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.


  • Best of Friends (Penguin, 2001)


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.


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


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.


  • 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’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.


  • Cherith (Australian Film Television and Radio School, 1987) Winner, 1988 Australian Film Institute Awards for 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, 1996 Valladolid International Film Festival for Best Film; Shortlisted, 1996 NSW 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 for 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 ABIA 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, 2018)


Sarah Barrie is a bestselling Australian author writing suspense in rural settings, with a generous splash of romance. Her debut bestselling print novel, Secrets of Whitewater Creek, earned her a spot as one of the Top 10 breakthrough authors of 2014, and her Hunters Ridge series also reached bestseller status. She has finaled in several major awards: twice in the RUBY, the Romance Writers of Australia's premier award, and three times in the Australian Romance Readers Award for favourite Romantic Suspense. Sarah’s newest book is Bloodtree River. Sarah has also worked as a teacher, a vet nurse, a horse trainer and a magazine editor. Her favourite place in the world is the family property, where she writes her stories overlooking mountains crisscrossed with farmland, bordered by the beauty of the Australian bush, and where, at the end of the day, she can spend time with family, friends, a good Irish whiskey and a copy of her next favourite book.


  • Getting Wild (Harper Collins, 2013)
  • Secrets of Whitewater Creek (Harper Collins, 2014)
  • Legacy of Hunters Ridge (Harper Collins, 2015)
  • Shadows of Hunters Ridhe (Harper Collins, 2016)
  • Promise of Hunters Ridge (Harper Collins, 2017)
  • Bloodtree River (Harper Collins, 2018)


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.


  • The Harper Effect (Pan Macmillan, 2018)

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 (HarperCollins Publishers), which Greg co-authored.


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


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.


  • An Irresistible Temptation: The True Story of Jane New and a Colonial Scandal (Allen & Unwin, 2006)
  • Captain Thunderbolt and His Lady: The True Story 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)


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.


  • The Pacific Book of Australian Science Fiction (Angus and Robertson, 1968) Shortlisted, 1969 Ditmar Awards for Australian Science Fiction
  • Adam's Woman (Horwitz, 1970)
  • Science Fiction in the Cinema (Tanvity Press, 1970) Winner, 1971 Ditmar Awards 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.


  • Mr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum (HarperCollins, 2012)
  • Room on Our Rock (Scholastic Australia, 2018) illustrator

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.


  • 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, 2017)

BECKETT, Roseanne

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


  • Ten Years (Pan Macmillan, 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.


  • 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.


  • How To Run Your Own Court Case (Redfern Legal 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.


  • 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) Notable Book, 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards
  • Under the Love Unbrella illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribe, 2016)
  • Hattie Helps Out with Jane Godwin and illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Allen & Unwin, 2016) Notable Book, 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards
  • Lemonade Jones (Allen & Unwin, 2018)
  • All The Ways to be Smart illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribe, 2018)

BELL, Johanna

Johanna lives in Darwin with her partner, daughter and a backyard full of green tree frogs. Her writing career got off to a bumpy start when she was so busy composing a story in her head that she accidentally drove into the back of a taxi. It was while driving on a bumpy stretch of road outside Alice Springs that the beginnings of the Cheeky Dog books, took shape. Working with Dion has changed the way Johanna sees the world and tells stories.


  • Too Many Cheeky Dogs illustrated by Dion Beasley (Allen & Unwin, 2013)
  • Go Home, Cheeky Animals! illustrated by Dion Beasley (Allen & Unwin, 2016)


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 books include Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World, and Why Aren’t We Dead Yet? The Survivor’s Guide to the Immune System. Both are published by Scribe and translated into five languages. Together with Julian Frost, Idan created Do Not Lick This Book, the CBCA award-winning picture book published by Allen & Unwin and published in over 15 territories. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.


  • 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)
  • Do Not Lick This Book with Julian Frost (Allen & Unwin, 2017) Winner, CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Information Book Award; Shortlisted Children's Picture Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards 2018 AU; Shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year

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.


