Mary-Rose MacColl is an Australian writer whose first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the 1995 Australian Vogel literary award. Her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a finalist in the 2009 Walkley Awards and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. Mary-Rose MacColl holds degrees in journalism and creative writing and lives in Brisbane with her husband and young son.
Sarah Macdonald is a radio broadcaster, television presenter, journalist and commentator. She has appeared on ABC television productions including Recovery, Race Around the World and Two Shot. Sarah threw in her career to be with her boyfriend when he was posted to India. Her best-selling book about her time in India Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure (Transworld) has been published in the UK and US and in translation. Sarah’s first travel anthology Come Away With Me was published by Random House in 2004 and was followed by Take Me With You in 2005.
Maggie MacKellar was born in 1973. She has published two books on the history of settlement in Australia and Canada, as well as a memoir When It Rains (Random House, 2010). Following a number of years in central western New South Wales, Maggie now lives with her partner and two children on a farm in Tasmania. Her follow-up memoir How To Get There was published in 2014 and she is currently working on a novel.
Robert Macklin has established himself as a respected author of both fiction and non-fiction. Winner of the 2009 Blake Dawson Award for the history of BHP Billiton with co-author Peter Thompson, he most recently won the Canberra Critics Circle Award in 2012 for his thrilling wartime story of four Australian naval heroes, One False Move. His controversial new book, Dark Paradise, the horrific history of Norfolk Island to the present day, will be published by Hachette in August.
He is the author of four novels including The Queenslander, The Paper Castle and Juryman (adapted to the screen as Storyville, starring James Spader and Jason Robards). His non-fiction works include 100 Great Australians, The Secret Life of Jesus, Jacka VC, and the first volume of his memoirs, War Babies. With co-author Peter Thompson, he has written four other outstanding books, The Battle of Brisbane, Kill The Tiger, The Man Who Died Twice and Keep Off The Skyline.
Robert’s Penguin Books publication of Kevin Rudd: the Biography, was a big seller in China and his 2010 Australian bestseller SAS Sniper, co-authored with Rob Maylor, was also published in the United States. He has accepted an invitation to lecture on his work at three Chinese universities in Shanghai and Si’an in September this year. He’s currently working on two further biographies of SAS soldiers to be published by Hachette in 2014.
Nicole Mallalieu is a passionate designer and maker of all things “textile”. She graduated with a degree in Fashion, and has worked in the Fashion and Craft industries in Australia, England and Ireland. Nicole designs and manufactures sewing patterns and kits in conjunction with teaching patternmaking, sewing and bag making. Her projects and articles have appeared in craft magazines such as Stitches, Get Creative and Homespun and she publishes online tutorials on her website and blog. Nicole’s first book, You Sew Girl! will be published by ABC Books in May 2011.
Ashley Mallett has had over 25 years experience in print media working as a journalist and author of over 24 books. Notably, he was an Australian Cricketer between 1968 and 1980 and has since written biographies on many of his teammates, including Chappelli Speaks Out and One of A Kind- The Doug Walters Story (both Allen & Unwin). His book on Nugget Rees, a biography of Australian cricket team’s greatest supporter, was published by ABC Books in 2008 and his biography of Jeff Thompson was published by Allen & Unwin in 2009.
Kirsty Manning lives in a new house in an old chestnut grove in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges with her husband and three children. With degrees in literature and communications, Kirsty worked in Australian book publishing for more than a decade and is now a widely published freelance journalist and photographer. She co-wrote a cookery and gardening book called We Love Food. With husband Alex Wilcox, Kirsty is a partner in the award-winning Melbourne wine bar Bellota and the Prince Wine Store. www.kirstymanning.com
- The Midsummer Garden (Allen & Unwin, forthcoming 2017)
Michael’s first book, Eleven Days, was published by Scholastic in 2004.
- Eleven Days (Scholastic, 2004)
A passionate naturalist since childhood, Nicola’s early career and science degree took her from zoo-keeping and research positions to roles in community-based conservation, environmental consulting and advocacy. Following the completion of a PhD in Zoology in 2000, her focus grew to a concern for environmental decline more broadly and she was appointed as a senior program manager by WWF-Australia. In 2006, collaboration with internationally renowned nature photographer Theo Allofs led to the publication of her first book, Wild Australia, a celebration of Australia’s environmental diversity and uniqueness. Her current book, On our Watch: the Race to save Australia’s Environment (Melbourne University Press, 2009), provides a perspective on the inadvertent impacts of our daily lives on Australia’s species and landscapes and reveals the cultural, economic and political impediments that continue to hamper their protection. Nicola currently works as Chief Conservation Officer for Bush Heritage Australia in Melbourne.
