Aleesah Darlison is an award-winning Australian children’s author who writes picture books, chapter books and novels. Her much-loved stories promote courage, understanding, anti-bullying, self-belief, friendship, teamwork and environmental themes.
Tia Setiadi is an Indonesian poet, essayist, and translator. His essays and poems have been published in leading magazines and journals, such as Kompas, Jawa Pos, Jurnas, Koran Tempo, Horizon, Sajak, Kritik, Poetika, Cipta, and Diskursus. He has received national and international awards for his essays and collected poems, including the Horizon Magazine Award, the Jakarta Arts Council Award, the Golden Pen Award, and the Southeast Asia Literary Council Award for his collected poems Tangan yang Lain (The Other Hand).
Sean is one of Australia’s best Aboriginal comedians and a huge inspiration to the youth of Australia. He is in constant demand as an MC, comedian, dancer, Hip Hop didge player and Traditional workshop performer. Sean is a vibrant, dynamic and captivating performer.
Sean is a Brisbane-based journalist and author who this year published his latest work, The Embarrassed Colonialist, about Australia’s colonisation of PNG. Sean is a Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. After reporting on the Pacific (with a particular focus on Papua New Guinea) for over four decades,
Hailing from country NSW, Zohab is Australia’s 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion and the founder of the inaugural 2016 Pakistan Poetry Slam which launched with huge success in February. Zohab is a fourth-generation Australian of Pakistani heritage.