Territory Read – Meet the Finalists
Chris Raja migrated to Melbourne from Kolkata in 1986, and now lives and works in Alice Springs. His co-authored play The First Garden was published by Currency Press in 2012 and shortlisted for the Chief Minister’s book of the year in 2014. His debut novel, The Burning Elephant was published by Giramondo in 2015.
Clare Atkins’ debut novel, Nona & Me, was written while living in Arnhem Land. It was an Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Award for Older readers, long listed for the 2015 Inky Awards and Highly Commended for the Victorian Premier’s Award 2015. She has worked as a scriptwriter for successful television series including Wonderland, Winners and Losers, All Saints and Home & Away.
Derek Pugh is a teacher and education consultant based in Darwin. He is the author of books and articles in a range of genres: science and self-help in The Owner’s Guide to the Teenage Brain; memoir and history in Turn Left at the Devil Tree; travel, science and history in Tambora: Travels to Sumbawa and the Mountain that Changed the World: a YA novel, Tammy Damulkurra: history in The First British in North Australia 1824-29: Fort Dundas; and science education in Carbon Dioxide: Friend and Foe.
Irena Kobald‘s book, My Two Blankets, was winner of the 2015 Children’s Book Council Award for Picture Books. She is a multi-lingual Austrian immigrant to Australia, who now teaches in remote NT communities.
Mary Anne Butler is a Darwin based playwright whose play Broken won the 2016 Victorian Prize for Literature, the 2016 Premier’s Literary Award for Drama and the 2014 NT Literary Award. Broken premiered to a 2015 sold out season at Darlinghurst Theatre. Highway of Lost Hearts premiered at 2012 Darwin Festival to a sold out season with a 2013 return season by demand, and 2014 three-month Australian tour. Both plays are published by Currency Press.
Meg Mooney is a natural scientist and poet who has been in Central Australia for 28 years. Her latest collection of poetry, Being Martha’s Friend, Ginninderra Press, was launched in the 2015 Eye of the Storm Writers’ Festival. Meg’s other books are For the Dry Country, Ptilotus Press 2005; and The Gap, co-winner of the Picaro Poetry Prize in 2010.
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