List of presenters for Ex Libris 2013:

Candice Bruce - Candice has worked as a curator at the National Gallery of Australia, Australian National Maritime Museum and Queensland Art Gallery where she was Curator of Australian Art. She was for six years the Senior Research Assistant for the Dictionary of Australian Artists (ed. Joan Kerr, Oxford University Press) and for two years on Heritage (Craftsman Press). Candice has a PhD in Australian Literature from the University of Sydney. She has published two art history books on the German-Australian Romantic landscape painter Eugene von Guerard, as well as several other art books and many articles in both academic journals and general magazines on Australian art. She was a specialist consultant for Sotheby’s Australia from 1997 to 2009 and writes occasional feature articles on art and architecture. Candice was one of the principal contributors to a catalogue for a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria of the work of Eugene von Guerard to mark the bicentenary of his birth.



Kirstie Clements - Kirstie worked at Vogue Australia for more than 25 years, and was editor-in-chief for 13 years. She has written articles and columns for numerous publications, websites and newspapers and is now a best selling author. Her first book, In Vogue 50 Years of Australian Style (co-authored with LeeTulloch) was published in 2009. Since then she has released The Vogue Factor, (MUP 2013) her memoir of nearly three decades in publishing, which achieved international recognition and led to an appearance on US talk show The View with Barbara Walters. The Vogue Factor has been released in the UK and will launch in the US in September 2013. She is currently
working on her third book. She is married to a Frenchman and has twin 18 year old sons.




Justin D'Ath - fled New Zealand in his youth because he was sick of rugby. He now lives in beautiful Queenscliff and doesn’t barrack for the Cats. He has two children, three and a half grandchildren and a pair of lazy whippets. Justin has written more than 40 books for children and young adults, including the best selling Extreme Adventures, soon to be a 26 episode TV series on Channel 10.





Derek Guille - From the age of seven, Derek’s ambition was to be on the wireless. He has had a fascination for the way radio provides a unique form of community for as long as he can remember. In 1984 Derek got his start in radio at 3HA in Hamilton in Western Victoria and began his 28 year broadcasting career. Three years later he moved to Horsham and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He has lived in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria in almost equal measure. There have been a number of pivotal moments in Derek’s career and certainly the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires were life-changing. After many years of broadcasting live from the Dawn Service, ANZAC Day also has a firm place in his heart. In 2007 Derek accompanied the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on their European tour, when a day off saw Derek with members of the MSO brass section take a side trip to Villers Bretonneux – this too has been etched into his memory and his heart.


Simon Illingworth - A former Detective, Sergeant Simon Illingworth was bashed, threatened and intimidated by bent cops and underworld criminals, all in the line of duty. His life gives dramatic insight into Melbourne’s gangland war and the ugly world of police corruption. Simon appeared on ABC’s Australian Story which won journalisms Gold Quill and his book Filthy Rat is an Australian best seller. Simon has numerous awards for bravery and leadership, including Victoria Police, the Governor of Victoria, Royal Humane Society and the Sir Vincent Fairfax Fellowship.


Shane Maloney - Shane Maloney is the author of the award-winning Murray Whelan series of comic political thrillers. His “Australian Encounters” column written for The Monthly magazine has been adapted for and is currently screening on ABC TV.





Liz Porter - author, goes behind the fiction of shows such as CSI – how real life detectives and forensic investigators use forensic science to solve crimes. She also talks about how the true crime writer chooses her material very selectively – because most real-life crimes are too banal to make good material.



Sue Williams - Sue Williams is a best-selling author and award winning journalist, writing biography, crime, travel and a number of books on Australia’s Outback.