Dave Hackett (aka Cartoon Dave) is ‘an outrageously handsome author, cartoonist and regular visitor to kids TV.’ The kind of guy who likes drawing bums with afros (just because he can), Dave has presented his high-energy, fully interactive cartooning workshops to over 175,000 people in schools, libraries and at Festivals and Expos all over Australia. Spanning three decades, Dave has been cartooning on TV shows airing all over the world, and can currently be seen scribbling each week on Channel Eleven’s Toasted TV.
He is the author of seven how-to cartooning books, three picture books and six novels, including the hilarious series ‘UFO – Unavoidable Family Outing’. His first Young Adult novel The Summer of Kicks was released in 2014, while his latest cartooning book Gross Cartooning has been impressing children and offending parents since its release. His picture books to date include Norman Enormous (2009), Hamilton’s Handstand (2011) and Time for Bed, Daddy (UQP, 2015). Dave has a pile of children, loves bacon but doesn’t eat it and knows more about 1980s pop music than any grown man should.
Eleni Hale has spent the previous decade as a journalist and communications strategist. She was a reporter at the Herald Sun, has been published across the News Corp mastheads and has ghost-written opinion pieces for SMH, Mamamia and Daily Life to name a few. Her piece Fig was released on audio and published in a hardcopy collection as part of the ABC’s In their branches project. Eleni has received three major awards through Varuna. She is based in Melbourne, has two kids under three and is currently working on her novels.
Tiffiny Hall is founder of health and wellness program TIFFXO.com, an author, expert trainer, journalist and television personality, best known for her role as trainer on The Biggest Loser, which earned her a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent. Currently the resident Health Expert on Channel Ten’s program The Living Room, Tiffiny Hall is one of the highest qualified female martial artists in the world for her age. She is a Sixth Dan Black Belt Master Instructor, qualified personal trainer with a Diploma of Sport Coaching, specialising in martial arts. Tiff is passionate about creative writing and has published four novels with her next Young Adult novel set for release in 2018. She has written four health books and a cookbook.
Instagram: @TiffHallofficial, @tiffxo_official
Jacinta Halloran lives in Melbourne, where she works as a GP and has been a board member of the Stella Prize. Her first novel, Dissection, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Helen Garner described Dissection as ‘A bracing and beautiful novel. I recommend it as an unputdownable and richly rewarding read, an extended ethical work-out of the classiest kind.’ Her second novel, Pilgrimage, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award. Amanda Lohrey said of Pilgrimage, ‘Jacinta Halloran is one of our finest proponents of moral realism. Pilgrimage is as affecting a portrait of the mother-daughter relationship as you could hope to find.’ Jacinta Halloran’s third novel is The Science of Appearances, of which Caroline Baum writes, ‘The novel’s intensity and moral complexity reminded me of Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn ... A very impressive achievement.’
- Dissection (Scribe, 2008) Shortlisted, Victorian Premier's Literary Award
- The Pilgrimage (Scribe, 2012) Shortlisted, Barbara Jefferis Award, 2015
- The Science of Appearances (Scribe, 2016)
Alex Hammond was born in South Africa and emigrated to Australia with his family as a child. He graduated with an Arts/Law degree from the University of Melbourne and worked for several Melbourne law firms. His first novel, Blood Witness, was published by Penguin in 2013, and was short-listed for a Ned Kelly Award for crime writing. Its sequel, The Unbroken Line, will be published is 2015. Both have been optioned as TV series.
Mike Hanley has been a business and finance journalist since 1994, when he launched International Risk Management magazine for Emap in the UK. Together with Adrian Monck, an editor at Sky News in the UK, Mike is co-author of Crunch Time: A User’s Guide to the Twenty-first Century published by Allen & Unwin in 2004. He also co-wrote What Matters: success and work-life balance with Daniel Petre, published by Jane Curry Publishing in 2004. His latest with Adrian Monck, Can You Trust The Media, was published by Icon in 2008.
Catherine Hanrahan is a health journalist and researcher. She has a PhD in immunology from The University of Melbourne and undertook post-doctoral research at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at Charing Cross Hospital in London. Catherine worked for a number of years in London as a medical writer. She was a reporter for Australian GP weekly Medical Observer for five years, reporting on mental health clinical and political issues, and continues to write two columns on mental health and diabetes forMedical Observer.
