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Gold, Alan; Jones, Mike

Alan Gold is an internationally published and translated author of fifteen novels, his most recent being Bell of the Desert, published in 2012 in the USA. Alan speaks regularly to national and international conferences on a range of subjects, most notably the recent growth of anti-semitism. He was a delegate at the notorious United Nations World Conference on Racism and Xenophobia held in Durban, South Africa in 2001, and has addressed UN conferences and meetings, as well as speaking throughout the world to universities and community groups. He is a regular contributor to The Australian, The Spectator and other media as an opinion columnist and literary critic, as well as being a lecturer and mentor at the masters and doctoral degree level in creative writing at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia.

Mike Jones has a background that spans writing, project development, technical production and screen education. He has worked in Australia and internationally in script editing, series- and feature-script development and his online projects have garnered numerous awards, including a prestigious Writers’ Guild AWGIE Award for a movie script. He is Head of Story for Portal Entertainment UK, developing immersive thrillers for new media platforms and engaged in commissioned television series script development projects. He is also a lecturer in screen studies at the Australian Film TV and Radio School where he co-developed the world's first graduate program in web-series development and online episodic storytelling. An extensively published author of more than 200 essays, articles and reviews, and several books, Mike has lectured internationally on topics as diverse as screenwriting process, computer game narrative and visual effects. Mike holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in writing and new media.
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