BAKER, Mark Raphael

Mark Raphael Baker is the Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University in the School of History, Philosophy and International Studies. His book, The Fiftieth Gate (HarperCollins) won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award and has been taught for many years on the NSW curriculum for HSC Advanced English. He is currently writing a novel.


  • The Fiftieth Gate: A Journey Through Memory (HarperCollins, 1997) Winner, 1997 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards - Ethnic Affairs Commission Award
  • Phillip Schuler: The Remarkable Life of One of Australia's Greatest War Correspondants (Allen & Unwin, 2016) Longlisted, 2016 Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Book


Suzy Baldwin has been a researcher, book editor, editor of Harper’s Bazaar and 24 Hours magazine, and presenter of Sunday Afternoon on ABC TV. As a features writer and book reviewer, she has written for The Australian, The Bulletin, Vogue Australia andThe Sydney Morning Herald. She is currently Deputy Arts Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. Her most recent book Best of Friends was published by Penguin.


  • Best of Friends (Penguin, 2001)


Lindel Barker-Revell is a writer and games inventor. She has a Masters degree in Applied Science (Social Ecology); her studies focused on feminism, ancient mythology and myths emerging in our time. An educator for over 20 years, Lindel has now turned her attention to writing. Always interested in the esoteric traditions, Lindel has practiced astrology for 17 years and the mystical Tarot for 23 years. In 1989 she co-invented the astrological boardgame, Revelation: The Game of the Future and in 1995 her first book The Tarot and You was published. Time for Tea, Lindel’s most recent book, was published by Allen & Unwin.


  • The Tarot and You (Crescent Books, 1995)
  • The Goddess: Myths and Stories (Smithmark Publishers, 1999)
  • Time for Tea (Allen & Unwin, 2007)


Helen Barnacle is a psychologist and ex-prisoner. The best-selling Don’t Let Her See Me Cry – A Mother’s Story is a gripping book about her prison experience, which has been optioned for film.


  • Dont let Her See Me Cry (Transworld, 2000)

BARRETT, Shirley

Shirley Barrett is best known for her work as a screen-writer and director. Shirley’s first film, Love Serenade won the Camera D’Or (Best First Feature) at Cannes Film Festival in 1996. The script for her most recent film, South Solitary, won the Queensland Premier’s Prize (script) 2010, the West Australian Premier’s Literary Prize (script) 2010, and the West Australian Premier’s Prize 2010. It was also nominated for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Shirley continues to work extensively as a director in television and TVC’s. Rush Oh! is Shirley’s first novel.


  • Cherith (Australian Film Television and Radio School, 1987) Winner, 1988 Australian Film Institute Awards, Best Short Fiction Film, 1988 Sydney Film Festival, Greater Union Awards for Australian Short Fiction Films
  • Love Serenade (Jan Chapman Productions, 1996)
  • Walk The Talk (DreamWorks SKG Pacific Film and Television Commission, 2000)
  • South Solitary (Macgowan and Beneficiary Films Omnilab Media, 2010) Winner, 2009 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for Scripts, 2009 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Premier's Prize, 2010 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Film Script; Shortlisted, 2011 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
  • Rush Oh! (Pan Macmillan, 2015) Shortlisted, 2016 Indie Awards for Debut Fiction, 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards, the Matt Richell New Writer Award; Longlisted, 2016 Women's Prize for Fiction (UK), Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2016 Kibble Literary Awards, Nita May Doobie Award

BAUM, Greg

Greg Baum is a multi-award winning columnist and feature writer for The Age, where he has covered international cricket, football, soccer, tennis, golf, motor racing and many other sports. He has written on Olympic and Commonwealth Games, two Ashes tours, two cricket World Cups and more than 20 Grand Finals. His front-page newspaper article on Ernest Brough led to the publication of Ern’s amazing true story of his experiences in World War II, Dangerous Days (HarperCollinsPublishers), which Greg co-authored.


