List of presenters for Ex Libris 2012:
Carol Altmann - Carol was born in Warrnambool and began her writing career with The Warrnambool Standard in 1988. She spent almost two decades in newspapers, including as bureau chief for The Australian in Adelaide and Hobart. Her first book, After Port Arthur, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2006 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre. Riding on the back of a grumpy goat: the journey from a good idea to a rollicking read. Carol will take you through the ups and downs of the road to publication. Carol’s book, Four Seasons With a Grumpy Goat, was published in 2011. Carol Altmann on Allen & Unwin website.
Wendy Altschwager - Wendy is a farmer's wife from South Australia and has a deep love for her family, horses and life on the land. While on a lifestyle change caravaning and working in Western Australia, she kept journals recording their experiences, which later became her inspiration to write. Wendy invented a story set in the Western District of Victoria, and although her novels are ficticious they are based on real life situations. Wendy’s books include Runaway: A young man’s search for himself and Edwina Downs, which is the sequel to Runaway. The launch of Prior Knowledge, Wendy’s latest book, which features Werribee, Flemington and that famous day in November, will form part of this session.
Tim Austin - Well known Kelpie Breeder who has bred over 7,000 Kelpies for the Pastoral Industry of Australia and exported them to 22 countries. He has set up branches in USA, Mexico, Sweden & Norway. His book on Breeding Dogs is now in English, Spanish and Russian. His book Dog Psychology is in it's 8th edition. He established a Fine Wool Merino Stud for his 20,000 breeding ewes and was awarded The Advance Australia Award for his contribution to Kelpie Breeding and Marketing. In 1980 he was National President of the Australian Farm Management Society and earlier was State President of the Victorian Grasslands Society.
Glynis Bloomfield - Glynis Bloomfield grew up in Willaura, Victoria. She worked in the Warrnambool area as a teacher for many years, before departing Victoria to teach in South Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales and then overseas in the United Kingdom, Qatar and Kuwait. Upon her return to Australia, Glynis’ most recent position involved extensive travel of the East Arnhem region of the Northern Territory, interacting with remote Aboriginal communities. Glynis has published two children’s books, a novel, Jake’s Secret and a picture story book, Lara Long Legs. The sequel to Jake's Secret, Jake and the PB's, along with a picture story book, Who Will Play With Molly May? are both currently with illustrators, soon to be published. Glynis is inspired by the children who love her storytelling. Link to more information on Glynis Bloomfield.
Margaret Campbell - Margaret Campbell’s short stories and poetry have been published in literary magazines and newspapers in Australia and NZ and she taught Life Writing at CAE for several years. Her publications include a collection of poetry, On the Outside Looking In, a young adult novel, Shadow Across the Sun, a children's chapter book, All Dressed Up, a verse novel, Cecelia’s War, and Legacies, a collection of stories and poetry. She has co-edited two oral histories and in 2005 compiled and edited From There to Here, excerpts from first person accounts recording migration to Werribee. She has been co-ordinator of Imagination Creation, a young writers’ group,
since 1994 which conducts an annual national competition for young writers. She is a co-editor of Poetrix, a women’s poetry magazine. Margaret was awarded a Centenary Medal for her work with young writers.
Edith Jessie Flanders - Edith Jessie Flanders (better known as Jess) was born in 1921, on a property near Harrow, Victoria, hence her love of nature and country life, and educated in Melbourne. With the WRANS (Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service), she was posted to an outstation of Bletchley Park, where she joined the international codebreaking team, breaking the German and Japanese "enigma machine" codes, which contributed to the end of the war. This work has been recognised by British Prime Minister, David Cameron, through written acknowledgement and a medallion. Jess lives in Casterton and has been an active member of Red Cross for over fifty years. Jess, who enjoys a game of croquet and bridge, is also involved with the Liberal Party and her church. She is a keen historian.
Anne Gleeson - As a poet and story teller, Anne Gleeson celebrates her Western District childhood and the opportunities it has led to. Her poetry abounds with images sure to resonate for a Port Fairy audience; shearing, milking, harvesting, saying the rosary, drinking sun-warmed milk at school, emigrating from Ireland. Other concepts are more universal; loss and love, being scared and being embarrassed, having fun and having children. She has published two collections of poetry with Interactive Press; In Between The Dancing in 2008 and Maisie and The Black Cat Band earlier this year. Anne lives in Daylesford where she and her husband, Steve, run a Funeral Home. www.chf.net.au
Lorraine Marwood is a poet and author. She has 14 published books including poetry and Aussie Nibbles. She has been a literary editor, had poetry published in literary magazines in USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand. Lorraine loves taking workshops and sharing her passion for writing. Her verse novel Star Jumps won the inaugural children’s literature section of the Prime Minister’s awards in 2010. She writes from a regional/country perspective and is currently writing a new collection of poems for Walker Books Australia which will be published in April 2013. In March this year Lorraine filmed vodcasts for the National literacy and numeracy website and the Dorothea Mackellar poetry competition (see Incident Poetry Vodcast here). Website: www.lorrainemarwood.com
Val Noone - Dr Val Noone, who was born and bred in Melbourne and lives in Fitzroy, is researching the history of the Irish in Victoria and learning the Irish language. He is a fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He chaired the Melbourne Irish Famine Commemoration committee and was founding editor of Táin, the magazine of the Australian Irish network. In 2009 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia "for service to education as an academic and historical researcher, and to the community". Ballarat Heritage Services have just published his new book, Hidden Ireland in Victoria, which is an illustrated history of the songs, stories, poems, prayers and accents, events and monuments of the migrants to Victoria whose original language was Irish.
Brendan Ryan - Brendan Ryan grew up on a dairy farm at Panmure. He has had four books of poetry published, the latest being, Travelling Through The Family, (Hunter Publishing) 2012. A Paddock In His Head was shortlisted for the 2008 ACT Poetry Prize and he has had poems and essays published in a range of journals including Heat, Australian Book Review, Antipodes and the Best Australian Poems series. He lives in Geelong.
Rachael Treasure - Rachael Treasure lives in rural Tasmania with her two children. Her first novel, Jillaroo, published in 2002, has become one of Australia’s iconic works of fiction, and she has published three further novels and the story collection, The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare. She is currently writing the sequel to Jillaroo, The Farmer’s Wife. Her self-published working dog training manual, Dog Speak, is available from her website www.rachaeltreasure.com