Nigel Marsh is the bestselling author of Fat, Forty and Fired, its follow-up, Fit, Fifty and Fired Up, as well as Overworked and Underlaid (first published as Observations of a Very Short Man). His 2010 speech on life, the universe and everything at Sydney’s 2010 TED Conference had an instant global impact and remains Australia’s most watched TED talk with well over a million hits. Co-founder of Earth Hour and past CEO of a number of high profile advertising agencies, Nigel lives in Bronte with his wife and four children.
MARTIN, Dr Andrew
Dr Andrew Martin is an Educational Psychologist specialising in student motivation and achievement. His research has won international awards and in 2003 he was listed in The Bulletin magazine’s ‘SMART 100 Australians’ (and in the Top 10 in the field of Education). His first book, How to Motivate Your Child for School and Beyond (2003, Random House Australia), provides practical strategies for parents and teachers to motivate and engage children. His new title, How To Help Your Child Fly Through Life: The 20 Big Issues (2005, Random House Australia), answers the most important educational questions facing parents and their children today. Preventing Fear and Failure in the Classroom was published by Continuum in 2010.
Marc Martin is an illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Working with watercolour, textas, ink, pencil, scanned textures and computer, Marc’s work is a world of dense colour, rich textures and the odd scribble. He draws inspiration from his surroundings, nature, animals, and the city he lives in.
He is also the author and illustrator of three books, Silent Observer (Erm Books, 2011), A Forest (Penguin Books, 2012), and The Curious Explorers Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z (Penguin Books, 2013).
Darryl Mason is an Australian writer and video maker. He’s worked as a professional journalist, screenwriter and newspaper editor, and for two decades specialised in Australian rock music, contributing more than 1000 articles and interviews to publications such as Rolling Stone, Juke, Hot Metal, The Herald Sun, On The Street, The West Australian, Metal Masters and Salon. Mason has recently shot and edited videos and promotional clips for bands like The Screaming Jets, The Angels and the Baby Animals, and now contributes to The Guardian. His book on Doc Neeson and The Angels will be published by Ebury (Random House) in 2014. He likes it loud.
Christobel Mattingley is the author of more than thirty-five books for children, films scripts, short stories and poetry. She won the inaugural Children’s Book Council of Australia Junior Book of the Year Award for Rummage. Other award-winning books include Windmill at Magpie Creek, The Miracle Tree, The Angel with a Mouth-Organ and No Gun for Asmir. The Race was an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards. Her latest book for children, Chelonia Green was published in 2008, She received an Advance Australia Medal for her contribution to literature in Australia. Battle Order 204, a biography of her husband David was published by Allen & Unwin.
Jeni Mawter is the author of the bestselling 'So!' series, and of 'The Freewheelers' series which HarperCollins published. The 'Freewheelers' series was optioned by Rialto Films in 2006. From children to adults she gives workshops that teach and inspire. With a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Jeni teaches creative writing at Macquarie University and presents at numerous other schools, conferences and festivals.
Frances Mayes is the author of the international bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun (which has been turned into a feature film), Bella Tuscany, A Year in the World, numerous books of poetry, most recently ExVoto, and a novel, Swan. A frequent contributor to food and travel publications, she divides her time between Cortona, Italy and San Francisco, where she is Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Her sequel to Bella Tuscany was published by Random House in 2010, and her memoir about her childhood in the deep south, Under Magnolia, will be published in 2011.
Fiona McArthur works as a rural midwife and is a published author in fiction and non-fiction. Fiona lives in New South Wales with her husband and researching books means travelling to remote places to garner extraordinary stories from people who inspire her, before she returns to her other calling as a midwifery educator. She loves her life.