  • The Waugh Era (ABC Books, 2004)
  • Dangerous Days with Ernest Brough (HarperCollins, 2010)


Carol Baxter came to history through genealogy and, accordingly, has a different approach to most academic historians. Her focus is upon narrative history, primarily the story of ordinary individuals who made an extraordinary impact on our world. Her first, critically acclaimed work, An Irresistible Temptation, was published by Allen & Unwin in November 2006. Breaking The Bank, the exciting true tale of Australia’s biggest bank robbery followed in 2008, and the story of Australia’s most successful bushranger,Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady, in 2011. In 2013, Britain’s Oneworld published The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: a true tale of poison, passion, and pursuit to international acclaim. It tells the story of a murder and its impact on the dawn of the information age. In 2015, Allen & Unwin published Black Widow: the true story of Australia’s first female serial killer. Carol has just received a commission from Allen & Unwin for another ‘true-crime thriller’, which will be published in 2017. Carol Baxter is an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England and a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists.


  • An Irresistible Temptation (Allen & Unwin, 2006)
  • Captain Thunderbolt and His Lady: The True Sroey of Bushrangers Fredrick Ward and Mary Ann Bugg (Allen & Unwin, 2011) Shortlisted, 2012 Davitt Award, Best True Crime Book
  • The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable (Allen & Unwin, 2014)
  • Black Widow: The True Story of Australia's First Serial Killer (Allen & Unwin, 2015) Shortlisted, 2012 Davitt Award, Best True Crime Book


John Baxter is a film critic, novelist, biographer and broadcaster, whose books on the cinema include The Hollywood Exiles, The Cinema of John Ford, and highly praised biographies of Ken Russell, Fellini, Bunuel, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen and Stanley Kubrick. Since moving to Paris, he has written four books of autobiography, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict, We’ll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light, Immoveable feast: a Paris Christmas, and The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: a Pedestrian in Paris. Since 2007 he has been co-director of the annual Paris Writers Workshop.


  • The Pacific Book of Australian Science Fiction (Angus and Robertson, 1968) Shortlisted, 1969 Ditmar Awards, Australian Science Fiction
  • Adam's Woman (Horwitz, 1970)
  • Science Fiction in the Cinema (Tanvity Press, 1970) Winner, 1971 Ditmar Award, Special Award
  • The Cinema of John Ford (Zwemmer, 1971)
  • The Fire Came By: The Riddle of the Great Siberian Explosion (Doubleday, 1976)
  • The Hermes Fall (Simon and Schuster, 1978)
  • The Bidders (Lippincott, 1979)
  • The Kid (Viking, 1981)
  • The Black Yacht (Sevenoaks: New English Library, 1982)
  • The Video Handbook (Fontana, 1982)
  • Who Burned Australia? (New English Library, 1984)
  • Filmstruck: Australia at the Movies (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1986)
  • Torched! (Grafton Books, 1986)
  • Nine Lives and One (Lorand Loblay, 1992)
  • Bondi Blues (Allen & Unwin, 1993)
  • A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict (Doublebay, 2002)
  • We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light (Doubleday, 2005)
  • Immovable Feast: A Paris Christmas (Harper Perennial, 2008)
  • Cooking for Claudine (Short Books, 2011)
  • The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris (Harper Perennial, 2011)
  • The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France (Harper Perennial, 2013)
  • Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During The Great War (HarperCollins, 2014)
  • Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the Cirt of Light (Harper Perennial, 2015)


Bob Beale has been a writer for over 20 years, much of it working as a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald. His previous books include The Vanishing Continent (co-written with Peter Fray) and From Stone Age to Clone Age. Going Native, written with Michael Archer, was published in 2004. If Trees Could Speak, the Australian equivalent to Thomas Pakenham’s Meetings with Remarkable Trees, was published in 2007 by Allen and Unwin.


