MUDMATES

MUD Literary Club’s financial support has already benefitted an impressive array of authors from Australia and Indonesia, assisting their appearances at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and Adelaide Writers Week. Acknowledging their gratitude of our support, we now like to term these writers as MUDmates.

 

Janet DeNeefe: UWRF director and author of Bali – The Food of My Island Home.

Appeared for MUD members and guests at the Penny’s Hill Winery luncheon in March 2012.

As the inspirational creator of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Janet is one of the most influential and high profile Australians living in Bali. She is also amongst the busiest, running the famous Casa Luna restaurant and cookery school, and writing three charismatic food books laced with memoir. Her speech at the initial MUD event in March 2012 helped establish the impetus for MUD to succeed.

 

Laura Kroetsch, Adelaide Writers’ Week Director.

A great believer in the value and virtue of MUD Literary Club, Laura has been a keen supporter and attendee at MUD events, and has established a fantastic working relationship with the MUD committee. She continues to make terrific suggestions of worthy writers for MUD sponsorship at Adelaide Writers’ Week and helps provide access to the very best writers for appearances at MUD events.

 

Richard Fidler, ABC Broadcaster and author

Appeared for Mud members and guests at Yalumba Winery’s luncheon in November 2016.

Once a ratbag comedian/musician in the internationally famed Doug Anthony Allstars, and now broadcaster of the popular national ABC Radio program Conversations With, Richard is also author of the historical reflection on the Byzantine Empire, Ghost Empire.

 

Charlotte Wood, provocative Sydney-based novellist

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2016.

Author of The Natural Way of Things, which won the 2016 Stella Prize and was shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin Award. Her other celebrated books include Animal People and Pieces of a Girl.

 

Ellen van Neerven, celebrated Indigenous Australian aythor and poet

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2016.

A prodigious young writing talent, Ellen’s first book, Heat and Light, won a Queensland Literary Awards for unpublished Indigenous writers, the 2016 NSW Premier’s Indigenous Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize in 2015.

 

Kate Grenville, award-winning Sydney author

Appeared for Mud members and guests at Penny’s Hill luncheon in March 2017.

Her powerful novel The Secret River, released in 2006, detailed a poignant Australian story about race and community, winning the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and Britain’s Orange Prize. She has released 15 books, including non-fiction, biographies and books on the writing process.

 

Andrew Bovell, Sydney-based screenplay writer

Appeared for Mud members and guests at Penny’s Hill luncheon in March 2017.

Commissioned by Kate Blanchett and STC to adapt Kate Grenville’s novel The Secret River for the stage – one of the outstanding theatrical events presented during the 2017 Adelaide Festival. He also has film writing credits for Lantana, Edge of Darkness and Strictly Ballroom.

 

Ashleigh Wilson, biographer and Walkley Award-winning journalist.

Appeared for Mud members and guests at MUD mid-year cocktails in July 2016.

Arts Editor of The Australian newspaper and winner of Australian journalism’s highest prize, a Walkley Award, Ashleigh wrote the authorised biography Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and The Other Thing – a most revealing book about one of Australia’s most charismatic and controversial visual artists.

 

Michael Robotham, internationally acclaimed Sydney crime author.

Appeared for Mud members and guests at Penny’s Hill luncheon in March 2016.

The winner of the 2016 Ian Fleming Golden Dagger Award – for best crime novel, with Life or Death, beating Stephen King and J.K. Rowling – has emerged as a prolific crime writer after a decorated career in journalism. His 11 books have won a huge international audience for Michael, especially in Holland and Germany (where several titles have been made into successful movies).

 

Craig Munro, leading Australian literary editor and author.

Appeared for Mud members and guests at Yalumba Winery’s luncheon in November 2015.

The esteemed editor of many of Australia’s most celebrated fiction authors and poets – including Peter Carey, David Malouf, Murray Ball and Olga Masters – won plaudits for his memoir Under Cover: Adventures in the Art of Editing. He has also been a judge of Australia’s leading literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award, since 2012.