Catherine works as a freelance journalist and has published with the ABC, Global Mail and Reportage Online. She also works as a researcher for ABC Fact Check and as a producer for 2SER breakfast radio. She was a researcher on the Walkley award-nominated Changing Minds television documentary series with Dr Mark Cross, filmed in Liverpool Hospital’s mental health unit and screened on the ABC in 2014.
Frances Hansen attended Art School (UNSW COFA) in the mid 1980s in Sydney. Born in New Zealand, she returned there to complete her university studies, gaining a Master of Fine Arts at Elam, University of Auckland. Frances has had many years experience cooking and working in the catering industry while putting herself through study and beyond. Frances co-owned/operated a cafe in Beenleigh (northern NSW) with older sister, Lee, for 12 months, has worked as a chef in an Indian/Indonesian Restaurant, Curry Bazaar, Crows Nest and the original Mexican cafe in Mosman, Sydney. Her first book, Keepsakes: Recipes, Mementoes and Miscellany, has just been published by Hardie Grant.
Michael Harden is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. He is the author of four books: Lygon Street: Stories and Recipes from Melbourne’s Melting Pot, published by Murdoch Books, Melbourne: The Making of a Drinking and Eating Capital, Celebrazione! (a history of the De Bortoli wine making family) and Of A Nation (a history of Peters Ice Cream), all published by Hardie Grant. He also works as a journalist and food critic, regularly contributing to The Age, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Qantas Magazine, Royal Auto Magazine and the Melbourne Weekly Magazine.
Liz Harfull grew up in the small farming community of Mil Lel, near Mount Gambier, where her family settled in the 1860s. She trained as a journalist at the local newspaper, later working at the Adelaide Advertiser and the Stock Journal. She has also worked as a public relations consultant. Liz lives in the Adelaide Hills where she is busy as an author, freelance journalist, photographer and consultant. A keen amateur cook who thinks whipping up afternoon tea for friends is a great way to relax at the weekend, Liz has maintained her love of country shows since she was a child and lived just a few paddocks away from the local showground. The Blue Ribbon Cookbook was published by Wakefield Press in 2008, and was the Australian winner and runner-up as Best in the World in the 2008 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the Best Easy Recipes category, and shortlisted for the 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards.
Jane Harper is the author of The Dry, published in Australia by Pan Macmillan. Winner of the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the 2017 Indie Award Book of the Year and the 2017 Indie Award for Debut Fiction, The Dry is Jane’s first novel, with rights sold to over twenty territories. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne.
- The Dry (Pan Macmillan, 2016) Winner, 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Writer, 2017 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year, 2017 Indie Book Awards for Debut Fiction; Highly Commended, 2016 Christina Stead Fiction Award; Longlisted, 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards for Australian General Fiction Book of the year, 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards for The Matt Richell Award for New Writers
Catherine Harris’s short story collection, Like Being A Wife (Random House), was shortlisted for the Age Fiction Prize, the Barbara Jefferis award, and as a manuscript for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her prose and essays have been published in Australia, Canada, England and the USA. She won the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize (2009) and has since been shortlisted for several national and international awards. Her novel, The Family Men, is published by Black Inc.
HARRY AND THE PRINCESS
Harry and the Princess are two girls about town who have turned modern entertaining into an art. Together they offer contemporary and creative solutions that make stylish weddings and chic entertaining achievable for everyone. Harry and the Princess: Wedding Planner and The Chic Bride’s Engagement Guide were published in 2006.
Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author of more than fifty books for children and young people. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland. Her first Young Adult novel Thunderwith was made a movie by Hallmark Hall of Fame and her opera libretto Grandma’s Shoes won her an AWGIE.
Libby was a National Ambassador for the National Year of Reading in Australia in 2012, and was an Australia Day Ambassador for more than 20 years, visiting country towns to celebrate Australian literature, especially poetry. In 2003 she won the Centenary Medal; and in 2014 the Alice Award given to an Australian woman writer ‘who has made a distinguished and long term contribution to Australian literature.’
