Penelope Sach is Australia’s leading practitioner of naturopathic, homeopathic and herbal medicine. She runs a successful clinic in Sydney and produces her own range of organically grown herbal teas. Her books include, Healing and Cleansing with Herbal Tea, Natural Woman, Detox, The Little Book of Wellbeing, Take Care of Yourself, Natural Men’s Health and Natural Children’s Health (all published by Penguin). Her latest, Natural Nourishing Recipes, was published in 2006.
Kerri Sackville began her career as a child actor in the 80’s, until her ambitions were thwarted by bad acting and significant weight gain. Happily for all, she turned instead to writing. Kerri’s highly successful blog Life And Other Crises (at kerrisackville.com) details the daily dramas of her life as a 40-something working mum and chaos wrangler. She also writes extensively for mainstream media and online publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age, The Telegraph, Sunday Life magazine, Mamamia.com and Practical Parenting.
Kerri’s first book When My Husband Does The Dishes... (published by Random House Australia and The Robson Press UK) is a funny, honest expose of what marriage looks like after 150 years of togetherness and three children. Her second book The Little Book Of Anxiety – Confessions From A Worried Life (also Random House & Robson) is a highly personal account of living with an anxiety disorder.
Kerri appears regularly on the speaking circuit, and as a commentator on television and radio. She teaches social media at the Australian Writers Centre and is hopelessly devoted to Twitter and Facebook.
Sue Saliba is the author of two books of fiction: the Young Adult novel, Watching Seagulls which was a CBCA Notable Australian Children’s Book and the book for younger readers, The Skin of A Star. She has also published poetry and short stories, the most recent appearing in Hecate. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Melbourne University, has worked as a secondary school English teacher and now teaches Novel Writing part –time at RMIT University. Penguin Books published something in the world called love in 2009 and most recently, Alaska, 2011.
Sally Sara is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the ABC. She recently spent five years living and working in Africa. Sally has reported from more than 25 countries including Iraq, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa. She was appointed as the ABC’s Africa correspondent at the age of 29. Sally’s first book Gogo Mama profiles the lives of 12 women across Africa and was published by Pan Macmillan in mid 2007. She is currently writing a book about inspirational women in Asia.
Stephen Scheding is a psychologist who researches and writes about Australian art. He is the author of A Small Unsigned Painting and The National Picture and is working on My Friend W and the Meaning of Art as well as writing and illustrating three children’s books.
Katherine Scholes was born in Tanzania, the daughter of a missionary doctor and an artist. She has fond memories of going on safaris to remote areas where her father operated a clinic from his Land Rover. When she was ten the family left Tanzania, going first to England, then migrating to Australia. She now lives in Tasmania but makes regular trips back to Africa where many of her books are set.
She is the author of international bestsellers including The Rain Queen, Make Me An Idol, The Stone Angel, The Hunter's Wife and The Lioness. She is particularly popular in Europe where she has sold over two million books.
Her novel The Blue Chameleon won a New South Wales State Literary Award and The Stone Angel was longlisted in the International Dublin Literary Awards. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages, and includes children’s titles as well as novels for adults. She has also worked as a documentary filmmaker.
Rosie Scott is the author of nine acclaimed books: six novels including Glory Days and Faith Singer, three collections of short stories, poetry and essays. Her award-winning play inspired a successful feature film. She has been published widely internationally and short-listed for numerous awards. She is on the executive of the Australian Society of Authors and is Vice-President of Sydney PEN. Her latest book is a memoir entitled Family Love.
Jennifer Scoullar lives with her family on a rural property in West Gippsland. Her house is on a hilltop, overlooking valleys of messmate and mountain ash. She grew up on the books of Elyne Mitchell, and all her life she’s ridden and bred horses, in particular Australian stock horses. Jennifer’s novels include Wasp Season (Sid Harta), Brumby’s Run, Currawong Creek, Billabong Bend, Turtle Reef and Journey’s End (Penguin Random House). Currawong Creek was a finalist in the 2014 RUBY (Romantic Elements) Award.
- Wasp Season (Temple House, 2008)
- Brumby's Run (Penguin, 2013)
- Currawong Creek (Penguin, 2013) Finalist: Romance Writers of Australia, Romantic Book of the Year Award for Romantic Elements
- Billabong Bend (Penguin, 2014)
- Turtle Reef (Penguin, 2015)
- Journey's End (Penguin, 2016)
Bronwyn Searle has illustrated several picture books, including Follow Me (Scholastic), written by her husband Rick Searle.
