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BALDWIN, Suzy

Suzy Baldwin has been a researcher, book editor, editor of Harper’s Bazaar and 24 Hours magazine, and presenter of Sunday Afternoon on ABC TV. As a features writer and book reviewer, she has written for The Australian, The Bulletin, Vogue Australia and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Works

  • Best of Friends (Penguin, 2001)

BARKER-REVELL, Lindel

Lindel Barker-Revell is a writer and games inventor. She has a Masters degree in Applied Science (Social Ecology); her studies focused on feminism, ancient mythology and myths emerging in our time. An educator for over 20 years, Lindel has now turned her attention to writing. Always interested in the esoteric traditions, Lindel has practiced astrology for 17 years and the mystical Tarot for 23 years. In 1989 she co-invented the astrological boardgame, Revelation: The Game of the Future and in 1995 her first book The Tarot and You was published. Time for Tea, Lindel’s most recent book, was published by Allen & Unwin.

Works

  • The Tarot and You (Crescent Books, 1995)
  • The Goddess: Myths and Stories (Smithmark Publishers, 1999)
  • Time for Tea (Allen & Unwin, 2007)

BARNACLE, Helen

Helen Barnacle is a psychologist and ex-prisoner. The best-selling Don’t Let Her See Me Cry – A Mother’s Story is a gripping book about her prison experience, which has been optioned for film.

Works

  • Dont let Her See Me Cry (Transworld, 2000)

BARRETT, Shirley

Shirley Barrett is best known for her work as a screen-writer and director. Shirley Barrett is best known for her work as a screen-writer and director. Shirley’s first film, Love Serenade won the Camera D’Or (Best First Feature) at Cannes Film Festival in 1996. She has been nominated for, and won, numerous awards within Australia for her scripts and has now turned her attention to writing.

Works

  • Cherith (Australian Film Television and Radio School, 1987) Winner: 1988 Australian Film Institute Awards, Best Short Fiction Film, 1988 Sydney Film Festival, Greater Union Awards for Australian Short Fiction Films
  • Love Serenade (Jan Chapman Productions, 1996) Winner: 1996 Camera D’Or (Best First Feature) Cannes Film Festival, Winner: 1996 Best Film - Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain; Shortlisted: 1996 N.S.W.Premier’s Literary Award for Script; Selected for 1997 Opening Night screening at New Directors, New Films, New York
  • Walk The Talk (DreamWorks SKG Pacific Film and Television Commission, 2000)
  • South Solitary (Macgowan and Beneficiary Films Omnilab Media, 2010) Winner: 2009 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for Scripts, 2009 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Premier's Prize, 2010 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Film Script; Shortlisted: 2011 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
  • Rush Oh! (Pan Macmillan, 2015) Shortlisted: 2016 Indie Awards for Debut Fiction, 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards, the Matt Richell New Writer Award; Longlisted: 2016 Women's Prize for Fiction (UK), Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2016 Kibble Literary Awards, Nita May Doobie Award
  • The Bus on Thursday (Allen & Unwin, Forthcoming 2018)

BASHFORD, Taryn

Taryn lives the typical writer’s life with supportive husband, teen children, and characters from her latest book insisting they help make dinner. This can be disconcerting as Jacob is always sticking his fingers in the cheese sauce and Harper can’t cook. From a family of elite athletes and is fascinated by teens that surpass the norm. This is what she likes to explore in her writing, remembering that elite teens have flaws too. No longer an athlete herself, Taryn is an adrenaline junkie and during her last writer’s retreat, found herself dangling on an abseiling rope 2000m from the ground. Taryn has been an English Literature Honours student, an advertising sales rep and a CEO of an internet company, but plans to write inspiring, engaging young adult novels until the day she can no longer type.

Works

BAUM, Greg

Greg Baum is a multi-award winning columnist and feature writer for The Age, where he has covered international cricket, football, soccer, tennis, golf, motor racing and many other sports. He has written on Olympic and Commonwealth Games, two Ashes tours, two cricket World Cups and more than 20 Grand Finals. His front-page newspaper article on Ernest Brough led to the publication of Ern’s amazing true story of his experiences in World War II, Dangerous Days (HarperCollinsPublishers), which Greg co-authored.

