CALDER, Charlotte

Charlotte Calder has worked as an actor and photographer, as well as writing occasional newspaper columns. Her novel for young people Settling Storms was followed by Cupid Painted Blind and Surviving Amber. Paper Alice was published by Pan Macmillan in 2008. Her first picture book Stuck! was published by Walker Books in 2009.


  • Settling Storms (Lothian, 2000)
  • Cupid Painted Blind (Pan Macmillan, 2002)
  • Surviving Amber (Pan Macmillan, 2005)
  • Paper Alice (Pan Macmillan, 2008)
  • Stuck! Illustrated by Mark Jackson (Walker Books, 2009) Shortlisted: 2010 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards - Best Language Development Book for Young Children
  • The Ghost at the Point (Walker Books, 2012) Longlisted: 2013 Davitt Award, Best Young Adult Book
  • The 12th Dog Illustrated by Tom Jellett (Hachette Australia, 2016)


Justin Calverley, a horticultural expert with more than 20 years’ experience, teaches a popular course, The Complete Urban Farmer, at Australia’s biggest urban farm, CERES, in Melbourne. This 14-week workshop, taught by Justin for the past ten years, incorporates food production with bee-keeping, mushroom growing, chook care, propagation and preserving, all within the framework of sustainable gardening. This workshop is in ever-increasing demand. Justin’s unique style, detailed knowledge and hands-on approach have become highly sought-after on the presentation and public speaking circuit from councils, schools, RTOs and media. Justin’s consultation and design services are in high demand from novice to experienced home gardeners as well as private businesses such as nurseries. Justin is a founding member and broadcaster on Melbourne’s 3RRR’s horticultural show Dirty Deeds which is now in its eighth year. 3RRR has over 300,000 listeners a week and Dirty Deeds has become Melbourne’s go-to gardening show for the next generation. Justin has appeared on various television and radio gardening programs including Channel 31’s The Garden Tap, Vasilli’s Garden, ABC’s Can we help? and 3CR’s Gardening Show.


  • The Urban Farmer, Co-Authored by CERES (ABC Books, 2017)

CAMERON, Alexandra

Alexandra Cameron is an Australian living in England with her husband and son. She has a BA in Film and French and has done occasional acting and film production work. She studied novel writing at City University in London and was mentored by author Jill Dawson. Alexandra’s first novel, Rachael’s Gift, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2014. She currently lives in London and is working on her second novel.


  • Rachael's Gift (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2014)


Anson Cameron has written five critically acclaimed novels: Silences Long Gone, Tin Toys, Confessin’ the Blues, Lies I Told About a Girl, and Stealing Picasso, as well as two collections of short stories, Nice Shootin’ Cowboy and Pepsi Bears and Other Stories. He was born in Shepparton in 1961 and lives in Melbourne where he writes a column for The Age newspaper.


  • Silences Long Gone (Pan Macmillan Australia, 1998)
  • Tin Toys (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2000)
  • Confessin' the Blues (Picador, 2002)
  • Lies I Told About a Girl (Picador, 2006)
  • Stealing Picasso (Random House Australia, 2009)
  • The Last Pulse (Random House Australia, 2014)
  • Boyhoodlum (Random House Australia, 2015)


David Cameron is a Canberra-based author. He has written a number of books on Gallipoli, including his well-received Battle for Lone Pine: Four Days of Hell at the Heart of Gallipoli (Penguin Group). He has also written two books on human and primate evolution as well as over 70 internationally peer-reviewed research papers for various journals and book chapters. He received first class honors in Prehistory at the University of Sydney (Department of Archeology) in 1989 and completed his PhD in palaeoanthropogy in 1995 at the Australian National University (ANU). Cameron is a former Australian Research Council Post Doctoral Fellow at the ANU (School of Archaeology) and an Australian Research Council QEII Fellow, the University of Sydney (Department of Anatomy and Histology).


