True Stories: Writing History

Conference Speakers
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Edwin Barnard

Edwin BarnardAuthor and editor Edwin Barnard has worked in London and Sydney for over 40 years on books dealing with a range of subjects, including the history of Antarctic exploration and a the sights of Sydney harbour. His latest book Exiled: The Port Arthur Convict Photographs combines two enduring passions—early photography and Australian colonial history. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

James Boyce

James Boyce James Boyce lives in Hobart. His first book Van Diemen’s Land won the Tasmania Book Prize and the Colin Roderick Award, and was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and the Prime Minister’s, New South Wales, Victorian and Queensland premier’s literary awards. His essay ‘Fantasy Island‘ was the central contribution to Whitewash: On Keith Windschuttle’s Fabrication of Aboriginal History and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. He wrote the Tasmania chapter for First Australians, the companion book to the SBS TV series. He has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, where he is an honorary research associate of the School of Geography and Environmental Studies. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Bryce Courtenay AM

Bryce Courtenay AMBorn in South Africa, Bryce Courtenay was educated in Johannesburg and the United Kingdom, and arrived in Australia in 1958. He entered advertising and, over a career spanning 34 years, was the Creative Director of McCann Erickson, J. Walter Thompson and George Patterson Advertising. However, Bryce is best known as Australia’s top-selling novelist, with titles such as The Power of One (translated into 11 languages), April Fool’s Day, Solomon’s Song, Matthew Flinders’ Cat and his latest book Fortune Cookie. In 2005 Bryce was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Newcastle. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Andrew Croome

Andrew CroomeAndrew Croome’s first novel Document Z won the 2008 The Australian/Vogel Award, the NSW Premier’s award for New Writing and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He lives in Melbourne, where he has worked as a computer programmer and copywriter. Andrew’s work has appeared in various publications, including The Age and The Australian, and in 2010 he was named The Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Kate Darian-Smith

Kate Darian-SmithKate Darian-Smith is Director, Discipline Chair and Professor of Australian Studies and History at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne. She has published widely on Australian cultural history, including oral history and memory studies. Kate is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and serves on the Advisory Council of the Museum of Australian Democracy and on the Board of the Australia–Japan Foundation. She leads a research team, funded by the Australian Research Council in partnership with the National Library of Australia, examining tradition and change in Australian children’s playlore. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Gideon Haigh

Gideon HaighIn a career that spans almost 30 years, journalist Gideon Haigh has written over 20 books, including two official and two unofficial corporate histories. His latest work is an account of the 2010–2011 Ashes, which he followed for The Times. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

David Horner AO

David Horner AODavid Horner is Professor of Australian Defence History in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University. A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, he saw active service in South Vietnam and retired from the Regular Army in 1990. He is the author or editor of 30 books on Australian military history, defence and strategy, and editor of the Australian Army History Series Collection. He is a member of the Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal and, in 2009, he was appointed official historian for ASIO. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Grace Karskens

Grace KarskensGrace Karskens teaches history at the School of History and Philosophy, University of New South Wales, and is on the boards of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and the Dictionary of Sydney. She has held a number of Australian Research Council grants and has published extensively on Australian colonial and convict history, urban and environmental history and archaeology. Her books include Inside the Rocks: The Archaeology of a Neighbourhood and the multi-award winning The Rocks: Life in early Sydney. Her latest book The Colony: A History of Early Sydney won the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for non-fiction. Grace was recently elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Robert Kenny

Robert KennyRobert Kenny is a scholar and writer with a broad and cross-disciplinary approach and interests. He completed his PhD in History at La Trobe University and his prime area of interest is the social history of ideas, particularly the interconnection of religion and science. In 2008, his book The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World was winner of the Australian Historical Association’s W.K. Hancock Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Award for First Book of History and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm KnoxThe author of 12 books of fiction and non-fiction, Malcolm Knox has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald since 1994 in positions including literary editor, chief cricket writer and investigative reporter. He has won two Walkley Awards, a Human Rights Commission Print Media Award and been runner-up for the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Christopher Koch AO

Christophe KochChristopher Koch was born and educated in Tasmania. He is descended on the paternal side from a Prussian architect who came to Melbourne in the 1840s. His maternal ancestors, Irish and English, came to Tasmania in the same period. Christoher was achieved international praise for his seven novels, many of which have been translated. He has won two Miles Franklin Literary Awards, for The Doubleman and Highways to a War. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Anna Krien

Anna KrienAnna Krien is a poet, short story author and journalist. Her first book Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests explores the Tasmanian forestry debate from multiple viewpoints, including loggers, blockaders and politicians. She won the Val Vallis Award in 2008, the Griffith Review Emerging Writer award in 2010 and the Australian Press Council award when she was a teenager. Her work has appeared in The Age, The Big Issue and Griffith REVIEW. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Michael McKernan

Michael McKernanMichael McKernan has been an academic, museum administrator and is now a full-time historian.  His most recent books have been The Valley: a story from the heart of the land (2009) and Gallipoli: a short history (2010).  He is currently working on a personal history of Canberra. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Kristina Olsson

Kristina OlssonKristina Olsson is a Brisbane-based writer, journalist and teacher. She is the author of two novels, In One Skin and the award-winning The China Garden, as well as a biography Kilroy Was Here. Her new work Vigilance, a memoir about lost children, is nearing completion. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Joanne Scott

Joanne ScottJoanne Scott is Acting Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast. She has a longstanding interest in the histories of institutions and of work. In 2009–2010 she was the Chief Investigator for an Australian Reseatch Council–funded project about the history of the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Shirley Shackleton

Shirley ShackletonShirley Shackleton speaks from experience when she says ‘a magic potion is available if you are learning to write … the answer is simplicity itself: read and read and read and then read and read and read. Our libraries provide us with our own private universities. Fail to use them at your peril.’ Shirley’s first book The Circle of Silence won the Walkley Book Award in 2010. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Fenella Souter

Fenella SouterFenella Souter was Editor of Good Weekend between 1997 and 2004, before becoming a senior writer for the magazine. During this time, the publication became one of Australia’s most successful and widely read magazines. Fenella was previously Deputy Editor and then Editor of HQ magazine at Australian Consolidated Press. She has also been a feature writer for a number of publications, including HQ and The Bulletin. An award-winning journalist of 20 years, Fenella has worked primarily in magazine publishing. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Peter Stanley

Peter StanleyPeter Stanley has published over 20 books, mainly in Australian military and social history. His latest book is Simpson's Donkey, a novel for children. His next book will be Digger Smith and Australia's Great War. He heads the Centre for Historical Research at the National Museum of Australia. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Alistair Thomson

Alistair ThomsonAlistair Thomson is Professor of History at Monash University, Melbourne. His oral history and life history publications include Anzac Memories, The Oral History Reader (with Rob Perks) and Ten Pound Poms (with Jim Hammerton). Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

Christine Wallace

Christine WallaceWriter and journalist Chris Wallace is the biographer of Germaine Greer and Don Bradman, and is completing a biography of Prime Minister Julia Gillard to be published by Allen & Unwin in late 2011. Download Paper (XXXKB PDF file)

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