Charles Dickens

British novelist Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England. Over the course of his writing career, he wrote the beloved classic novels Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby,David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. On June 9, 1870, Dickens died of a stroke in Kent, England, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

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Ayu Weda

I Gusti Made Ayu Wedayanti, lahir di Singaraja-Bali, 1 September 1963. Akrab dikenal sebagai Ayu Weda. Dari SMA Negeri 1 Singaraja Bali ia melanjutkan kuliah di Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Politik Jurusan Sosiologi, Universitas Airlangga angkatan 1983, tamat 1989. Pada era 1980-an dikenal sebagai Lady Rocker, telah menghasilkan beberapa album. Selain itu, dia juga dikenal sebagai pemerhati seni, sosial budaya, dan ssatra sejak masa kuliah hingga sekarang. Aktivitas yang banyak dijalani adalah sebagai artis, event organizer, serta aktivis kemanusiaan dan lingkungan.

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Aprila Wayar

Kelahiran Jayapura, Papua, Aprila menyelesaikan pendidikannya di Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana tahun 2006. Ia telah mempublikasikan novel pertamanya berjudul Rootless Black Rose dan mendirikan kantor media Tanah Papua News.

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Antony Loewenstein

Antony Loewenstein is a Middle East based, Australian independent freelance journalist, author, documentarian and blogger. He has written for the The Guardian, New York TimesWashington Post, New Statesman, Al JazeeraHuffington Post, SalonThe Daily Star, Le Monde Diplomatique English, Foreign PolicyThe National, The Independent, Electronic IntifadaAl Akhbar EnglishDawn, Haaretz, The Nation, New InternationalistSydney Morning Herald, The Australian,Los Angeles Review of BooksBBC World Service,Adbusters, Al Masry AlyoumJuan Cole, Mondoweiss,  Tehelka, Open Democracy, Sydney’s Sun-Herald, New Zealand Herald, Sydney Ideas Quarterly, The Australian Financial Review, Crikey, Melbourne’s Age, Brisbane’sCourier Mail, Canberra Times, Online Opinion, New MatildaThe Conversation, ABCUnleashed/The Drum, Amnesty International Australia, Green Left Weekly, Eureka Street, Kill Your Darlings, Tikkun, Adelaide’s Advertiser, The Bulletin, Znet, Overland,Sydney PEN, The Big Issue, Counterpunch and many others.

He is a columnist for The Guardian.

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Anne Spudvilas

Anne Spudvilas is an established portrait painter and award-winning illustrator of children’s books who has also worked as a courtroom artist for the Melbourne media.
Anne’s portraits have been selected in major portrait competitions including the Archibald and Doug Moran Prizes and she has completed public commissions for the City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government. Her work is in collections in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia.

Her first picture book The Race was awarded the Crichton Award for Illustration and CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Honour Book. In 2000 she won CBCA Picture Book of the Year with Jenny Angel, which was also shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award.
In 2008 The Peasant Prince won the NSW Premier’s Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize), the Australian Book Industry Award for Younger Readers and the Queensland Premiers Award.

Anne’s designs were used by Australia Post for the 2006 Australian Christmas stamps.

In recent years Anne has included printmaking in her practice with an emphasis on etchings and monoprints. She lives on the confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers at Wentworth in New South Wales where she runs workshops at her print studio Riverbank Press.

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Anna Funder

Anna Funder’s writing has received numerous accolades and awards. Her essays, feature articles and columns have appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, Ny Tid, Best Australian Essaysand Best Australian Science Writing. A sought-after speaker, Anna has toured in many countries. A former DAAD (Berlin), Australia Council, NSW Writing Fellow and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, in 2011 Anna was named in the ‘Top 100 People of Influence’ by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2011 Anna was appointed to the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Before turning to writing full-time in the late 1990’s, Anna worked as an international lawyer for the Australian Government focusing on human rights, constitutional law, and treaty negotiation. After jettisoning a legal career to write STASILAND, she jobbed for a time as a radio and television documentary producer at the ABC. Anna holds BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) and an M.A. and a Doctorate in Creative Arts, and speaks fluent French and German. She grew up in Melbourne and Paris, and lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.

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Andrea Hirata

Andrea Hirata is an author best known for the 2005 novel Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops) and its sequels. Hirata was born in Gantung, Belitung, on 24 October; he has not made his year of birth public. While he was young, his parents changed his name seven times. They eventually settled on the name Andrea, while the name Hirata was given by his mother. He grew up in a poor family not far from a government-owned mine.

Hirata started his tertiary education with a degree in economics from the University of Indonesia. After receiving a scholarship from the European Union, he did his master’s degree in Europe, first at the University of Paris then at Sheffield Hallam University in Britain; his thesis dealt with telecommunications and the economy.

Hirata released Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops) in 2005. The novel, written in a period of six months, was based on his childhood experiences in Belitung; he later described it as “an irony about a lack of access to education for children in one of the world’s wealthiest islands.”. The novel went on to sell five million copies, with pirated editions selling 15 million more. It also spawned three sequels: Sang Pemimpi (The Dreamer), Edensor and Maryamah Karpov.

Laskar Pelangi was adapted into a film of the same name in 2008 by directors Riri Riza and Mira Lesmana; the film became the most-viewed Indonesian film of all time, being seen by 4.6 million viewers during its theatrical run. He also worked at the telecommunications company Telkom Indonesia, eventually quitting to focus on writing. In 2010 the international rights for the Laskar Pelangi tetralogy were bought by American agent Amer & Asia; the rights were later acquired by Kathleen Anderson Literary Management. Afterwards, Hirata opened a library in his hometown.

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Ambai (C. S. Lakshmi )

C. S. Lakshmi (pen name: Ambai) was born in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in 1944. She grew up in Mumbai and Bangalore. She obtained her M.A in Bangalore and her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her dissertation was on American policy towards refugees fleeing Hungary due to the failed revolution of 1956. After completing her education, she worked as a school teacher and college lecturer in Tamil Nadu. She is married to Vishnu Mathur, a film maker and lives in Mumbai

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