  • Bones, Stones and Molecules: "Out of Africa" and Human Origins Co-Authored by Colin P. Groves (Academic Press, 2004)
  • Homonid Adaptations nad Extinctions (University of New South Wales Press, 2004)
  • 25 April 1915: The Day the ANZAC Legend was Born (Allen & Unwin Academic, 2007)
  • Sorry, Lads, bu the Order is to Go (University of New South Wales Press, 2009)
  • Gallipoli: The Final Battles and Evacuations of ANZAC (Big Sky Publishing, 2011)
  • The August Offensive: At ANZAC, 1915 (Big Sky Publishing, 2011)
  • Battle for Lone Pine: Four Days of Hell at the Heart of Gallipoli (Penguin, 2012)
  • Shadows of ANZAC: An Intimate History of Gallipoli (Big Sky Publishing, 2013)
  • Our Friend the Enemy (Big Sky Publishing, 2014)
  • The Battle of Long Tan: Australia's Four Hours of Hell in Vietnam (Penguin, 2016)

CAMERON, Richard

Richard Cameron is the author of the play Can’t Stand Up Falling Down.


Jay Carmichael is a copywriter and copyeditor. His writing has been widely published, featuring in Overland, The Guardian, The Telling Tree project, Alex Zine, and Catalyst as well as anthologies such as RMIT’s Yowl! and Volta. He was the recipient of the 2014 Judy Duffy Award for Literary Merit and Achievement, commended for the 2013 ASA Ray Koppe Young Writer’s Fellowship and shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2016.


  • Ironbark (Scribe, 2017) Shortlisted: Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2016


Donna Carson’s moving story Judas Kisses: The Story Behind the Face of Donna Carson, written with Debbie Ritchie, was published by Hardie Grant in 2007. Donna won a scholarship to study education at University and taught in the Dubbo community for over 15 years until she became the victim of a crime which changed her life. During an argument with her then partner, Donna was doused in petrol and set alight. She spent more than five months in hospital, 15 months in rehabilitation and underwent 19 operations. Donna is now an advocate for victims of crime, burns survivors and survivors of domestic violence.


  • Judas Kisses: The Story Behind The Face of Donna Carson, Co-Authored by Debbie Ritchie (Hardie Grant, 2007)


Georgia Cassimatis is an author and journalist. After finishing her Masters Degree in Journalism where she majored in print media and television, winning an award for sitcom writing and for her documentary on Australian politician Tanya Plibersek, she began her career as a contributing writer on Cosmopolitan magazine. She was appointed the editor of tween magazine Barbie shortly after and spent the next two years interviewing teen idols and organizing fashion shoots before being lured to Los Angeles where she spent the next eight years working as an on-camera reporter and an entertainment, travel, lifestyle, health and wellbeing writer for magazines worldwide.
Twitter: @GeorgiaCassim


  • Red Carpet Burns (Harlequin, 2013)


In the 1970s Robyn lived and loved a stormy life as a professional fisherman on the seas surrounding north Queensland. After this, she took up the gypsy life in search for answers to life, the universe and everything, and lived across Australia, in California, New Zealand, India, Nepal and spent time in Tibet.


  • Somewhere Down a Crazy River (Pan Macmillan, 2010)

CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, Melbourne)

CERES is an award-winning, not-for-profit sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, centre of good food, and Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education: a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year in person, and many more engage in its Sustainable Schools program. CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education, training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.
Twitter: @ceresbrunswick
Facebook: CERES.Environment.Park

  • The Urban Farmer, Co-Authored by Justin Calverley (ABC Books, 2017)


Deborah Challinor has a PhD in history and is the author of 12 bestselling novels. Her ‘Convict Girls’ series, set in 1830s Sydney, is inspired by her ancestors – one of whom was a member of the First Fleet and another who was transported on the Floating Brothel. This popular fiction series includes Behind the Sun, Girl of Shadows, The Silk Thief and A Tattooed Heart. Deborah Challinor also writes non-fiction and her young readers’ book Vietnam is available in the My Australian Story series. She lives in New Zealand with her husband.


