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Steven Lang

Steven Lang is the author of two novels: his most recent one, 88 Lines About 44 Women (Penguin, Viking) is a contemporary story set in both Scotland and Australia. It is narrated by Lawrence Martin, sometime keyboard player in one of Australia’s more successful rock bands from the ‘80s. The novel was short-listed for two major fiction awards in 2010. Steven’s first novel, An Accidental Terrorist (UQP, 2005), won two prestigious awards: the UTS Award for New Writing in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author. It was also longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for best first novel.

His other works include the illustrated non-fiction work, A Strong Brown God, (Lang House Press, 2010) based on the play performed at the Metro Arts Theatre in Brisbane in 1996. Steven has several short stories and articles published in anthologies, newspapers and literary magazines. He has tutored and lectured extensively in Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast and has a Masters in Creative Industries from QUT, specialising in writing for film. Steven and his wife Chris Francis are the directors of Outspoken, an extended writer’s festival held in Maleny which takes the form of conversations between Steven and visiting writers. Among the many who have featured are Richard Ford, Karen Joy Fowler, Henry Reynolds, Patrick Gale, Christos Tsiolkas, Kate Grenville, Ann Patchett, Ruth Ozeki, Thomas Keneally and John Birmingham.

Steven is also a passionate environmentalist and the secretary of the Lake Baroon Catchment Care board - it is this hat which he will don at the festival to join Saturday's Literary Lunch 'Picnic' Environmental Disvcussion Panel.