The relationship between the Bible and literature is rich and complex. But how specifically has it shaped Australian culture - our writing, institutions, and obsessions. And although Bible Literacy is at an all time low, there seems still to be a magnetism to the ancient text for our creative artists. In the 200th year of the Bible Society in Australia, a panel of experts explores the ongoing contribution of 'The Good Book’.

Supported by The Bible Society.

Lachlan Brown (Australian)

Lachlan Brown completed his PhD at the University of Sydney, and currently teaches literature and writing at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. LachlanÕs first book of poetry,ÊLimited Cities, was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Prize. His poems have been shortlisted, longlisted, placed and commended for various prizes including the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Canberra Poetry Prize, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, and the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. LachlanÕs second book of poetry,ÊLunar Inheritance, explores his Chinese-Australian inheritance and is forthcoming with Giramondo Publishing.

Roy Williams (Australian)

Roy Williams is a Sydney-based author and public speaker. His first and best-known book, God, Actually, is a defence of Christianity for the educated layperson. It became a surprise best-seller in Australia on release and has since been published in Britain and North America. In addition to his books, RoyÕs non-fiction book reviews have appeared regularly in The Weekend Australian since 2006. Writing is his second career. He won the Sydney University Medal in law in 1986 and spent twenty years in the legal profession before his career was cut short by a life-changing illness.

Greg Clarke (Australian)

Greg ClarkeÊis group CEO of Bible Society Australia as well as an an author, public speaker and academic. With a doctorate in literature from the University of Sydney, he has written books on topics ranging fromÊThe Da Vinci CodeÊto the end of the world, from marriage to the life of Jesus. His book,ÊThe Great Bible Swindle, argues that every Australian needs a working knowledge of the Bible in order to be truly educated.