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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Sat 25th May 2013

Sydney Writers' Festival

Tim Levinson

Tim Levinson

Tim Levinson, a.k.a "Urthboy", is an award-winning hip hop artist from Sydney and three time nominee of the prestigious Australian Music Prize (AMP). He manages the Elefant Traks label and fronts The Herd.

Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence M. Krauss is a renowned cosmologist and science populariser, Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. Hailed by Scientific American as a rare public intellectual, he is also the author of more than three hundred scientific publications and nine books, including the international bestseller, The Physics of Star Trek, and his most recent bestseller entitled A Universe from Nothing, now being translated into 20 languages. Krauss is also a commentator and essayist for newspapers such as the New York Times, and the Wall St. Journal, and has written regular columns for New Scientist, Scientific American, and Slate, and appears regularly on radio and television. He is one of the few scientists to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture.

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is a novelist, non fiction writer, playwright and short story writer. The first of her Languedoc Trilogy, Labyrinth, was a multi million worldwide bestseller and critical success on an international scale. The second and third instalments, Sepulchre and Citadel, followed in its footsteps, becoming critical and commercial successes internationally. Kate is on the Board of the National Theatre in London, and is the Co-Founder & Chair of the Board of the Women's Prize for Fiction - previously the Orange Prize, and, from 2014, the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. She was awarded an OBE in June 2013 for services to literature. In October 2013, her first ever collection of short stories – The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales – was published.

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She was adopted at birth and was brought up in Glasgow, studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Stirling University where she read English. The experience of being adopted by and growing up withing a white family inspired her first collection of poetry, The Adoption Papers. Her first novel, Trumpet was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize. Inspired by the life of musician Billy Tipton, the novel tells the story of Scottish jazz trumpeter Joss Moody whose death revealed that he was, in fact, a woman. Her dramatised poem, The Lamplighter was shortlisted for the 2009 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award. Her Maw Broon Monologues, performed at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, and combining rhythmic verse and music, were shortlisted for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Red Dust Road (2010), a memoir about meeting her Nigerian birth father, was shortlisted for the 2011 PEN/Ackerley Prize. In 2006, she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.