Acclaimed social researcher and long-time newspaper columnist Hugh Mackay has written 17 books: 10 in the field of social psychology and ethics, and seven novels. His latest novel, Selling the Dream, is a biting satire about advertising. With his insider knowledge of the industry, Hugh has crafted a funny and disturbingly realistic portrayal of the lengths some admen will go to. Join him as he shares how his social insights find their way into fiction. 

Hugh Mackay (Australian)

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Hugh Mackay is Australia's leading social researcher and a prolific author. Selling the Dream, a wacky satire set in an ad agency, is his 18th book and seventh novel. Hugh's research career spans 60 years, including 25 years as a weekly newspaper columnist. In recognition of his unique contribution to Australian social research, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW, Western Sydney and Wollongong universities. In 2015, he was appointed an officer (AO) of the Order of Australia.

Ailsa Piper (Australian)

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Ailsa Piper is a storyteller, having worked as a playwright, dramaturg, director, actor, teacher, speaker and broadcaster. Writing highlights include being co-winner of the Patrick White Playwright's Award in 2001, and the publication in 2012 of her travel memoir, Sinning Across Spain. She has judged the NSW and Victorian Premiers Literary Awards seven times, and also performs Wordwalks, monologues celebrating poetry, walking and landscape. Ailsa is co-author, with Tony Doherty, of The Attachment: Letters From A Most Unlikely Friendship.