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Western Australian Premier's Book Awards - 2002 Judging Panel

Dr Simon Adams

Dr Simon Adams was educated at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) where he majored in politics and history and won the 1993 History Prize for his honours thesis. While undertaking Ph.D research, in 1995 Dr. Adams was attached to the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, where he worked with former political prisoners in Soweto. After completing his Ph.D Dr Adams lectured in the School of History and was Senior Fellow of Basser College at UNSW. A specialist in Australian and Irish history, as well as international politics, Dr Adams has published academic work in all these areas. His most recent book, "Exit Wounds: Murder, Diaspora and the Irish Troubles", received critical acclaim and in July 2000 Dr Adams was the first Australian to be invited to act as an International Peace Observer for the disputed "marching season" in Northern Ireland. He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines and is also a regular political commentator on ABC radio and television. At Notre Dame University in Fremantle, Dr Adams is a Senior Lecturer in politics and history, and Head of the School of Arts & Letters.

Mr Zoltan Kovacs

Zoltan Kovacs is the Issues editor and chief editorial writer for The West Australian. He started in journalism 36 years ago and has worked as a feature writer, specialist reporter on education and Aboriginal affairs, reviewer of books, plays and jazz, and government media officer. He has edited two books by Western Australian authors.

Professor Vijay Mishra

Vijay Mishra is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Head of the School of Arts at Murdoch University. During 1998-99 he was Professor of English at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has doctorates from the Australian National University and Oxford, and is the author of many books and articles on literature, aesthetics, cultural studies and film theory. Professor Mishra is the chairperson of the 2001 judging panel.

Ms Suzanne Wyche

Suzanne has been a Senior English teacher for 25 years, most recently at Scotch College, and during that time developed reading programs for students at all levels. She currently assesses manuscripts of works for young people. She is a former State President of the Children's Book Council of Australia (WA Branch), is presently a Committee Member, and in that capacity, in 2002, edited Showcasing Western Australia: Authors and Illustrators for Young People. Suzanne is a judge of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers for 2003.