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, for his contribution to Australian history. He worked with the Mitchell Library’s Australiana collections, has a special Interest in the European discoveries in the Pacific and was responsible for the acquisition of a number of significant manuscripts and printed books on this subject for the Mitchell Library. In his 40 years at the library, Paul presided over the acquisition of more than 40,000 collections and millions of items. These include Brett Whiteley’s affectionate letters to his mother Beryl; First Fleet midshipman Newton Fowell’s 12 long letters to his father in Devon; Patrick White’s desk; and the George Bass collection.
Paul’s publications include his annotated edition of Flinders’ letters, Matthew Flinders: personal letters from an extraordinary life, and he edited The Diaries of Miles Franklin, author of My Brilliant Career and founder of the most prestigious literary award in Australia.
Paul will again be moderator for the special opening night debate on Friday 9 September. Believe me you will be in for a treat.
Paul Brunton, Emeritus Curator, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW Sydney holds a prized volume, The Voyages of Captain Phillip.
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 the Canberra University Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Poetry.
Sarah’s limited-edition art-book of poetry Those Who Travel is held in the National Gallery of Australia and other private and public institutions.
Sarah’s publications include Best Australian Poetry 2012 and 2015, Long Glances: A Snapshot of new Australian Poetry 2013, The House is Not Quiet and the World is Not Calm: Poetry from Canberra and many poetry anthologies.
She is often invited to give poetry readings and runs workshops in conjunction with national art institutes. She also writes poetry in collaboration with visual artists such as photographers, ceramicists, print-makers, and glass-artists.
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 local communities as an MC, and is currently looking to establish a local Playhouse Theatre. As a failed stand-up comedian, amatuer thespian and over-rated poetry slammer, Anthony is confident he will be cast in the Playhouse’s first production! As a graduate of the Oxford Children’s Theatre Box Hill, his highlights reel includes being a joint-winner of the Eurobodalla River of Arts poerty slam event last year, winning the stand up comedy open mic in Winnipeg, Canada on a minus 25 degree night and being cast as the Queen of Hearts in Blue Cow’s Sydney production of Alice in Wonderland.
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 surrounding offshore detention and the personal tragedies of those caught up in the system.