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Meet the Judges

Anson Cameron

Anson Cameron is the author of six novels, two collections of short stories and a memoir. He currently writes a column for The Age.

Clare Alice Wright

Professor Clare Wright OAM is an award-winning historian, author, broadcaster and public commentator who has worked in politics, academia and the media. Clare is currently a Principal Research Fellow and ARC Future Fellow at La Trobe University.
In 2020, Clare was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours list for “services to literature and to historical research”. She is the author of four works of history, including the best-selling The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka and You Daughters of Freedom, which comprise the first two instalments of her Democracy Trilogy. Clare hosts the ABC Radio National history series, Shooting the Past, and co-hosts the LTU podcast Archive Fever. She is a popular public speaker, panellist and interviewer and makes frequent appearances at literary festivals, in television documentaries, on radio talk shows and generally anywhere someone will pass her a microphone.

John Harms

John Harms is a Melbourne-based writer, historian, and broadcaster. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, The Pearl, and 13 editions of The Footy Almanac annual.

Margaret Hickey

Margaret Hickey is an award winning author and playwright from North East Victoria. Her collection of short stories, Rural Dreams, is due for release in October this year. Marg holds a Phd in Creative Writing and lectures at La Trobe University in addition to teaching English at a local secondary school.

John Kerr

John Kerr is an independent writer and publisher with a background in corporate educational and general book publishing. His publishing list includes the best-selling autobiography of eye doctor Fred Hollows and Fraser Island environmentalist John Sinclair, written with Peter Corris. He wrote High Times in the High Country about an eccentric sheep farmer he once worked for, published by Penguin NZ.

Thornton McCamish

Thornton McCamish is a journalist and author, and a former editor of The Big Issue magazine. His biography of Alan Moorehead, Our Man Elsewhere, won the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction and was shortlisted for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His biography of the Australian art critic Robert Hughes is due to be published next year.

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