Nick Earls is the author of twenty-six books for adults, teenagers and children. His novels have won awards in Australia and the UK, and appeared on bestseller lists in both those countries and the Amazon Kindle Store. Five of his books have been adapted into stage plays and two, 48 Shades of Brown and Perfect Skin, into feature films. His most recent work is the novella series ‘Wisdom Tree’, described in the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘a triumphant and extraordinary piece of fiction’.
- Zigzag Street (Anchor, 1996) Winner, 1998 International Awards, Betty Trask Prize
- After January (University of Queensland Press, 1996) Winner, 1996 Royal Blind Society Talking Book of the Year Award, Young People's Category; Shortlisted, 1998 Festival Awards for Literature (SA) National Children's Award
- Bachelor Kisses (Penguin, 1998)
- 48 Shades of Brown (Penguin, 1999) Winner, Children's Book Council book of the Year Awards 2000, Book of the Year: Older Readers
- Perfect Skin (Penguin, 2000) Shortlisted, 2003 One Book One Brisbane
- World of Chickens (Viking, 2001)
- Making Laws for Clouds (Penguin, 2002)
- The Thompson Gunner (Viking, 2004)
- Monica Bloom (Penguin, 2006) longlisted, 2007 Inky Awards, Gold Inky
- Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight with Rebecca Sparrow (Penguin, 2007)Longlisted, 2008 Inky Awards, Gold Inky
- The True Story of Butterfish (Random House Australia, 2009)
- The Fix (Vintage Australia, 2011) Shortlisted, 2012 Queensland Literary Awards - The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
- The Curious Dictionary Illustrated by Terry Whidborne (University of Queensland Press, 2012) Shortlisted, 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards - Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
- The Lost Hunters with Terry Whidborne (University of Queensland Press, 2013)
- War of the Word Hunters (Universirt of Queensland Press, 2013)
- Analogue Men: A Novel (Random House, 2014) Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Litery Awards - the Courier Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
- New Boy (Penguin, 2015) Winner, 2016 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
- Wisdom Tree: Five Nouvellas (Inkerman and Blunt, 2016)
Author and actress Merridy Eastman is a NIDA graduate whose career began in the late 80’s with a five-year stint as Playschool presenter. Having performed in a swag of productions for the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company over many years, Merridy also appeared on all the usual television comedy dramas and was a regular cast member of Channel Seven’s Always Greener as well as Packed to the Rafters. In 2002 Merridy wrote her first book, a humorous memoir based on her experience working as a nervous receptionist in a Sydney brothel. There’s A Bear In There (And He Wants Swedish) was a best seller in Australia, and has since been published in the UK and Germany. In 2007 Merridy’s second book, Ridiculous Expectations was published, again by Allen and Unwin. In recent years she was commissioned to write for the stage musical Breast Wishes, and has been a contributing writer to anthologies for Penguin’s Thanks for The Mammaries, and Pan MacMillan’s Just Between Us. Her third book, How Now Brown Frau, a humorous account of her five years living in Bavaria, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2011. Merridy is currently writing her fourth book I Knew We Weren’t Spanish! about discovering her indigenous ancestry; her first play Chrimbo about a barking mad family; and a screen adaption of her first book There’s a Bear In There for Fremantle Media, who are making it into a television series. As an actor Merridy is currently playing Tonia, a dog enthusiast, on ABC TV’s Rake. In 2016 she will be seen in Ensemble Theatre’s production of A History of Falling Things.
Kate Elkington is the author of Wool Spin Burn, a linked short story collection that is shortlisted for the 2015 Queensland Literary Award (Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript category). Her short fiction has been published in literary journals and anthologies including The Best Australian Stories 2014, Meanjin, The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Overland, Westerly, Kill Your Darlings, and more. Kate has completed a Doctor of Creative Arts and a Masters of Communication (Creative Writing) degree and is currently working on her first novel. She lives on the Sunshine Coast.
Tim Elliott is an award-winning journalist (and now Features Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald) whose work has appeared in the UK’s Financial Times and Sunday Times as well as The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The South China Morning Post and Australian Gourmet Traveller. His first book The Bolivian Times (Random House) is an account of the six months he spent working on an English-language paper in South America. Tim’s entertaining travel memoir about bullfighting and Spanish culture Spain: By the Horns was published by Transworld in 2006 and Summersdale in the UK in 2007.
Jack Ellis was born in Sydney, Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Music in classical composition at Sydney Conservatorium, then spent a year in The Hague on scholarship, studying composition with Louis Andriessen. On returning to Australia, he recorded two albums of his original songs with his band Zanica. Jack began writing stories and articles in between musical commitments. He now focuses on writing, and has been published in major magazines, such as Women’s Health, and websites such as Crikey and ABC’s The Drum. His first novel, The Best Feeling of All, will be published by Arcadia in March 2014.
Dr Bella Ellwood-Clayton was born in Melbourne, spent her early years in Canada, and returned to Australia in 2000 to study and live. She is an internationally-respected sexual anthropologist who holds a B.A. Hons (Concordia University), and a PhD (University of Melbourne). She wrote a popular column for the high-circulation transit paper MX and for Sunday Life!, is a regular social commentator for television and radio, and has made a popular documentary with National Geographic. Her first book is now available, Sex Drive: In pursuit of female desire, a groundbreaking work on contemporary female identity and sexuality, published by Allen & Unwin.
Amy Espeseth was born in rural Wisconsin in 1974 and immigrated to Australia in 1998. She holds a MA in creative writing from the University of Melbourne where she is a sessional tutor and PhD student. Her fiction has appeared in various journals, and she received the Felix Meyer Award for Literature in 2007. Her novel Sufficient Grace won the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript, and was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award 2014
Imelda Evans was born in Western Australia and raised in a home where books were treasured and words were magical things. She has been working with words ever since, as an editor, storyteller, copywriter, blogger and now, novelist.
She lives in Melbourne where the coffee is good and the weather is a good excuse to stay indoors and read. Her first novel, a contemporary romance called Rules are for Breaking, was released by Destiny Romance, an imprint of the Penguin Group Australia in 2012 and was a finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) awards in the Favourite Contemporary Romance category in the same year. Imelda’s second novel is called Playing by the Rules.
Kathy was born in North Wales in 1966 and has been a staff journalist for several publications in England and Ireland and a senior feature writer for The Age. She is now freelance. Her memoir Tuesday’s Child was published by Random House Australia in 2007, Gill and Macmillan in the UK and the Netherlands in 2009.
Mark Evans is a Sydney based musician best known for being a member of the classic line-up of AC/DC featuring Bon Scott. Mark is now performing with long-time associate Dave Tice in their blues/roots acoustic duo, ingeniously named “Dave Tice & Mark Evans”. Mark has been named one of Australian music industry’s ‘noisiest quiet achievers’. He was nominated to the USA Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and is also highly regarded as a vintage guitar collector and dealer.
Mark’s best-selling memoir Dirty Deeds was published by Allen and Unwin in 2011, as well as in the US and Germany.
Teage Ezard is a multi award winning chef who owns and operates two Melbourne restaurants, ezard and Gingerboy. He has had two cookbooks published, ezard (Hardie Grant) in 2003 and Lotus: Asian Flavours (Hardie Grant) in 2006. His third cookbook, Gingerboy (HarperCollins), was released in 2011 and focuses on his newest restaurant.