Catherine has been a journalist since 1988. She took up a cadetship with News Limited and worked on theDaily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and The Australian. She has lived all over the world including Vietnam and most recently Beirut where she based herself as a freelance writer, reporting extensively across the Middle East from Syria to Iran and Libya to Saudi Arabia. Her work has also appeared in Marie Claire, The Globe and Mail. Her first full length work of non-fiction Once Upon A Time In Beirut was published by Random House in 2007.
Born in Canberra, Katie J Taylor attended Radford College, where she wrote her first novel, The Land of Bad Fantasy, which was published in 2006. She studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of Canberra, and graduated in 2007 before going on to do a Graduate Certificate in Editing in 2008. 'The Fallen Moon' trilogy was published by Voyager in 2010; Book 1 in her latest, 'Risen Sun' trilogy: The Shadow’s Heir, was published in 2011; Book 2: The Shadowed Throne followed in April 2013. www.kjtaylor.com
Ross Terrill is an award-winning Australian writer and historian who teaches at Harvard University in the US. One of the world’s leading authorities on China, he returns regularly to Australia to lecture at Monash University and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His books about China have received international acclaim and include Mao; 800,000,000: The Real China; and The White-boned Demon; A Biography of Madame Mao Zedong.
John Tesarsch was born and raised in Melbourne. He has degrees in law and musicology, and has worked as a barrister and a solicitor. For some years he lived in Vienna, where he pursued a career as a musician before he turned to writing. After travelling widely he returned to Melbourne, where he now lives with his wife and two young children. His debut novel, The Philanthropist, was published in 2010.
Brian Thacker is the author of several travel titles, including The Naked Man Festival and I’m Not Eating Any of That Foreign Muck (Allen & Unwin) which was published in 2005. Where’s Wallis? Travels Without a Guidebook, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2006. Sleeping Around was published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and Eichborn in Germany in 2009. and his latest, Tell Them to Get Lost, was published by Random House.
Claire Thomas has published short stories in various journals, including Meanjin, Island, Overland and Australian Short Stories. She has an Honours degree in English and art history from the University of Melbourne, where she is currently undertaking a PhD. Fugitive Blue, her first novel, was published by Allen and Unwin and was longlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Award, and won the Dobbie Award.
Alison Thompson has been baking since the age of seven, so it was only natural that she chose a career in the kitchen. Alison has worked with the world’s finest pastry chefs in Melbourne and London, such as Philippa Sibley and Mich Turner, and has spent time at the famed Little Venice Cake Company in the UK. She has travelled throughout Europe, carrying out extensive research into the origins and evolution of various cakes, pastries and desserts. Alison now runs her own busy cake-making business in the Yarra Valley, just outside Melbourne, and works as a consultant pastry chef.
In 2010 Alison published her first book, Macaron, celebrating her love affair with the delicate French sweet; this was soon followed by Bake and then Popsicle, an inspiring collection of ice-creams and sorbets. Sweet is Alison’s latest book, in which she shares her all-time favourite dessert recipes.
Alexa Thomson has worked as a web designer and writer for an investment bank in Sydney. She is a freelance writer for various Australian magazines and has written for the San Francisco online magazine Salon.com. Alexa divides her time between Sydney and San Francisco. Her first book Antarctica on a Plate was published by Random House and has been translated into German and French and was published by Summersdale in the UK in 2005.
THREE BLUE DUCKS
Three Blue Ducks is a small, intimate licensed restaurant located a short stroll up the hill from Bronte beach. Three Blue Ducks: a collection of recipes, their story and their philosophy will be published by Plum (Macmillan) in late 2013.
Helen is an award-winning Australian writer, with her poems and essays published in national newspapers and magazines, anthologies and on-line. Promising Azra is her first novel. To support its completion, this project was awarded a mentorship from the NSW Childrens’ Book Council of Australia, as well as two residential fellowships. Her day jobs have included political staffer, public relations consultant, teacher of the Alexander Technique, and business furniture sales and marketing. She has lived in Australia, Brazil and Britain.