Works

  • The Waugh Era (ABC Books, 2004)
  • Dangerous Days with Ernest Brough (HarperCollins, 2010)

BAXTER, Carol

Carol Baxter came to history through genealogy and, accordingly, has a different approach to most academic historians. Her focus is upon narrative history, primarily the story of ordinary individuals who made an extraordinary impact on our world. Her published work has primarily focussed on the area of Australian colonial history. Carol Baxter is an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England and a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists.
www.carolbaxter.com

Works

  • An Irresistible Temptation: The True Story of Jane New and a Colonial Scandal (Allen & Unwin, 2006)
  • Captain Thunderbolt and His Lady: The True Sroey of Bushrangers Fredrick Ward and Mary Ann Bugg (Allen & Unwin, 2011) Shortlisted: 2012 Davitt Award, Best True Crime Book
  • The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable (Allen & Unwin, 2014)
  • Black Widow: The True Story of Australia's First Serial Killer (Allen & Unwin, 2015) Shortlisted: 2012 Davitt Award, Best True Crime Book
  • The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller: An Australian's True Story of Adventure, Danger, Romance and Murder (Allen & Uniwin, 2017)

BAXTER, John

John Baxter is a film critic, novelist, biographer and broadcaster, whose books on the cinema include The Hollywood Exiles, The Cinema of John Ford, and highly praised biographies of Ken Russell, Fellini, Bunuel, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen and Stanley Kubrick. Since moving to Paris, he has written four books of autobiography, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict, We’ll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light, Immoveable feast: a Paris Christmas, and The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: a Pedestrian in Paris. Since 2007 he has been co-director of the annual Paris Writers Workshop.
http://www.johnbaxterparis.com

Works

  • The Pacific Book of Australian Science Fiction (Angus and Robertson, 1968) Shortlisted, 1969 Ditmar Awards, Australian Science Fiction
  • Adam's Woman (Horwitz, 1970)
  • Science Fiction in the Cinema (Tanvity Press, 1970) Winner, 1971 Ditmar Award, Special Award
  • The Cinema of John Ford (Zwemmer, 1971)
  • The Fire Came By: The Riddle of the Great Siberian Explosion (Doubleday, 1976)
  • The Hermes Fall (Simon and Schuster, 1978)
  • The Bidders (Lippincott, 1979)
  • The Kid (Viking, 1981)
  • The Black Yacht (Sevenoaks: New English Library, 1982)
  • The Video Handbook (Fontana, 1982)
  • Who Burned Australia? (New English Library, 1984)
  • Filmstruck: Australia at the Movies (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1986)
  • Torched! (Grafton Books, 1986)
  • Nine Lives and One (Lorand Loblay, 1992)
  • Bondi Blues (Allen & Unwin, 1993)
  • A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict (Doublebay, 2002)
  • We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light (Doubleday, 2005)
  • Immovable Feast: A Paris Christmas (Harper Perennial, 2008)
  • Cooking for Claudine (Short Books, 2011)
  • The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris (Harper Perennial, 2011)
  • The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France (Harper Perennial, 2013)
  • Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During The Great War (HarperCollins, 2014)
  • Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the Cirt of Light (Harper Perennial, 2015)

BAYNTON, Terri-Rose

Terri Rose Baynton lives in the beautiful seaside town of Waihi Beach, New Zealand, amongst good friends, warm waves and a menagerie of animals. She is a scriptwriter and storyliner for children’s television, working with Weta Productions on Jane and the Dragon and The Wotwots, alongside her father, Wotwots creator Martin Baynton.

Works

  • Mr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum (HarperCollins, 2012)

BEASLEY, Richard

Richard Beasley is a lawyer. Born in Sydney, he grew up in Adelaide before heading east again after the last bizarre mass murder he could tolerate. He lives in Randwick, Sydney, at the back of the racecourse, which he considers to be the centre of the universe.

Works

  • Hell Has Harbour Views (Pan Macmillan Australian, 2001)
  • The Ambulance Chaser (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2004)
  • Me and Rory Macbeath (Hachette Australia, 2013)
  • Cyanide Games (Simon and Schuster Australia, 2016)
  • The Burden of Lies (Simon and Schuster Australia, forthcoming 2017)

BECKETT, Roseanne

Amy Willessee and Mark Whitaker have written Roseanne Catt’s story Ten Years, which was published by Pan Macmillan in 2005.