Rick Searle has been writing for a living for over thirty years. He developed the internationally successful children’s television mini-series, Butterfly Island. He has been freelance ever since, writing, producing and directing award-winning film, video and multi-media for both adult and young audiences – as well as writing picture books.
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Born in Sri Lanka, Graham joined the Royal Navy from Cambridge University. Migrating to Australia, he joined the Royal Australian Navy before taking up a second career in corporate finance and settled in Sydney. His ‘planet-stomping’ space opera series, Books 1-4 of 'Helfort’s War', are published by Del Rey (Random House US).
Richard Shears is the author of more than twenty books covering such topics as the Azaria Chamberlain case; the life of Devi, the Indian Bandit Queen; and the sinking of Greenpeace’s boat the Rainbow Warrior.
Ann Shenfield is an internationally acclaimed animation filmmaker whose films have been shown at festivals including the Official Competition at Berlin in 2000. She has lectured in animation at the Victorian College of the Arts and in 2006 was the recipient of an ASA Mentorship for picture book writers and illustrators. Ann Shenfield’s first picture book for children, Scribble Sunset, was published by Hachette Livre Australia. She has also received a number of poetry awards, and is the author of You Can Get Only So Close On Google Earth.
Tamara Sheward is a writer for jmag, triple j’s magazine, and is the author and editor of a number of books for kids and adults, including Bad Karma: Confessions of a Restless Traveller in Southeast Asia, Your Mother Would be Proud, the 'Little Aussie' series (The Little Aussie Alphabet Book, The Little Aussie Numbers Book and The Little Aussie Opposites Book) and 101 Suduko for Kids, and was editor of the War Child anthology Kids Night In 3 (Penguin 2010). She also features in the Lonely Planet National Geographic series Road Less Travelled.
Russell is contributing editor for The Age. A former deputy editor and Japan correspondent for the paper, he has worked in senior editing and foreign correspondent positions at Fairfax, News Limited and the ABC where he was executive producer of the 7.30 Report. An award winning journalist, he was a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University in the US and has been regularly reporting on indigenous issues since 2005. Last year he won a United Nations award and a Quill Award he was also a Walkley Award Finalist for his reporting of corruption in Papunya. Russell lives in Sydney, has three children and is married to ABC broadcaster Virginia Trioli. His non-fiction book about Papunya, King Brown Country, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2010.
David Smiedt’s first book Boom Boom: 100 Years of Australian Comedy (Penguin) was co-written with Rob Johnson. His memoir Are We There Yet? Chasing a childhood through South Africa was published by UQP in 2004 and by Ebury Press in the UK and was followed by From Russia with Lunch. David has a regular column with The Sun Herald and is an occasional stand-up comedian.
Roff Smith is an expatriate American based in Australia. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Age, Time and National Geographic. He is the author of Cold Beer and Crocodiles: A Bicycle Journey into Australia. Life on the Ice about visiting Antarctica was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin and in the US and Germany by National Geographic Books.
Katie Spiers trained as a yoga teacher in London, the USA and India. She used to manage the biggest yoga centre in Europe, and has now opened her own yoga studio in Sydney. As well as teaching and writing about yoga, she also writes on the broader subject of natural health. Spiritual Survival & The City was published by Hardie Grant in 2004 and has also been recently published in Germany.
Peter Stanley, a Research Professor at UNSW Canberra, has published 28 books, mainly in Australian military-social history, though he has also published in British imperial military history, battlefield research, medical history and bushfires (Black Saturday at Steels Creek). His 'Great War' books include Men of Mont St Quentin, Lost Boys of Anzac and Die in Battle, Do Not Despair: The Indians on Gallipoli, 1915. His book Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Murder, Mutiny and the Australian Imperial Force was jointly awarded the 2011 Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. Peter is well-known for his television and radio appearances and for his outspoken involvement in representing history as President of Honest History. He has recently been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and also writes historical fiction.
Rebecca Starford is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and publisher. She has worked previously at Australian Book Review and Affirm Press, and she is currently an editor at Text Publishing. She writes regularly for The Age, The Australian and The Guardian Australia. In 2010, she co-founded Kill Your Darlings where she is now publishing director. Her debut memoir, Bad Behaviour, will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2015.
