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John Birmingham is a journalist, columnist, blogger, prolific tweeter and author of two Quarterly Essays, a number of books of fiction, non-fiction and memoir. These include He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, the Axis of Time series of thrillers, the Disappearance series and the Dave Hooper novels. He won the National Award for Non-Fiction with Leviathan: The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney. How To Be a Writer: Who Smashes Deadlines, Crushes Editors and Lives in a Solid Gold Hovercraft was published in 2016. He currently writes regular columns for Fairfax Media.
Nicholas Carah is a Senior Lecturer in Communication at the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. His research examines emerging media technologies, branding, and cultural life. He has a particular interest in alcohol marketing and nightlife. He is the author of Pop Brands: branding, popular music and young people (Peter Lang, 2010), Media and Society: production, content and participation (Sage, 2015) and Brand Machines, Sensory Media and Calculative Culture (Palgrave MacMillan 2016).
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the founder and editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl.com, the mostread platform for Muslim women’s voices in the West. Muslim Girl is forging a new path by reclaiming the narrative of Muslim women in Western media, emerging at the forefront of Muslim women's issues in mainstream media coverage with its own unprecedented columns in outlets like Teen Vogue, Fortune, and Huffington Post. It became the first Muslim company to make the “Forbes 30 Under 30” list in 2016 and launched the inaugural Muslim Women’s Day on March 27, 2017. Amani became the first veiled woman to be honored in the media category, and rang the NASDAQ Opening Bell in 2016. She was named one of Teen Vogue's "New Faces of Feminism" in its February 2016 issue, and by The Economist as a “Generation Prophet” in their December 2016 issue. Amani was invited by Michelle Obama to speak at the inaugural U.S. State of Women Summit. Her first book, “Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age” was released with Simon & Schuster in October 2016, and selected as an “Editor’s Pick” on The New York Times Bestsellers’ List. She also debuted the webshow “Uncovered” on MTV Snapchat Discover.
Rebecca Shaw is a writer, podcaster and creator of the parody Twitter account @notofeminism, which has been developed into an illustrated book. She was one of team at SBS Comedy and The Backburner, and is currently freelance writing for such publications as Junkee, The Guardian and Daily Life. She is also in constant competition with Ruby Rose to become Australia's favourite lesbian.
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