BEDDOE, Rebekah

Rebekah Beddoe began studying professional writing with a view to writing about her experiences living with what was then diagnosed as post-natal mental illness. Ironically, before she’d put pen to paper the real cause of this erroneous diagnosis became apparent. What was to be a documented journey of a slide into chronic mental illness, instead became her book Dying for a Cure which was published by Random House in Australia.

Works

  • Dying for a Cure: A Memoir of Antidepressants, Misdiagnosis and Madness (Random House Australia, 2007)

BEHAN, Nadine

Nadine Behan worked for ten years as a barrister and solicitor at a community legal centre, specialising in non-criminal law. How To Run Your Own Court Case – A practical guide to representing yourself in Australian courts and tribunals was published by Redfern Legal Centre Publishing in 2009.

Works

  • How To Run Your Own Court Case (Redfern Legan Centre Publishing, 2009)

BELL, Davina

Davina Bell is a writer from Western Australia who lives in Melbourne, where she works as an editor in the world of children’s books. She’s written historical fiction for middle readers as part of Penguin’s 'Our Australian Girl' series and her short stories have been published in Black Inc’s 'Best Australian Stories' anthologies. For six years she was a Senior Editor at Penguin Books in the Young Readers Division, where she worked with some of our country’s most beloved children’s book creators. Davina now lives in Melbourne, where she still dreams about the Western Australian beaches while drinking a lot of very good coffee.

Works

  • Our Australian Girl (Puffin, 2011)
  • Alice of Peppermint Grove (Puffin, 2012)
  • Peacetime for Alice (Puffin, 2012)
  • Meet Alice (Puffin, 2012)
  • Alice of the Apple Blosson Fair (Puffin, 2012)
  • The Alice Stories (Penguin, 2014)
  • The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade Illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribe, 2014) Winner: 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards, Small Publishers' Chidren's Book of the Year
  • Oh, Albert! Illustrated by Sara Acton (Penguin, 2016)
  • Under the Love Unbrella Illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribe, 2016)
  • Hattie Helps Out With Jane Godwin; Illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Allen and Unwin, 2016)

BEN-BARAK, Idan

Idan Ben-Barak holds a BSc in medical science and an MSc in microbiology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Sydney. His first book, Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World was published by Scribe and translated into five languages. It won the 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F (Science Books and Films) Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult category. Idan’s new book is Why Aren’t We Dead Yet? The Survivor’s Guide to the Immune System, published by Scribe. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.
idanbb.wordpress.com

Works

  • Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World (Scribe, 2008) Winner, 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult
  • Why Aren't We Dead Yet? The SUrvivor's Guide to the Immune System (Scribe, 2014)

BENNETT, Stephanie

Stephanie Bennett has written two books examining crimes in Queensland at the turn of the last century. The Murder of Nellie Duffy was published by Simon and Schuster. Pan Macmillan published The Gatton Murders in 2004.

BERTOLUCCI, Domonique

Domonique Bertolucci is the author of Your Best Life and is widely recognised as an expert on how to achieve real success. Domonique’s first career as a fashion model took her to London at 22. There she underwent a dramatic transformation – from model to corporate high-flyer. After ten years in the corporate sector, where she earned a reputation for turning around dysfunctional and underachieving teams, and managing high performers, Domonique decided to return to Australia and establish her company Success Strategies.
www.domoniquebertolucci.com
www.success-strategies.com.au
Twitter: @fromDomonique

Works

  • Your Best Life: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Life You Want (Hachette, 2006)
  • The Happiness Code: Ten Keys to Being the Best You Can Be (Hardie Grant, 2012)
  • Love Your Life: 100 Ways to Start Living the Life You Deserve (Hardie Grant, 2013)
  • 100 Days Happier (Hardie Grant, 2013)
  • Less is More: 101 Ways to Simplify Your Life (Hardie Grant, 2014)
  • The Kindness Pact: 8 Promises to Make You Feel Good About Who You Are and the Life You Live (Hardie Grant, 2015)
  • The Daily Promise: 100 Ways to Feel Happy About Your Life (Hardie Grant, 2016)

