Judges 2017

Brenda Walker (chair)

Brenda WalkerBrenda Walker is Winthrop Professor and Chair of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her most recent book, Reading by Moonlight, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for nonfiction. Her novels include Poe’s Cat and The Wing of Night, which won the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Asher Literary Award.

Delia Falconer

Delia FalconerDelia Falconer is the award-winning author of The Service of Clouds, The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers, and Sydney. She is also the editor of three anthologies: The Best Australian Stories 2008 and 2009 and The Penguin Book of the Road. Her short stories and essays have been anthologised in many publications, including The Penguin Century of Australian Stories and the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Delia is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney and a literary critic. Most recently, she was an invited guest of the Cátedra Coetzee: Literaturas del Sur at the University of San Martín, Buenos Aires.

Diana Johnston

Diana JohnstonDiana Johnston is the national buyer for Collins booksellers and co-owner of the Hill of Content bookstores in Melbourne and Sydney. She has a degree in mathematics and history and a background in teaching. Diana has been working in the book industry for many years, initially owning and operating Collins Booksellers Bairnsdale which later included the Paper Chase café. She has a passion for reading and shares her time with husband Duncan and family, in both Melbourne and beautiful East Gippsland.

Benjamin Law

BEN LAW COLOUR 2_1Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) – both of which have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now a major SBS TV series.


Dr Sandra R. Phillips

Sandra-PhillipsSandra Phillips teaches publishing studies in QUT Creative Industries and is the Chair of First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Inc. (FNAWN). Sandra’s research areas are Indigenous Story and Indigenous digital communities of practice. Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng, Sandra was an editor with Magabala Books and UQP and the first Aboriginal manager of Aboriginal Studies Press.