Adrian d’Hagé was educated at North Sydney Boys High School and the Royal Military College Duntroon. He served as a platoon commander in Vietnam where he was awarded the Military Cross. His military service included command of an infantry battalion, director of joint operations and Head of Defence Public Relations. In 1994 Adrian was made a Member of the Order of Australia. As a Brigadier, he headed Defence planning for counter-terrorism security for the Sydney Olympics, including security against chemical, biological and nuclear threats. Since leaving the Army he has successfully pursued studies in theology, wine chemistry and ski instructing, and is currently completing his doctorate at the Centre for Arab and Islamic studies (Middle East and Central Asia) at ANU. Adrian’s literary career began with The Omega Scroll, introducing his character Curtis O’Connor. This best-selling book was voted one of the top 50 books of the year, and has been published in ten countries. The Beijing Conspiracy dealt with biological terrorism and what might happen if smallpox and Ebola are genetically engineered. The Maya Codex explored an ancient document with a terrible warning for civilisation. The Inca Prophecy sees Curtis O’Connor on the run from his own employer, the CIA. The Alexandria Connection (forthcoming) also features Curtis O’Connor and the strong female character, archaeologist Aleta Weizman.
Stephanie Darling was born in a haze of Chanel No 22 and is obsessed with beauty, lifestyle, words and visuals. She has worked in the magazine industry for over 30 years, with the best of the best on Vogue Australia, Harper’s Bazaar and madison and has interviewed Anne Hathaway in Paris, Dame Edna in New York, Aerin Lauder in Tokyo, among many others. Her most recent gig is as Beauty Director of Sunday Life in the Sun Herald and Daily Life online.
- Secrets of A Beauty Queen (Penguin, 2017)
Sarah Darmody is an Australian writer. She published her first book at 23 and her parents bought her a fancy pen to celebrate. Her handwriting is unreadable, but she still carries the pen everywhere. Sarah is the author of books and stories about a range of improbably related things (a compendium of stories about breasts, what happens after you win the Green Card lottery, a childhood living in Borneo) and has worked in publishing, film, journalism, and for various government agencies including emergency services and public broadcasters. Sarah types everything with one finger, regularly appears on national television as a cultural commentator, and is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in Australia. Sarah is a generally excitable person who loves a great many things. Especially books and reading. And travelling. And lists. And lists of things she loves – this needs to end here. Way of Life is her debut work of fiction.
Sushi Das is an award-winning British/Australian journalist of Indian origin who worked for The Age newspaper for 22 years. She held various roles including news editor, columnist and opinion editor. Educated and raised in London, she migrated to Australia in 1991 and began her career as a news reporter at Australian Associated Press. Her work, which often focuses on race relations, culture clash and equality for women, has been recognised with two Melbourne Press Club Quill awards, including Best Columnist. She is an experienced public speaker and currently works as a freelance columnist and writing consultant. Her memoir Deranged Marriage has been taught as a school text at Victorian secondary schools.
- Deranged Marriage (Random House, 2012)
Justin D’Ath’s many books for younger readers have established him as an author with a flair for zany comedy. His more recent titles include Hunters and Warriors, a bold contemporary novel for older teenagers, and Shaedow Master (Allen & Unwin), his first fantasy novel for young adults. His recent ‘Extreme Adventure’ series includes Crocodile Attack, Bushfire Rescue, Shark Bait, Scorpion Sting, Spider Bite, Man Eater, Killer Whale and most recently Devil Danger. The series is to be made into a television series by SLR Productions. He is currently working on a new series for younger children called 'Mission Fox'.
Judy has studied Exercise & Health and Fitness, Biology and Psychology as well as macrobiotic cooking and Food as Medicine. Her sensible balanced approach to food, diet and health, together with her understanding of people and how to motivate makes her the perfect food coach and an inspiring presenter. The Food Coach cookbook was published in 2004 and her latest publication, Read the Label, a book on deciphering the nutritional labels on food packaging, was published by Random House.