BESSER, Linton

Linton Besser, Australia, is a multi-award-winning investigative reporter whose work has exposed corruption in the public service, the police and at the highest levels of Australia’s business community. His journalism has appeared in print in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Bulletin, and he has also worked at Channel Nine, a national commercial television station. In 2013, he took a position as an investigative reporter for Australia’s public broadcaster, the ABC. Twitter: @lb_online

Works

  • He Who Must Be Obeid: The Untold Story with Kate McClymont (Vintage Australia, 2014)

BINGE, Leonie

Leonie Binge grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney in a typical middle-class family. After listening to tales of her mother and aunt growing up in an orphanage during the Depression and how their older sister tracked them down, determined to find and care for them, Leonie promised she would one day write their story. This became the memoir Nellie’s Vow, published by Arbon. Leonie, a teacher, lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.

Works

  • Nellie's Vow (Arbon, 2015)

BITTO, Emily

Emily Bitto has a Masters in literary studies and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, Heat, the Australian Literary Review and The Big Issue Fiction Edition. The Strays was first published in 2014, after it was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. It went on to be shortlisted for the Indie Prize and the Dobbie Award, and to win the 2015 Stella Prize. Emily has also been awarded the 2016 Tina Kane Emergent Writers Award. The Strays was published in the US by Hachette and in the UK by Legend Press. Emily lives in Melbourne where she co-owns a Carlton wine bar, Heartattack & Vine.

Works

  • The Strays (Affirm Press, 2014) Winner, 2011 Penguin Manuscript Award, The 2015 Stella Prize; Shortlisted, 2013 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for an unpublished Manuscripts by an Emerging Victorian Writer, 2015 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, 2015 Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award, 2015 Indie Awards for Debut Fiction; Longlisted, 2016 International DUBLIN literary Award; Included in the 2017 Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommends list

BIZYS, Ebony

Hello Sandwich (Ebony Bizys) is an Australian craft artist, designer and blogger based in Tokyo. Before moving to Tokyo in 2010, Bizys worked at Vogue magazines for 11 years, most recently in the position of Deputy Art Director at Vogue Living. Since moving to Tokyo, Bizys has Art Directed a Japanese book, designed a Japanese fashion website, been commissioned by Vogue Japan to make artworks for their publication, collaborated with Japanese masking tape brand mt on workshops and has appeared in many Japanese books and magazines. Bizys currently blogs for Vogue Japan, hosts monthly craft workshops and in July 2012 she started releasing Japanese Craft Books. She records her daily life on her Japan + Craft blog Hello Sandwich.
www.hellosandwich.jp

Works

  • Hello Tokyo (Murdoch Books Australia, 2015)

BLACKWOOD, Freya

Freya Blackwood is an award-winning internationally published illustrator of children’s books. She was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Orange in NSW, Australia. Freya studied Visual Communications at the University of Technology, Sydney and worked for several years in the film industry in Australia and New Zealand. It was during this period while living in New Zealand that Freya rediscovered her passion for illustration and she hasn’t looked back. Freya has won a range of awards for her collaborations with authors including Libby Gleeson, Jan Omerod, Margaret Wild and John Heffernan.
www.freyablackwood.net

