A Proud Gunai Woman, Kirli Saunders is an award-winning international Children's Author, Poet, Teacher, and emerging Artist. She leads Poetry in First Languages, delivered by Red Room Poetry. Kirli’s debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was recognised in the Prime Ministers Literary and CBCA awards. Her poetry collection, Kindred was Highly Commended in Black&Write. Kirli won the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). She was shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Woman of the Year. She was guest writer for the Embassy in Jakarta and Bali (2019) and Beijing (2020).
Jane Caro is an author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and media and social commentator. She has published eleven books including “Just Flesh and Blood” a sequel to her earlier works “Just a Girl”, “Just a Queen” and “plain speaking jane”. Her latest book Accidental Feminists” was published in February this year. A regular on the Gruen Transfer she has also appeared in the media including weekly spots on Weekend Sunrise, and Sunrise. She has created, written, presented and co-produced for ABC Radio and Television. She has also appeared on The Drum, Q&A, The Project, Daily Edition, Mornings on 9, Studio 10 and Today. She writes regular monthly columns for Mt (Management Today) Magazine, and the Sun Herald’s Sunday Life.
Sylvia Kinder was born in Liverpool UK 1948 and migrated to Australia in November 1967. Sylvia has worked as a saleswoman, barmaid, nurse, primary teacher, secondary teacher and women’s studies teacher. She has been active in the Women’s Liberation Movement since 1972 and Lesbian Rights movement since 1978.
Dixie is a Barkindji woman from Broken Hill and Brewarrina. Dixie is a business owner, risk-taker, rebel and Hilltop Hoods ride or die. She is the owner of two businesses, a consultancy agency and carpentry company. Dixie’s manifesto is to challenge the status quo psyche and have tough enough conversations where we are each faced with the defining moment of either accepting this is just the way it is or to level up and be the change we want to see in the world.
Melina Marchetta is a bestselling author in more than twenty countries and eighteen languages. She has published award-winning young adult and fantasy as well as an acclaimed crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Her much-loved Australian classic, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. Marchetta' s novel The Piper's Son was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and in 2009 she won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for Jellicoe Road. Her latest novel, The Place on Dalhousie, was published in April 2019. She lives in Sydney.
Cynthia Banham is a writer who has had diverse careers as an academic, journalist and lawyer. She is the author of two books, A Certain Light: A Memoir of Family, Loss and Hope, shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in 2019, and Liberal Democracies and the Torture of Their Citizens. She is a Visitor at the ANU’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) where she obtained her Doctor of Philosophy, Master in International Affairs, and worked a Post-doctoral Fellow. Before that, Cynthia worked for many years as a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery in Canberra as diplomatic editor, and foreign affairs and defence correspondent. Prior to that, she practised as a solicitor. Cynthia is an ambassador for the Sydney Swans Football.