- The Midwife's Baby (Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2008) Finalist, 2009 Romance Writers of Australia, Romantic Book of the Year Award, Short Sweet Romance
- The Don’t Panic Guide to Birth (Penguin, 2009)
- Red Sand Sunrise (Penguin, 2014)
- The Homestead Girls (Penguin, 2015)
- Aussie Midwives (Penguin, 2016)
- Heart of the Sky (Penguin, forthcoming 2017)
Maxine McArthur’s first science fiction novel Time Future won the George Turner Prize and was published by Transworld Australia and Time Warner US. The sequel Time Past was also published by Transworld and Time Warner US. Warner Aspect in the US published her latest novel Less Than Human in 2004. She’s working on a timeslip adventure romance for adults.
Patrick McCaughey is the author of Fred Williams (Bay Books 1980, Murdoch Books, 1993 and 2008), and The School of London and Their Friends (Yale Center for British Art, 2000). He has been the recipient of three honorary doctorates: Monash University 1990, University of Hartford 1992 and Connecticut College 1997. He now lives in Connecticut. His memoir The Bright Shapes and the True Names was published by Text in 2003. He is currently working on a book entitled Why Australian Art Matters.
Investigative journalist Kate McClymont must be the best-known journalist in NSW, and probably has the most intriguing muses of any writer around. She is certainly the most-awarded Australian journalist. As a crime reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald, Kate spends her time mixing with and writing about some of the shadiest characters in the story of Sydney. Once derided by Paul Keating for spending her time “chasing subterranean odours”, Kate’s sense of smell has led her to unearth some of the underworld’s most fascinating tales of betrayal, corruption and crime. They are the stories the central characters don’t want told, and these non-fiction villains will do their best to silence the storyteller. Her phone’s been tapped, she’s had police security, and received death threats in the aftermath of her Gold Walkley-winning expose of the Bulldogs salary cap scandal. It was Kate in whom millionaire businessman Michael McGurk confided that he feared for his life, just one week before he was fatally gunned down outside his Sydney home. Twitter: @kate_mcclymont
Andrew McConnell’s new book is Supernormal: The Cookbook. He is Executive Chef and co-owner of five Melbourne restaurants: Cutler & Co., awarded Restaurant of the Year awards by both Australian Gourmet Traveller and The Age Good Food Guide; Cumulus Inc., an all-day eating house and bar in the CBD, awarded one hat annually from 2010 until 2015 by The Age Good Food Guide; Luxembourg Bar & Bistro, a European-style wine bar and eatery; The Builders Arms Hotel, with a bar, bistro, garden and award-winning smart dining room Moon Under Water (with nearby Meatsmith, a specialty butcher and wine merchant); and Supernormal, awarded the Best New Restaurant 2015 by The Age Good Food Guide.
Over his career, Andrew has been honoured as Chef of the Year in 2007, 2010 and 2015 by The Age Good Food Guide, and Hottest Chef of the Year in The Australian Hot 50 Awards, 2012. All five of Andrew’s restaurants feature in The Australian Financial Review‘s Top 100 Restaurants for 2015.
Mardi McConnochie has a PhD in English literature. She is also a playwright and works in television as a scriptwriter and editor. Her first novel Coldwater was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Best First Book, South-East Asia and South Pacific Region), the International IMPAC Dublin Award, and has been translated into four languages. It was followed by The Snow Queen. Mardi’s latest novel Fivestar, about a nineties girl band, was published by HarperCollins in 2005. The first book in a series for children entitled Melissa, Queen of Evil was published by Pan Macmillan in 2006, the follow-up Dangerous Games was published in August 2007. Her new novel The Voyagers will be published by Penguin in 2011.
Alice McCormick runs a business specialising in rare illustrated books – both modern and antiquarian. She writes a regular column for the Australian Art Market Report and her collaboration with photographer Sarah Rhodes, The Artist’s Lunch; a series of photographic essays, recipes and interviews with 15 of Australia’s top artists, was published by Murdoch Books in 2008. www.theartistslunch.com
Michael McCoy has a PhD in Physiology from the University of Melbourne and is a freelance journalist. His first novel Burning Sunday was short-listed for The Age Book of the Year Award and was followed by Cutting Through Skin in 2001. He is currently working on a novel about the Petrov Affair.
Peter McFarlane’s passions are education and writing; and he combines all of these in his books for teachers as well as his poetry, short stories and novels. Rebecca the Wrecker is the first of seven books for younger readers; Goat Boy and Bomber Boy are the start of a trio of adventure stories for those slightly older; and The Flea, Lovebird, More Than a Game and The Enemy You Killed are longer works for young adults.