BEASLEY, Richard

Richard Beasley is a lawyer. Born in Sydney, he grew up in Adelaide before heading east again after the last bizarre mass murder he could tolerate. He lives in Randwick, Sydney, at the back of the racecourse, which he considers to be the centre of the universe. His fourth novel Cyanide Games was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016.


  • Hell Has Harbour Views (Pan Macmillan Australian, 2001)
  • The Ambulance Chaser (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2004)
  • Me and Rory Macbeath (Hachette Australia, 2013)
  • Cyanide Games (Simon and Schuster Australian, 2016)

BECKETT, Roseanne

Amy Willessee and Mark Whitaker have written Roseanne Catt’s story Ten Years, which was published by Pan Macmillan in 2005.

BEDDOE, Rebekah

Rebekah Beddoe began studying professional writing with a view to writing about her experiences living with what was then diagnosed as post-natal mental illness. Ironically, before she’d put pen to paper the real cause of this erroneous diagnosis became apparent. What was to be a documented journey of a slide into chronic mental illness, instead became her book Dying for a Cure which was published by Random House in Australia.


  • Dying for a Cure: A Memoir of Antidepressants, Misdiagnosis and Madness (Random House Australia, 2007)

BEHAN, Nadine

Nadine Behan worked for ten years as a barrister and solicitor at a community legal centre, specialising in non-criminal law. How To Run Your Own Court Case – A practical guide to representing yourself in Australian courts and tribunals was published by Redfern Legal Centre Publishing in 2009.


  • How To Run Your Own Court Case (Redfern Legan Centre Publishing, 2009)

BELL, Davina

Davina Bell is a writer from Western Australia who lives in Melbourne, where she works as an editor in the world of children’s books. She’s written historical fiction for middle readers as part of Penguin’s 'Our Australian Girl' series and her short stories have been published in Black Inc’s 'Best Australian Stories' anthologies.


  • Our Australian Girl (Puffin, 2011)
  • Alice of Peppermint Grove (Puffin, 2012)
  • Peacetime for Alice (Puffin, 2012)
  • Meet Alice (Puffin, 2012)
  • The Alice Stories (Penguin, 2014)
  • The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade Illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribe, 2014) Winner, 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards, Small Publishers' Chidren's Book of the Year
  • Oh, Albert! Illustrated by Sara Acton (Penguin, 2016)
  • Under the Love Unbrella Illustrtaed by Allison Colpoys (Scribe, 2016)
  • Hattie Helps Out With Jane Godwin; Illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Allen and Unwin, 2016)


Idan Ben-Barak holds a BSc in medical science and an MSc in microbiology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Sydney. His first book, Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World was published by Scribe and translated into five languages. It won the 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F (Science Books and Films) Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult category. Idan’s new book is Why Aren’t We Dead Yet? The Survivor’s Guide to the Immune System, published by Scribe. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.


  • Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World (Scribe, 2008) Winner, 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult
  • Why Aren't We Dead Yet? The SUrvivor's Guide to the Immune System (Scribe, 2014)

BENNETT, Stephanie

Stephanie Bennett has written two books examining crimes in Queensland at the turn of the last century. The Murder of Nellie Duffy was published by Simon and Schuster. Pan Macmillan published The Gatton Murders in 2004.


Domonique Bertolucci is the author of Your Best Life and is widely recognised as an expert on how to achieve real success. Domonique’s first career as a fashion model took her to London at 22. There she underwent a dramatic transformation – from model to corporate high-flyer. After ten years in the corporate sector, where she earned a reputation for turning around dysfunctional and underachieving teams, and managing high performers, Domonique decided to return to Australia and establish her company Success Strategies. She has written The Happiness Code for Hardie Grant, as well as 100 Days Happier, Love Your Life and Less is More. Her most recent book, The Daily Promise, was released in 2016.
Twitter: @fromDomonique


