CALDER, Charlotte

Charlotte Calder has worked as an actor and photographer, as well as writing occasional newspaper columns. Her novel for young people Settling Storms was followed by Cupid Painted Blind and Surviving Amber. Paper Alice was published by Pan Macmillan in 2008. Her first picture book Stuck! was published by Walker Books in 2009.


  • Settling Storms (Lothian, 2000)
  • Cupid Painted Blind (Pan Macmillan, 2002)
  • Surviving Amber (Pan Macmillan, 2005)
  • Paper Alice (Pan Macmillan, 2008)
  • Stuck! Illustrated by Mark Jackson (Walker Books, 2009) Shortlisted, 2010 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards for Best Language Development Book for Young Children
  • The Ghost at the Point (Walker Books, 2012) Longlisted, 2013 Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Book
  • The 12th Dog Illustrated by Tom Jellett (Hachette Australia, 2016) Notable Book, 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards


Justin Calverley, a horticultural expert with more than 20 years’ experience, teaches a popular course, The Complete Urban Farmer, at Australia’s biggest urban farm, CERES, in Melbourne. This 14-week workshop, taught by Justin for the past ten years, incorporates food production with bee-keeping, mushroom growing, chook care, propagation and preserving, all within the framework of sustainable gardening. This workshop is in ever-increasing demand. Justin’s unique style, detailed knowledge and hands-on approach have become highly sought-after on the presentation and public speaking circuit from councils, schools, RTOs and media. Justin’s consultation and design services are in high demand from novice to experienced home gardeners as well as private businesses such as nurseries. Justin is a founding member and broadcaster on Melbourne’s 3RRR’s horticultural show Dirty Deeds which is now in its eighth year. 3RRR has over 300,000 listeners a week and Dirty Deeds has become Melbourne’s go-to gardening show for the next generation. Justin has appeared on various television and radio gardening programs including Channel 31’s The Garden Tap, Vasilli’s Garden, ABC’s Can we help? and 3CR’s Gardening Show.


  • The Urban Farmer, Co-Authored by CERES (ABC Books, 2017)

CAMERON, Alexandra

Alexandra Cameron is an Australian living in England with her husband and son. She has a BA in Film and French and has done occasional acting and film production work. She studied novel writing at City University in London and was mentored by author Jill Dawson. Alexandra’s first novel, Rachael’s Gift, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2014. She currently lives in London and is working on her second novel.


  • Rachael's Gift (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2014)


Anson Cameron has written five critically acclaimed novels: Silences Long Gone, Tin Toys, Confessin’ the Blues, Lies I Told About a Girl, and Stealing Picasso, as well as two collections of short stories, Nice Shootin’ Cowboy and Pepsi Bears and Other Stories. He was born in Shepparton in 1961 and lives in Melbourne where he writes a column for The Age newspaper.


  • Silences Long Gone (Pan Macmillan Australia, 1998)
  • Tin Toys (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2000)
  • Confessin' the Blues (Picador, 2002)
  • Lies I Told About a Girl (Picador, 2006) Shortlisted, 2007 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
  • Stealing Picasso (Random House Australia, 2009)
  • The Last Pulse (Random House Australia, 2014)
  • Boyhoodlum (Random House Australia, 2015)


David Cameron is a Canberra-based author. He has written a number of books on Gallipoli, including his well-received Battle for Lone Pine: Four Days of Hell at the Heart of Gallipoli (Penguin Group). He has also written two books on human and primate evolution as well as over 70 internationally peer-reviewed research papers for various journals and book chapters. He received first class honors in Prehistory at the University of Sydney (Department of Archeology) in 1989 and completed his PhD in palaeoanthropogy in 1995 at the Australian National University (ANU). Cameron is a former Australian Research Council Post Doctoral Fellow at the ANU (School of Archaeology) and an Australian Research Council QEII Fellow, the University of Sydney (Department of Anatomy and Histology).


