Enda Walsh is a playwright and screenwriter who shot to fame when he won both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award in 1997 with his play Disco Pigs. In 2007 and 2008 Enda won Fringe First Awards at two consecutive Edinburgh Festivals for his plays The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom. The former led the Guardian to name him ‘one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre’. Enda’s other plays include Chatroom, Bedbound, Small Things, and his latest Penelope.
War Child is a charity set up to aid children all over the world whose lives have been torn apart by war. Jessica Adams has co-ordinated the publication of several anthologies including Girls Night In, Big Night Out and Kids Night In 1, 2 and 3 to raise money for War Child. A children’s CD was produced in 2004 by Shock Records. Girls Night In 4 and Kids Night In 2 were published in the UK and Australia in 2005. Kids Night In 3 has just been published and Girls Night In: The Collection launched in November 2010.
Dave Warner is the author of six novels and five non-fiction books, including the winner of the 1996 West Australian Premier’s Award for Fiction, City of Light, and most recently his series for girls featuring Charlotte the Starlet. He originally gained national recognition as a musician and songwriter, with 8 albums to his name, but more recently music has been secondary to Dave’s career as a writer for stage, television, feature films, radio and newspapers. He currently has a number of feature scripts in development and has recently completed his series of books for children 'Charlotte and the Starlet'. Dave lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.
Albert Wendt moved to New Zealand from Samoa and is professor of English at the University of Auckland. He has published numerous novels and poems as well as short stories. His latest novel The Mango’s Kiss was published by Random House New Zealand.
James West is a young journalist and radio broadcaster who worked as a ‘foreign expert’ in Beijing from 2005 to 2006. His book Beijing Blur was published by Penguin Books in June 2008.
Michael Whelan was born in far north Queensland and grew up on cattle properties in the Gulf of Carpentaria and in the remote mining town of Mount Isa. He has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Queensland and has worked as a writer, dramatist and musician in a range of professional, community and educational settings.
Michael has written several plays for young people and has recently written a documentary film on the topic of social inclusion for school aged children with autism titled “What are you doing?” (www.whatareyoudoingfilm.com).
His memoir The Other Country: A Father’s Journey with Autism is his first book.
Terry Whidborne has worked in the Brisbane advertising industry for many years, and has bagged many awards for his efforts as a senior Art Director. Over time his interest grew in illustration and stories, and found he was doing high end illustrations for clients like Vogue, Virgin Blue and for many London’s top ad agencies. He decided that his new path was to create illustrations and stories for books, film and animation. Terry co-created the trilogy 'Word Hunters' with Nick Earls, published by UQP. Due to his insomnia, he also has many projects in the works. Terry lives in Brisbane with his wife and two kids.
Dr Danielle White is a social commentator whose first book Sex & Mirrors (working title) will be published by Melbourne University Press. Inspired by Judith Wright’s poem, Naked Girl and Mirror, Danielle has spent the past sixteen years researching both the history and the contemporary meanings of the mirror, and what our use of the mirror reveals about Western culture’s representations of women, men, beauty and vanity. In 2002, she completed her PhD thesis based on extensive contemporary interviews with men and women their relationship with mirrors. Danielle is also Story Consultant/Researcher for Circe Films on the documentary Mirrors funded by Film Victoria and works full-time at The University of Melbourne in Marketing & Communications. Danielle is completing Sex & Mirrors with support from the University of Melbourne’s Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers.
Jessica’s debut novel A Curious Intimacy was published by Penguin in 2007. It won a SMH Best Young Novelist of the Year Award, was short-listed for the Dobbie Award and Western Australia Premier’s Award, and long listed for the international IMPAC award. Her second novel, Entitlement, was released by Penguin in 2012.
She is currently writing a non-fiction work, Rosa’s Ghosts: on reading, writing and deafness, and a third novel, Depths Exceeded. Jessica also has a PhD from the University of London.
Winthrop Professor Andrew Whitehouse is a medical researcher, who also writes about popular science and child development.
Andrew trained as a Speech Pathologist before completing his PhD in Psychology. He has been working at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia, since 2009, having arrived back in Western Australia from the University of Oxford. He is a prolific scientific researcher, having published 60 peer-reviewed articles in the past 5 years. He has also published two books and two internationally-used clinical assessments. His research has garnered worldwide media interest, having been profiled in TIME,The New York Times, CNN, and the BBC among others.
In 2011, he was named a Western Australian Tall Poppy of the Year; in 2012 he was a finalist in the prestigious Eureka Award, and in 2013 was named as ‘one to watch’ in The West Australian’s list of 100 most Influential Western Australians. He currently writes a column on child development for The Conversation and The West Australian.
Sue Whiting started her working life as a primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature. In 2005 Sue left teaching to pursue a career in children’s book publishing and is now Publishing Manager and Senior Commissioning Editor for Walker Books Australia. She is also a successful author who has written numerous books for children and young adults: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA. Her middle grade novel Get a Grip, Cooper Jones was a 2011 CBCA Notable Book, and her picture book, A Swim in the Sea, illustrated by Meredith Thomas, was the Speech Pathologists’ 2014 Book of the Year, 3–5 years category. 2015 will see the US release (Switch/Capstone) of her YA novel, Portraits of Celina, and the Australian release (Walker Books) of her narrative nonfiction picture book, Platypus, illustrated by Mark Jackson, which will be published in the US in 2016 (Candlewick Press).
For the past 15 years Gina Wilkinson has worked as a reporter, correspondent and radio documentary maker for various media. In 2002, Gina put her journalism career on hold to move to Saddam Hussein’s Baghdad with her husband, an aid worker with the UN Children’s Fund. With foreign reporters forbidden to reside in Iraq, Gina gained a unique opportunity to experience the final year of Saddam’s tyrannical rule from the inside. After the fall of Baghdad she was appointed as the ABC’s correspondent in Iraq. Gina is currently writing Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sky, a narrative non-fiction account of love, loss, ambition, and betrayal in Iraq which East Street Publications published in 2007.
Jacquelynne is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and documentary film maker who lives and works in Sydney. Her first book Dream Lovers: Women Who Marry Men Behind Bars explored why women seek out and marry prisoners. She also wrote, produced and directed a television documentary entitled Barred Wives on the same subject. Her second book Conversations in a Brothel; Men tell Why They Do It sold out in Australia after three weeks on the shelves.
Kristin Williamson is the author of The Last Bastion, a political history of World War Two; Princess Kate, a novel for young adults that was made into a telemovie; the best-selling novels Tanglewood and The Jacaranda Years; and Brothers to Us, a biography of the anti-apartheid activist Watson brothers. Her latest book Women on the Rocks is a book of historical fiction published by UQP. Kristin’s biography of her husband, playwright David Williamson was published by Penguin in 2009.
Fleur is a fashion and homewares designer with boutiques and stockists Australia wide. Her collections are also available in the US and Europe. Fleur’s first book, Food, Fashion, Friends was published by Lantern in 2010. Fleur’s follow-up, Food, Fashion, Family will be published in 2014.
Michelle Wright is the author of Fine (Allen & Unwin), the short story collection which was shortlisted in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript. She lives in Eltham, Victoria. Her short stories have won awards from The Age, Alan Marshall, Grace Marion Wilson, Orlando, and Magic Oxygen and have come second in the Bridport Prize, Overland VU Prize, Folio Journal and Orlando Flash Fiction Awards. Michelle is currently writing on her first novel.