Barbara Toner is an Australian writer and journalist who lives between London and the far south coast of New South Wales. She has written twelve books including six novels: Brain Street (1986), The Need To Be Famous (1988), All You Need To Know (1992), An Organised Woman (1998) and Cracking America (2002). All You Need To Know, for which she has written the screenplay is currently being developed by Fandango (Australia). She is working on a manual for Hardie Grant entitled The Complete Guide to Household Management, which was published in 2011.
After a career in non-fiction, radio, film and TV, Helen Townsend now concentrates on fiction writing. She is the author of seven novels, most recently Curably Romantic, which reflect her interest in relationships, working life and perceptions of Australia and Australians. In 2007 Helen had two works published, Under the Starry Frame, a work of historical non-fiction, by Pan Macmillan and Love and Other Fidelities by Harlequin.
Ian Townsend is a journalist with ABC Radio National. He has won a record four national Eureka Prizes for science and medical journalism, as well as an Australian Human Rights Award for journalism. His first novel, Affection, based on the 1900 outbreak of plague, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, the Colin Roderick Award, the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the National Year of Reading, and was long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC award. His second novel, The Devil’s Eye, based on the 1899 Bathurst Bay cyclone, was long listed for the Miles Franklin Award. He is a postgraduate research student in history at the University of Queensland, and lives in Brisbane with his wife, Kirsten MacGregor, and their three daughters.
Sophie Townsend, daughter of well known author, Helen, worked in ABC Radio but is now working with an interactive marketing agency as a copywriter and account manager. She has written two plays for ABC Radio – Embryonics and Blisters and has produced two documentaries for ABC Radio National – one for Hindsight, and one for Radio Eye. In 2004 she co-wrote Loss and Gloss, a two-woman show performed at the Darlinghurst Theatre. Random House published her first novel Misconceptions in 2008 and her second will follow in 2013.
Helen Trinca has been a journalist for 35 years, working at The West Australian, The Australian, the ABC and The Sydney Morning Herald before moving to The Australian Financial Review to set up and edit Boss magazine six years ago. She is co-author of two books Waterfront: The Battle that Changed Australia (Random House 2000) with Anne Davies, which has been made into a telemovie entitled Bastard Boys, and Better Than Sex: How a Whole Generation Got Hooked on Work (Random House 2004) with Catherine Fox.
Christos Tsiolkas’s first novel Loaded created a furore when it was published and was later made into the film Head On. Loaded was followed by Jumpcuts, written with Sasha Soldatow, and his second novel The Jesus Man. Christos co-wrote the collaborative theatre piece Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? which was adapted for a feature film entitled Blessed. Dead Europe was published by Random House and won The Age fiction book of the year in 2006. The Slap was published by Allen & Unwin in 2008 and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Pacific Region), the ASA medal and the NSW Premier’s Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His latest novel, Barracuda, was published in November 2013, and has received great critical acclaim.
Maria Tumarkin was born in the former USSR. Her family immigrated to Australia in 1989. She has written three books of literary non-fiction, with a fourth on the way. Traumascapes (2005), Courage (2007) and Otherland (2010) were shortlisted for major literary prizes and her work on sites of trauma has influenced researchers worldwide. Maria has taught at universities and writing centres, directed video clips, written radio documentaries, contributed catalogue essays for galleries and museums, and collaborated with visual artists, psychologists and public historians. Her work has been published, performed, carved into tiles, and set to music. She holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne and, between 2008 and 2010, was a Post-doctoral Fellow on the international ‘Social Memory and Historical Justice’ project. Maria was a 2013-2014 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow in humanities and lives in Melbourne. In 2015 her essay ‘No Skin’ was shortlisted in the Melbourne Prize for Literature. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.
Elizabeth Tynan is an academic at the James Cook University (JCU) Graduate Research School in Queensland. A former journalist, she has a background in print and electronic media; previously she was a reporter and subeditor at the ABC, and a correspondent for New Scientist magazine. She has also worked as a writer and editor at CSIRO and at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Born in South Australia, she has long been fascinated by Maralinga, and in 2011 completed a PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra on aspects of British nuclear testing in Australia. She is also co-author of the textbooks Media and Journalism: New Approaches to Theory and Practice, now in its third edition, and Communication for Business.