List of presenters for Ex Libris 2014:
Fiona Capp - Fiona Capp is the author of three works of non-fiction, including the prize-winning That Oceanic Feeling - her memoir about the sea and surfing - and four novels including Night Surfing and her most recent work, Gotland, which was published last year. Her books have been published in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Germany. She is also a surfer and lives in Brunswick, Melbourne. www.harpercollins.com.au www.allenandunwin.com
Susan Duncan - Susan Duncan enjoyed a 25-year career spanning radio, newspaper and magazine journalism, including editing two of Australia’s top selling women’s magazines, The Australian Women’s Weekly and New Idea.
She now lives in her own patch of offshore paradise, Pittwater, with her second husband, Bob, in the beautiful home built for poet Dorothea Mackellar in 1925. Susan’s bestselling memoir, Salvation Creek, won the 2007 Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award and was shortlisted for the prestigious Dobbie Award, part of the Nita B Kibble awards for women writers. Its sequel, The House at Salvation Creek, was also a huge bestseller. She has now turned her hand to fiction and is the author of two novels: The Briny Cafe and Gone Fishing. www.randomhouse.com.au
Alan Frost - Alan Frost was born in Cairns, Far North Queensland, in 1943.
He commenced at the University of Queensland in 1961, graduating with Honours in English in 1964, and completing a MA in 1966.
He then attended the University of Rochester in New York State, where he completed a MA in 1968 and a PhD in 1969.
He took up his appointment in the English Department at La Trobe University in 1970, moving full-time into the History Department in 1975.
Alan Frost’s major areas of scholarly interest have been the European exploration of the Pacific Ocean in the eighteenth century; the British convict colonization of New South Wales; and the pastoral age in Australia. A secondary, but passionate, interest is the sugar lands, rainforests and beaches of North Queensland; as is English Romantic poetry.
He has published very widely, with some 16 books; 80 scholarly articles; essays, short stories and poems; and many notes and reviews. Among his major works are: Arthur Phillip, 1738-1814: His Voyaging (1987); Botany Bay Mirages (1994); East Coast Country (1996); The Voyage of the Endeavour (1998); The Global Reach of Empire (2003); Botany Bay: The Real Story (2011) and The First Fleet: The Real Story (2011).
Alan Frost was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1988, and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1990. He received the Centenary Medal in 2003. In 1996, the University of Queensland awarded him the degree of D.Litt; as did, in recognition of his long and distinguished service, La Trobe University in 2008.
Oriel Glennen - Oriel Glennen is local to Port Fairy district, having relatives who worked both, on the land and on the sea.
She is a singer/songwriter who has performed both nationally and internationally as well as a practicing visual artist in various mediums.
Her project “offerings to the keepers wife” was part of the 2013 Craft Cubed satellite exhibition, an annual Craft Victoria event. www.orielglennen.com.au
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. www.derekguille.com.au
Roger Haldane - The sea has always been of importance to Roger . Son of a fisherman and boat builder, he spent his early years in Pt Fairy. Later at Port Lincoln he poled tuna and trawled for prawns.
For his illustration of Colin Thiele’s “Magpie Island” he was awarded ‘Best Illustrated Children’s Book of Australia’ and ‘The Kinder Book Prize’ of Austria.
Now living in Pt Fairy, he farms dairy buffalo and Icelandic Horses, Roger enjoys rowing with the Historic Lifeboat group and has a renewed interest in boat building.
Regina Lane - Regina Lane was raised in the heartland of Irish Catholic Victoria, if not Australia. One of ten children, she grew up on a potato and dairy farm, nestled in the shadows of an ancient volcano, called Tower Hill, in South West Victoria.
She was named Regina, in the Latin tradition, after the Queen of Heaven, and Brigid, after the patron Saint of their local church, St Brigid’s, in Crossley, where she attended Mass every Sunday as a child.
She began her professional life as a social justice worker, firstly for the Brigidine Sisters and then the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, advocating on rights for refugees, Reconciliation with Indigenous Australia, and anti-global poverty campaigns, among other issues. She pursued her passion for social justice in the UK, working on the Make Poverty History campaign for CAFOD (The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development), the United Nations in New York and GetUp in Sydney, before joining the Australian Conservation Foundation in Melbourne in 2010 where she became a founding director of the Australian National Development Index.
Saving St Brigid’s is her first book. www.savingstbrigids.com.au
Matt Porter - Matt Porter’s first two books for children, My Country and Picture Perfect, were published simultaneously in 2010. Since then he’s written three books in his humorous Crazy Relief Teachers series. Matt’s also published stories in Challenge magazine, an article in Runners’ World and several teacher resource/student activity books. This local author takes pride in the meticulous research he undertakes for his books. Matt selflessly hurled dodgeballs at unsuspecting students while writing Mr Sergeant and the Dodgeballs of Doom and plans to build a multi-million dollar empire for the next Crazy Relief Teachers title, Mr Crikey and the Greedy Griffith. mattporter.com.au
Jock Serong - Jock Serong is a journalist and author, and is the editor of Great Ocean Quarterly. His work regularly appears in Slow Magazine, The Guardian and Surfing World, as well as in GOQ and other titles. He formerly practised as a lawyer in Melbourne and southwest Victoria. Jock’s debut novel, Quota, was released through Text Publishing in May this year, and he has a screenplay, The Ship Thieves, currently in development. www.greatocean.com.au
Mick Sowry - Mick Sowry worked in advertising creative for almost thirty years before deciding he needed to jump ship and see out some dreams. He co-created and directed the award-winning documentary Musica Surfica, a collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra using finless surfing as an analogy for risk in creativity. He also produced and directed The Reef, a Performance for Film & Orchestra, in collaboration with violinist Richard Tognetti and cinematographer Jon Frank. Great Ocean Quarterly was an idea he held onto for some time before realising that it could not go ahead without complimentary partners. He found them in Editor Jock Serong and Commercial Director Wark Willett. Without their daring the idea would still be just another in his book of dreams. www.greatocean.com.au
Larry Votava - Larry Votava grew up in Geelong and spent his childhood summers camping at the Victorian coastal town of Port Fairy — hence the title and campground setting for his first published novel, The Mahogany Ship. All his writing involves the ocean in one form or another. This includes his current novel in progress about a crooked stockbroker. When not writing at home in the Perth Hills, he works as a mineral exploration field assistant in remote areas of Western Australia.