Andrew McGahan is one of Australia’s finest fiction writers. His first novel, Praise, won the 1992 Australian/Vogel Literary Award. The White Earth won the 2004 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Age Book of the Year and The Courier Mail Book of the Year Award. In 2009 Andrew was shortlisted for the Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards for his contribution to Australian Literature. The Coming of the Whirlpool, book one in the 'Ship Kings' series, was shortlisted for an Indie Award, an ABIA, an Aurealis Award, a Golden Inky and a 2012 CBC award. Book two, The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice was Highly Commended in the 2012 Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards – Christina Stead Award, a 2013 CBC Notable Book and shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards. Book three, The War of the Four Isles, was released in August 2014. Andrew lives in Melbourne.
Russell McGilton is a writer, actor and seasoned traveller. He has worked in a variety of jobs throughout the world, including as a hospital theatre porter in the UK, safari cook in Botswana, kibbutz volunteer in Israel, English teacher in Taiwanand most recently, a silhouette in Frankston. When he is not writing, Russell fronts an Austin Powers tribute band. Yakety Yak, an account of his journeys through India, Pakistan and China, was published by Penguin and will be re-released as an ebook through Momentum Publishing. www.bombaybeijingbicycle.com.au
Michael McGirr is the author of The Lost Art of Sleep, Bypass: the Story of a Road and Things You Get For Free, all published by Picador. The Lost Art of Sleep is a wise and funny account of what should be the best third of our lives. Bypass, a quirky personal biography of the Hume Highway, has been a popular Year 12 English text in Victoria. Michael’s essays and short fictions have appeared in numerous places both in Australia and overseas. Over the years, he has reviewed over 900 books for major newspapers in Australia. Michael was formerly the fiction editor of Meanjin and once upon a time, working as a Jesuit priest, was publisher of Eureka Street and editor of Australian Catholics. Michael lives in Melbourne with his wife, Jenny, and their three not-so-small children. He teaches at St Kevin’s College.
Craig McGregor is an academic, journalist and writer. He writes regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald and won the Walkley Award twice for feature stories on Bob Hawke and Jill Wran. He is the author of two novels Don’t Talk to Me About Love, which won the Xavier Society prize for literature and The See-Through Revolver as well as a collection of short stories Real Lies. He has also written essays and books on political, social and cultural themes, including Profile of Australia, The Australian People and Class in Australia. His book on Mark Latham was published by Pluto Press in 2004
Evan McHugh’s books include the bestsellers Shipwrecks: Australia’s Greatest Maritime Disasters, Outback Heroes, Outback Pioneers, Birdsville, Bushrangers, The Drovers and The Stockmen (all published by Penguin). Evan’s book about true crime in the outback, Red Centre, Dark Heart, won the Ned Kelly Award for best non-fiction. A journalist who has written for newspapers, television and radio, he lives with his wife in New South Wales.
Monica McInerney grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia, where her father was the railway stationmaster. She is the author of the bestselling novels A Taste for It, Upside Down Inside Out, Spin the Bottle, The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage and a collection of short fiction, All Together Now, published internationally and in translation. In 2006 she was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out. Her novel, Those Faraday Girls, won the General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards and All Together Now was short-listed in the same category in the 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards. At Home with the Templetons was a huge success in 2010 and was followed by a sequel to The Alphabet Sisters entitled Lola’s Secret. Her latest book Hello from the Gillespies was published by Penguin in 2014. She currently lives in Dublin with her Irish husband.
Historian Michael McKernan is the author of several acclaimed books, including the classic accounts Australians at Home: World War I and Australians at Home: World War II (now available in new editions from Five Mile Press). With a University Medal and a doctorate from the Australian National University, he lectured in Australian History at the University of New South Wales for several years, before working in a senior management position at the Australian War Memorial. For more than a decade Michael has led tours to First and Second World War battlefields.
Chris McKimmie is an award-winning picture book author and artist. Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow, published in 2006, was short-listed for CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award 2007. Chris’ picture books include Maisie Moo and Invisible Lucy which was a CBCA Notable Children’s Book in 2007, Special Kev which was short-listed for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2008, Two Peas in a Pod, Good Morning Mr Pancakes, Alex and the Watermelon Boat, Scarlett and the Scratchy Moon and, most recently, Crikey and Cat.
