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John Kinsella is the author of over thirty books and is editor of The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry (2009). His volumes of poetry include the prizewinning collections Peripheral Light: New and Selected Poems and The New Arcadia. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. His prizes include The Age Poetry Book of the Year and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (three times). In 2007 he received the Fellowship of Australian Writers Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry. His most recent volume of poetry, Armour, was published in 2011 by Picador and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2012. He lives in Western Australia.

Richard Mills is one of Australia’s leading composers, conductors and musical directors. In addition to orchestral works, he has written three operas. In 1996 he was commissioned by the Victorian Opera to write an opera of Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Batavia was commissioned by Opera Australia and premiered at the Melbourne Festival in 2001. His The Love of the Nightingale premiered at the 2007 UWA Perth International Festival as a Wesfarmers Arts Commission with performances in Melbourne for Victorian Opera and Brisbane for Queensland Opera during 2007. The work was most recently staged by the Australian Opera at the Sydney Opera House in 2011. Richard took up the role of Artistic Director with Victorian Opera in 2013, following twelve years in this role with the West Australian Opera. He lives in Melbourne.


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Bill Henson is a leading Australian contemporary artist. His first solo exhibition was held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1975 and he has since exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas. In 1995 he was Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale and in 2005 a comprehensive survey of his career was held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Victoria. His work is represented in leading Australian and international museums and galleries and has been the subject of two major monographs in recent years. Lux et Nox was published by Scalo, Switzerland in 2002 and Mnemosyne, also by Scalo, in 2005. A second edition of Lux et Nox was published by Thames & Hudson in 2009. He lives in Melbourne. ​


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