 

Frank Moorhouse: Sydney novelist, essayist and journalist, author of the celebrated Edith trilogy – Grand Days, Dark Palace and Cold Light

Sponsored by MUD to appear at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2014, and appeared for Mud members and guests at the Penny’s Hill Winery luncheon in March 2014.

One of Australia’s most respected and prolific writers – working across the idioms of novel writing, memoir, essays and journalism – Frank Moorhouse received the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature in 2013. His novel Dark Palace won the Miles Franklin Award in 2001, and Cold Light took out the $25,000 Premier’s Award for the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature, and also won the $15,000 fiction prize during Adelaide Writers’ Week in 2014.

 

Hannah Kent: Adelaide novelist, now living in Melbourne, author of Burial Rites.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2014, and appeared for Mud members and guests at the Penny’s Hill Winery luncheon in March 2014.

The fantastic writing of young novellist Hannah Kent is only match by the fascinating tale of how she came to research her bewitching historical fiction, Burial Rights – and the international bidding war that erupted among publishers for her first book. While a Hollywood movie of Burial Rights will soon be in production, it has been short listed for the Stella Award, and been awarded the Indie Prize for Best Debut Novel.

  

Richard Flanagan: Tasmanian novelist, author of The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthThe Sound of One Hand Clapping and Wanting.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2013, and appearing for Mud members and guests at Yalumba Winery’s luncheon in November 2013.

One of Australia’s most thoughtful, challenging and provocative novelists, published in 26 countries, Richard is a strident voice in our cultural landscape. A former Rhodes Scholar, his novels are intense, complicated and highly skilled in literary technique – a style compared to such giants as Melville and Dickens. He has also written stinging articles on environmental and political concerns that have had telling ramifications in his beloved home of Tasmania.

 

Hannie Rayson, Melbourne author and playwright.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2015, and appeared for Mud members and guests at the Penny’s Hill Winery luncheon in March 2015.

Hannie’s most celebrated play Hotel Sorrento (also made into a movie) is now regarded as a modern Australian classic, while her play Life After George was the first play to be nominated for a Miles Franklin Award. She has also written an entertaining autobiographical work Hello Beautiful: Scenes From A Life.

 

Michael Cathcart, Melbourne historian, journalist and broadcaster.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2015, and appeared for Mud members and guests at the Penny’s Hill Winery luncheon in March 2015.

Beyond his compelling Australian history text The Water Dreamers, Michael is the busy host of Radio National’s Arts Daily program, and is a regular host and interviewer at both Adelaide Writers Week and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

 

Sofie Laguna, Melbourne-based author and playwright, for both adults and children.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2015.

Adding to her significant success as a childrens’ author, Sofie took Australia’s top fiction prize, the $60,000 Miles Franklin Literary Award, for her second novel for adults, The Eye of the Sheep. Her first novel, One Foot Wrong, released in 2008, was long listed for the award, and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Screen rights have also been optioned and Sofie recently completed the screenplay.

 

Favel Parrett, Melbourne-based writer, author of Past The Shallows.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at MUD’s mid-year cocktail function in July 2015.

Favel has won wide acclaim for her first two novels, Past The Shallows (shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award), and When the Night Comes (released in late 2014). Favel’s progress has been watched keenly by the MUD committee, having been recommended by the Ubud festival director as a worthy beneficiary of sponsorship. However, international commitments with her publisher have so far prevented Favel appearing at Ubud.

 

Emily Bitto, Sydney-based author of The Strays.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2015.

As she was announced as 2015 Stella Prize winner, Emily Bitto was also chosen as MUD’s sponsored emerging writer for Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Her debut novel, The Strays has enjoyed widespread media coverage, including feature articles in The Australian and an interview on Radio National.

  

José Ramos Horta: ex-President of Timor Leste and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2012.

The appearance of such an important regional political figure at UWRF in 2012 was a coup for the literary festival – and MUD was proud to fund this dynamic and inspirational speaker. For MUD members, he graced our table and conversed all night at the special members-only dinner during the festival.

 

Rolf de Heer: expat South Australian film maker and scriptwriter

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2014.

One of Australia's great independent film makers discussed telling indigenous stores, film-making and scriptwriting, reflecting on his celebrated films Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes and The Tracker. His other internationally respected films include Dingo, Bad Boy Bubby and The Sound of One Hand Clapping (based on MUDmate Richard Flanagan’s novel).