  • The Daily Promise (Hardie Grant, 2016)
  • The Kindness Pact (Hardie Grant, 2015)
  • Less is More (Hardie Grant, 2014)
  • 100 Days Happier (Hardie Grant, 2013)
  • Love Your Life (Hardie Grant, 2013)
  • The Happiness Code (Hardie Grant, 2012)
  • Your Best Life (Hachette, 2006)

BESSER, Linton

Linton Besser, Australia, is a multi-award-winning investigative reporter whose work has exposed corruption in the public service, the police and at the highest levels of Australia’s business community. His journalism has appeared in print in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Bulletin, and he has also worked at Channel Nine, a national commercial television station. In 2013, he took a position as an investigative reporter for Australia’s public broadcaster, the ABC. Twitter: @lb_online


  • He Who Must Be Obeid: The Untold Story (Vintage Australia, 2014)

BINGE, Leonie

Leonie Binge grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney in a typical middle-class family. After listening to tales of her mother and aunt growing up in an orphanage during the Depression and how their older sister tracked them down, determined to find and care for them, Leonie promised she would one day write their story. This became the memoir Nellie’s Vow, published by Arbon. Leonie, a teacher, lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.


  • Nellie's Vow (Arbon, 2015)

BITTO, Emily

Emily Bitto has a Masters in literary studies and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, Heat, the Australian Literary Review and The Big Issue Fiction Edition. The Strays was first published in 2014, after it was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. It went on to be shortlisted for the Indie Prize and the Dobbie Award, and to win the 2015 Stella Prize. Emily has also been awarded the 2016 Tina Kane Emergent Writers Award. The Strays was published in the US by Hachette and in the UK by Legend Press. Emily lives in Melbourne where she co-owns a Carlton wine bar, Heartattack & Vine.


  • The Strays (Affirm Press, 2014) Winner, 2011 Penguin Manuscript Award, The 2015 Stella Prize; Shortlisted, 2013 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for an unpublished Manuscripts by an Emerging Victorian Writer, 2015 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, 2015 Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award, 2015 Indie Awards for Debut Fiction; Longlisted, 2016 International DUBLIN literary Award; Included in the 2017 Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommends list

BIZYS, Ebony

Hello Sandwich (Ebony Bizys) is an Australian craft artist, designer and blogger based in Tokyo. Before moving to Tokyo in 2010, Bizys worked at Vogue magazines for 11 years, most recently in the position of Deputy Art Director at Vogue Living. Since moving to Tokyo, Bizys has Art Directed a Japanese book, designed a Japanese fashion website, been commissioned by Vogue Japan to make artworks for their publication, collaborated with Japanese masking tape brand mt on workshops and has appeared in many Japanese books and magazines. Bizys currently blogs for Vogue Japan, hosts monthly craft workshops and in July 2012 she started releasing Japanese Craft Books. She records her daily life on her Japan + Craft blog Hello Sandwich.


  • Hello Tokyo (Murdoch Books Australia, 2015)


Freya Blackwood is an award-winning internationally published illustrator of children’s books. She was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Orange in NSW, Australia. Freya won the CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year for Amy & Louis in 2007 (written by Libby Gleeson) and Maudie and Bear in 2011 (written by Jan Omerod), the Crichton Award in 2004 for Two Summers (written by John Heffernan) and her other titles have been short-listed for countless other awards. She was awarded the highly prestigious Kate Greenaway 2010 Medal for her work on Harry and Hooper (with Margaret Wild). Freya’s recent offerings include Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House (written by Libby Gleeson), her own book, Ivy Loves to Give, The Last Hug (written by Nick Bland), Look, A Book! (written by Libby Gleeson) which was short-listed for the CBCA 2012 Picture Book of the Year Award, The Terrible Suitcase (written by Emma Allen) which won the CBCA 2013 Early Childhood Book of the Year Award, Banjo and Ruby Red, The Necklace and the Present (the first book in the Cleo Stories series) and Go to Sleep, Jessie! (all written by Libby Gleeson). www.freyablackwood.net


BLAIN, Georgia

Georgia Blain has published novels for adults and young adults, essays, short stories, and a memoir. Her first novel was made into a feature film, and she has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the NSW and SA Premiers’ Literary Award. She lives in Sydney, where she works full-time as a writer.


