Mark’s had a varied working life – bookmaker’s clerk, Doctor in emergency departments, journalist with The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald, member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal, writer and teacher of writing. He has five children and has lived in Sydney all his life. He has written a number of non-fiction books in the area of health and has had poetry published. His first novel The Dickinson Papers was published by Random House in 2006. He is working on a book about Alzheimer’s disease which Pan Macmillan will publish in 2012.
Erina Redden was a foreign correspondent with the ABC before having her first child. She now trains people in communication skills and is the author of Baby Daze: Becoming a Mother and Staying You (Hodder). Her first novel Lila’s Secret was published by Random House in September 2007. She is currently working on a new humorous novel entitled The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Travel.
Naldo’s memoir, Resistance: a Childhood Fighting For East Timor was published by UQP . This book spans from 1972 to 2002 in East Timor which was the period of Indonesian invasion and military occupation, culminating in independence. It tells the story of the author’s family who were deeply involved in the local resistance movement, Fretilin, and the author’s subsequent struggle for freedom. His story is both a personal account of his very difficult life as a child soldier and a record of the struggle from the inside.
Graham Reilly was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to Australia with his family. He currently lives in Melbourne and has also lived for extensive periods in England and Vietnam. He has worked as a cook, a truck washer, and a maintenance man in an abattoir, but mainly as a journalist and mostly at The Age. His first novel, Saigon Tea, was followed by Sweet Time (Hodder). Five Oranges (Hodder) was published in March 2005. Five Oranges was short-listed for Crime Fiction in the Ned Kelly Crime Awards.
Ros Reines is the author of two novels, The Social Diary and Gossip, but she is probably better known as the long serving gossip queen of The Sunday Telegraph. A former music journalist in London, returning to Sydney in the early eighties she worked for several newspapers including The Sydney Morning Herald where she covered everything from the lifestyle section to state politics. It was around that time in 1985 that she was sent by Good Weekend to interview the late Zara Powell, who was then the madam of A Touch Of Class – at the time Sydney’s most fascinating bordello. This cover story lead to a Penguin book deal in collaboration with Zara Powell when she penned Memories Of A Touch Of Class. Leaving the ‘Herald’ to write the book, Ros next signed on to write features for Mode Magazines – at that time one of the most interesting fashion magazines published by Consolidated Press. She became a gossip columnist shortly after the birth of her son, working first for The Sun Herald before being poached by The Sunday Telegraph in ’96. She is currently working on the sequel to The Social Diary. Ros lives in Bondi.
Mother, foodie, writer, failed public servant, sometime gardener, recipe writer and extremely good cook… When Sandra Reynolds found herself without a job in February 2010 she quickly discovered that she and her family were expected to survive on what seemed to be an impossibly low food budget. Sandra had to completely rethink her approach to cooking and shopping. A couple of whinges on Facebook blossomed into a hugely successful blog, The $120 Food Challenge, which evolved into a small business. Sandra now lives and cooks in Melbourne, and continues to share nutritious, budget-priced family recipes on the blog.
Sarah Rhodes has been a professional photographer since 1995. She established her career in Tasmania and London before joining News Ltd in 2003. Sarah is now working freelance in Sydney. Her first book, The Artist’s Lunch, was published by Murdoch Books in 2008.
Mari Rhydwen was raised in North Wales and has lived in Cambridge, London, Japan and Australia. Her book Slow Travel – about selling up, buying a yacht and sailing away – was published by Allen and Unwin.
Tohby Riddle studied both art and architecture before becoming a writer and illustrator. He is the author/illustrator of The Great Escape from City Zoo, The Singing Hat, The Tip at the End of the Street, Fifty Fairies You Ought to Know About and The Royal Guest. Tohby’s cartoons have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Stay in Touch’ column and the Good Weekend. His illustrations, articles and other writings feature monthly in the NSW School Magazine where he is an editor. He has also had published two collections of his cartoons, What’s the Big Idea and Pink Freud. picture books Nobody Owns the Moon were published in 2008, and My Uncle’s Donkey in 2010. Forthcoming is a follow up to the very successful Word Spy written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Tohby, and a new picture book called Chiarscuro.
Sally Rippin is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the well-loved 'Billie B Brown' series, published by Hardie Grant Egmont, which became the highest selling series for 6-8 year olds within its first year of release. Since then, the 'Billie' books have gone on to be shortlisted for many awards including the Australian Book Industry awards and numerous children’s choice awards, and have sold into several territories overseas.