Acclaimed Victorian writer Liam Davison published four novels: The Velodrome, Soundings, The White Woman and The Betrayal, as well as two collections of short stories, The Shipwreck Party and Collected Stories. He was shortlisted for numerous major literary prizes as well as winning the National Book Council’s Banjo Award for Soundings. He taught creative writing for several years and was an occasional reviewer.
Louisa Deasey is a Melbourne-based author who has published widely including work in Overland, Vogue, Stylus Poetry Journal and The Saturday Age. Her first memoir, Love and Other U-Turns, was nominated for the Nita B. Kibble Award for women writers. Her new memoir is forthcoming from Scribe.
- Love and Other U-Turns (Allen & Unwin, 2010)
- Untitled (Scribe, forthcoming 2018)
DE PIERRES, Marianne
Marianne de Pierres has won both Aurealis and Davitt awards from her science fiction and crime novels. Her 'Parrish Plessis' series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a Role Playing Game. She is now writing teen novels. Marianne likes to work across genres and is also publishing a SF/Western comic and working on a SF screenplay.
Brigid Delaney is a former lawyer turned journalist. She has been a staff writer and editor for The Sydney Morning Herald and worked in digital news and on the foreign desk at the Telegraph. Her writing has appeared in The Age, Martha’s Vineyard Gazette, and The Guardian. She has contributed a short story to _Some Girls D_o (Allen and Unwin, 2007) and an essay for Griffith Review’s Next Big Thing issue. Brigid’s book about young people and consumer culture called The Restless Life: Churning through Love, Work and Play was published by Melbourne University Press. She is currently based London, where she works as a feature writer for CNN.com and contributes to features and opinion pieces to Fairfax newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney. www.thisrestlesslife.com.au
Anne Deveson is an acclaimed writer, broadcaster and filmmaker whose work has largely focused on human rights issues. Her films on Africa and South-East Asia have won three UN Media Peace Awards. Anne’s bestselling book about her son Jonathan’s struggles with schizophrenia Tell Me I’m Here won the 1991 Human Rights Award for non-fiction. In 1993 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the media and mental health. Her most recent book Resilience was published by Allen & Unwin, and will be followed by a book about Peace in 2012.
Michele Di’Bartolo was born and raised in Brisbane. After spending time in both Sicily and London, she has now returned to Brisbane where she works as a lawyer. The Sicilian Kitchen, published in September 2008 by the Lantern Imprint of Penguin Books, is her first book. The Sicilian Kitchen was shortlisted for the Manuscript Award in the 2006 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.
Demet Divaroren was born in Adana, Turkey and migrated to Australia with her family when she was six months old. She writes fiction and non-fiction and her writing has appeared in Island magazine, Scribe’s New Australian Stories, The Age Epicure, The Big Issue, and was commended in the Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize. She was also shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Literary Award. She appears as a panelist, guest speaker and workshop leader at literary festivals, universities, and schools across Melbourne.
- Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia Co-Editor (Allen & Unwin, 2014)
- Living on Hope Street (Allen & Unwin, 2017)
The bestselling author of Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, Sara Donati also writes as Rosina Lippi. Under that name her novel Homestead won the Pen/Hemingway Award in 1998 and was shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize. Her latest Fire Along the Sky was published by Transworld Australia in 2004. She lives in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Tied To The Tracks was published in B-Format in 2008. The ‘final’ title in the 'Wilderness' series, The Endless Forest, was published in 2010.
Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne on January 9, 1943, but from the age of six, when his father moved the family west to a better job in Perth, he grew up and was educated on the West Australian coast. The Swan River and Indian Ocean coast, where he learned to swim and surf, made an immediate and lasting impression on him. At Hale School he was captain of the school swimming team and editor of the school magazine, the Cygnet. Swimming and publishing have remained interests all his life. On his 18th birthday, already wishing to be a writer but unsure “who was in charge of Writing”, he joined The West Australian as a cadet reporter. Three years later he was recruited by The Age in Melbourne, and was made chief of that newspaper’s Sydney bureau a year later, at 22. Sydney became home for him and his growing family, mostly in a small sandstone terrace in Euroka Street, North Sydney, where Henry Lawson had once lived. Robert Drewe became, variously, a well-known columnist, features editor, literary editor and special writer on The Australian and the Bulletin. During this time he travelled widely throughout Asia and North America, won two Walkley Awards for journalism and was awarded a Leader Grant travel scholarship by the United States Government. While still in his twenties, he turned from journalism to writing fiction. Beginning with The Savage Crows in 1976, his books include the widely translated and acclaimed A Cry in the Jungle Bar, The Bodysurfers, Fortune, The Bay of Contented Men, Our Sunshine, The Drowner, Grace and The Rip, as well as a prize-winning memoir, The Shark Net, and the non-fiction Walking Ella. Fortune won the fiction category of the National Book Council Award, The Bay of Contented Men won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the best book in Australasia and South-East Asia, and The Drowner made Australian literary history by becoming the first novel to win the Premier’s Literary Prize in every State. It also won the Australian Book of the Year Prize, the Adelaide Festival Prize for literature and was voted one of the ten best international novels of the decade. The Shark Net won the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Non-Fiction, the Courier Mail Book of the Year Prize and the Vision Australia Award. Our Sunshine was made into an international film, retitled Ned Kelly, directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom and Naomi Watts. The Shark Net was adapted for an ABC-BBC-produced international television mini-series and a BBC radio drama. The Bodysurfers, also became a successful ABC and BBC TV mini-series and was adapted for radio and the theatre. The Bodysurfers and Our Sunshine have been republished internationally as Penguin Modern Classics. To be published shortly by Penguin is a second volume of memoir, Montebello. Robert Drewe is also the editor of two international short-story anthologies, The Penguin Book of the Beach and The Penguin Book of the City, and edited Best Australian Stories in 2006 and 2007 and Best Australian Essays in 2010. He has been a Sydney Morning Herald film critic, and his play, South American Barbecue, was first performed at Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre in 1991. Awarded a special Australian Artists’ Creative Fellowship by the then Prime Minister, Paul Keating, he has also received an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Queensland, and an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Western Australia. He has lived and worked in San Francisco and London and been writer-in-residence at the University of Western Australia, LaTrobe University in Melbourne, the South Bank Centre at Royal Festival Hall, London, and at Brixton Prison in London. He has served as a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the management committees of the Australian Society of Authors, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. He presently divides his time between the north coast hinterland of New South Wales and Western Australia.
Dr Suelette Dreyfus is an award-winning writer and journalist. In addition to writing the first major book about computer hacking in Australia, Underground, she was the Associate Producer of a documentary about hackers. Her articles have appeared in magazines and news papers such as The Independent (London), The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. She began work on Underground while completing her PhD. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she runs several major research projects in information systems. A new and updated edition of Underground was published in 2011.
Rosie Dub is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Gathering Storm, which has since been published in audio form and in the Netherlands. Her short fiction and travel writing have been published in Australia and the UK. In 1997, Rosie received an MA in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. She has recently submitted her PhD at Swinburne University, exploring the origins of stories and their role in human evolution. Rosie now lives in Tasmania with her family, where she also works as a structural editor and teacher of creative writing. Her new novel, Flight, will be published by HarperCollins in February 2012.
Jo Dutton was born in Adelaide but spent her early childhood in the Solomon Islands. She now lives with her family in a large and chaotic household in Central Australia. Jo’s debut novel On the Edge of Red was published by Transworld. Her most recent novel Out of Place was published by Random House in 2006 and will be followed by Good Girl.
Monica Dux is a columnist with The Age, a social commentator and author. She can be heard regularly on ABC radio and 3RRR, and has published widely, especially on women’s issues. Monica is one of the founders of the Stella Prize celebrating Australian women’s writing.
- The Great Feminist Denial with Zora Simic (Melbourne University Press, 2008)
- Things I didn't Expect (When I was Expecting) (Melbourne University Press, 2013)
- Mothermorphosis (Melbourne University Press, 2015)