The Flight of the Mind:

Conference Papers
Some speakers have made the text of their conference papers available. An audio version of all conference sessions is available on our podcasts page.


Lisa GortonLisa Gorton lives in Melbourne. Her first poetry collection, Press Release, was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Award and won the Victorian Premier’s C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry. She has also received the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. Her novel for children, Cloudland, was selected in The Age Best Books 2008. Download Paper (216KB PDF file)


Alex MillerAlex Miller is twice winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award and is an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He lives in country Victoria with his wife, Stephanie, and writes full time. His ninth novel, Lovesong, will be published in November 2009. Download Paper (256KB PDF file)


Mabel LeeMabel Lee is Adjunct Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney and a Member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She has translated the work of two Chinese writers: Yang Lian, who won the Flaiano Poetry Prize in 1999, and Gao Xingjian, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000. Download Paper (212KB PDF file)


Peter PiercePeter Pierce is Honorary Research Fellow and Professor at the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University. He is a critic, reviewer and author, whose books include Australian Melodramas: Thomas Keneally’s Fiction, and The Country of Lost Children. Download Paper (188KB PDF file)


Michael Morton-EvansMichael Morton-Evans has spent the past 50 years writing, first as a Fleet Street journalist and then with the BBC, before coming to Australia. He is the author or editor of eight books, the latest of which, The Flower Hunter: The Remarkable Life of Ellis Rowan, he co-wrote with his wife, Christine. Download Paper (210KB PDF file)


Aviva TuffieldAviva Tuffield has worked in publishing for more than a decade, mainly as an editor. She is currently Fiction Acquisitions Editor at Scribe Publications. Previously, she was Deputy Editor at Australian Book Review and has written literary features and reviews for a number of newspapers and journals. Download Paper (203KB PDF file)


Steven ConteSteven Conte is the author of The Zookeeper’s War, which won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction in 2008. He is writer-in-residence at the University of Melbourne’s Trinity College. Steven’s website is Download Paper (173KB PDF file)


Andrea GoldsmithAndrea Goldsmith is a Melbourne-based novelist and occasional essayist. Her last novel, The Prosperous Thief, was short-listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her new novel is Reunion, a story of friendship, obsessive love, intellectual strivings and untimely death, published in May 2009. Download Paper (199KB PDF file)


Brian DibbleEmeritus Professor Brian Dibble’s biography of Elizabeth Jolley, Doing Life, represents a decade of research, hundreds of interviews and exclusive access to Jolley’s embargoed archives. Professor Dibble holds a personal chair in Comparative Literature at Curtin University and has published criticism, poetry and fiction, along with biographical works on William Hart-Smith and Leonard Jolley. Download Paper (166KB PDF file)

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