  • The Murder of Nellie Duffy (Simon & Schuster, 2002)
  • The Gatton Murders (Pan Macmillan, 2004)


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.
Twitter: @fromDomonique


  • 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


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


Meg Bignell was a nurse and a weather presenter on the telly before she surrendered to a persistent desire to write. Since then she has been writing almost every day – bits and pieces here and there, either to earn a crust, to get something off her chest or to entertain herself. She has written three short films, mostly because she wanted to do some acting and no one else would cast her. She sings a bit too, occasionally writes and performs cabaret, but is mostly very busy being a mother to three and a wife (to one). She lives with her family on a dairy farm on Tasmania’s East Coast.


  • The Sparkle Pgaes (Michael Joseph, 2019)

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 Manuscript 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.


  • Hello Tokyo (Murdoch Books Australia, 2015)


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.


  • 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, for 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 Books and Younger Readers; Shortlisted, 2006 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year for 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 for 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, Book of the Year for 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 for Early Childhood; Shortlisted, 2011 Australian Book Industry Awards 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 for 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 for Picture Book of the Year, 2012 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children, 2012 Queensland Literary Awards for 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 for 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 for 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 for 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 for 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 for 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 Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children; Honours, 2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year for 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 for 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 for Three to 5 Years; Longlisted, 2017 Indie Awards, Children's; Notable Book, 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards
  • The Great Rabbit Chase (Scholastic, 2017)

BOE, Andrew

Andrew Boe is a barrister. Mostly, he conducts criminal cases from his bases in Sydney and Brisbane. His legal work has taken him to Broome, Perth, Alice Springs, Injinoo, Tasmania, the Gulf of Carpentaria, Lombok and even Denver, Colorado as well as most cities and towns on the eastern seaboard of Australia with a courthouse. He has represented a serial killer (Ivan Milat), vulnerable indigenous people and communities (including Palm Island), political animals (including One Nation proponent David Ettridge, indigenous MP Billy Gordon and self-styled billionaire Clive Palmer), people smugglers, judicial officers and their children, women battered by their partners, men who have done the battering as well as countless ordinary people facing the challenge of being caught within the Australian criminal justice system. Andrew has written widely about criminal and social justice matters and been a panellist on the ABC’s Q&A program. The issues he was involved in concerning Palm Island are the subject of Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man and the SBS television documentary with the same title. His first book, The Truth Hurts, examines his involvement in some of these cases with an eyebrow raised at the system of justice in which they were conducted. Andrew was born in Burma and came to Australia with his parents and four brothers in the late sixties as political refugees. Six of his children are indigenous.


  • The Truth Hurts (Forthcoming)


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.


  • 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.


  • A Foreign Wife (McPhee Gribble, 1986)
  • A Fair Exchange (McPhee Gribble, 1991)
  • Aphrodite and the Others (McPhee Gribble, 1994) Winner, 1994 NSW State Literary Awards Ethnic Affairs Commission Award
  • A Stranger Here (Penguin, 1996)
  • Starting Again (Penguin, 1999)
  • Saving Christmas (University of Queensland Press, 2000)
  • No Time for Dances: A Memoir of My Sister (Penguin, 2006) Shortlisted, 2007 National Biography Award
  • Aphrodite Alexandra (Lothian Children's Books, 2007)
  • Seeing and Believing (Gialos Publishing, 2016)

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.


  • The Memory Artist (Allen and Unwin, 2016) Winner, 2016 The Australian/Vogel National Literay Award for an Unpublished Manuscript; Shortlisted, 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Glenda Adams Award for New Writing; Longlisted, Indie Awards for Debut Fiction


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.


  • Wimmera (Hachette, 2017) Winner, 2016 Crime Writers' Association (UK), THE CWA Debut Dagger; Longlisted, 2018 Indie Awards, for Debut Fiction
  • The Rip (Hachette, 2019)


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, was published in Australia in May 2015.


  • Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot (Walker Books, 2010) Honour Book, 2011 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year for Younger Readers
  • Sophie's Salon (Puffin, 2010)
  • Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery (Walker Books, 2011) Shortlisted, 2011 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year for Younger Readers, 2012 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Lower Primary Children (2003-2013)
  • Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat (Walker Books, 2011)
  • Neville No-Phone (Walker, 2011)
  • Violet Mackerel's Personal Space (Walker, 2012) Winner, Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature Picture Book and Younger Readers
  • Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protest (Walker, 2013)
  • Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend (Walker, 2013) Shortlisted, 2013 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year for Younger Readers
  • Lilli-Pilli's Sister with Linda Catchlove (Walker, 2014) Shortlisted, YABBA Picture Storybook
  • Violet Mackerel's Helpful Suggestion (Walker, 2014)
  • The Elf Flute (Walker, 2015)
  • The Midnight Owl (Walker, 2015)
  • The Precious Ring (Walker, 2015)
  • The Wishing Seed (Walker, 2015)
  • Violet Mackerel's Formal Occasion (Walker, 2015)
  • The Sleepover (Walker, 2016)
  • The Jumble Sale (Walker, 2016)


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


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


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.


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


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.


  • The Gap (Currency Press, 1995)
  • The Director is the Commander (Penguin Random House, 2015) Winner, 2015 The Nib CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize; Shortlisted, 2015 The Nib CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature, 2016 Adelaide Festival Literature Award for Non-Fiction; Longlisted, 2016 Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
  • Please Explain: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Pauline Hanson (Penguin Random House, 2017)

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.


  • Built Like a Woman (Murdoch, 2004)

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.


  • Red Queen (Viking, 2009) Winner, 2009 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction (Horror Division) Best Novel; Finalist, 2009 Australian Shadows Award for Long Fiction; Shortlisted, 2008 ABC Fiction Award, 2010 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel; Highly Commended, 2009 Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
  • The Good Daughter (Viking, 2010) Shortlisted, 2011 Barbara Jefferis Award; Longlisted, 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • After the Darkness (Viking, 2012) Longlisted, 2012 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel
  • Dark Horse (Penguin Random House, 2013) Winner, 2014 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel
  • Through the Cracks (Penguin Random House, 2014) Shortlisted, 2015 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel
  • Six Degrees (Jane Curry Publishing, 2015)

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.


  • Mike-Cool-As-You-Like series (McGraw Hill)
  • William’s Wheel of Sport series (Clean Slate Press)
  • The Jones Trio series (Clean Slate Press)
  • UK on a G-String (Random House, 2004)
  • Teed Off in the USA (Random House, 2004)
  • Cricket Speak (Random House, 2007)
  • Kiwi Speak (Random House, 2008)
  • Rugby Speak (Random House, 2008)
  • Bowling Through India (Random House, 2009)
  • You’re a Real Kiwi When (Hurricane Press, 2009)
  • Myth New Zealand (Hurricane Press, 2010)
  • The History of Hawkins Construction (Reddit Books)
  • Untamed: The Davey Hughes Story (Random House, 2011)
  • You’re a Real Rugby Fan When (Hurricane Press)
  • It’s a Real Kiwi Summer When (Hurricane Press)
  • The Revolting Vegetables (Redit Books)
  • The Dog That Ate The Bathroom (Bookbaby, 2013)
  • Shot, Boom, Score! (Allen and Unwin, 2014)


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. He is now based in New York as the BBC’s New York and UN correspondent.


  • Adventures in Correspondentland (Random House Australia, 2011)
  • The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a great nation lost its way (Random House, 2014)


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.


  • Charm School: The Modern Girl’s Complete Handbook of Etiquette (Penguin, 2003)
  • Quit For Chicks (Penguin, 2003)
  • Happy Endings: The Ultimate Movie and Book Guide (Penguin, 2005)
  • Exchanging Lives (Scholastic, 2009)
  • Roman Holiday (Scholastic, 2010)


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.


  • 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.


  • Thirty Four: The Key to Göring’s Last Secret (Wolfgeist Publishing, 2009)


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.


  • Losing the Last 5kg (Hardie Grant, 2010)
  • Lose Weight Fast (Random House Australia, 2012)