  • Closed for Winter (Penguin, 1998)
  • Candelo (Allen & Unwin, 1999)
  • The Blind Eye (Allen & Unwin, 2003)
  • Names for Nothingness (Allen & Unwin, 2004)
  • Births Death Marriages (Vintage, 2008) Shortlisted for the Nita Kibble Literary Award
  • Dark Water (Random House, 2010)
  • Too Close To Home (Random House, 2011)
  • The Secret Lives of Men (Scribe, 2013)
  • Special (Penguin Random House, 2016)
  • Between a Wolf and a Dog (Scribe, 2016)


Rosie Borella lives on a farmlet on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. She has previously worked as a journalist, sub-editor, editor, in public relations, marketing and science writing. She now works part-time as a nurse, so she can focus on her true love: writing fiction.


  • The One and Only Jack Chant (Allen & Unwin, 2014)

BOURAS, Gillian

Gillian Bouras was born in Melbourne and lived in Australia before moving to Greece with her husband and children in 1980. Her first book A Foreign Wife was written about this experience, and was followed by A Fair Exchange. Her novel Aphrodite and the Others won a NSW State Literary Award and was short-listed for the UK Fawcett Book Prize. She is also the author of A Stranger Here, Starting Again and No Time for Dances. Gillian also writes for children; Saving Christmas was published by UQP and Alexandra Aphrodite was published by Lothian. Her memoir about her father, A Broken King, will be published by Murdoch in 2011.



Mark Bowling has been the ABC’s Indonesian correspondent since 1998 covering the country’s social and political upheaval, including the fall of Suharto. His book about his adventures and time spent living there, Running Amok, was published by Hachette Livre in 2006.


BOX, Dan

Having followed the story from the beginning, journalist Dan Box is the recognised authority on Private Jake Kovco’s death. Dan works for The Australian and prior to coming to Australia, worked for London’s Sunday Times. Carry Me Home: The Jack Kovco Story was published by Allen & Unwin in 2008.


BRABON, Katherine

Katherine Brabon studied law and history in Melbourne before moving to Oxford, where she completed a masters degree in history. Her research focused on Russia’s memory of historical trauma, and she has spent time in Moscow and St Petersburg. Katherine’s debut novel The Memory Artist won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award 2016. She lives in Melbourne and is a PhD student at Monash University.


  • The Memory Artist (Allen and Unwin, 2016) Winner, The Australian/Vogel National Literay Award for an unpublished manuscript 2016

BRACE, Matthew

Matthew Brace is an award-winning travel writer and journalist. He was born in England but now lives in Sydney. Matthew has been a reporter, foreign correspondent and travel writer for the British national press for 15 years, and now owns and runs an international copywriting agency and media consultancy mattbracemedia. He still writes about travel regularly for The Sunday Telegraph, The Sun Herald and The Australian and for The Times, CNN Traveller, Geographical Magazine, Wanderlust and occasionally for Tatler in the UK. Matthew’s account of staying and playing in luxury hotels Hotel Heaven: Confessions of a Luxury Hotel Addict was published by Random House in Australia and by Old Street Press in the UK. Heaven on Earth, (Random House) Matthew’s tips and anecdotes on travel hot spots, followed in 2008 in Australia.



Mark Brandi was born in Italy, but raised in a small town in country Victoria. He began his career in hospitality, before specialising in criminal justice and then working as a political adviser. He currently lives in Melbourne. Mark’s writing appears in The Guardian, The Age, and is often broadcast on ABC Radio National. His creative work has been published in Meanjin, The London Journal of Fiction and The Big Issue, among others. Mark’s first novel, Wimmera, won the British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Writers (UK), and was Highly Commended for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Wimmera will be published by Hachette Australia in 2017.


