Keynote Speakers

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Andrew Burn is Professor of Media Education at the Institute of Education, London University. He teaches on the MA in Media, Culture & Communication, supervises research students, and works on funded research projects in the field of media and young people. He is Assistant Director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media.
He has published work on many aspects of the media, including media literacy in schools, the semiotics of the moving image and computer games, and young people's production of digital animation, film and computer games.Professor Burn  is interested in the adaptation of theories of multimodality to describe and analyse media texts, and in how such theories relate to the Cultural Studies research tradition.
He had previously taught English, Drama and Media Studies in comprehensive schools for over twenty years.


Adam Bradley is an associate professor at Colorado University, Boulder.  Dr. Bradley’s work considers the crosscurrents of literary and popular culture, from the fiction of Ralph Ellison to the lyrics of Jay-Z. What unites Adam’s work is his belief that the most powerful cultural expressions are equally the product of tradition and innovation. This vernacular process of fusing the inherited or even the imposed with the imagined helps explain the beauty we find in everything from a classical symphony to a gutbucket blues, from an epic poem to a rap freestyle. He is helping to define the emerging field of hip-hop poetics with Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop (Basic Civitas, 2009) and  The Anthology of Rap (Yale University Press, 2010). Beyond academia, his writing and commentary has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal as well as on NPR and C-SPAN. He is presently at work on a cultural history of the Afro and several projects related to hip-hop music and culture.Presently Adam is at work on several projects, including a book exploring the poetics of popular song. http://adamfbradley.com/index.php

Guest Speakers

Jonathan Biggins is an actor, director and writer based in Sydney. Jonathan has played Peter Sellers in Ying Tong, Koko in The Mikado, directed the Wharf Revue since 2000, written for the Good Weekend for seven years, and directed the Australian production of Avenue Q.

He will be speaking on political satire and humour.



David Brooks’ poetry and fiction have been widely anthologised and translated. His second novel, The Fern Tattoo (UQP), was short-listed for the 2008 Miles Franklin award, and The Balcony, his fourth collection of poetry, for the 2009 NSW Premier’s Prize and other awards. His latest book is The Sons of Clovis, a comprehensive revision of the story of the Ern Malley Hoax. He is Associate Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney (where he is also director of the Graduate Writing Program) and is co-editor of Southerly.


Professor Robert Dixon
is a consultant to ACARA on the Australian Curriculum: English, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a past-President of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (1995-7), a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2008-10), judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award (2004-9), chair of the Nita B Kibble Literary Award, executive member of the World Literature Association. He has published widely on Australian literature with his most recent monograph being:  Photography, Early Cinema and Colonial Modernity: Frank Hurley’s Synchronized Lecture Entertainments (2011). Recent co-edited books include: The Novels of Alex Miller (2012) ; Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia(2012) ; The Diaries of Frank Hurley 1912-1941 (2011).

Bill Green is Professor of Education and Strategic Research Professor at Charles Sturt University. His research and publication ranges across curriculum inquiry, literacy studies, English teaching, doctoral research education, and education for rural-regional sustainability. His most recent book is Literacy in 3D: A Multidimensional Framework for Literacy Education (Australian Council for Education Research, 2012/forthcoming), co-edited with Catherine Beavis.



Dr Neil James is executive director of the Plain English Foundation, which combines plain-English training, editing and evaluation with a campaign for ethical public language.
Neil’s latest book Modern Manglish, co-authored with Harold Scruby and illustrated by Alan Moir, skewers the worst excesses of jargon, suitspeak and pollie waffle. His previous book Writing at Work has become a standard reference on reforming workplace communications. Neil has a doctorate in English from Sydney University and has published over 70 articles and essays on language and literature in publications as diverse as The Times Literary Supplement and The Daily Telegraph. He speaks regularly about public language in the national media.


Professor Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections, a critical monograph, and the novels Five Bells, Black Mirror, Sixty Lights, Dreams of Speaking and Sorry. Shortlisted three times for the Miles Franklin Award, her prizes include the WA Premier's Award for Fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction and the ASAL Gold Medal. She has also been shortlisted for international awards, including the IMPAC and the Prix Femina. Her fiction has been translated into nine languages. She currently holds the position of Professor of Writing at the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.


