Hugh O’brien grew up on ‘Marree’ Greenethorpe, a sheep and wheat farm just outside Young in the Southern Inlands. After leaving school he spent some time travelling through Europe before joining the Navy as a Clearance Diver. Hugh then set about applying for Special Forces with the Army’s counter-terrorism unit TAG (east) – a secretive team of divers and commandos, with the sole purpose of defending the domestic population from harm post 9-11. Acceptance to this unit was the defining moment of Hugh’s life.
In 2011, Hugh left the Special Forces to pursue a career in private security. Hugh’s personal account of his experiences in the elite TAG (east) unit was published by Random House Australia in 2014.
Mark O’Connor is one of Australia’s best known and most widely read poets, with twelve books published. His poetry celebrates the uniqueness of the Australian environment, for which he has received many prizes, awards and fellowships.
Annie O’Dowd was inspired by holidays on South Stradbroke Island to invent the world of the Seadog. All four books in the 'Seadogs' series; Left Show and the Foundling, Marigold and the Dark, Sea Gem and the Land of Ice and Tumblegrass and the Bushfire; are now available from Pan Macmillan.
Mark O’Rowe is a playwright and film writer whose second play, Howie the Rookie, won the George Devine Award when it premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1999. In 2007 he wrote Terminus, a series of interlocking monologues, which received rave reviews when it opened at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and won a Fringe First when it transferred to the Edinburgh Festival in 2008.
Matt O’Sullivan is a senior journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald and has been writing on the aviation industry for a decade or more. Born in New Zealand, he shifted to Australia in 2000. Prior to that he worked in the UK on The Times and The Independent. His first book is Mayday: How warring egos forced Qantas off course (Penguin, 2015).
Carla Oates has worked as a writer at a variety of magazines. Whilst working as the beauty editor for Sunday Life, she developed an interest in writing stories on natural beauty. She now has her own do-it-yourself beauty column in the Body and Soul section of The Sunday Telegraph. Her first book Feeding Your Skin, the essential modern women’s cosmetic cookbook, was published by Penguin in 2004 and has also been published by Vermillion (Random House) in the UK. Carla is also starting her own organic skincare range, free of chemicals.
Kristina Olsson is the author of the novel In One Skin (2001) and the biography Kilroy Was Here (2005). The China Garden (2009) received the 2010 Barbara Jefferis Award for its empowering depiction of women in society and was also shortlisted for the Kibble Literary Award. Kristina’s memoir, Boy, Lost (UQP, 2013) won a Queensland Literary Award, the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction, the Kibble Literary Award and a Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, as well as being short-listed for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and The Stella Prize.
Kristina’s journalism and non-fiction have been published in The Australian, The Courier-Mail, The Sunday Telegraph and Griffith Review. She has worked extensively as a teacher of creative writing and journalism at tertiary level and in the community, and as an advisor to government. She lives in Brisbane.
ONE HANDED COOKS
One Handed Cooks is a baby and toddler food blog that inspires people to cook beautifully simple, healthy food for their baby, toddler and primary school aged children. The recipes are all quick and easy to make, leaving you one free hand to wipe a nose, give a cuddle, or feed a hungry child. Allie Gaunt, Jessica Beaton and Sarah Buckle are the team behind this well-loved blog and their very first cookbook, Raising a Good Eater, will be published by Penguin in 2016.