  • Wimmera (Hachette Australia, 2017)


Anna Branford was born in 1975 on the Isle of Man and spent her childhood in Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Australia. She has spent most of her adult life in Melbourne working in crèches, lecturing in Sociology and making dolls and other small things. The first book in her series, Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot, received a CBCA Honour award in 2011 and has since been followed by Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery, Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat, Violet Mackerel’s Personal Space, and Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend, with new titles coming soon. The ‘Violet’ series has been published by Walker Books Australia, Walker Books UK and Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) in the USA and will be translated into French and Turkish. Her new series for younger readers, 'Lily the Elf', is due to be published in Australia in May 2015.



Lani Brennan lives in Sydney with her partner and their six girls. Lani is a regular speaker in gaols (men’s, women’s and youth), Aboriginal communities both urban and rural, teenage offender programmes, NA and AA meetings. She is an active member of the Aboriginal and Maori communities including victims’ support care. Her memoir, Lani’s Story, will be published by HarperCollins in May 2013.



Michael Brissenden is currently the Presenter of ‘AM’ the ABC’s flagship Radio Current Affairs program. He is one of the ABC’s most experienced journalists. He has been a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987. He began his career covering Federal politics and has been a correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Washington. He has reported from the Pacific to Europe, the US and the Middle East, including the various Balkans wars, the conflict in Chechnya, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, the build up to the Iraq war and the first term of the Obama administration in the US. He was the political editor for the 7.30 Report in Canberra from 2003 to 2009 and he was most recently the ABC’s Defence and National Security Correspondent. Michael has contributed to a number of published collections of essays, he has written for The Bulletin and New Matlida, he has been a food and wine critic for The Canberra Times and his commentary and analysis appears regularly on ABC online. His book – American Stories: Tales of Hope and Anger – was published in 2012 by University of Queensland Press. The List is his first work of fiction.
Twitter: @m_brisso



Rosemary is a writer and former academic who has visited South East Asia for many years, becoming familiar with the different cultures and their cuisines. Rosemary is currently working on a book about life and food in Ban Ko Noi, a village in Thailand’s heritage heartland. Rosemary’s classic South East Asian Food, cited by Elizabeth David as a must-have book for serious cooks, was recently re-published by Hardie Grant.



Anna is a filmmaker, writer and rock violinist who likes to explode cliches about the East. She toured her bilingual play The Gap to Tokyo, and uncovered Japan’s queer, drug and Otaku subcultures in her first documentary, 'Hell Bento!!' Subsequent films include 'Forbidden Lie$' (about hoax-author Norma Khouri), 'Helen’s War' (about anti-nuclear crusader Dr. Helen Caldicott), and 'Aim High In Creation!' (about the cinematic genius of North Korea’s late Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il). Anna’s films have won the Writer’s Guild of America Best Non-fiction Screenplay, the Rome Film Festival ‘Cult’ Prize, a Walkley Award, Best Director at Films Des Femmes, an Al Jazeera Golden Award, three AFIs, and a Moscow Film Critics’ prize: which is a hollowed out wooden elephant. The hollow is for burning bad reviews. Anna was born in Tokyo and grew up in the Philippines, Burma, Iran and Canberra. At 19, she hitchiked to Darwin and was kidnapped by truckies. This made her drop Law and do what she does now. Drinking the Koolaid is her first book.


BROMAN, Sandra

Sandra Broman has always loved houses. Better Homes and Gardens awarded her the title of ‘DIY Mum of the Year’ for building (from scratch) her huge house in the Barossa Valley. Sandra’s first book Built Like a Woman was published in 2004 by Murdoch Books.


BROWN, Honey

Honey Brown lives in country Victoria with her husband and two children. She is the author of Red Queen, The Good Daughter, After the Darkness and Dark Horse. Red Queen was published to critical acclaim in 2009 and won an Aurealis Award, and The Good Daughter was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award in 2011. After the Darkness was selected for the Women’s Weekly Great Read and for Get Reading 2012’s 50 Books You Can’t Put Down campaign. Her fifth novel, Through the Cracks, was published in 2014.