Meg McKinlay is a children’s writer and poet. She has published twelve books for children, ranging from picture books through to young adult novels, and a collection of poetry for adults. Her work has won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Queensland Literary Award, the Davitt Award for Crimewriting and the Aurealis Award for Speculative Fiction, as well as having been shortlisted for numerous other awards. Meg has a PhD in Japanese Literature and was previously an academic at the University of Western Australia, where she taught Australian Literature, Japanese and Creative Writing. Meg lives near the ocean in Fremantle, Western Australia, and is always busy cooking up more books.
- Annabel, Again (Walker Books Australia, 2007) Shortlisted, 2007 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Children's Books
- Cleanskin (Westerly Centre, University of Western Australia, 2007)
- Going for Broke (Walker Books Australia, 2008)
- The Big Dig (Walker Book Australia, 2009)
- Duck for a Day (Walker Books Australia, 2010) Shortlisted, 2011 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Young Readers; 2011 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Best Language Development Book for Lower Primary Children
- The Truth About Penguins Illustrated by Mark Jackson (Walker Book Australia, 2010) Shortlisted, 2011 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Best Language Development Book for Young Children
- Surface Tension (Walker Book Australia, 2011) Winner, 2012 Davitt Award, Best Young Adult Book
- No Bears Illustrated by Leila Rudge (Walker Books Australia, 2011) Shortlisted, 2012 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Early Childhood, 2012 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book of the Year, 2012 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Best Language Development Book for Young Children
- Wreck the Halls (Walker Books Australia, 2012)
- Ten Tiny Things Illustrated by Kyle Hughes-Odgers (Freemantle Press, 2012) Winner, 2013 Crystal Kite Award, Australia and New Zealand Division; Shortlisted, 2013 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature, Primary
- Below (Candlewick Press, 2013)
- Definitely No Ducks! (Walker Books Australia, 2013)
- A Single Stone (Walker Books Australia, 2015) Winner, 2015 Queensland Literary Award, Children's Book of the Year, 2015 Aueralis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division, 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Young Adult Fiction; Shortlisted, 2016 Victorian Permier's Literary Awards, Young Adult Fiction, 2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Young Adult Fiction, 2016 West Australian Young Readers Book Award, Younger Readers, 2016 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books, 2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Older Readers, 2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Children's Fiction; Longlisted, 2016 Davitt Award, Best Children's Novel; Honours, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Notable Book
- Bella and the Wandering House (Freemantle Press, 2015) Finalist, Aueralis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Children's Division; Notable Book, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards
Lauren McLaughlin worked as a TV executive at Lion’s Gate Films in the US before turning her hand to writing fiction full time. Her short stories have appeared in several online science fiction magazines and her first YA novel, Cycler, was published by Random House in the US and Pan Macmillan in Australia.
McLEOD, Jenn J
Australia’s small town storyteller lives the gypsy life in a fifth-wheeler caravan, travelling this beautiful country, her days spent writing heart-warming tales of the Australian country that weave intricate tapestries of friendship, family and love, contemporary issues and small-town life.
Readers and reviewers alike enthusiastically received Jenn’s debut, House for all Seasons, placing it at #5 on the 2013 Nielsen’s Best Selling Debut Novel list. Simmering Season is book two, followed by Season of Shadow and Light and book 4, The Other side of the Season, published by Simon and Schuster Australia in 2016.
Conor McPherson is a playwright and screenwriter who was named by The New York Times as ‘the finest playwright of his generation’. Conor won the George Devine Award in 1997 with his play St Nicholas, and went on to win an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999 with his follow-up, The Weir. In 2006 he received a Tony Award nomination for Shining City and an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play for The Seafarer.
Dorothy McRae-McMahon is a retired Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia. She is an internationally recognized creator and writer of religious rituals, and the first woman to be a Moderator of the World Council of Churches Worship Committee. She has written nine books, most recently Rituals for Life, Love and Loss. Dorothy’s memoir was published by Jane Curry Publishing in 2004.
