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Presenters and Authors of the Batemans Bay Writers Festival
  • Suzanne Leal

    Suzanne Leal is a lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law. A former legal commentator on ABC Radio, Suzanne is a regular interviewer at Sydney Writers Festival and other literary functions. She has been a judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and for ‘The Nib’ Waverley read more

  • Rosie Toth

    Rosie Toth is President of the Eurobodalla Writers, a branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. Previously she was an English and Drama teacher and is now trying her hand at some writing herself. Rosie has won prizes for some of her short stories and was a co-editor of the writing read more

  • Cassandra Webb

    Cassandra Webb is a chocaholic from Narooma who writes children’s and young adult fiction, fantasy and picture books. Cassandra’s picture book, Take Ted Instead, has recently been accepted at Bologna Children’s Bookfair and she is looking at contracts in Vietnam, USA, China, Poland and others. But she also has several read more

  • Debbie Richardson

    Debbie Richardson is a bestselling writer of speculative fiction for Young Adults. The book trailer for her young adult paranormal romance novel, Little Red Gem, was featured on USA Today website. She is a member of the Eurobodalla Writers Group and she regularly conducts writers’ workshops.

  • Timothy S Collins

    Timothy S Collins has been a writer for more than 40 years, though only a select few have ever read his works, as his career has always been focused on technical writing. He has always had a desire to write a fictional novel but ‘life got in the way’. Tim read more

  • Rhonda Casey

    Rhonda Casey began life in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, but has been a resident of the South Coast for over thirty years. Her first manuscript, Hessian, traces the life stories of two women as they travel the turbulent years at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Seemingly read more

  • Stafford Ray

    Stafford Ray’s concern for the environment and social issues has always driven his writing — from poetry, plays to fiction. His first novel, Cull, reads as a page turner but beneath this a deeper tension is revealed. His latest novel, Australian Gulag ­ A Love Story, deals with the issues read more

  • Anthony Mayne

    Anthony Mayne is a facilitator, MC, culture change consultant and executive coach.  As a former head of culture and organization development for a large Australian company, he enjoys working with individuals and groups adapting to a changing environment.  When not in the corporate world, he enjoys the chance to work with read more

  • Sarah Rice

    Sarah Rice is a Canberra-based art-theory lecturer, visual artist and writer.  She has won numerous awards including the inaugural Ron Pretty poetry award, Bruce Dawe poetry prize, the Writing Ventures International Competition and the Gwen Harwood poetry prize. And she has been short-listed and long-listed for many more, among them the CJ Dennis poetry award and read more

  • Paul Hetherington

    Paul Hetherington is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra. He has published ten collections of poetry, most recently Burnt Umber (UWAP, 2016). He won the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards (poetry) and recently returned from an Australia Council residency in the BR Whiting Studio in Rome. He read more

  • Nick Rheinberger

    Nick Rheinberger has worked as a blues singer, children’s entertainer, songwriter and cook, but the one consistent thing in his CV is his work in radio. Nick started in radio as a comedy writer in Canberra, eventually working as a writer and announcer for stations in Melbourne, Sydney, Geelong and read more

  • George Megalogenis

    George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. His books include The Australian Moment, which won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. Annabel read more

  • Geoff Page

    Jazz aficionado and writer, Geoff Page has published twenty-one collections of poetry as well as two novels, five verse novels, a verse biography and several other works including anthologies and translations. He has won several awards, including the ACT Poetry Award, the Grace Leven Prize, the Christopher Brennan Award, the Queensland read more

  • Tim Fischer

    The Honourable Tim Fischer AC is the former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and was the Australian Ambassador to the Holy See for three years.A former Australian Army Officer, NSW State Parliamentarian, Leader of the National Party and Minister for Trade, Tim Fischer is also a consultant, company director, author, broadcaster, and multiple read more

  • Simon Griffiths

    Simon Griffiths is a leading photographer of food, interiors and gardens. His photography appears frequently in the major lifestyle magazines and in books such as Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion and Kylie Kwong: My China. In the field of gardening and landscape design he has collaborated with many noted people. Simon has written and photographed for read more

  • Rod Jones

    Rod Jones has taught at various institutions in Australia and overseas,including a four-year stint as a writer in residence at La Trobe University. Rod Jones’ first novel, Julia Paradise, won the fiction award at the 1988 Adelaide Festival, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and was runner-up for the French Literary Prize, Prix read more

  • Rae Luckie

    Rae Luckie specialises in designing and facilitating writing projects for community groups and writing groups, and editing for and mentoring individual writers. Rae’s interest in teaching and preserving life stories is uppermost in her work,and she still attends workshops and professional training courses to keep up to date with the latest in read more

  • Paul Brunton

    Another fabulous facilitator and author returning to the festival is the equally inimitable Paul Brunton.  Paul is Emeritus Curator at the State Library of NSW in Sydney, and Honorary Associate of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney. Paul is well known among rare book-lovers and archivists, read more

  • Pippa Carron

    Pippa Carron is a professional creativity coach, with considerable experience in both fiction and non-fiction writing skills. She provides editing services and delivers writing development courses. Her writing experience includes a vast range of non-fiction document types, and she has written young adult and adult fiction. Pippa leads fiction-writing groups, and read more

  • Meredith Jaffe

    Meredith Jaffé is a writer and occasional book critic. For four years she wrote the weekly literary column The Bookshelf for the online women’s magazine The Hoopla, sharing literary news, reviewing books and interviewing writers. Meredith regularly chairs panels, presents workshops and interviews fellow authors for various literary events and writers festivals. As read more

  • Mark Dapin

    Mark Dapin has written for a variety of publications including The Australian Financial Review; Meanjin; Ralph magazine, where he was editor-in-chief;and Good Weekend. He studied journalism at UTS, taught courses at the University of Sydney, and is a PhD candidate at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Mark’s novel King of the Cross won the Ned Kelly Award read more

  • Malcolm Knox

    Malcolm Knox is a Walkley-Award-winning journalist for his investigative journalism. He has worked for the Sydney Morning Herald since 1994 where he has held a number of positions, including chief cricket correspondent, assistant sport editor, and literary editor. In between he has managed to write seventeen books including five novels and many non-fiction titles. read more

  • Leah Kaminsky

    Leah kaminsky is an award-winning writer and a practicing family physician.  The author of several books, she conceived and edited Writer, M.D., a collection of prominent physician-writers. As their family doctor, Leah recently collaborated with Stephen and Sally Damiani, on the book Cracking the Code, to share the extraordinary efforts of a mother and read more