  • Who'll Stop the Rain? (HarperCollins, 2000)
  • Children of War Trilogy: Tamar (HarperCollins, 2002)
  • Children of War Trilogy: White Feathers (HarperCollins, 2003)
  • Children of War Trilogy: Blue Smoke (HarperCollins, 2004)
  • Kitty (HarperCollins, 2006)
  • Amber (HarperCollins, 2007)
  • Fire (HarperCollins, 2007)
  • Isle of Tears (HarperCollins, 2009)
  • Grey Ghosts (HarperCollins, 2009)
  • Union Belle (HarperCollins, 2012)
  • Behind the Sun (HarperCollins, 2012)
  • Girl of Shadows (HarperCollins, 2013)
  • Vietnam (Scholastic Australia, 2013)
  • The Silk Theif (HarperCollins, 2015)
  • Band of Gold (HarperCollins, 2015)
  • A Tattooed Heart (HarperCollins, 2015)
  • The Cloud Leopard's Daughter (HarperCollins, 2016)


Kasey Chambers is one of Australia’s foremost singer/songwriters who has had a number of hit albums including The Captain and Barricades and Brick Walls, has won countless awards including the 1999 ARIA for Best Female Artist and has received much critical acclaim for her unique style of music. She’s often referred to as country music royalty and has been writing, playing and performing since she was a little girl.


  • A Little Bird Told Me, Co-Authored by Jeff Apter (HarperCollins, 2011)

CHAN, Lily

Lily Chan was born in Kyoto, raised in Narrogin and now resides in Melbourne. Her first book, Toyo, an unconventional memoir of her grandmother, was the recipient of the 2010 Peter Blazey Fellowship for a manuscript-in-progress and has been subsequently published to acclaim by Black Inc. ‘This is a beautifully lyrical and compelling voice, infused with deep insight and love’ – Alice Pung.


  • Toyo (Black Inc., 2012) Winner: 2013 Dobbie Literary Award; Shortlisted: 2013 Colin Roderick Award


Shaun is a playwright, director and arts journalist. His plays include Rio Saki and other Falling Debris, Three Points of Contact,The Understudy and Another Dead Rockstar. He has also written an opera, Dirty Apple. As an arts journalist, he has contributed articles to The Courier Mail, The Australian and Writing Queensland.


  • Rio Saki and other Falling Debris (1999)
  • Three Points of Contact (2002)
  • The Understudy (2003)
  • Another Dead Rockstar (2004)
  • The River, the Dirt and Us (2005)
  • Paradise (2005)
  • Last Drinks, Adapted from Andrew McGahan's work of the same name (2006)
  • Lead Sister, Co-Authored by Pauline Bell
  • Grace (2007)
  • Dirty Apple,Composed by Jonanthan Henderson)(2009)
  • The White Earth, Adapted from Andrew McGahan's work of the same name (2009)
  • The Birds of Tennant Creek (2010)


Martin Ed Chatterton was born and raised in Liverpool, England. He is a successful illustrator, graphic designer and author. His work has been published in more than a dozen languages and has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards in the UK, US and Australia. He is the author of Mort, a time-travel trilogy for children, and co-author of the Middle School series with best-selling US author James Patterson. He also publishes adult fiction under the name 'Ed Chatterton'. Martin lives in Northern NSW with his family.


  • The Brain Finds a Leg (Little Hare Books, 2007)
  • The Brain is Full of Holes (Little Hare Books, 2008)
  • By the Picking of my Nose, Illustrated by Gregory Rogers (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2009)
  • A Belt Around my Bum, Illustrated by Gregory Rogers (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2009)
  • Mort (Penguin Random House, 2012)
  • Mortal Combat (Penguin Random House, 2012)
  • A Dark Place to Die (Penguin Random House, 2012)
  • Underland (Penguin Random House, 2013)
  • Mortified (Penguin Random House, 2013)
  • Where is Santa's Suit? (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014)
  • Middle School: Rafe's Aussie Adventure (Penguin Random House, 2015)
  • Alexander the Elephant in Zanzibar, Written by Pat Davern, Illustrated by Martin Chatterton (Love Police, 2015)
  • Middle School: Going Bush (Penguin Random House, 2016)


CHENG, Christopher

Chris Cheng is the author of a number of books, including fiction, non-fiction and children’s picture books. Chris has also written articles, songs and teacher resource packs, and regularly presents at schools, conferences and festivals in Australia and abroad. He has also written the libretto for the Children’s musical Pa’s Christmas Star and a top-selling app, Monkey Business. In 2009 Chris was the recipient of the Lady Cutler Award for services to children’s literature. Chris is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI – www.scbwi.org), and has been a national ambassador for the Federal Government’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week initiative.