After 30 years as a midwife and many trips to the outback corners of Australia, Beth was ready to embrace life living and working in a remote community. This leap of faith led to some unforgettable and unbelievable experiences working with Australia’s first people and Beth has loved every minute. Beth was born, bred and schooled in the Upper Murray of Victoria, trained as a general nurse at the Albury Base Hospital and as a midwife at Preston and Northcote Community Hospital (PANCH) in Melbourne. She married her army boyfriend 41 years ago and is mother to two daughters Lauren and Clare and grandmother to four grandchildren, Eva, Declan, Layla and Chloe.
Rebecca McRitchie would love to tell you that she was raised by wolves in the depths of a snow-laden forest until she stumbled upon and saved a village from the fiery peril of a disgruntled dragon. But, truthfully, she can be found clutching several books, lurking in the aisle of a bookstore or staring most resolutely at the blinking cursor on her computer screen.
Geoffrey McSkimming is the author of the enormously successful 'Cairo Jim' chronicles, which have been in continual publication in Australia and throughout the world since 1991. Titles include Cairo Jim and the Sunken Sarcophagus of Sekheret, Cairo Jim Amidst the Petticoats of Artemis and Cairo Jim and the Rorting of Rameses’ Regalia. Geoffrey travels the world researching his novels and has now completed the 18th and final title of the famous 'Cairo Jim' adventures. Walker Books UK published four of the 'Cairo Jim' titles in 2006. He also regularly performs his unique, humorous stage adaptation of Hamlet. He is currently working on a new series for children featuring girl star Phyllis Wong, to be published by Allen & Unwin.
Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, Ireland to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Law Society of Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health Commission. She lives in Perth with her husband and two children.
- The Ruin (HarperCollins, forthcoming 2017)
Noel Mealey has travelled extensively through rural Australia, working in the construction industry. He was inspired to write by his father, who spun his outback yarns under the stars on hot summer nights in central Queensland. Having retired from business, Noel now lives in Brisbane with his wife Therese. His first novel, Murder And Redemption was published by HarperCollins in 2012 and the follow up, The Icon Murders was released in 2013.
- Murder and Redemption (HarperCollins, 2012)
- The Icon Murders (HarperCollins, 2013)
Mischa Merz has worked as a journalist for the past eighteen years. She is the author of Bruising: about her experience of being mugged and how it led to her wanting to learn how to box. She lives in Melbourne, trains as an amateur boxer, and is currently working on a novel.
Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock met in 2000 while freelancing at a Melbourne advertising agency. More interested in talking about the weather, clothes and careers they could do from the swimming pool, they decided to create Michi Girl. Since then they have written thousands of daily fashion forecasts and three books: Like I Give a Frock, What on Earth Are You Wearing? and Le Shop Guide (due for release Oct 2013). Today they have their own creative agencies, Ortolan (Chloe) and Jane (Daniel). They still prefer to work from the pool.
Patti Miller grew up in country NSW and has worked teaching writing for over twenty-five years. She teaches memoir writing at the innovative Faber Academy in Sydney and offers writing courses in Paris and Bali. Her many books include Writing Your Life, The Last One Who Remembers, Child, Whatever the Gods Do and The Memoir Book. Patti’s memoir The Mind of a Thief (UQP) won the NSW Premier’s History Prize – NSW Community & Regional History Prize, was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Non-Fiction and longlisted for the Nita B. Kibble and Stella Prize. Her new memoir, Ransacking Paris, is due May 2015.
Saimaa Miller opened The Last Resort™ Organic Detox Spa in January 2005, and was one of the first to introduce the term ‘Health Spa’ to Australia. She is an innovative leader in the health industry and has taken many people, including local and international celebrities, through her detoxification programs with outstanding results. Her first book, The Aussie Body Bible, will be published by Penguin Lantern in 2013.
Liz Minchin is an award-winning journalist with The Age, whose newsbreaking coverage of climate change won the national prize for best environmental reporting at the United Nations Association of Australia’s 2007 World Environment Day awards. While working in The Age’s investigative team, she and two colleagues won a Walkley award for Australia’s best newspaper feature. She has also been a joint winner of a Melbourne Press Club Quill award. She is a co-author of Screw Light Bulbs: Smart solutions to tackle climate change, being published by UWA Press in April 2010.
Simon Mitchell is a children’s author from Canberra, Australia. He writes stories for young people that are fast-paced, funny, and often a little bit quirky. Simon’s first picture book, Louie the Pirate Chef, was awarded a place in the International Youth Library’s prestigious White Ravens Catalogue. Since then he has published another picture book and several extremely popular junior novels. His most recent novel is Tough Times, a critically acclaimed historical adventure for middle-graders. An accomplished presenter, Simon visits countless primary schools and libraries to deliver his funny, engaging talks and workshops to children of all ages. He has been a guest of some of Australia’s best-known literature festivals, including the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Somerset Celebration of Literature.
