Emily Sexton is currently Head of Programming for the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. She was the recipient of a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. Previously she was Artistic Director of Next Wave (2010-14), where her key achievements were a radical rethink of an arts festival model, and a series of landmark commissions, publications and talks featuring First Nations artists, co-curated with Tony Albert and Tahjee Moar and titled Blak Wave. In 2018 she was Artistic Director of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations at the Melbourne Recital Centre (2013). She was also Creative Producer for Melbourne Fringe Festival for 2008-10. Emily has been a proud Board Member for Arena Theatre Company, Snuff Puppets and Theatre Network Victoria, and is alumni of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Program (2011). She is a regular peer assessor for the Australia Council, Arts Victoria and other philanthropic trusts and foundations. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications, English) from the University of Sydney (2005). She is a regular host and facilitator for writers’ festivals and arts organisations around Australia.
Catherine Lacey is the author of The Answers and Nobody is Ever Missing. She has won a Whiting Award, was a finalist for the NYPL's Young Lions Fiction Award, and named one of Granta Magazine's Best Young American Novelists. Her work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch & German.