Bronwyn Bancroft is an Aboriginal artist and designer from the Bundjalung/Djanbun clan whose artworks have been collected and shown throughout Australia and the world. Bancroft grew up in the country town of Tenterfield and has completed a Diploma of Visual Communications, a Master of Studio Practice and a Master of Visual Arts (Painting).
Bancroft is a much lauded artist who has illustrated and/or written over 40 books. Her books Shapes of Australia (2017) and Colours of Australia (2016) were recognised as notable in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, and shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards-Best Book for Language Development-Indigenous Children.
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Geraldine Brooks grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, Geraldine Brooks established pen pals across the world (an experience that contributed to her memoir Foreign Correspondence). Following her secondary education in a Roman Catholic school Brooks graduated from the University of Sydney and then worked for the Sydney Morning Herald. After completing a Master's Degree in journalism at Columbia University, USA, in 1983, Brooks became a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal reporting on events in the Middle East, Somalia and Bosnia.
Among her awards, Brooks has received a Korn Ferry Award (1994), a Columbia University Distinguished Alumni Award (1993) and an Overseas Press Club award (1990). From 1996-1998 she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. In addition to her work with the Wall Street Journal, Brooks has contributed to several major USA publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post and Harper's Bazaar.
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Thomas Keneally trained for several years for the Catholic priesthood and, although ordained deacon, was never made priest. He worked as a schoolteacher and clerk and taught drama at the University of New England. From the mid-1960s on, his novels began to appear and soon Keneally embarked on an extraordinary career as full-time and commercially prosperous writer, with remarkable success in Australia and overseas.
One of his most successful works, Schindler's Ark (1982), was adapted into the film Schlindler's List by Steven Spielberg (1993). The film won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay in 1994. Another of his notable works, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1972), was also adapted for film by Fred Schepisi in 1978. Most recently Keneally has been co-authoring historical crime novels with his daughter, Meg Keneally.
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John Marsden was born in Victoria, Australia, the third of four children of Eustace Cullen Hudson and Jeanne Lawler Marsden. Marsden spent his formative school years in Tasmania and New South Wales, before attaining his Diploma of Teaching from Mitchell College. Marsden later became head of English at Geelong Grammar School, Highton, Victoria, and taught at Timbertop, Geelong Grammar's 'bush' campus.
Marsden has written more than 40 books and he is regarded as Australia's most popular writer of novels for young adults. He has sold a million and a half books world-wide, and has won awards in Europe, America, and Australia. South of Darkness, written for adults, won the Christina Stead Award for Best Novel of 2015.
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'A stellar lineup of Australian authors is announced for the tenth anniversary edition of Australian Writers Week in China, 10-18 May.
'Australia’s Ambassador to China HE Ms Jan Adams AO PSM says, “Over the past decade Australian Writers Week in China has seen many of Australia’s most exciting authors travel to China, to share their stories with Chinese audiences and celebrate contemporary Australian writing”.
' “This tenth anniversary edition will be the biggest yet, as four leading Australian authors will tour bookshops, schools, libraries and universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Hohhot, and Harbin.”
'The lineup includes internationally renowned author and Man Booker Prize winner Tom Keneally; Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks; king of young adult fiction John Marsden, and highly acclaimed Indigenous children’s author and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft.
'For over half a decade these authors have won the hearts and minds of readers and critics alike. Tom Keneally, one of Australia's most popular and prolific writers, has published more than 30 novels, dramas, screenplays and books of non-fiction. He was the first Australian to be awarded The Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his 1982 novel, Schindler's Ark, later made into the Academy Award-winning film, Schindler’s List.
'With a background in journalism, Geraldine Brooks’ novels – including the Pulitzer Prize-winning March, as well as Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders – have become international bestsellers with over two million copies sold.
'John Marsden has written more than 40 books with five million copies sold, including the landmark young fiction Tomorrow series. Also writing for young audiences, Bronwyn Bancroft has authored and illustrated 30 children’s books that explore the beauty of the Australian landscape and her connection to it.
'The first Chinese publication of Big Rain Coming, a picture book illustrated by Bancroft, will be launched as part of this year’s Australian Writers Week in China. Brooks, Keneally and Marsden have all been published in Chinese translation.
'Through partnerships with local publishers, retailers, educational and cultural institutions, including the strong network of Australian Studies Centres in Chinese universities, the annual Writers Week raises awareness of the quality and diversity of Australian literature with book-lovers young and old.
'Australian Writers Week in China (10-18 May 2017) is presented by the Australian Embassy in Beijing, Consulates-General in Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai, and is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.'
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