  • 'Eyespy' series (Scholastic)
  • 'Ecosystems of Australia' series (Heinemann)
  • 'My Australian Story' series (Scholastic)
  • 'Zoo You Later' series (ABC Books)
  • Seams of Gold, Illustrated by Donna Rawlins (National Museum of Australia, 2007)
  • One Child, Illustrated by Steven Woolman (Era Books, 1997) Winner: 1998 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature; 1998 Notable Book, Children's Book Council of Australia
  • 30 Amazing Australian Animals, Illustrated by Greg Rogers (Penguin Random House, 2007)
  • Locally Wild: Keeping Native Animals as Pets,(Pluto Press, 2007)
  • Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, (Penguin Random House, 2009)
  • 60 Classic Australian Poems, Illustrated by Greg Rogers (Penguin Random House, 2011)
  • Sounds Spooky, Illustrated by Sarah Davis (Penguin Random House, 2012) Winner: 2012 Aurealis Award; 2012 Notable Book, Children's Book Council of Australia
  • Australia's Greatest Inventions and Innovations, Co-Authored by Lindsay Knight and the Powerhouse Museum (Penguin Random House, 2012)
  • Python, Illustrated by Mark Jackson (Walker Books, 2012) Shortlisted: 2013 Eve Pownall Award, Children's Book Council of Australia
  • New Year Surprise, Illustrated by Di Wu (NLA Publishing, 2016)


Ruth Clare did a degree in biochemistry/ journalism before realising she wanted to be an actor. After years of bit parts and cruel rejections, Ruth found solace in the world of words. She has been a professional writer since 2004, writing for magazines, creating a range of educational materials as well as copywriting for a wide range of business clients. Ruth is a finalist in the 2014 Cowley Literary Award for an abridged excerpt from her memoir about the impact of the Vietnam War and PTSD on the next generation. Her book, provisionally entitiled Enemy, is due for completion early 2015.



Lucy Clark is a journalist and editor with 31 years experience in newspapers and magazines in Sydney, London and New York. She was most recently the editor of the news and opinion website The Hoopla, and has worked as a literary editor, features writer, and opinion columnist.



Aoife Clifford is the author of the novel All These Perfect Strangers, published in Australia (March 2016) and the United Kingdom (June 2016) by Simon & Schuster. It is available as an audiobook from Bolinda Audio. Born in London of Irish parents, she grew up in New South Wales, studied Arts/Law at the Australian National University, Canberra and now lives in Melbourne. Aoife has won two premier short story prizes for crime fiction in Australia – the Scarlet Stiletto (2007) and the S.D. Harvey Ned Kelly Award (2012) – among other prizes. She has also been short listed for the UK Crime Association’s Debut Dagger. In 2014 she was awarded an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for All These Perfect Strangers.
Twitter: @aoifejclifford
Facebook: aoifejclifford



Paul Collins has featured in magazines such as Inside Sport, Ultra-Fit (Australia and UK) and Tracks surfing magazine whilst producing and presenting his own fitness video and community based health radio program. Allen & Unwin published Paul’s book How to Lose Your Love Handles in 2004.



Silvia launched her incredibly popular cooking series ‘Made in Italy’ in 2014 on SBS following on from her successful blog and cookbook Silvia’s Cucina. The series saw her visiting regions of Italy close to her heart to rediscover authentic ‘peasant cuisine’ and create meals with local produce available in Australia. Silvia also penned Made in Italy, a cookbook with recipes from her TV show and many more from her Italian adventures, peppered with her trademark anecdotes and family stories. The book and TV series has been a huge success, establishing Silvia as a bestselling author. An accomplished Italian opera singer and actress, Silvia has appeared in numerous movies, TV series, and performance venues in both Australia and overseas. Based in Sydney, she is passionate about sharing the fresh, healthy side of Italian food.


COLPOYS, Allison

Allison Colpoys is a freelance book designer, illustrator, and a lover of pattern and typography. Previously she worked at Penguin Books Australia and has won a number of APA design awards, including the Young Designer of the Year award in 2009. Allison is also represented by the Jacky Winter Group.



