James WoodfordFull Bio3 Contributions
James Woodford is the Environment Writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and the author of The Wollemi Pine and The Secret Life of Wombats.
In his early twenties he won an Australian Geographic Young Adventurer of the Year Award. In 1996 he won the Eureka Prize for environmental journalism and he has been awarded the prestigious Michael Daly Prize for journalism twice.
He lives with his family on the south coast of NSW.
Paul HamFull Bio2 Contributions
Paul Ham is the author of several substantial works of 20th century history, including 1914: The Year the World Ended (Random House, 2014), Sandakan (Random House, 2013), Hiroshima Nagasaki (HarperCollins, 2011), Vietnam: The Australian War (HarperCollins, 2007) and Kokoda (HarperCollins, 2005), published in Australia and the UK. Hiroshima Nagasaki has been released by Pan Macmillan in the US.
He is a regular contributor to the Kindle Singles program, and publishes other authors’ work through his ‘short book’ label, Hampress.
A former Australia correspondent for the Sunday Times, Paul attended Charles Sturt and Sydney universities and the London School of
Mark ChouFull Bio2 Contributions
Mark Chou is currently a doctoral student in international relations at the University of Queensland.
His research is on the relationship that existed between democracy and tragedy in ancient Athens, insights which he uses to engage contemporary international politics.
His published works can be found in academic journals, including Millennium: Journal of International Studies and Critical Horizons.
Helen O’NeilFull Bio1 Contributions
Helen O’Neil is Executive Director of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA) and Harvard University (Master of Public Administration).
Helen began her career as a journalist and reported on politics with ABC Radio and TV before moving into media and broadcasting policy issues first as a government adviser and then as a corporate manager.
She worked for News Limited on Pay TV and media regulatory issues, was part of the management team for the Foxtel start-up and was a Director of the Australian Film Finance Corporation.
Suvendrini PereraFull Bio1 Contributions
Suvendrini Perera is a professor of cultural analysis and the acting director of the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute at Curtin University.
She attended the University of Sri Lanka and completed her PhD at Columbia University, New York. Her most recent publication is a co-edited anthology, At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror (Toronto University Press, 2014).
Her book on survival media will be published by Palgrave in 2015.
Kimberley StarrFull Bio1 Contributions
Kimberley Starr is the author of The kingdom where nobody dies (UQP, 2004), which won the 2003 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author, and was chosen for the 2005 One Book, One Brisbane campaign.
Born in the USA, Kimberley Starr has spent most of her life in Australia. She has published book reviews, short stories and is currently working on her second novel. Starr lives in Brisbane with her family.
Vishaal KishoreFull Bio1 Contributions
Vishaal Kishore is a principal fellow at the Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne, and a senior executive in the Victorian public service. He has held academic and research fellowships at Harvard University and Brown University in the United States and Monash University in Australia.
He holds a doctorate from Harvard University, and is the author of Ricardo’s Gauntlet: Economic Fiction and the Flawed Case for Free Trade (Anthem Press, 2014).
Holly RinglandFull Bio1 Contributions
Holly Ringland’s lifelong interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, she worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in creative writing from the University of Manchester in 2011. She now divides her time between the UK and Australia.
Her debut novel The Centre is Red is due to be published by 4th Estate in April 2018. Foreign
Annmaree O’KeeffeFull Bio1 Contributions
Annmaree O’Keeffe has worked in government and international aid organisations since 1980 in a number of developing countries, including Papua New Guinea, where she headed the Australian Government’s aid program, and Nepal, where she was Australia’s ambassador.
She was Australia’s first ambassador for HIV/AIDS. More recently, she has been working with the Inuit Circumpolar Council.