  • Bones, Stones and Molecules: "Out of Africa" and Human Origins Co-Authored by Colin P. Groves (Academic Press, 2004)
  • Homonid Adaptations nad Extinctions (University of New South Wales Press, 2004)
  • 25 April 1915: The Day the ANZAC Legend was Born (Allen & Unwin Academic, 2007)
  • Sorry, Lads, bu the Order is to Go (University of New South Wales Press, 2009)
  • Gallipoli: The Final Battles and Evacuations of ANZAC (Big Sky Publishing, 2011)
  • The August Offensive: At ANZAC, 1915 (Big Sky Publishing, 2011)
  • Battle for Lone Pine: Four Days of Hell at the Heart of Gallipoli (Penguin, 2012)
  • Shadows of ANZAC: An Intimate History of Gallipoli (Big Sky Publishing, 2013)
  • Our Friend the Enemy (Big Sky Publishing, 2014)
  • The Battle of Long Tan: Australia's Four Hours of Hell in Vietnam (Penguin, 2016)
  • The Charge (Penguin, 2017)
  • Australians on the Western Front 1918 Volume 1 (Penguin, 2018)

CAMERON, Richard

Richard Cameron is the author of the play Can’t Stand Up Falling Down.


  • Can't Stand Up Falling Down

CARLESS, Victoria

Victoria is a novelist and playwright, a 2016 State Library QANZAC100 Fellow and holds a PhD in creative writing from James Cook University. She teaches script writing at tertiary level and works in a library, as well as regularly contributing arts reviews to RealTime. Victoria lives in Brisbane with her family and two dogs.
Twitter: @VCarless


  • The Shining Path (2009)
  • Dancing Back Home with Rod Ainsworth (2010)
  • The Grand (Playlab, 2013)
  • The Rainbow Dark appears in 'Staging Asylum: Contemporary Australian Plays about Refugees' (Currency Press, 2013)
  • The Dream Walker (Hachette, 2017) Notable Book, 2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for Older Readers; Teachers Notes available here


Jay Carmichael is a copywriter and copyeditor. His writing has been widely published, featuring in Overland, The Guardian, The Telling Tree project, Alex Zine, and Catalyst as well as anthologies such as RMIT’s Yowl! and Volta. He was the recipient of the 2014 Judy Duffy Award for Literary Merit and Achievement, commended for the 2013 ASA Ray Koppe Young Writer’s Fellowship and shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2016.


  • Ironbark (Scribe, 2017) Shortlisted, 2016 Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript


Donna Carson’s moving story Judas Kisses: The Story Behind the Face of Donna Carson, written with Debbie Ritchie, was published by Hardie Grant in 2007. Donna won a scholarship to study education at University and taught in the Dubbo community for over 15 years until she became the victim of a crime which changed her life. During an argument with her then partner, Donna was doused in petrol and set alight. She spent more than five months in hospital, 15 months in rehabilitation and underwent 19 operations. Donna is now an advocate for victims of crime, burns survivors and survivors of domestic violence.


  • Judas Kisses: The Story Behind The Face of Donna Carson, with Debbie Ritchie (Hardie Grant, 2007)


Georgia Cassimatis is an author and journalist. After finishing her Masters Degree in Journalism where she majored in print media and television, winning an award for sitcom writing and for her documentary on Australian politician Tanya Plibersek, she began her career as a contributing writer on Cosmopolitan magazine. She was appointed the editor of tween magazine Barbie shortly after and spent the next two years interviewing teen idols and organizing fashion shoots before being lured to Los Angeles where she spent the next eight years working as an on-camera reporter and an entertainment, travel, lifestyle, health and wellbeing writer for magazines worldwide. In 2017, PJ Pictures optioned her book Red Carpet Burns. The TV series will be produced by Spiritchaser Productions.
Twitter: @GeorgiaCassi


  • Red Carpet Burns (Harlequin, 2013)

CASTLES, Belinda

When not writing, Belinda Castles works as an editor, and lives with her husband and daughters in Sydney. She has a Masters in Novel Writing from the University of Manchester.


  • Falling Woman (Hodder, 2000)
  • The River Baptists (Allen & Unwin, 2007) Winner, The 2006 Australian/Vogel Literary Award
  • Hannah & Emil (Allen & Unwin, 2013)
  • Bluebottle (Allen & Unwin, 2018)


In the 1970s Robyn lived and loved a stormy life as a professional fisherman on the seas surrounding north Queensland. After this, she took up the gypsy life in search for answers to life, the universe and everything, and lived across Australia, in California, New Zealand, India, Nepal and spent time in Tibet.


