Writer and readers are invited to join forces with our panel and learn what makes a story move, and how authors decide on the journeys their characters take.
Brisbane Writers Festival 2017
Choose Your Own Adventure
Alex Adsett is a literary agent specialising in genre fiction, as well as a freelance publishing consultant offering commercial contract advice to authors and publishers. She has more than eighteen years experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. As a consultant, Alex helps authors and publishers negotiate publishing contracts in line with industry standards. As a literary agent, she is focused on finding exceptional manuscripts for adults, young adults and childrens. Alex represents a select stable of authors including Maria Lewis, Gary Kemble, Jodi McAlister, Shannon Horsfall, and Kylie Chan.
Catherine McKinnon is an award-winning writer of novels, plays and short stories. In 2015 she was co-winner of the Griffith Review Novella 111 Award and in 2006 she won the Penguin Women's Weekly Award for her short story Haley and the Sea. Her play Tilt was selected for the 2010 National Playwriting Festival, and another of her plays, As I Lay Dreaming won the Mitch Matthews Award in 2010. Her short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in Transnational Literature, Text Journal, RealTime and Narrative. Catherine lives in NSW and teaches performance and creative writing at the University of Wollongong. Her latest book, Storyland is published by HarperCollins Australia.
Julie Koh was born in Sydney to Chinese-Malaysian parents. She left a career in corporate law to pursue writing. She is the author of two short-story collections: Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. The latter was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards, and the UTS Glenda Adams Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Julie was named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have appeared in places including the Best Australian Stories in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Best Australian Comedy Writing in 2016. She is the editor of BooksActually’s Gold Standard and a founding member of Kanganoulipo.
Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels Steeplechase,Triptych,The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, and the Thomas Shapcott Award winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. Her latest novel is An Uncertain Grace. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television.
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