- Stephen's tree Illustrated by Sandra Laroche and Alana Kennedy (Methuen Australia, 1979)
- Lachlan's Walk Illustrated by Sandra Laroche (Methuen Australia, 1980)
- The Tram to Bondi Beach Illustrated by Julie Vivas (Methuen Australia, 1981) Highly Commended, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1982 for Picture Book of the Year
- Good to Read (Methuen Australia, 1983)
- Paolo's Secret (Methuen Australia, 1985) Shortlisted, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1986 for Younger Readers
- All About Anna and Harriet and Christopher and Me (Methuen Australia, 1986) Honoured, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1988 for Younger Readers
- Looking Out For Sampson (Oxford University Press, 1987) Honoured, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1988 for Younger Readers
- Freya's Fantastic Surprise Illustrated by Sharon Thompson (Ashton Scholastic, 1988)
- Thunderwith (Heinemann Australia, 1989) Runner-up, COOL Award 1994 Secondary Division. Honoured, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1990 for Older Readers. Commended, Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature
- The Garden of the World Illustrated by Tricia Oktober (Margaret Hamilton Books, 1989)
- The Extrordinary Magics of Emma McDade (Oxford University Press, 1989)Shortlisted, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1990 for Younger Readers
- Stuntumble Monday Illustrated by Melissa Webb (Collins Dove, 1989)
- Jezza Sez (Angus and Robertson, 1990)
- So Who Needs Lotto? (Puffin, 1990)
- Love Me Tender (Oxford University Press, 1992) Shortlisted, Australian Multicultural Children's Literature Awards 1993
- The Lenski Kids and Dracula Illustrated by Peter Viska (Puffin, 1992)
- Valley Under the Rock (Mammoth, 1993)
- Koala Babe Illustrated by Viva la Wombat (Mammoth, 1993)
- Crocodile Feast Illustrated by Viva la Wombat (Mammoth, 1993)
- Olymp-a-Roo Illustrted by Viva la Wombat (Mammoth, 1993)
- A Very Important Face (Macmillan Education Australia, 1993)
- Way Home Illustrted by Gregory Rogers (Random House, 1994) Winner, Society of Women Writers New South Wales 1995 Awards. Shortlisted TKD Australian Audio Book Awards 1995
- What a Star! (Angus and Robertson, 1994)
- Grandma's Shoes Illustrtated by Elivia (Little, Brown, 1994)
- A Face in the Water Illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy (Tulika Books, 1994)
- 21 Wombats Illustrated by Viva la Wombat (Mammoth, 1994)
- The Surprise Box Illustrated by Pricilla Cutter (Nelson, 1994)
- Feral Kid (Hodder and Stoughton, 1994) Winner, Biennial Book Awards 1995 for Junior Fiction. Shortlisted, Human Rights Awards 1995
- The Wonder Thing Illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe (Viking, 1995) Shortlisted, The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature 1996
- The Climb (Viking, 1996) Winner, Biennial Book Awards 1997 for Junior Fiction
- Juke-box Jive (Hodder Children's Books, 1996)
- Chrysalis (Mammoth, 1997)
- Rift (Hodder Headline, 1998) Winner, Biennial Book Awards 1999 for Junior Fiction. Shortlisted, Christian Schools Book of the Year Awards 1998. Commended, Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature, 1999
- The Spirited Boy (Lothian, 1998)
- Sky Sash So Blue Illustrated by Benny Andrews (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998) Honoured, The Society of School Librarians International Book Awards 1998
- Double Sorrow (Hodder Children's Books, 1999)
- Twice the Ring of Fire (Hodder Children's Books, 1999)
- For Love to Conquer All (Hodder Headline, 1999)
- Dear Venny, Dear Saffron Co-Authored by Gary Crew (Lothian, 1999)
- Mogical Ride Illustrated by Garry Flemming (Hodder Children's Books, 1999)
- Home by Lamb Chop Illustrated by Garry Flemming (Hodder Children's Books, 1999)
- The Gift Illustrated by Gregory Rogers (Random House, 2000)
- Grandma's Shoes Illustrated by Caroline Magerl (Hodder Headline Australia, 2000)Winner, Children's Book Council Book of the Year 2001
- The Painter (Hodder Headline Australia, 2001)
- The River Illustrated by Stanley Wong (Curriculum Corporation, 2001) Winner, Biennial Book Awards, 2003 for Junion Fiction
- Volcano Boy (Lothian, 2001) Commended, Biennial Book Awards 2003 for Junior Fiction
- The Wishing Cupbord Illustrated by Elizabeth Stanley (Lothian Ragged Bears, 2002)
- Okra and Acacia: The Story of the Wattle Pattern Plate (Hodder Headline Australia, 2002) Shortlisted, Children's Book Council Book of the Year 2003. Commended Biennial Book Awards 2003 for Junion Fiction
- Over the Moon Illustrated by Caroline Magerl (Lothian, 2002)
- The Great Big Animal Ask Illustrated by Anna Pignataro (Lothian, 2004)
- Caravan Kids (National Museum of Australia Press, 2006)
- Letters to a Princess (ABC Books, 2007) Commended, Biennial Book Awards 2009 for Junior Fiction
- Georgiana: Women of Flowers (Hachette Livre Australia, 2008) Winner, Biennial Book Awards 2009 for Junion Fiction
- Fire Song (ABC Books, 2009) Commended, Biennial Book Awards 2009 for Junion Fiction