Sally is currently working on the companion series 'Hey Jack!' as well a spin-off series for older 'Billie B Brown' fans, titled 'Billie B Mysteries'. As well as her series work for younger readers, in 2013, Sally will publish four books with Penguin in the historical 'Our Australian Girl' fiction series for upper primary.
Other novels Sally has written include the highly acclaimed Angel Creek, published by Text and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Awards in 2012, as well as the CBCA Notable YA novel Chenxi and the Foreigner. Many books Sally has illustrated have also received awards including Martine Murray’s Mannie and the Long Brave Day, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Prime Minister’s Awards and David Metzenthen’s The Rainbirds, which was a CBCA Honour Book in 2007.
Debbie is a teacher based in the NSW Southern Highlands and has initiated creative writing classes within programs for gifted and talented students in the Southern Highlands, with some of her students going on to win major writing awards. In 2004, Australia Day Award recipient Donna Carson requested Debbie write her biography, and Debbie began background research for this project, completing the work in 2006. Judas Kisses was published by Hardie Grant in 2007.
Hannah Robert is a lecturer in law at La Trobe Law School. She writes about legal parentage, law and pregnancy, family law, feminism, colonial legal history and her own babies, living and dead. Her book, Paved with Good Intentions: Terra Nullius, Aboriginal Land Rights and Settler-Colonial Law, was published by Halstead Press in 2016, and gives a legal history of colonial understandings and misunderstandings of Aboriginal rights in land during the early colonisation of South Australia and Victoria. Her writing has appeared in The Conversation, the Journal of Law and Medicine, the Australian Feminist Law Journal, Good Weekend, the NSW HSC English Curriculum and edited collections.
Before joining La Trobe Law School, she taught at Melbourne University, Newcastle University and practiced in commercial litigation in two Sydney law firms. In December 2009, when Hannah was 34 weeks pregnant with her first child, a dangerous driver knocked a 4WD into the path of her car, killing her daughter in utero. Aside from writing her way through the trauma and grief of the accident, Hannah is completing a PhD on misattributed paternity and legal understandings of parentage. She lives in Melbourne with her son and photos of her daughter, and aspires to own a tiny dog.
- Paved with Good Intentions: Terra Nullius, Aboriginal Land Rights and Settler-Colonial Law (Halstead Press, 2016)
Fiona Roberton was born in Oxford and studied art and design in London and New York. She has kept the wolf from the door for a number of years by working as a designer, but has since befriended the wolf, and has it to tea on Tuesdays. Sometimes, they go out. Her children’s picture books include Porkchop & Mouse, which was was inspired by her love of cakes, holidays, and her inability to share; and Wanted: The Perfect Pet, which was inspired by her love of dogs, ducks and disguises. She is working on a new book called Cuckoo, to be published by Penguin.
Marion Roberts is a professional creative and technical writer residing in Melbourne. Her quirky and whimsical first junior novel, Sunny Side Up, was published in Australia (Allen and Unwin), the UK (Catnip) and the US (Random House). Her second novel, Mostly Sunny with A Chance of Storms was also published by Allen and Unwin. Marion is currently working on a YA crime thriller Cry Blue Murder – co-authored with Kim Kane and set for publication by UQP in 2013. Among her broad academic pursuits Marion studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne.
Brian Robertson was born in Scotland, starting adult life as a farm worker at the age of 14 years. He served in the first battalion The Gordon Highlanders and then returned to learning, gaining an honours degree in science. He taught secondary school children science for a bit before joining the first curriculum development centre in Scotland. This is where he started to learn to write. He worked at curriculum development in Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Southern Africa and in the Solomon Islands.
Since retiring he has authored or co-authored 26 textbooks for Pearson Education Australia ranging from a series of custom tales for early readers to agriculture and science books for secondary schools. More recently he and David Barrett, an ex-POW of the Japanese in WW2 completed David’s biography – Digger’s Story, published by Five Mile Press.