 

Eleanor Limprecht, Sydney-based author of What Was Left

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2014.

Recognised as one of Australia’s great emerging writing talents, Eleanor was shortlisted for the 2014 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Her strong debut novel What Was Left was followed in 2015 by a gripping historical novel, Long Bay.

 

Mark Henshaw: Canberra novellist, author of The Snow Kimono and Caught in the Line of Fire.

Appeared for Mud members and guests at Yalumba Winery’s luncheon in November 2014.

Acclaimed as one of Australia’s more clever postmodern novelists, Mark Henshaw published his debut novel Out of the Line of Fire in 1988, which won several awards and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. After 26 years, during which Mark was curator at the National Gallery of Australia, he delivered a sensational second novel in 2014, The Snow Kimono, an intriguing narrative puzzle praised for its complexity and cunning nuance. 

 

Ruby J. Murray: Melbourne novelist, author of Running Dogs.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2012.

With a background in environmental politics, Ruby now writes regularly for Australian magazines, newspapers, journals and anthologies. Running Dogs, her first novel, is set amidst the tumult of Jakarta – drawn from her experience working in the Indonesian capital as an aid worker. Fittingly, MUD helped Ruby present this book at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and she thanked MUD by attending our members-only dinner in Ubud during the festival.

 

Ramona Koval: Broadcaster and author of By The Book – A Reader’s Guide to Life.

Appeared for MUD members and guests at Yalumba Winery’s Signature Room luncheon in November 2012.

The loved former presenter of The Book Show on ABC Radio National has emerged as a valuable writer in her own right. Her pen touches a wide array of subjects, from literary criticism, to transcripts of her interviews with famous authors, to Jewish recipe books. All this and much more was explored in detail during a fascinating interview with Ramona for MUD’s lavish Signature Sunday luncheon at Yalumba.

 

Andrea Hirata: Indonesian author of The Rainbow Troops.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2013, and appeared for Mud members and guests at the Penny’s Hill Winery luncheon in March 2013.

This charismatic writer from the tiny island of Biliton has written Indonesia’s biggest best-seller with The Rainbow Troops, a charming story highlighting disparity between wealth and poverty, education and ignorance. Andrea’s book launch sponsored by MUD at Adelaide Writers Week 2013 was an important introduction of popular Indonesian literature to local audiences. For MUD members at our Penny’s Hill Winery luncheon, he not only gave an intimate insight to his writing process, but also treated our audience to a demonstration of his other creative gifts, as a songwriter and guitarist.

 

Thomas Keneally: Sydney author, most recently of The Daughters of Mars.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2013, and appeared for Mud members and guests at the Penny’s Hill Winery luncheon in March 2013.

One of Australia’s great literary treasures, the tireless Tom Keneally remains among our keenest and most prolific scribes. His prolific canon stretches from the masterworks of Schindler’s Ark and The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, to his engaging memoirs including Homebush Boy, to his continuing national history Australians. In conversation with David Sly at Penny’s Hill Winery, Tom gave MUD members a privileged insight to the working mind of an author, discussing elements of research being undertaken for his next novel.

 

Romy Ash: Melbourne writer, author of Floundering.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2013, and appeared for Mud members and guests at MUD’s cocktail function in July 2013.

A gifted and determined young author who writes across many mediums, from short stories and articles for The Monthly, The Big Issue and Griffith Revue, to novels. She took time out from researching her second novel to appear for an exclusive MUD members cocktail party. Writing in a distinctively Australian voice, her first novel Floundering was appropriately shortlisted for the 2013 Miles Franklin Award.

 

Lionel Shriver: American-born British journalist and novelist, author of Big Brother: A Novel.

Sponsored by MUD to appear at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2013.

After writing seven gritty issue-based novels from the mid-1980s, Lionel won the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction with We Need to Talk About Kevin, a controversial thriller examining how maternal ambivalence affected the title character's decision to murder nine people at his high school. Her strident, confronting style is also evident in her 2012 novel, Big Brother, examining obesity.