Josephine Moon is the internationally bestselling author of The Tea Chest, which was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer at the 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards. The Chocolate Promise is her second novel.
She was born in Brisbane, Australia, but has recently achieved her lifelong dream of moving to acreage on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, where she is a short drive to the beach, and lives with her husband and young son, seven horses, two goats, two dogs and three cats. She is resisting the urge to have chickens but knows it is only a matter of time before she caves in.
Peter Moore is an itinerant hobo who is lucky enough to be able to support his insatiable travel habit through writing. Author of the bestselling No Shitting in the Toilet, which grew from his award-winning website of the same name, as well as The Wrong Way Home, The Full Montezuma and Swahili for the Brokenhearted, Peter is the voice of independent travel in both Australia and the UK. Vroom With A View (Transworld UK and Australia) was published in 2003 and its sequel, Vroom by the Sea was published in November 2007. He is currently writing a travel memoir about his part-time home, England entitled Blimey!
Anne has taught in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and China. She has also worked as a professional actor, journalist and freelance writer and is a published and prizewinning poet. Random House Australia published her 'Captain Clawback' Series, Captain Clawback and the Red Herring, Captain Clawback: the One and Only and Captain Clawback and the Ghostly Galleon. www.annemorgan.com.au
Lara Morgan grew up in the hills outside Perth, Western Australia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English. In between satisfying her travel addiction, she has worked as a waitress, arts project manager and editor. She won the Australian Women’s Weekly Short Story competition and is the author of the adult fantasy series 'The Twins of Saranthium' and the 'Rosie Black Chronicles', beginning with Genesis (Walker Books).
Paul Morgan was born in London and educated at the University of Wales, where he studied philosophy and English. He lives in Melbourne and is the Deputy Director of SANE Australia, the mental health charity. He is the author of two acclaimed literary novels, The Pelagius Book and Turner’s Paintbox, published by Penguin.
Jaclyn Moriarty is the prize-winning, best-selling author of novels for young adults and adults including Feeling Sorry for Celia and The Year of Secret Assignments. Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, lived in England, the US, and Canada, and now lives in Sydney again. She is very fond of chocolate, blueberries, and sleep.
Her latest novel, A Corner of White was published by Pan Macmillan (Australia) in 2012 to great acclaim and in April 2013 by Scholastic (USA). It has already received a Kirkus starred review.
Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies. Film rights to What Alice Forgot have been pre-empted by Sony TriStar with the director of The Devil Wears Prada and the screenwriter of If I Stay attached. The Husband’s Secret has sold over three million copies worldwide, was a no. 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013, and is set to be translated into over 40 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights. With the launch of her most recent novel, Big Little Lies, which has sold over one million copies in the US alone, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Film and television rights have been acquired by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon who will both take roles in the production. Writing as L.M.Moriarty, Liane has also written a children’s book series, The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.
Nicola Moriarty is a 29-year-old student, mother, swimming teacher and now writer who lives in Sydney’s North West. She has been an actress, a (terrible) waitress, an (equally terrible) bartender in a London pub, a marketing coordinator and a door-to-door sales person. She is currently on leave from her job as a swimming teacher to look after her four-month-old daughter and studying part time to become a high school English and Drama teacher. Free Falling, her first novel, was published by Random House in February 2012. Her follow-up, Paper Chains, was published in 2013.
Born in Tasmania, Ros Moriarty studied at the Australian National University, where she gained a BA in French and Linguistics, and an A.Mus.A in piano. In 1983 Ros co-founded Balarinji Studio, Australia’s leading indigenous art and design group, with Aboriginal husband John. Balarinji has grown from a kitchen-table operation to an international consultancy working in Australia, Japan, and the USA and Balarinji art is held in leading galleries around the world. Ros has been inducted to the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame and won the 2015 Business Enterprise category of the Financial Review/Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence.’ She is the author of Listening to Country, a memoir about her friendship with the Indigenous women of Boorooloola, shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and the Human Rights Awards. Ros founded the Indi-Kindi pre-literacy program and has written a series of Balarinji picture books, including Kangaroos Hop, Splosh for the Billabong, Ten Scared Fish and Summer Rain.