- Zahara's Rose Illustrated by Doris Unger (Interactive Press Kidz, 2009)
- The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: A Treasury of Poems for Children (ABC Books, 2010)
- I Love You Book Illustrated by Heath McKenzie (Interactive Press Kidz, 2010) Third prize, Biennial Book Awards 2011 for Junior Fiction
- A Boy Like Me: A Story About Peace Illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Harper Collins, 2012)
- Women's Work: A Collection of Contemporary Women's Poetry Co-Authored by Rachael Bailey (Pax Press, 2013)
- Outside Illustrated by Ritva Voutila (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014)
- Eventual Poppy Day (Harper Collins, 2015)
- A Baby for Loving Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie (Little Hare Books, 2015)
- A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy (Hachette Australia, 2016)
- Incredibilia Illustrated by Gaye Chapman (Little Hare Books, 2016) Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Awards 2016 Children's Book Award
- Butterfly, We're Expecting You! Illustrated by Lisa Stewart (Hachette Australia, forthcoming 2017)
Janet Hawley was born in Sydney, and has worked on the Australian, the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald as a special feature writer and columnist. Her writing on Australian artists has won two BP Arts Media Awards and three Walkley Awards, including a Gold Walkley Award.
Born in remote British Columbia with an insatiable appetite for the raison d’être, Chelsea has travelled independently and as a fashion model since she was 16 years old, including four trips to Japan, and has been featured in magazines, on catwalks and television throughout Asia. Chelsea’s memoir, 90 Day Geisha, an account of her time spent as a hostess in a Tokyo club, was published by Random House in Australia, Arena in Holland and Belgium, Pegasus Books in the United States and Mainstream in the United Kingdom.
Jim Hearn is a researcher, writer and chef. He wrote and produced four films that screened on SBS as well as worked on the screenplay for Chopper and an adaption of Andrew McGahan’s novel Last Drinks. Jim has a BA (Hons) from SCU and is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Technology, Sydney. His first book, The High Season, which is a memoir about his lived experiences as a chef, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2012.
Jack Heath is the author of many sci-fi-action novels for young adults, including The Lab, Money Run, Hit List and Replica. He has been shortlisted for the Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award, two Aurealis Awards, the National Year of Reading “Our Story” Collection, a Young Australians Best Book Award, a Kids Own Australian Literature Award and the Young Australian of the Year. He lives in Canberra.
Cathryn Hein is a best-selling rural romance and romantic adventure author, currently living at the base of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. A South Australian country girl by birth, with three generations of jockeys in the family it’s little wonder Cathryn is mad about horses and animals. After being given her first horse Mysty at age 10, Cathryn spent her teenage years riding pony club and hunt club, and competing in eventing, dressage and show jumping until university beckoned. With a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) from Roseworthy College she moved to Melbourne and later Newcastle, working in the agricultural and turf seeds industry. Her partner Jim’s posting to France took Cathryn overseas for three years in Provence where she began to write. Cathryn’s novels include the rural romances Summer and the Groomsman, The Falls, Rocking Horse Hill, Heartland, Heart of the Valley and Promises, and the romantic adventure The French Prize. From debut release, she has been a multiple finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards and in 2014 for Favourite Australian Romance Author.
HEISS, Dr Anita
Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature. She is an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Anita is a role model for the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy and an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. She is an Adjunct Professor with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS, and currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, and being a ‘creative disruptor.’ Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. She lives in Sydney.
Kerrie illustrates around 30 book covers a year for publishers across the globe such as Penguin, Chronicle Books and Harper Collins, as well as current regular magazine clients such as Tatler, Elle/Vogue, The Times and Glamour. Whilst continuing to direct Femme Fatale, her cosmetic company, Kerrie also illustrates various titles for Australian and international publishers. Recently, she has written and illustrated two guides for ‘tweens’ entitled Girl Secrets and Girls Only (Random House Australia). Shoestring Chic, her new adult title, was published in the US by Skirt.
