Ben Eltham studied neuroscience, philosophy and cultural studies before editing the University of Queensland's Semper Floreat in 2000. He has worked as a freelance journalist and essayist since 2001 for a range of national publications, including New Matilda, Crikey, Guardian Australia, the Courier-Mail, Overland and the Sydney Review of Books. Ben is New Matilda's National Affairs Correspondent and a Research Fellow at Deakin University's Faculty of Arts and Education.
Ben spent the majority of the 2000s as a creative producer and festival director at festivals and events including Straight Out of Brisbane, This Is Not Art, Melbourne Fringe, Woodford Folk Festival and as an independent producer and curator. He is a former Queensland Young Writer of the Year.
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