Biographies

Robert Morgan

07 July 2021

Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University. His business career started at General Motors and after a short period he moved to A.C. Nielsen in market research. His advertising career began at Monahan Dayman Adams and after 3 years there he joined Clemenger in 1979 in account management. He was appointed a Director of the Company in 1984. He was appointed Managing Director of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Pty Ltd in 1989.

Clare Forster

24 May 2021

Clare Forster is a literary agent at Curtis Brown Australia, based in Melbourne. She comes from a background in book-publishing including Penguin and HarperCollins. She has worked with a wide range of authors and creators, representing narrative nonfiction across memoir, history and science; children’s books and YA; and award-winning literary fiction and best-selling crime, mystery, historical and general fiction.

Gray

Gray Tan

24 May 2021

Gray Tan’s career as a literary agent commenced in 2004 at Jia-Xi Books, spearheading the new English-language department. In his first year, he sold Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind, and Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, which has sold more than six million copies in China to date. In 2008, Gray started The Grayhawk Agency, representing translation rights in the Chinese market on behalf of some of the biggest agencies and publishing houses across the US, UK, Canada and Europe.

Susan Van Metre

24 May 2021

Susan Van Metre is the Executive Editorial Director of Walker Books, a new division of Walker Books International. Previously she was at Abrams Books, where she founded the Amulet imprint and edited El Deafo by Cece Bell, the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger, the Internet Girls series by Lauren Myracle, They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki, and The Questioneers Collection by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. Susan is a nearly thirty-year veteran of children's book publishing with a specialisation in middle-grade and Young Adult fiction, and has worked with such authors as Katherine Rundell, Mariko Tamaki, Jeff Kinney, Aidan Chambers, Mac Barnett, and many more.

Dr Jan Zwar

24 May 2021

Dr Jan Zwar worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Australian Research Council project ‘The Australian book industry: Authors, publishers and readers in a time of change’ led by Professor David Throsby, with sub-projects including national surveys of Australian authors and readers, and a study of Australian innovative book publishers. In 2015 she served as a member of the judging panel for the business stream of the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Dr Paul Crosby

24 May 2021

Dr Paul Crosby is a Lecturer in Economics at the Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University. He is an applied microeconomist with research interests in the economics of digitisation, entertainment, social media, culture, sport, and consumer choice.

Darren

Darren Rudd, Australia Council Board

12 May 2021

Darren Rudd has broad experience in strategic marketing and corporate engagement, including 11 years as GM Services Business Group Asia/Pacific for Alcatel-Lucent and five years as Lead Corporate Affairs Manager at the National Broadband Network.

Sue Healey

18 April 2021

Sue is a choreographer and dance filmmaker who has achieved national and international acclaim. Sue was as a founding member of the seminal post-modern company Danceworks and in 1993 she created Vis-a-Vis Dance. Sue was also a member in the ground-breaking Australian Research Council projectexploring choreographic cognition.

Vivienne Binns OAM

18 April 2021

Vivienne has had an illustrious career as an Australian artist over the last fifty years working primarily as a painter. She has also continually worked across media and contexts (painting, printmaking, performance, sculpture and drawing). Vivienne has made an outstanding contribution to Australian art, particularly in regard to feminist art and community art.

Chelsea McGuffin

18 April 2021

Chelsea has played a leading role in placing Australian Contemporary Circus centre stage in the international performing arts realm. Chelsea trained at The National Capital Ballet School with Janet Karen and at The Centre for Performing Arts in Adelaide, at Fruit Fly Circus School, and Circus Monoxide.

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