Meg Stewart, the daughter of poet Douglas Stewart and artist Margaret Coen, has written both fiction and non-fiction and is the author of the prize-winning, best-selling biography of Margaret Olley, Far From A Still Life. Meg initially trained as a documentary filmmaker at Film Australia and went on to direct a number of films both there and independently. Among the independent documentaries she directed was an impressionistic study of Australian writer Eve Langley, titled She’s My Sister. She also wrote and directed a fifty minute, prize-winning fiction film, Last Breakfast in Paradise. During this same period she put together a number of arts documentaries for ABC radio about Sydney’s artistic and bohemian life of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. She has been a freelance contributor to various newspapers, including the National Times, Sydney Morning Herald and Good Weekend magazine. Her account of her mother’s life, Autobiography of My Mother was published to acclaim in 1985. In 1993 she was the first Nancy Keesing Fellow at the State Library of NSW and as a result of this edited The Woman I Am, a collection of Keesing’s poetry. In the last ten years she has had two novels published, as well as the Olley biography and a revised and extended version of Autobiography of My Mother.
Jen Storer has written many books for children, including the best-selling ‘Truly Tan’ series (illustrated by Claire Robertson), the ‘Crystal Bay’ series and the ‘Danny Best’ series (illustrated by Mitch Vane). Jen is the author of various children’s fantasy novels, including Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, The Accidental Princess (illustrated by Linda Masciullo) and The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack (illustrated by Lucinda Gifford). Jen is also a picture book creator.
- I Hate Sport (Puffin, 2004)
- Sing, Pepi, Sing! (Penguin, 2006)
- Truly Tan: The Mystery of the Purple Haunt (Puffin, 2008) Shortlisted, 2013 Davitt Award, Best Young Adult Book
- Truly Tan: Tan Callahan's Secert Spy Files (Puffin, 2008)
- Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children (Penguin, 2009) Shortlisted, 2009 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Children Division, Best Children's (8-12 Years) Novel; 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Children's Fiction; 2010 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards: Book of the Year for Young Readers
- Haggis McGregor and the Night of the Skull Moon (Penguin, 2010) Shortlisted, 2010 Aurealis Awards for Excelence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Children's Division, Told Primarily through Words
- The Accidental Princess (Penguin, 2011)
- Norman Does Nothing (Puffin, 2011)
- Truly Tan: Jinxed! (ABC Books, 2013) Shortlisted, 2014 Davitt Award, Best Children's Novel
- Truly Tan: Spooked! (HarperCollins, 2013) Winner, 2014 Davitt Award, Best Children's Novel
- Chrystal Bay: Quincy Jordan (Penguin, 2014)
- Chrystal Bay: Romy Bright (Penguin, 2014)
- Truly Tan: Freaked! (ABC Books, 2014) Shortlisted, 2015 Davitt Award, Best Children's Novel; 2015 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, 8 to 10 Years
- The Fourteenth Sunner of Angus Jack (ABC Books, 2015) Notable Book, 2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards
- Danny Best: Full On (ABC Books, 2015)
- Blue the Builder's Dog Illustrated by Andrew Joyner (Penguin, 2016)
- Clarrie's Pig Day Out Illustrated by Sue deGennaro (HarperCollins, 2016)
- Truly Tan: Hoodwinked! (HarperCollins, 2016)
- Danny Best: Never Wrong (ABC Books, 2016)
Since founding the Melksham and District Film School in 1958 at the age of 19 David Stratton has dedicated his life to film becoming the Director of The Sydney Film Festival from 1966 – 1983 and co-hosting The Movie Show (SBS) and At the Movies (ABC) with Margaret Pomeranz since 1986. David is also a regular film critic for The Australian and has also contributed to Variety, The Age, The Bulletin, The Sydney Morning Herald and Sight and Sound (UK). He is the author of The Last New Wave and The Avocado Plantation. His memoir I Peed on Fellini was published by Random House in 2008.
A practising physiotherapist for 35 years in Sydney, Juju Sundin conducts labour pain management programs for pregnant women. She has been a principal trainer for the Childbirth Education Association and the Australian Physiotherapy Association, training other health professionals in her cutting-edge methods in dealing with labour, fear and pain. A past Chairperson of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Women’s Health Group, she has been a regular contributor to a range of parenting and women’s magazines. Inspired by two difficult birth experiences of her own 30 years ago, Juju is passionate about educating and empowering women during childbirth. Allen & Unwin published Birth Skills, which Juju wrote with Sarah Murdoch, in 2007.
Beverley Sutherland-Smith has written a wide range of cookbooks and regularly contributes to magazines such as New Idea.
Cherie Sutherland is an expert on near-death experiences and the author of the bestsellers Transformed by the Light and Children of the Light. She lives and writes on the north coast of New South Wales and teaches throughout Australia.