Claire Robertson is a writer and illustrator. She lived in Australia until 2010 when she uprooted with her young family and moved to a small island off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Her vegetable garden has a view of the mountains, islands and calm blue seas while her tiny studio looks out into a forest full of evergreens. Her popular blog Loobylu.com has won numerous awards and accolades. Her previous illustration clients have included Scholastic Inc, Cambridge University Press, The New York Public Library, Chirp Magazine, ABC Online, NaNoWriMo and Klutz Books. Claire illustrates the bestselling mystery/comedy series 'Truly Tan', written by Jen Storer. The series includes Truly Tan, Truly Tan: Spooked!, Truly Tan: Jinxed!, chosen as a Notable Book for Younger Readers, Children’s Book Council Awards, and Truly Tan: Freaked! to be published late 2014.
Mikey spent seven years behind the microphone as host of Triple J’s National breakfast show before becoming a team leader and audience favourite on the iconic Good News Week and its various franchises. On radio, Mikey’s also featured on prime time shifts for Triple M and vega and is a regular on Sydney 702‘s TGIF show with Richard Glover. His other television appearances include The Jesters, ABC’s Q&A and he has had regular guest spots on Sunrise, Spicks and Specks, The Fat and Paul Murray Live on Sky News. Mikey has co-authored two books and been a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and GQ and has written for several publications including Men’s Style and Selector magazine. Mikey’s career began after graduating from Newcastle University and joining the cabaret group The Castanet Club. Last year he performed at the Sydney Opera House appearing in Celebrity Autobiography.
Julia Rollings is a freelance writer and author. She has had feature articles published in various Australian and international newspapers and some of her contributions have been included in anthologies on adoption. Julia’s heart-warming, heart-breaking memoir about her adopted children, Love Our Way was published by HarperCollins Publishers.
Kenneth Ross’s most acclaimed play, Breaker Morant, was made into a film of the same name and received a Palm d’ Or for best feature at Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination for Best Script. He has had seven other plays performed – two referred to as Australian classics and has three feature films to his name, along with TV dramas. He has also published short stories and has been twice nominated for the Australian Writers Guild Award. Right now he is completing a novel.
Jessica Rowe is a broadcaster and writer who in a career spanning twenty years has worked at all the major Australian commercial television networks. She is co-author of the bestselling book The Best of Times, The Worst of Times with her mother, Penelope Rowe. Jessica has been a long-time campaigner for mental-health issues and is patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia and an ambassador for beyondblue. She lives in Sydney with her husband, their two young daughters and their grey cat, Alfie. www.jessicarowe.com.au
Penelope Rowe has worked as a teacher in secondary schools and adult education, journalist, Opera House guide, sales rep and writer/presenter for ABC radio and SBS television. She is the author of the acclaimed novels Dance for the Ducks, Tiger Country, Unacceptable Behaviour, Blood Songs and Disreputable People. Penelope co-authored The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, a book about her experience with Bipolar disorder with her daughter, television presenter Jessica Rowe. Their book was published by Allen & Unwin in 2005.
Bernadette Rowley is an author of fantasy romance who grew up on rural properties on the Sunshine Coast. Her teenage years were spent training her beloved horses, reading the fantasy stories of Tolkien, Brooks and Eddings and dreaming of becoming a vet. She graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science First Class Honours in 1987 and bought her own practice at Bli Bli 2 ½ years later. After the sale of the practice, Bernadette her husband and their three small boys spent an idyllic nine years on a topical fruit farm at Yandina. She rediscovered her need to write 17 years ago after a goal setting workshop, moving through picture books, junior fiction and finally to science fiction and fantasy romance. Bernadette works part time as a vet, allowing her five days a week for her passion: writing. She now lives in Townsville with her husband of 27 years, their youngest son and Slippers the cat. Her other interests are reading, singing, cricket and music.
Katie Rowney’s debut novel Front Page News will be published by Penguin Random House. A former journalist, she now works in communications and owns far too much china. She grew up on Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, and only made it as far as the big smoke of Brisbane city before settling down with her husband Magnus, two dogs and two cats.
Pamela Rushby has written over eighty children’s books, and has also worked in screenwriting, film production, advertising and journalism. She is passionately interested in children’s books and television, ancient history and Middle Eastern food. Millions of Mummies, a YA novel, was published by John Wiley and When The Hipchicks Go to War, which won the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult Fiction at NSW Premiers Awards 2010, was published by Hachette Australia. HarperCollins published The Horses Didn’t Come Home, her latest novel, in 2012.
Robyn is author of bestselling: Gluten Free and Easy and More Gluten Free and Easy. A coeliac for 10 years and passionate cook for nine, her motto is, ‘use the best ingredients available and keep the preparation as simple as possible’.