  • Somewhere Down a Crazy River (Pan Macmillan, 2010)

CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, Melbourne)

CERES is an award-winning, not-for-profit sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, centre of good food, and Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education: a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year in person, and many more engage in its Sustainable Schools program. CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education, training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.
Twitter: @ceresbrunswick
Facebook: CERES.Environment.Park


  • The Urban Farmer, Co-Authored by Justin Calverley (ABC Books, 2017)


Deborah Challinor MNZM has a PhD in history and is the author of fifteen best-selling novels. Her Convict Girls series, set in 1830s Sydney, is inspired by her ancestors, one of whom was a member of the First Fleet and another who was transported on the ‘Floating Brothel’. Deborah Challinor also writes non-fiction. She lives in New Zealand with her husband and is a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and historical research. www.deborahchallinor.com


  • Who'll Stop the Rain? (HarperCollins, 2000)
  • Children of War Trilogy: Tamar (HarperCollins, 2002)
  • Children of War Trilogy: White Feathers (HarperCollins, 2003)
  • Children of War Trilogy: Blue Smoke (HarperCollins, 2004)
  • Kitty (HarperCollins, 2006)
  • Amber (HarperCollins, 2007)
  • Fire (HarperCollins, 2007)
  • Isle of Tears (HarperCollins, 2009)
  • Grey Ghosts (HarperCollins, 2009)
  • Union Belle (HarperCollins, 2012)
  • Behind the Sun (HarperCollins, 2012)
  • Girl of Shadows (HarperCollins, 2013)
  • Vietnam (Scholastic Australia, 2013)
  • The Silk Theif (HarperCollins, 2015)
  • Band of Gold (HarperCollins, 2015)
  • A Tattooed Heart (HarperCollins, 2015)
  • The Cloud Leopard's Daughter (HarperCollins, 2016)
  • From the Ashes (HarperCollins, 2018)


Kasey Chambers is one of Australia’s foremost singer/songwriters who has had a number of hit albums including The Captain and Barricades and Brick Walls, has won countless awards including the 1999 ARIA for Best Female Artist and has received much critical acclaim for her unique style of music. She’s often referred to as country music royalty and has been writing, playing and performing since she was a little girl.


  • A Little Bird Told Me with by Jeff Apter (HarperCollins, 2011)

CHANDRAN, Shankari

Shankari Chandran was raised in Canberra, Australia. She spent a decade in London, working as a lawyer in the social justice field. She eventually returned home to Australia, where she now lives with her husband, four children and their Cavoodle puppy. Her novel Song of the Sun God is being development for TV.


  • The Barrier (Pan Macmillan, 2017)
  • Song of the Sun God (Perera Hussein Publishing House, 2017)

CHAN, Lily

Lily Chan was born in Kyoto, raised in Narrogin and now resides in Melbourne. Her first book, Toyo, an unconventional memoir of her grandmother, was the recipient of the 2010 Peter Blazey Fellowship for a manuscript-in-progress and has been subsequently published to acclaim by Black Inc. ‘This is a beautifully lyrical and compelling voice, infused with deep insight and love’ – Alice Pung.


  • Toyo (Black Inc., 2012) Winner, 2013 Dobbie Literary Award; Shortlisted, 2013 Colin Roderick Award


Martin Ed Chatterton was born and raised in Liverpool, England. He is a successful illustrator, graphic designer and author. His work has been published in more than a dozen languages and has won and been shortlisted in numerous awards in the UK, US and Australia. Martin divides his time between Australia and England and is married with two grown-up children.