Jacqueline Manuel is Associate Professor in English education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She holds a BA (Hons 1) in English, a Dip Ed and a PhD in English Literature from the University of New England. She is the convenor of the Arts, English and Literacy Education (AELE) Research Network and the coordinator of secondary English curriculum in the Faculty. Jackie has co-authored/edited numerous books in the field of English education, the most recent being The English Teacher’s Handbook, A to Z (edited with Don Carter, Phoenix Education, 2009) and Imagination, Innovation and Creativity: Revisioning English Education (edited with Paul Brock, Don Carter and Wayne Sawyer, Phoenix Education, 2009). She is on the international editorial advisory boards of six research journals. She is a Member of the NSW Board of Studies and has been Chief Examiner of NSW Higher School Certificate English (Standard and Advanced).


Alex Miller is the author of ten novels including: The Ancestor Game, The Sitters, Conditions of Faith, Journey to the Stone Country, Landscape of Farewell, Lovesong and Autumn Laing. His work is published internationally and widely in translation. Miller is twice winner of The Miles Franklin Literary Award, overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, twice winner of the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW’s Premier’s Award, 2001 & 2011, and the Age Book of the Year Award in 2011. He is a recipient of the Centenary Medal for services to Australian Society, the Manning Clark Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian Culture and he is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Miller's books lend themselves to teaching at Year 11-12 level, responding to the National Curriculum need for quality Australian literature. The novels cover a range of issues from the indigenous relationship to the land to the role of the artist in urban modern Australia. His role in Australian literature has been confirmed in the recent publication The Novels of Alex Miller (Sydney University Press: 2012).


Jane Mills is Associate Professor in Communication in the School of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University. Formerly Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School, she is the Series Editor of Australian Screen Classics (Currency Press/Australian Film & Sound Archive). She has a production background in journalism, television and documentary film and has written and broadcast widely on cinema, censorship, feminism, sociolinguistics and human rights. Her current research projects concern screen literacy learning and participatory culture, and notions of landscape, location, space and place for the critical analysis of cinema. Her most recent book is Jedda (Currency Press/National Film & Sound Archive).


Ian Reid is a Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia, where in recent years he has led an institution-wide curriculum review and implementation project. His previous roles include Professor of Literary Studies at Deakin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Curtin, and CEO of Leadership Western Australia. He has written on a range of topics from literary theory to education policy. Ian’s influential book The Making of Literature was issued by AATE in 1984 and he has continued to contribute to various publications in the field of English teaching.  He received an international award for the title sequence of his poetry volume The Shifting Shore. His widely praised novel The End of Longing appeared in 2011 and a new novel, That Untravelled World, will be released in October.

Wayne Sawyer is Professor of Education and Director of Research in the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney. He is a Past President of the NSW English Teachers Association and past Chair of the NSW Board of Studies English Curriculum Committee. He is an Honorary Life Member of both the NSW English Teachers Association and the Australian Association for the Teaching of English. Wayne currently researches in the areas of secondary English curriculum, curriculum history, effective teaching, literacy policy and pedagogy in low SES schools. He has most recently co-edited 'Charged with Meaning' (with Susanne Gannon and Mark Howie) 'Imagination, Innovation, Creativity' (with Jacqueline Manuel, Paul Brock and Don Carter) and 'Creating an Australian Curriculum for English' (with Brenton Doecke and Graham Parr) for Phoenix Education. He is currently co-authoring a book on teaching in low SES communities.


Gillian Whitlock is Professor of English at the University of Queensland, a Board member of the Australia India Council, and a member of the judging panel for the Miles Franklin Prize. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities, and a member of the Academy Council. She is author of Soft Weapons: Autobiography in Transit, and The Intimate Empire. Reading Women's Autobiography. She has co-edited Re-Writing Queen's English,  Images of Australia,  Interpreting the Past, Australian/Canadian Literatures in English; Comparative Perspectives and Australian Canadian Studies 1986-1991.