Works

  • Two Summers with John Heffernan (Scholastic Press, 2003) Winner: 2004 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Crichton Award; Shortlisted: Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book of the Year
  • The Man From Snowy River with A. B. Paterson (Scholastic Press, 2004)
  • Emily's Rapunzel Hair with Cecily Mathews (ABC Books, 2005) Winner: 2005 Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature, Picture Book and Younger Readers; Shortlisted: 2006 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Early Childhood
  • The Selkie and the Fisherman with Chardi Christian (Hachette Australia, 2005) Shortlisted: 2006 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards for Best Children's Book
  • Amy and Louis with Libby Gleeson (Scholastic Press, 2006) Winner: 2007 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Early Childhood
  • Waltzing Matilda with A. B. Paterson (Scholastic Press, 2006)
  • No Room for a Mouse with Kyle Mewburn (Scholastic Press, 2007)
  • Her Mother's Face with Roddy Doyle (Scholastic UK, 2008)
  • Harry and Hopper with Margaret Wild (Omnibus Book, 2009) Winner: 2009 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for Children's Books, 2010 International Awards, Kate Greenaway Medal; Shortlisted, 2009 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards for Best Language Development Book for Lower Primary Children; 2010 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards for Best Language Development Book for Lower Primary Children; 2010 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards; Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books; 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Children's Fiction
  • Clancy and Milly and the Very Fine House with Libby Gleeson (Little Hare Book, 2009) Shortlisted: 2011 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards; Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books; Honour Book, 2010 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for Book of the Year: Early Childhood
  • Ivy Loves to Give (Little Hare Books, 2009)
  • Maudie and Bear with Jan Ormerod (Little Hare Books, 2010) Winner: 2011 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for Book of the Year, Early Childhood; Shortlisted: 2011 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children, 2012 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards; Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
  • The Run Away Hug with Nick Bland (Scholastic Australia, 2011) Winner: 2012 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Early Childhood
  • The Bicycle with Colin Thompson, Quentin Blake, Tony Ross, Shaun Tan, Sarah Davis, David Leffler, Gabrielle Wany, David Legge, Michelle Pike, Ruth Paul, Jan Bowman, Kim Chatel and David Miller (ABC Books, 2011) Shortlisted: The 2012 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature
  • Look, a Book! with Libby Gleeson (Little Hare Books, 2011) Shortlisted: 2012 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book of the Year, 2012 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children; 2012 Queensland Literary Awards, Children's Book Award
  • The Terrible Suitcase with Emma Allen (Omnibus Books, 2012) Winner: 2013 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Early Childhood; Shortlisted: 2013 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for Children's Literature
  • The Treasure Box with Margaret Wild (Penguin, 2013) Shortlisted: 2013 Queensland Literary Awards; Children's Book Award, 2014 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book of the Year
  • Banjo and Ruby Red with Libby Gleeson (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2013) Honour Book, 2014 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Early Childhood
  • My Two Blankets with Irena Kobald (Hardie Grant Egmont 2014)
  • The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and The Present with Libby Gleeson (Allen & Unwin, 2014)Winner: 2015 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year, Younger Readers; Shortlisted: 2015 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards — Five to 8 Years
  • Go to Sleep, Jessie! with Libby Gleeson (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2015) Shortlisted: 2015 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year, Early Childhood
  • Perfect with Danny Parker (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2015) Shortlisted: 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Children's Fiction, 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children; Honours, 2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Early Childhood
  • The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet with Libby Gleeson (Allen & Unwin. 2015) Shortlisted: Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards — Book of the Year, Younger Readers; Notable Book: 2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards
  • Hattie Helps Out with Jane Godwin and Davina Bell (Allen & Unwin, 2016) Notable Book: 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards
  • Molly and Mae with Danny Parker (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016) Shortlisted: 2017 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Three to 5 Years; Longlisted: 2017 Indie Awards, Children's; Notable Book, 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards
  • Great Rabbit Chase (Scholastic, 2017)

BORELLA, Rosie

Rosie Borella lives on a farmlet on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. She has previously worked as a journalist, sub-editor, editor, in public relations, marketing and science writing. She now works part-time as a nurse, so she can focus on her true love: writing fiction.

Works

  • The One and Only Jack Chant (Allen & Unwin, 2014)

BOURAS, Gillian

Gillian Bouras was born in Melbourne and lived in Australia before moving to Greece with her husband and children in 1980. Her first book A Foreign Wife was written about this experience, and was followed by A Fair Exchange. Her novel Aphrodite and the Others won a NSW State Literary Award and was short-listed for the UK Fawcett Book Prize. She is also the author of A Stranger Here, Starting Again and No Time for Dances. Gillian also writes for children; Saving Christmas was published by UQP and Alexandra Aphrodite was published by Lothian. Her memoir about her father, A Broken King, will be published by Murdoch in 2011.

Works

BRABON, Katherine

Katherine Brabon studied law and history in Melbourne before moving to Oxford, where she completed a masters degree in history. Her research focused on Russia’s memory of historical trauma, and she has spent time in Moscow and St Petersburg. Katherine’s debut novel The Memory Artist won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award 2016. She lives in Melbourne and is a PhD student at Monash University.