  • Ogre in a Toga: And Other Perverse Verses Illustrator (Scholastic Australia, 2006)
  • The Brain sreies (Little Hare): The Brain Finds a Leg (Little Hare Books, 2007), The Brain is Full of Holes (Little Hare Books, 2008)
  • Nanda the Naughty Gnome Illustrator (Little Hare Books, 2009)
  • Willy Waggledagger series (Little Hare): By the Picking of my Nose Illustrated by Gregory Rogers (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2009), A Belt Around my Bum Illustrated by Gregory Rogers (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2009), * Chew Bee, or Not Chew Bee (Little Hare Books, 2009)
  • Mal the Mischievous Mermaid Illustrator (Little Hare Books, 2009)
  • Flax, the Feral Fairy Illustrator (Little Hare Books, 2009)
  • Mort series (Penguin Random House Australia): Mort: The 10,000 Year-Old Boy (Random House Australia, 2012), Mortal Combat (Penguin Random House, 2012), Mortified: Lost in the Sands of Time (Penguin Random House, 2013)
  • A Dark Place to Die (Penguin Random House, 2012)
  • Underland (Penguin Random House, 2013)
  • Down Among the Dead Men (Arrow Books, 2013)
  • Where is Santa's Suit? (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014)
  • Middle School: Rafe's Aussie Adventure, with James Patterson (Penguin Random House, 2015)
  • Alexander the Elephant in Zanzibar, with Pat Davern (Love Police, 2015)
  • Rafe's Aussie Adventure Escape to Australia with James Patterson (Random House, 2015)
  • Middle School: Going Bush, with James Patterson (Penguin Random House, 2016)
  • Middle School: Escape to Australia, with James Patterson (Little, Brown 2017)
  • Million-Dollar Mess Down Under with James Patterson (Random House Australia, 2017)

CHENG, Christopher

Chris Cheng is the author of a number of books, including fiction, non-fiction and children’s picture books. Chris has written articles, songs and teacher resource packs, and regularly presents at schools, conferences and festivals in Australia and abroad. He has also written the libretto for the Children’s musical Pa’s Christmas Star and a top-selling app, Monkey Business. In 2009 Chris was the recipient of the Lady Cutler Award for services to children’s literature. Chris is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI – www.scbwi.org), and has been a national ambassador for the Federal Government’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week initiative.


  • Eyespy series (Scholastic)
  • Ecosystems of Australia series (Heinemann)
  • My Australian Story series (Scholastic)
  • Zoo You Later series (ABC Books)
  • Seams of Gold, Illustrated by Donna Rawlins (National Museum of Australia, 2007)
  • One Child, Illustrated by Steven Woolman (Era Books, 1997) Winner, 1998 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature, 1998 Notable Book, Children's Book Council of Australia
  • 30 Amazing Australian Animals Illustrated by Greg Rogers (Penguin Random House, 2007)
  • William's Backyard (Rigby Education, 2007)
  • Locally Wild: Keeping Native Animals as Pets (Pluto Press, 2007)
  • Aussie, Aussie, Aussie (Penguin Random House, 2009)
  • 60 Classic Australian Poems Illustrated by Greg Rogers (Penguin Random House, 2011)
  • Sounds Spooky Illustrated by Sarah Davis (Penguin Random House, 2012) Winner, 2012 Aurealis Award, 2012 Notable Book, Children's Book Council of Australia
  • Australia's Greatest Inventions and Innovations, with Lindsay Knight and the Powerhouse Museum (Penguin Random House, 2012)
  • Python, Illustrated by Mark Jackson (Walker Books, 2012) Shortlisted, 2013 Eve Pownall Award, Children's Book Council of Australia
  • Water (AFCC Publications, 2013)
  • Treasure in the Trees (Scott Foresman, 2015)
  • New Year Surprise Illustrated by Di Wu (NLA Publishing, 2016)

CHENG, Melanie

Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner living in Melbourne. She was born in Adelaide and lived in Hong Kong from 1986 to 1998 before returning to study in Australia. Her work has been published in the UK, the US and in Australian literary journals including Meanjin, Overland, Griffith Review and Sleepers Almanac. Melanie’s short stories have been shortlisted or commended in prizes including the Lascaux Prize for Short Fiction (US), the Bridport Prize (UK), the Hal Porter short story competition, the Fellowship of Australian Writers/National Library of Australia short story award, and the Deborah Cass Prize. Melanie was awarded the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript for her collection of short fiction, Australia Day.