 

MUD MATES AWARDS ROLL:

JOSÉ RAMOS HORTA: Winner: Nobel Peace Prize winner 1996.

JANET DENEEFE: Shortlisted: Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2012.

ANDREA HIRATA: Winner: New York Book Festival [general fiction] 2013.

TOM KENEALLY: Winner: Man Booker Prize 1982; Winner: Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1983. 

HANNAH KENT: Winner: ABIA Literary Fiction Award 2014; Winner: Davitt Award Best Debut Novel 2014; Winner: Davitt Award Readers Choice 2014; Winner: ABA Nielsen Booksellers Choice 2014; Winner: Booktopia Peoples Choice 2014; Winner: FAW Christina Stead Award 2013; Winner: Indie Debut Fiction of the Year 2014; Winner: Victorian Premiers Literary Awards Peoples Choice 2014; Winner: Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 2014; Shortlisted: Voss Literary Prize 2014; Shortlisted: NBA International Author of the Year 2014; Shortlisted: Stella Prize 2014; Shortlisted: Guardian First Book Award 2013; Shortlisted: Baileys Womens Prize for Fiction 2014; Shortlisted: Dublin IMPAC Prize 2015.

RICHARD FLANAGAN: Winner: Man Booker Prize 2014; Winner: Fiction Prize [joint] Prime Ministers Literary Awards 2014; Winner: FAW Christina Stead Award 2014; Shortlisted: 2015 Dublin IMPAC Prize.

MARK HENSHAW: Winner: NBC New Writers Award; Winner: FAW Barbara Ramsden Award 1988; Winner: FAW Christina Stead Prize - NSW Premiers Award 2015.

FRANK MOORHOUSE: Member of the Order of Australia 1985; Winner: National Award for Fiction 1975; Winner: Miles Franklin Prize 2001; Winner: Centenary Medal 2001; Winner: The Age Book of the Year Award 1988; Winner: Walkley Award 2007; Winner: Adelaide Festival National Prize for Fiction 1994; Winner: Premiers Award Adelaide 2014; Shortlisted: Miles Franklin Prize 2012.

ROMY ASH: Winner: SMH Best Young Australian Novelist Award 2013; Shortlisted: The Miles Franklin Award 2013; Shortlisted: The Prime Minister’s Award 2013; Shortlisted: The Commonwealth Writer’s Prize 2013; Shortlisted: ABIA Book of the Year and Newcomer of the Year 2013; Shortlisted: The Dobbie Award 2013; Longlisted: The Stella Prize 2013.

GRAEME SIMSION: Winner: ABIA Book of the Year 2014; Winner: Victorian Premiers Literary Award 2012.

MICHAEL CATHCART: Winner: Colin Roderick Award 2010; Shortlisted: Prime Ministers Literary Awards, non-fiction, 2010; Shortlisted: NSW premiers Awards, non-fiction 2010.

HANNIE RAYSON: Winner [joint]: Sidney Myer Performimg Arts Award 1996; Winner: Victorian Premiers Award; Winner: NSW Premiers Award [2]; Winner: Australian Writers Guild Awards [2]; Winner: Helpmann Award [3 times]; Nominated: Miles Franklin Literary Award.

RUBY J. MURRAY: Winner: The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 2013; Shortlisted: Glenda Adams Prize, NSW Premiers Awards 2013.

LIONEL SHRIVER: Winner: Orange Prize 2005.

RAMONA KOVAL: Winner: ABC Board Member and Order of Australia Media Award.

FAVEL PARRETT: Winner: ABIA Newcomer of the Year 2012; Winner: Dobbie Award 2012; Shortlisted: Miles Franklin Award 2012; Shortlisted: ABIA Book of the Year 2012; Shortlisted: Indie Awards, debut fiction 2012; Shortlisted: ABA Booksellers Choice 2012.

EMILY BITTO: Winner: Stella Prize 2015.

SOFIE LAGUNA: Winner: Miles Franklin Prize 2015; Winner: Childrens Book Council of Australia [numerous]; Shortlisted: Prime Ministers Literary Awards 2009; Shortlisted: Yabba Awards 2011; Longlisted: Miles Franklin Award 2008.