Works

  • The Memory Artist (Allen and Unwin, 2016) Winner, The Australian/Vogel National Literay Award for an unpublished manuscript 2016

BRANDI, Mark

Mark Brandi was born in Italy, but raised in a small town in country Victoria. He began his career in hospitality, before specialising in criminal justice and then working as a political adviser. He currently lives in Melbourne. Mark’s writing appears in The Guardian, The Age, and is often broadcast on ABC Radio National. His creative work has been published in Meanjin, The London Journal of Fiction and The Big Issue, among others.
www.markbrandi.com

Works

  • Wimmera (Hachette Australia, 2017) Winner: Crime Writers' Association (UK), The CWA Debut Dagger

BRANFORD, Anna

Anna Branford was born in 1975 on the Isle of Man and spent her childhood in Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Australia. She has spent most of her adult life in Melbourne working in crèches, lecturing in Sociology and making dolls and other small things. The first book in her series, Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot, received a CBCA Honour award in 2011 and has since been followed by Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery, Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat, Violet Mackerel’s Personal Space, and Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend, with new titles coming soon. The ‘Violet’ series has been published by Walker Books Australia, Walker Books UK and Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) in the USA and will be translated into French and Turkish. Her new series for younger readers, 'Lily the Elf', is due to be published in Australia in May 2015.
www.annabranford.com

Works

BRISSENDEN, Michael

Michael Brissenden is one of the ABC’s most experienced journalists. He has been a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987. He began his career covering Federal politics and has been a correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Washington. He has reported from the Pacific to Europe, the US and the Middle East, including the various Balkans wars, the conflict in Chechnya, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, the build up to the Iraq war and the first term of the Obama administration in the US. He was the political editor for the 7.30 Report in Canberra from 2003 to 2009 and he was most recently the ABC’s Defence and National Security Correspondent. Michael has contributed to a number of published collections of essays, he has written for The Bulletin and New Matlida, he has been a food and wine critic for The Canberra Times and his commentary and analysis appears regularly on ABC online.
Twitter: @m_brisso

Works

  • American Stories: Tales of Hope and Anger (University of Queensland Press, 2012)
  • The List (Hachette, 2017)

BRISSENDEN, Rosemary

Rosemary is a writer and former academic who has visited South East Asia for many years, becoming familiar with the different cultures and their cuisines. Her love of South East Asian culture and cuisine started during her years as a student and continues throughout her life. She currently lives in Canberra.

Works

  • South East Asian Food: Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand (Penguin, 1970)

BROINOWSKI, Anna

Anna is a filmmaker, writer and rock violinist who likes to explode cliches about the East. She toured her bilingual play The Gap to Tokyo, and uncovered Japan’s queer, drug and Otaku subcultures in her first documentary, 'Hell Bento!!' Subsequent films include 'Forbidden Lie$' (about hoax-author Norma Khouri), 'Helen’s War' (about anti-nuclear crusader Dr. Helen Caldicott), and 'Aim High In Creation!' (about the cinematic genius of North Korea’s late Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il). Anna’s films have won the Writer’s Guild of America Best Non-fiction Screenplay, the Rome Film Festival ‘Cult’ Prize, a Walkley Award, Best Director at Films Des Femmes, an Al Jazeera Golden Award, three AFIs, and a Moscow Film Critics’ prize: which is a hollowed out wooden elephant. The hollow is for burning bad reviews. Anna was born in Tokyo and grew up in the Philippines, Burma, Iran and Canberra. At 19, she hitchiked to Darwin and was kidnapped by truckies. This made her drop Law and do what she does now. Drinking the Koolaid is her first book.
www.aimhighincreation.com

Works

BROMAN, Sandra

Sandra Broman has always loved houses. Better Homes and Gardens awarded her the title of ‘DIY Mum of the Year’ for building (from scratch) her huge house in the Barossa Valley. Sandra’s first book Built Like a Woman was published in 2004 by Murdoch Books.

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BROWN, Honey

Honey Brown lives in country Victoria with her husband and two children. She is the author of Red Queen, The Good Daughter, After the Darkness and Dark Horse. Red Queen was published to critical acclaim in 2009 and won an Aurealis Award, and The Good Daughter was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award in 2011. After the Darkness was selected for the Women’s Weekly Great Read and for Get Reading 2012’s 50 Books You Can’t Put Down campaign. Her fifth novel, Through the Cracks, was published in 2014.