  • Australia Day (Text Publishing, 2017) Winner, 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer; Shortlisted, The 2017 Readings New Australian Writing Award, 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction; Longlisted, 2018 Indie Awards for Debut Fiction


Ruth Clare did a degree in biochemistry/journalism before realising she wanted to be an actor. After years of bit parts and cruel rejections, Ruth found solace in the world of words. She has been a professional writer since 2004, writing for magazines, creating a range of educational materials, as well as copywriting for a wide range of business clients. Ruth was a finalist in the 2014 Cowley Literary Award for an abridged excerpt from her memoir about the impact of the Vietnam War and PTSD on the next generation.


  • Enemy: A daughter's story of how her father brought the Vietnam War home (Penguin Random House, 2016)


Lucy Clark is a journalist and editor with 31 years experience in newspapers and magazines in Sydney, London and New York. She has been the editor of the news and opinion website The Hoopla, and has worked as a literary editor, features writer, and opinion columnist. She is a Senior Editor at The Guardian Australia.


  • Beautiful Failures; How the quest for success is harming our kids (Penguin Random House, 2017)


Aoife Clifford was born in London of Irish parents, studied Arts/Law at the Australian National University, and now lives in Melbourne. Aoife is the author of the literary crime novels All These Perfect Strangers and Second Sight, also published in the UK and US. All These Perfect Strangers was longlisted for both the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year and the Voss Literary Prize. Her short stories have been published in Australia, UK and US and she has won the two premier short story prizes for crime fiction in Australia – the Scarlet Stiletto and S.D. Harvey Ned Kelly Award among other prizes.
Twitter: @aoifejclifford
Facebook: aoifejclifford


  • All the Perfect Strangers (Simon & Schuster, 2016) Longlisted, 2017 ABIA General Fiction Book Of The Year, 2017 Voss Literary Prize, 2017 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel
  • Second Sight (Simon & Schuster, 2018)


Paul Collins has featured in magazines such as Inside Sport, Ultra-Fit (Australia and UK) and Tracks surfing magazine whilst producing and presenting his own fitness video and community based health radio program.


  • How to Lose Your Love Handles (Allen & Unwin, 2004)


Food lover Silvia Colloca is a woman of many talents: professional actress and opera singer, published author, blogger and sensational cook. After spending her childhood in the kitchens of her mother and grandmothers, Silvia absorbed much of their Italian culinary heritage. Since moving to Australia several years ago, Silvia has kneaded, beaten, rolled, chopped and pounded her way to an authentic Italian identity in her Sydney kitchen. Silvia and her husband have two sons, Raphael and Miro and a daughter, Luna. She is passionate about sharing the fresh, healthy side of Italian food.


  • Silvia's Cucina (Penguin Random House, 2013)
  • Made in Italy (Penguin Random House, 2014)
  • La Dolce Vita (Penguin Random House, 2016)
  • Love Laugh Bake! (Penguin Random House, 2018)

COLPOYS, Allison

Allison Colpoys is a freelance book designer, illustrator, and a lover of pattern and typography. Previously she worked at Penguin Books Australia and has won a number of APA design awards, including the Young Designer of the Year award in 2009. Allison is also represented by the Jacky Winter Group.


  • The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade (Scribe, 2016)
  • Under the Love Umbrella (Scribe, 2017)
  • All The Ways to be Smart (Scribe, 2018)


Sean Condon is the author of seven books, and his short stories and humour pieces have been included in many anthologies, including Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: the Best of McSweeney’s Humor.


  • Sean and David's Long Drive (Lonely Planet Journeys, 1996)
  • Drive Thru America (Lonely Planet Journeys, 1998)
  • Film (Allen & Unwin, 2001)
  • My 'Dam Life: Three Years in Holland (Lonely Planet Journeys, 2003)
  • The Secrets of Success is a Secret (Hardie Grant, 2005)
  • Michael Sweeney's Method (Penguin Random House, 2007)
  • Splitsville (Momentum, 2013)


Born 1972, David (D.M.) Cornish is old enough to have seen and been astounded by the very first Star Wars film. The discovery of Lord of the Rings when he was 12, then Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake while at university, inspired his love of word conjuring and the invention of secondary worlds. An illustrator by training, he has written and illustrated many books for children and young adults, such as the internationally successful 'Monster-Blood Tattoo' series and the Rollo children’s picture books series. [davidcornishillustration.crevado.com]


