Location: Thirroul Railway Institute Hall & Thirroul Community Centre Hall

Gideon Haigh Photo

Gideon Haigh is a journalist from Melbourne, has contributed to more than 100 newspapers and magazines, and written 32 books, most recently Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot That Changed Cricket (2016).



Catherine McKinnon.smCatherine McKinnon is an award-winning writer of novels, plays and short stories. In 2006 she won the Penguin Women’s Weekly Award for her short story Haley and the Sea.  Her play Tiltwas selected for the 2010 National Playwriting Festival, and another of her plays, As I Lay Dreaming won the Mitch Matthews Award in 2010. In 2015 she was co-winner of the Griffith Review Novella 111 Award. Her short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in Transnational Literature, Text Journal, RealTime and Narrative. Catherine lives in NSW and teaches performance and creative writing at the University of Wollongong. Her latest novel,Storyland is published by HarperCollins Australia.

Libby Libby Gleeson AM publishes picture books and longer fiction for young people. Her work has been shortlisted for or has won almost every major literary award in this country and she has been widely published overseas.  Her latest picture book, Clare’s Goodbye was illustrated by Anna Pignataro. In 2012 she published a novel Red which won the Prime Ministers award.

Libby chairs the WestWords, the Western Sydney Children and Youth Literature Project. She is an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. In 2007 she received a Member of the Order of Australia Award for services to literature and literacy education.

Jeff ApterJeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books. His work includes biographies of the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, the Bee Gees, Marc Hunter, ‘Shirley’ Strachan, Silverchair, John Farnham and Keith Urban. His latest book is High Voltage: The Life of Angus Young. Jeff has also co-written and / or ghostwritten memoirs by the musicians Kasey Chambers, Richard Clapton and AC/DC’s Mark Evans, the boxer-turned-soldier Paul Warren and cricketer Michael Slater. Jeff helped with the memoir Somebody That I Used to Know: Love, Loss and Jack Thompson by Bunkie King, which was the bestselling non-fiction title in Australia on its release in early 2015. Jeff was also the creative consultant for the 2015 live show, A State of Grace: The Music of Tim and Jeff Buckley, which was nominated for a Helpmann award. Jeff lives in Wollongong.


Ashleigh Wilson has been a journalist for almost two decades. He began his career at The Australian in Sydney before spending several years in Brisbane. He moved north in 2004 to become the paper’s Darwin correspondent, during which time he won a Walkley Award for reports on unethical behaviour in the Aboriginal art industry. He has been the paper’s arts editor since 2011.Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing, s his first book.


Michael Adams smMichael Adams is a human geographer at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong. He has published in Meanjin, work that was then republished in The Guardian, and Australian Book Review. His research has included examining Indigenous and local knowledge systems and how these interact with Western knowledge frameworks.

Methodologically, Michael likes ‘full-immersion’ approaches, getting deeply and actively involved in the human and non-human lives and landscapes, and has extensive experience with Indigenous and local communities across Australia, in arctic Scandinavia, and in India.

29/03/2016: Dinkus - Review Editor Timothy Douglas. Hollie Adams/The Australian

Tim Douglas is Editor of The Weekend Australian Review. He has written widely across the arts for The Australian, The Scotsman, Edinburgh’s The List magazine and The Illawarra Mercury. He has lived in Thirroul since 2008.

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