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Irina Dunn's one-page bio

submitted February, 2002

Irina Dunn has been the Executive Director of the New South Wales Writers' Centre since December 1992. She has worked as a journalist, book editor, film-maker, school and TAFE teacher, university lecturer, and parliamentarian.

An honours graduate in English Language and Literature from the University of Sydney, Irina taught French and English at Frensham Girls School, Mittagong. Since that time she has been a tutor in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, a teacher of Communications and English at Sydney Technical College, TAFE, NIDA and the Police Academy, a project officer in the prisoner literacy program of the Department of Corrective Services, and a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Policy at the University of New England.

Irina's experience in both in-house and freelance publishing is extensive and varied. She has been a Senior Editor for Hamlyn Books and Pergamon Press, project editor of the Reader's Digest book Scenic Wonders of Australia, and editor of the prisoners' newspaper, Inprint, and the Australian film and television industry trade magazine, Encore. As a freelancer, she edited the Penguin publications Stirring the Possum, the autobiography of Jim McClelland, and Roger Milliss' The Serpent's Tooth. She has also been consultant editor for research studies and publications of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW and Federal) and the Australian Museum. She is currently (1997) writing a handbook for writers.

Her publications include numerous radio, journal and newspaper articles, reviews and interviews, and her book, A Natural Legacy: Ecology in Australia, of which she was co-editor and co-author, won the 1979 Royal Zoological Society Prize for the best text on the subject.

In 1983 she researched, narrated, directed and produced the documentary film, "Frame Up: Who Bombed the Hilton, Who Didn't", after which she wrote and directed a second documentary film, "Fighting for Peace", a prize winner at the 1985 San Francisco International Film and Video Festival. Her campaign to free the Ananda Marga three, of which "Frame-Up" was a part, was instrumental in the release of the three jailed men.

In July 1988 Irina was elected to Federal Parliament and became an Independent Senator for New South Wales, serving and served in that capacity until June 1990. During that time she was a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, the Parliamentary Liaison Group on Aids, and the Select Committee examining the quasi-judicial role of Government tribunals. She represented interests such as nuclear disarmament, women's issues, Aboriginal matter, the environment and the arts.

Irina was born in Shanghai China & is of Russian, Irish, Portuguese and Chinese background.

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