics and IDW to name a few. Over the years he has written BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, DETECTIVE COMICS (starring Batman), DARK X-MEN, STAR WARS and TRANSFORMERS: ALL HAIL MEGATRON. When not delving into the topsy turvy world of comics, Shane (also a professional dancer) can be found teaching and dancing the ‘Lindy Hop’ all around the world.