Zoë Morrison has a DPhil in Human Geography from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar, before working as a college lecturer. Her research work has included the fields of gendered violence and social justice. She also studied piano performance at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music. She lives in Melbourne.
- Music and Freedom (Penguin Random House, 2016) Commended for the Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript; Shortlisted for Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2016
Andrew Mueller is an Australian-born, London-based author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a Contributing Editor at Monocle, and regularly presents programmes on its radio arm, ‘Monocle 24’. He is the author of three non-fiction books: Rock & Hard Places, I Wouldn’t Start From Here and It’s Too Late To Die Young Now. He is also at least partially responsible for three albums: two with his noisy country band The Blazing Zoos (“I’ll Leave Quietly”, “Chocks Away”) and one (“The North Sea Scrolls”) in collaboration with Luke Haines and Cathal Coughlan. He has reported from more than 80 countries, and only been deported from one of them.
David Mulligan’s poetry is published in Australia, the United States and China and his short stories in literary magazines and anthologies have won numerous awards. His children’s picture book The Moon’s Gift, has been highly acclaimed. His first work of junior fiction, Angels of Kokoda is a riveting novel based on Australian battles along the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea during World War II (Hachette, 2006). Heroes of Tobruk (Scholastic) was published in March 2008.
Kiwi born and Melbourne based, Meg Mundell has been working as a writer, researcher and freelance journalist for 12 years. Her critically acclaimed first novel, Black Glass (Scribe, 2011), was highly commended in the Barbara Jefferis Award 2012, won the DJ O’Hearn Memorial Prize 2007, and was shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards 2011, the Norma K Hemming Award 2012, the Chronos Award 2012 and the Scribe/CAL Fiction Prize 2010.
Meg spent four years as deputy editor and staff writer at The Big Issue magazine, and her writing has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Australian Book Review, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Sleepers Almanac, Eureka Street, The Monthly, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Times and Design Quarterly. Meg is now working on a PhD about literary sense of place, and a non-fiction memoir, Angel Gear, about outback trucking and road lore.
Sally Murphy is a mother, wife, teacher, speaker, website manager, reviewer, and is the author of 28 books. She was born in Perth and now lives in Corrigin, in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. Her first illustrated verse novel with Walker Books Australia, Pearl Verses the World (illustrated by Heather Potter) won the children’s book category for the Indie Book of the Year awards, 2009 ; was awarded Honour Book in the Younger Readers category, Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2010; and won the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2010, Best Book for Language Development, Upper Primary (8-12 years). Toppling (illustrated by Rhian Nest James) has won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, Children’s Book – Mary Ryan’s Award, 2010; and been short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Upper Primary category, 2010.
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Ruby J. Murray has a background in environmental politics, gender, and international development, and writes regularly for Australian magazines, journals and newspapers. Her short fiction has appeared in publications including The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, Harvest, and Scribe’s New Australian Voices. Ruby’s first novel, Running Dogs, is based in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Ruby worked in public information for an international development agency from 2009-2010. The manuscript was funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, and Arts Victoria. Ruby is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
With a writing career spanning over twenty years, Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer and best-selling children’s author. Her 16 books include 'The Sun Sword Trilogy', a fantasy-adventure series for boys and girls aged 8 to 12 published by Random House. Her time-slip books – The Locket of Dreams, The Ruby Talisman, The Forgotten Pearl, and The Ivory Rose – have been shortlisted for various awards, including KOALAs (2011 and 2012), CBCA Notable List and highly commended in the PM’s Literary Awards. Her latest book, The River Charm, to be published in June 2013 is based on the thrilling adventures of her ancestors.
For younger readers (aged 6 to 9) Belinda has a new 'Lulu Bell' series, about friends, family, animals and adventures growing up in a vet hospital. The first six books in this series will be published progressively by Random House between June 2013 and January 2014.
Belinda is currently working on further books in the 'Lulu Bell' series, as well as a new time slip The Silver Star for publication in 2014.
Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He is a former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released three hip hop albums, two poetry books (including Parang), appeared on ABC’s Q&A, and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His first novel, Here Come the Dogs, was published in August 2014, and has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015. He is currently working on a play.