Sean Condon is the author of seven semi-acclaimed books: Splitsville (Momentum), Michael Sweeney’s Method (Penguin), The Secret of Success is a Secret (Hardie Grant), My ’Dam Life (Lonely Planet Journeys), Film (Allen & Unwin and 4th Estate), Drive Thru America (Lonely Planet Journeys), Sean & David’s Long Drive (Lonely Planet Journeys). His short stories and humor pieces have been included in many anthologies, including Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: the Best of McSweeney’s Humor.


CONFOY, Maryanne

Maryanne Confoy was Visiting Professor at Boston College, Massachusetts and now lectures at the United Faculty of Theology in Melbourne. She wrote Morris West: a Writer and a Spirituality and his authorised biography Morris West: Man Without a Shadow published by John Wiley & Sons in 2005.



Born 1972, David (D.M.) Cornish is old enough to have seen and been astounded by the very first Star Wars film. The discovery of Lord of the Rings when he was 12, then Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake while at university, inspired his love of word conjuring and the invention of secondary worlds. An illustrator by training, he has written and illustrated the internationally published 'Monster-Blood Tattoo series' – Foundling, Lamplighter, Factotum and Tales of the Half-Continent (originated by Dyan Blacklock at Omnibus Books). He continues to explore further Half-Continent stories and is now working on several picture books, including I Don’t Want to Eat My Dinner (HarperCollins Publishers).


CORNISH, Richard

Richard Cornish is an award-winning food writer whose love of the land lead him to explore the issues around food, where it comes from, how does it get to us and why do some foods taste better than others. He is a senior features writer for Fairfax Good Food and Epicure and is writer and creator of its popular ‘Brain Food’ column. He has co-written four books on Spanish food with MoVida chef Frank Camorra and worked in Mexico researching and photographing a book on Mexican food culture. Richard appeared on the Australian Iron Chef, was Co-Creative Director of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and continues to consult to the organisation. A vocal commentator on food, food politics and sustainability, he lives in Melbourne with his partner fashion designer Tiffany Treloar, two daughters Ginger and Sunday, and a rambling vegetable garden. He is co-author with Phillippa Grogan of Phillippa’s Home Baking (Lantern Books).
Twitter: @FoodCornish


CRISP, Tracy

Tracy Crisp has published short stories, poems, essays and articles. She has also recently started writing comedy and was a national finalist in the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Raw Comedy Competition. Her short story The Plumber was included in Best Australian Stories 2007. Her novel Black Dust Dancing is published by Wakefield Press.


CROOME, Andrew

Andrew Croome is a writer living in Canberra. Raised in Hobart and Albury-Wodonga, he has worked as a computer programmer, writing teacher and copywriter. His first work of fiction was Document Z, a Cold War historical novel. It won the 2008 The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award and the UTS Award for New Writing at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. His recently published second novel, Midnight Empire, focuses on drone warfare and poker. In 2010 Andrew was named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year. His articles and reviews have appeared in various publications, including The Age and The Australian. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne.



Mark Cross was born in South Africa and studied medicine at the University of Cape Town. He developed an early interest in HIV issues and psychiatry, working in South Africa and London then emigrating to Australia. He was the Director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Liverpool Mental Health before taking over as Clinical Director 2006-2014. Mark is now at Campbelltown Hospital as senior psychiatrist, running the youth ward and community team and he also works in private practice. In 2014 Doctor Mark Cross was introduced to the Australian public as part of the ground-breaking ABC TV documentary series CHANGING MINDS: THE INSIDE STORY, which received a hugely positive community and critical response, described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘healing and inspirational’.



Fran Cusworth is an author and journalist who lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband and two young sons. She worked for 15 years in newswire and newspapers, writing The Love Child after the birth of her first child, snatching time during naps and train rides. She quit her job and moved with her family to the tiny and remote town of Hopetoun, Western Australia, in 2006, where her husband worked as a geologist on a new nickel mine. She stayed 18 months and wrote Hopetoun Wives, which Penguin published in May 2009. Her new novel, The Sisters of Spicefield, will be published by Random House Australia in June 2013.
Twitter: @FranCusworth