BROWN, Justin

Justin Brown lives beneath a volcano in New Zealand. He is the author of 31 books, including Shot, Boom, Score!, which was recently a commended title at Storylines 2014 Notable Books. Before he became a children’s author he spent 15 years behind the microphone as a top-rating breakfast radio host. He has also been a stand-up comedian, sports commentator and fridge deliveryman. Like many people, he wishes he had directed Star Wars or written any song by David Bowie, but for now, drinking coffee and dreaming up bizarre plots with memorable characters will do just fine. When Justin can’t think of ideas he eats blueberries or jumps on his trampoline. Sometimes with his children.


BROWN, Simon

Simon Brown lives on the south coast of NSW and has been writing for over 30 years. His short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies in Australia and the USA. Simon’s novels include Privateer, Winter and 'The Keys of Power' Trilogy: Inheritance, Fire and Sword and Sovereign (HarperCollins Australia/Daw US). The final title in 'The Chronicles of Kydan' Trilogy, Daughter of Independence, was published in 2006. He is working on a new novel.



As the BBC’s Sydney correspondent, Nick Bryant became one of the key local faces on the ABC’s 24-hour news channel. Nick was also a regular contributor to several Australian magazines and newspapers including The Monthly and The Australian. Adventures in Correspondentland, his memoir about his decade as a foreign correspondent (Random House Australia), was published in 2011 and his second book, The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a great nation lost its way (also Random House), in 2014. He is now based in New York as the BBC’s New York and UN correspondent.



Kathy is the author of Happy Endings: The Ultimate Movie and Book Guide, Charm School: The Modern Girl’s Complete Handbook of Etiquette and Quit For Chicks, and most recently Exchanging Lives and Roman Holiday, published by Scholastic. She has worked as a lifestyle, film, health and travel journalist on leading magazines and newspapers.



Jane Burke’s first novel White Lies was published in 2002 by Lothian and was a CBC notable book in 2003. Her second novel The Red Cardigan, a supernatural mystery, followed in 2003 (Random House and The House of Books, Holland) and was a CBC Notable Book in 2005. Its sequel Nine Letters Long was published in 2005. The Story of Tom Brennan was voted CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers in 2006 and has just been announced as a major part of the HSC English Syllabus for 2009-2012. Jane’s first venture into teen-chick-lit Faking Sweet was published by Random House in 2006. The first in a teen series about surf girls The Starfish Sisters was published by Random House and was followed by Ocean Pearl in October 2008. Jane’s explosive new YA novel, Pig Boy was published in May 2011. She is working on a new young adult novel.


BURKE, William Hastings

Born in 1983, William Hastings Burke grew up on Sydney Harbour. He has lived in the US, Germany, Norway and the UK. After graduating with an honours degree in Economics Soc. Sc. from the University of Sydney, he set up base in the student town of Freiburg, Germany. Living on sachet mashed potato mix, kebabs and a few shifts at the local pub, he began a three year, self-funded journey to uncover the story of Albert Göring. Fed up with the stuffy academic approach to history, he is part of a new generation bringing history up to speed. His first book Thirty Four (Wolfgeist Publications) has been made into a Channel 5/BBC documentary and feature film rights have been optioned by Tom Hooper.



Susie Burrell is one of Australia’s leading dieticians with training in both nutrition and psychology. Susie balances her clinical work in obesity at The Children’s Hospital Westmead with her weekly column in The Daily Telegraph and is a regular on a number of television shows including Mornings With Kerri-Anne, Today Tonight, New Idea TV and Sunrise. Susie is the consultant sports dietician to the Parramatta Eels and currently consults out of the Stadium Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in Sydney. Susie’s first book, Losing The Last 5kgs, was published by Hardie Grant in 2010.