Alannah Hill is a fashion designer, entrepreneur and memoirist. Alannah was born in Tasmania and worked in Chapel St fashion store Indigo before launching her eponymous label in 1997. Alannah left Alannah Hill in 2013 and now designs for her fashion label Louise Love, whilst living in Melbourne with her son, Edward and dog, Jack.
Kendall Hill is an acclaimed journalist who once worked as the Deputy Editor of Good Weekend. He was a key member of The Age’s Walkley award-winning team which covered the Port Arthur Massacre and in 1994 he spent time in London as the recipient of the Young Journalist of the Year award. One of his travel short stories was published in the Sarah Macdonald anthology, Take Me With You and his latest book, Heavens Above: Ancient Sayings for Modern Life was published by Hardie Grant in Australia and the UK.
Loretta Hill was born in Perth, Western Australia. After graduating in Civil Engineering and another in Commerce she was hired by a major West Australian engineering company and worked for a number of years on outback projects. She drew upon her experiences of larrikins, red dust and steel-capped boots for her best-selling novels The Girl in the Steel-Capped Boots, The Girl in the Hard Hat and The Girl in the Yellow Vest. Her new book is The Maxwell Sisters. Her rom-com novellas are One Little White Lie and Operation: Valentine.
HOLMES À COURT, Peter
Peter read law at Oxford University and received his BA in economics at Middlebury College, Vermont. He has held many executive roles and board positions in Australia, the UK and the USA. Peter took a sabbatical in Europe in 2010 and began writing his first book Riding with Giants. He now divides his time between Australia and the US.
British-born actor Nicholas Hope received international critical acclaim for his feature film debut as Bubby in Rolf de Heer’s film Bad Boy Bubby, winning several Best Actor awards. Bad Boy Bubby won the Grand Jury Special Prize and the CIAC (popular) award for Best Film and Best Performance at the Venice Film Festival. Nicholas’s first book Brushing the Tip of Fame was published by Random House in 2004. He has a story in the travel anthology Take Me With You published by Random House and edited by Sarah Macdonald.
Rod Howard’s books include The Fabulist: The Incredible Story of Louis De Rougemont (Random House, 2006), which has been optioned by Essential Media and Entertainment as a feature film. His last book, A Forger’s Tale (Arcade Publications, 2011) is a narrative non-fiction account of the life of Australia’s first published novelist, the transported convict Henry Savery. A Forger’s Tale won the FAW Walter Stone Award for Biography. Rod’s most recent work, The Man Who Invented Vegemite, co-written with Jamie Callister, was published by Pier Nine (Murdoch Books) in October 2012. Rod is also an experienced freelance journalist travel writer who has written numerous books with leading Australian photographer Steve Parish. He lives in Bellingen, NSW.
Christine Howe grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW, and currently lives in Wollongong. She was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing in 2009, and has been lecturing at the University of Wollongong since 2005. The Song in the Dark, written while she was completing her PhD, is her first novel. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including Law, Text, Culture and Vitalpoetics.
Deb Hunt has worked as an actor, writer and journalist in the UK and Australia. Her work has appeared in House & Garden magazine, Sunday Telegraph, Body+Soul and Esprit. She spent two seasons with Shakespeare in the Park in London and five years writing stories for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Her story The Man with No Eyebrows was runner up in the Alliance Cornhill Short Story competition and her play Clean Sweep won Best Script, Best Production and People’s Choice Award in the Broken Hill Short and Sweet Play Festival. Her memoir, Love in the Outback, was published by Pan Macmillan in May 2014, and she is currently working on a book about Australian farming families.
Jane Hutcheon was the ABC’s China correspondent for five years. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jane has travelled widely throughout Asia and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. She is a former presenter of The World at Noon on ABC television, and is currently the ABC’s UK correspondent, based in London. Her first book From Rice to Riches was published by Pan Macmillan.
Born in the United Kingdom, Mary Hutton emigrated with her family to Australia in 1970 and now lives in Perth. When she is not travelling to South-East Asia to visit the sanctuaries she is working in the office, planning the next fund-raiser for the bears. Her hobbies are looking after her cats and her garden. Free the Bears, written with Julie Miller and published by Pan Macmillan, is her story.