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Workshop: Compelling Non-Fiction

Peter Lewis + Phillipa McGuinness

Heritage Collections Learning Room, State Library of Queensland




#About the event


Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis is the executive director of Essential, a progressive research and communications company. He has worked previously as a journalist and political advisor and is a regular columnist for Guardian Australia. His new book Webtopia: The worldwide wreck of tech and how to make the net work was published in June 2019.
Phillipa McGuinness

Phillipa McGuinness

Phillipa McGuinness is an acclaimed non-fiction publisher at NewSouth Publishing/UNSW Press where she has worked for more than a decade publishing books of history, politics and current affairs, popular science, biography and memoir, many of them prize-winners. Her authors include Alice Gorman, Elizabeth Tynan, Henry Reynolds, Tim Southphommasane, Mark Tredinnick, Sam Twyford-Moore and Julienne van Loon. She published the ‘city series’ of literary non-fiction books by Mathew Condon, Sophie Cunningham, Delia Falconer, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Paul Daley and David Whish-Wilson. Previously she worked as senior commissioning editor at Cambridge University Press.

She is the author of The Year Everything Changed - 2001, (Vintage 2018), a personal and political history, which was shortlisted in the non-fiction category of the Queensland Literary Awards, and editor of Copyfight (NewSouth), 2015. She has been published in The Guardian, Meanjin, the Sydney Morning Herald, Inside Story, the Griffith Review and elsewhere. She has appeared at writers’ festivals talking about her own and others’ books, has been a keynote speaker about creativity, copyright and technology and is a frequent media commentator on books, publishing and maternal health.

Phillipa lives in Sydney and tweets at @pipmcg.


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