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BROWN, Justin

Justin Brown lives beneath a volcano in New Zealand. He is the author of 31 books, including Shot, Boom, Score!, which was recently a commended title at Storylines 2014 Notable Books. Before he became a children’s author he spent 15 years behind the microphone as a top-rating breakfast radio host. He has also been a stand-up comedian, sports commentator and fridge deliveryman. Like many people, he wishes he had directed Star Wars or written any song by David Bowie, but for now, drinking coffee and dreaming up bizarre plots with memorable characters will do just fine. When Justin can’t think of ideas he eats blueberries or jumps on his trampoline. Sometimes with his children.

Works

BRYANT, Nick

As the BBC’s Sydney correspondent, Nick Bryant became one of the key local faces on the ABC’s 24-hour news channel. Nick was also a regular contributor to several Australian magazines and newspapers including The Monthly and The Australian. Adventures in Correspondentland, his memoir about his decade as a foreign correspondent (Random House Australia), was published in 2011 and his second book, The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a great nation lost its way (also Random House), in 2014. He is now based in New York as the BBC’s New York and UN correspondent.
www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/nickbryant

Works

BUCHANAN, Kathy

Kathy is the author of Happy Endings: The Ultimate Movie and Book Guide, Charm School: The Modern Girl’s Complete Handbook of Etiquette and Quit For Chicks, and most recently Exchanging Lives and Roman Holiday, published by Scholastic. She has worked as a lifestyle, film, health and travel journalist on leading magazines and newspapers.
www.kathyb.net

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BURKE, J. C.

Jane (J.C.) Burke was born and raised in Sydney. Burke trained as a nurse at RPAH and later specialized in Oncology where she worked in the Bone Marrow Transplant Units in Sydney and later London. Despite priding herself on being an excellent storyteller, it wasn’t until the age of 35 that Jane wrote her debut novel. Since then, Burke has published many acclaimed novels with numerous international translations. These days, Burke is trying her hand at TV and Film writing. She lives in Sydney with her husband Michael. Her children Victoria and Nick, are no longer children, but still an endless source of eavesdropping and inspiration.
www.jcburke.com.au

Works

  • White Lies (Lothian, 2002)
  • The Red Cardigan Random House Australia, 2004)
  • Nine Letters Long (Random House Australia, 2005) Highly Commended: 2005 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Best Horror Novel
  • The Story of Tom Brennan (random House Australia, 2005) Winner: 2005 Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature for Older Readers; 2006 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Older Readers; Shortlisted: 2007 Children's Peace Literature Award
  • Faking Sweet (Random House Australia, 2006)
  • Starfish Sisters (Random House Australia, 2007)
  • Ocean Pearl (Random House Australia, 2008)
  • Pig Boy (Random House Australia, 2011) Winner: 2012 Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Best Novel; Shortlisted: 2012 Davitt Award, Best Young Adult Book; Longlisted: 2012 Inky Awards, Gold Inky
  • Pretty Girl (Random House Australia, 2013)
  • The Things We Promise (Allen & Unwin, 2017)

BURKE, William Hastings

Born in 1983, William Hastings Burke grew up on Sydney Harbour. He has lived in the US, Germany, Norway and the UK. After graduating with an honours degree in Economics Soc. Sc. from the University of Sydney, he set up base in the student town of Freiburg, Germany. Living on sachet mashed potato mix, kebabs and a few shifts at the local pub, he began a three year, self-funded journey to uncover the story of Albert Göring. Fed up with the stuffy academic approach to history, he is part of a new generation bringing history up to speed.

Works

  • Thirty Four (Wolfgeist Publishing, 2009)

BURRELL, Susie

Susie Burrell is one of Australia’s leading dieticians with training in both nutrition and psychology. Susie balances her clinical work in obesity at The Children’s Hospital Westmead with her weekly column in The Daily Telegraph and is a regular on a number of television shows including Mornings With Kerri-Anne, Today Tonight, New Idea TV and Sunrise. Susie is the consultant sports dietician to the Parramatta Eels and currently consults out of the Stadium Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in Sydney. Susie’s first book, Losing The Last 5kgs, was published by Hardie Grant in 2010.
www.susieburrell.com.au

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