  • 'Monster-Blood Tattoo' trilogy (Omnibus Books) and Tales of the Half-Continent (Omnibus Books, 2014)
  • The Rollo picture book series: I Don’t Want to Eat My Dinner (HarperCollins, 2014), I Don’t Want to Go to Bed (HarperCollins, 2016), I Don’t Want to Clean My Teeth (HarperCollins, 2018)
  • Emu's Halloween illustrated by Anne Mangan (HarperCollins, 2015)
  • Here Comes a Kiss illustrated by Stacy McLearey (Little Hare, 2015)
  • The Frog Prince illustrated by Margrete Lamond (Little Hare, 2016)
  • Jasper Juggles Jellyfish illustrated by Ben Long (Ford Street Publishing, 2018)

CORNISH, Richard

Richard Cornish is an award-winning food writer whose love of the land leads him to explore the issues around food, where it comes from, how it gets to us and why some foods taste better than others. He is co-author with Phillippa Grogan of Phillippa’s Home Baking (Lantern Books). Twitter: @FoodCornish


  • Phillipa's Home Baking co-authored by Phillipa Grogran (Penguin Random House, 2017)

CRABB, Annabel

Annabel Crabb is an Australian political journalist, commentator and television host who is the ABC's chief online political writer. She has worked for Adelaide's The Advertiser, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald, and won a Walkley Award in 2009 for her Quarterly Essay, 'Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull'. She has written two books covering events within the Australian Labor Party, as well The Wife Drought, a book about women's work life balance. She has hosted ABC television shows Kitchen Cabinet, The House and Back in Time for Dinner.
Twitter: @annabelcrab


  • Losing It: The Inside Story of the Labor Party in Opposition (Picador, 2005)
  • The Wife Drought (Random House, 2014)
  • Special Delivery: Favourite Food to Make and Take, Co-Authored by Wendy Sharpe (Murdoch Books, 2015)
  • Special Guest: Recipes for the Happily Imperfect Host, Co-Authored by Wendy Sharpe (Murdoch Books, 2018)


Simon Crerar is the founding editor of BuzzFeed Australia. Born and bred in the safety of Scotland (where there are no such things as common death adders), he fell in love with Australia from the moment he woke at 33,000 feet in an aeroplane somewhere over the Northern Territory, and saw the outback glowing blood red under his first southern hemisphere sunrise.


  • 88 Reasons Why Australia is the Craziest (HarperCollins, 2016)

CROOME, Andrew

Andrew Croome was raised in Hobart and Albury-Wodonga and he has worked as a computer programmer, writing teacher and copywriter. His first work of fiction was Document Z, a Cold War historical novel. It won the 2008 The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. In 2010 Andrew was named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year. His articles and reviews have appeared in various publications, including The Age and The Australian. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne.


  • Document Z (Allen & Unwin, 2008) Winner, 2008 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award, 2008 UTS Award for New Writing at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards; Shortlisted, 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, 2008 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction
  • Midnight Empire (Allen & Unwin, 2012)


Mark Cross is a consulting psychiatrist. He was born in South Africa and studied medicine at the University of Cape Town. He developed an early interest in HIV issues and psychiatry, working in South Africa and London then emigrating to Australia. In 2014 Dr Cross was introduced to the Australian public as part of the ground-breaking ABC TV documentary series Changing Minds: The Inside Story, which received a hugely positive community and critical response, described by the Sydney Morning Herald as 'healing and inspirational'.


  • Changing Minds: The Go-to Guide to Mental Health for You, Family, and Friends, Co-Authored by Dr Catherine Hanrahan (HarperCollins, 2016)

CUSKELLY, Maryrose

Maryrose Cuskelly is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of two books, Original Skin: An exploration of the remarkable human hide (Scribe 2010) and The End of Charity: Time for social enterprise (Allen & Unwin 2008), which she wrote with Nic Frances, and was the winner of the Iremonger Award. Her essays and articles have been published in a range of magazines, journals, and newspapers, including The Age, The Australian, The Melbourne Magazine, WellBeing, The Big Issue and RealTime. Last year Maryrose won the Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing (Non-fiction) for her essay 'Well Before Dark'.


  • The End of Charity: Time for social enterprise (Allen & Unwin 2008)
  • Original Skin: An exploration of the remarkable human hide (Scribe 2010)