Berry Writers Festival
  21st - 23rd October 2022   

Chris Mansell, who lives in the Shoalhaven, has published over a dozen books of poetry and a collection of short fiction, has been translated into many languages, and won prizes for her work. She is known for her experimental, and sometimes seriously playful approach in which she crosses boundaries but, like all true poets, stays true to her words.

Her latest volume of poetry, the daringly  experimental 101 Quads, was published in 2021 by Puncher & Wattmann/Thorny Devil Press as the first in their visual poetics series.  Foxline, another work of poetry,  was also issued this year by Flying Islands Press .

Chris is also the publisher at PressPress, possibly the smallest press in the known universe.

Absorbing, wise and inspiring, The Kindness Revolution is a distillation of Hugh Mackay's life's work. Written for our times, this truly remarkable book shows how crises and catastrophes often turn out to be the making of us. 'Revolutions never start at the top. If we dare to dream of a more loving country - kinder, more compassionate, more cooperative, more respectful, more inclusive, more egalitarian, more harmonious, less cynical - there's only one way to start turning that dream into a reality: each of us must live as if this is already that country.' 

Following the ravages of 2020's bushfires and pandemic on our mental and emotional health and on the economy, Hugh Mackay reflects on the challenges we faced during that year of upheaval and the questions many of us have asked. What really matters to me? Am I living the kind of life I want? What sort of society do I want us to become? 

Urging us not to let those questions go, and pointing to our inspiring displays of kindness and consideration, our personal sacrifices for the common good and our heightened appreciation of the value of local neighbourhoods and communities, he asks in turn: 'Could we become renowned as a loving country, rather than simply a "lucky" one?’ 

Generous, erudite, optimistic and candid...Hugh Mackay encourages us to find the best in ourselves and in our society in both good and troubled times.

Mick Elliott is an author, illustrator, TV producer, screenwriter, literacy ambassador and professional mischief-maker.

His hilarious adventure trilogy, The Turners, was nominated for an Aurealis Award and features on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. His illustrated middle grade series, Squidge Dibley has been sold into six international territories to date. He has contributed stories and illustrations to many bestselling anthologies.

Mick has written and produced acclaimed children’s programmes for Nickelodeon, the Sesame Workshop, Channel TEN and the ABC. He has run storytelling workshops at hundreds of schools around Australia.

Mick lives in Sydney with his wife, two kids and a cavoodle named Gypsy.

Ivy Ireland is the author of Incidental Complications (2007), Porch Light (2015) and The Owl Inside (2020). Ivy’s divergent career paths have included bookstore owner, magician’s assistant, harpist, cabaret performer, writer and lecturer in Creative Writing. Ivy’s literary awards include the Australian Young Poet Fellowship, the Harri Jones Memorial Prize, the Thunderbolt Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize local award, and she was the runner-up in the UC International Poetry Prize.

Ivy completed her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle and her poetry, essays and reviews have been widely published in journals and anthologies.

Dominic Frawley is a country GP in the Shoalhaven region. He is also a husband, parent, doctor and writer.  Malachy, his first book, is a memoir and a tribute to his son, a ‘Heart Kid’ whose fourteen brief years inspired many who crossed his path.  In its pages, Dom explores the bond of love between parent and child, as his family employs activism, humour, and resilience to face his son’s disability and death, as well as their grief.

Amal Awad is the author of Courting Samira and This is How You Get Better as well as the non-fiction books The Incidental MuslimBeyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab WomenFridays with my Folks: Stories on Ageing, Illness and Life, and In My Past Life I Was Cleopatra. She has also contributed to the anthologies Growing Up Muslim in Australia: Coming of Age and Some Girls Do…: My Life as a Teenager.

In addition she contributes to The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, SBS Life, ELLEFrankieMeanjin, Going Down Swinging, Daily Life, Sheilas, and Junkie. She has produced and presented for ABC Radio National, been a regular panellist on ABCs The Drum and a TEDx Macquarie speaker.

Her new novel, The Things We See in the Light, will be published in August 2021.

Mark Tredinnick’s latest book is Walking Underwater, his fourth collection of poetry. Mark is one of Australia’s most celebrated poets, essayists and writing teachers. Walking Underwater, his twentieth book, is a catchment of poems written over a decade in which the poet was asked to learn life again. Mark’s other books include A Gathered DistanceAlmost Everything I Know, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book.

In 2020, Mark was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to literature and education. In 2020, he launched the online poetry masterclass What the Light Tells. For more:

Mark is the father of five and lives with his partner Jodie Williams, their spaniel Dante and their cat Sappho, in Gundungurra country, along the Wingecarribee, southwest of Sydney. 

Gary Quinlan was Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia from 2018 until April 2021.  Prior to that he was Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Australia’s Senior Official to ASEAN and the East Asia Summit (2015-2108).  

He was Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York from 2009 to 2015; Australia’s Representative on the UN’s Security Council in 2013-14, and President of the Council in September 2013 and November 2014.

In 2008-2009 he was Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security.

In the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours, Gary Quinlan was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to public administration in the field of international relations as a senior diplomat and ambassador, and as an advisor to government on foreign policy."

Peter Hartcher is the political editor and international editor for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute and a political commentator with the ABC. He has been writing about power and politics, war and peace, booms and busts for more than 30 years. The author of three books, his latest is Red Zone: China's Challenge and Australia's Future.

Hartcher has worked as a foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Washington, winning Australia's highest journalistic accolade, the Gold Walkley award, as well as the Citibank and Ashurst awards for business reporting.

​As the political editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, he is the paper's principal commentator on domestic and international politics.

Julie Janson is a playwright, novelist, and  award-winning poet. A Burruberongal woman of Darug Aboriginal Nation, she is co-recipient of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize, 2016, and winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, 2019.

Her fellowships include: Developing Writer’s Fellowship, Australia Council; Asialink Literature Residencies, Indonesia; Tyrone Guthrie Writing Residency, Ireland; Varuna Fellowships; and Australia Council BR Whiting Residency, Rome. She has been recipient of a New Work, Australia Council grant and was guest writer at the 2016, Listowel Writers Festival and Belfast Book Week and the 2019 Georgetown Literary Festival.

Julie self-published two works of fiction before the debut of her critically acclaimed novel Benevolence (Magabala Books 2020). 

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The Berry Writers Festival acknowledges the Dharawal and Dhurga language-speaking groups who are traditional owners of this area. We acknowledge their customs and culture, which have nourished, and continue to nourish, this land. And we extend our respects to Elders, past, present, and future.

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