In the Control Room, the audience is in control of the conversation. We put a writer or publishing industry professional in a room and the questions come from the crowd. There is no host, only the guest and the audience. They bring the experience, you bring the questions.
During our NSW Writers’ Festival Control Room we have an exciting range of guests with brains full of writing and industry knowledge just ripe for the picking. From festival directors, published authors, publishers and self publishing experts, we have you covered! Check out their bios below and start compiling your questions!
EWF Roadshow: NSWWC
Saturday 8 November, 10am – 6.30pm,
NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, Balmain Road, Rozelle
11am JEMMA BIRRELL
After working in Australian publishing, Jemma Birrell moved to Paris to join Shakespeare and Company, one of the world’s most famous bookshops. As the store’s first Events Director, she developed a world-renowned literary program, presenting today’s leading authors, thinkers and musicians. She was Co-Director of three editions of FestivalandCo, Shakespeare and Company’s biennial literary festival, set in a park across from Notre Dame. The festival attracted participants including Alain de Botton, Will Self, Martin Amis, Beth Orton, Jeanette Winterson and Charlotte Rampling.
Jemma began as Artistic Director of Sydney Writers’ Festival in late September 2012. She has curated two Festivals so far with international guests such as A.M. Homes, Karl Ove Knusgaard, Alice Walker, Eleanor Catton, Sandi Toksvig, Vince Gilligan, Sheila Heti and Andrew Solomon. Local authors include Thomas Keneally, Alexis Wright, David Malouf, Richard Flanagan and Fiona McFarlane.
12pm WALTER MASON
Walter Mason is a writer, blogger and creative writing teacher. His first book, “Destination Saigon” was named one of the ten best travel books of 2010 by the Sydney Morning Herald. Walter’s latest book, “Destination Cambodia,” was released in 2013.Walter runs the Universal Heart Book Club with Stephanie Dowrick, an on-line book club that concentrates on matters of the spirit. He lives in Cabramatta, Sydney.
2pm LAURA JEAN MCKAY
Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), which was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and the recipient of a 2014 Martin Bequest Traveling Scholarship www.laurajeanmckay.com
3pm ROBERT WATKINS
Robert Watkins is a Publisher at Hachette Australia, was previously their commissioning editor for adult fiction and non-fiction, and has been working in the Australian book industry for 18 years. Throughout his career he’s worked across sales, marketing and publicity. He’s primarily interested in publishing non-fiction with a leaning towards young, contemporary voices – but is also a big fan of contemporary fiction with a real Australian edge.
4pm GARRY TRINH
Garry Trinh is the Community Manager for Blurb, one of the world’s premier print-on-demand publishing company’s. Garry is also an award winning photographer. His photo book Just Heaps Surprised to be Alive was nominated for Photography Book of the Year at the 4th International Photo Book Festival at Kassel, Germany. His work has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Blacktown Arts Centre, Stills Gallery, Gallery 4A and many others.
Be sure to check out the full EWF Roadshow: NSWWC program with over 20 events and 45 speakers across the day, there will be contemporary conversations providing resources for all writers!