d’HAGÉ, Adrian

Adrian d'Hagé served as a platoon commander in Vietnam, where after a prolonged engagement with a North Vietnamese Army heavy machine gun company, he was awarded the Military Cross. His military service included command of an infantry battalion, director of joint operations and head of defence public relations. In 1994 Adrian was made a Member of the Order of Australia. In his last appointment, he headed defence planning for counter terrorism security for the Sydney Olympics, including security against chemical, biological and nuclear threats. He holds degrees in chemistry and theology and a PhD on US International Relations. Adrian has written six internationally published novels, the most recently published being The Russian Affair, described as a timely, and terrifyingly realistic novel about of world politics by one of Australia's best thriller writers.


  • The Omega Scroll (Penguin Random House, 2006)
  • The Beijing Conspiracy (Penguin Random House, 2008)
  • The Maya Codex (Penguin Random House, 2011) Nominated, 2011 Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing for Best Novel
  • The Inca Prophecy (Penguin Random House, 2012)
  • The Alexandria Connection (Penguin, 2014)
  • The Russian Affair (Penguin Random House, 2018)

DARLING, Stephanie

Stephanie Darling has had a long and impressive career in beauty journalism and is obsessed with all things beauty, lifestyle, words and visuals. She has worked in the magazine industry for over 30 years, with the best of the best on Vogue Australia, Harper’s Bazaar and madison and has interviewed Anne Hathaway in Paris, Dame Edna in New York, Aerin Lauder in Tokyo, among many others. She is the Beauty Director of Sunday Life in the Sun Herald and Daily Life online.


  • Secrets of A Beauty Queen (Penguin, 2017)


Sarah Darmody is an Australian writer. She published her first book at 23 and her parents bought her a fancy pen to celebrate. Her handwriting is unreadable, but she still carries the pen everywhere. Sarah is the author of books and stories about a range of improbably related things (a compendium of stories about breasts, what happens after you win the Green Card lottery, a childhood living in Borneo) and has worked in publishing, film, journalism, and for various government agencies including emergency services and public broadcasters. Sarah types everything with one finger, regularly appears on national television as a cultural commentator, and is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in Australia. Sarah is a generally excitable person who loves a great many things, especially books and reading. And travelling. And lists. And lists of things she loves – this needs to end here. She edited Thanks for the Mammaries, a collection featuring celebrated female Australian authors to raise money for breast cancer research (Penguin, 2009) and contributed to a travel story collection, Take Me With You (Random House, 2005).


  • Film: it's a contact sport (New Holland, 2002)
  • Ticket to Ride - Lost and Found in America (Penguin, 2005)

DAS, Sushi

Sushi Das is an award-winning British/Australian journalist of Indian origin who worked for The Age newspaper for 22 years. She held various roles including news editor, columnist and opinion editor. Educated and raised in London, she migrated to Australia in 1991 and began her career as a news reporter at Australian Associated Press. Her work, which often focuses on race relations, culture clash and equality for women, has been recognised with two Melbourne Press Club Quill awards, including Best Columnist. She is an experienced public speaker and currently works as a freelance columnist and writing consultant. Her memoir Deranged Marriage has been taught as a school text at Victorian secondary schools.
Twitter: @SushiDas1


  • Deranged Marriage (Random House, 2012)

D'ATH, Justin

Justin D’Ath’s many books for younger readers have established him as an author with a flair for zany comedy. His popular Extreme Adventure series was made into a television series by SLR Productions. Justin has also contributed to the series Stuff Happens (Penguin), which chronicles everyday challenges to boys, alongside other established authors.


  • 'Extreme Adventure' series (Penguin)
  • 'Mission Fox' series (Penguin)
  • 'Lost World Circus' series (Penguin)
  • Hunters and Warriors (Allen & Unwin, 2001)
  • Shaedow Master (Allen & Unwin, 2003)
  • Infamous (Allen & Unwin, 2003)
  • Quentar Skyflower (Hachette, 2006)
  • Pool (Ford Street Publishing, 2007)
  • Dinosaur Dreaming Illustrated by Mike Spoor (Penguin, 2012)

DEASEY, Louisa

Louisa Deasey is the Melbourne-based author of the memoir, A Letter from Paris: A true story of hidden art, lost romance and family reclaimed (Scribe Publications). Louisa has published widely, including work in Overland, Vogue, Stylus Poetry Journal and The Saturday Age. Her first memoir, Love and Other U-Turns, was nominated for the Nita B. Kibble Award for women writers.


  • Love and Other U-Turns (Allen & Unwin, 2010) Nominated, 2010 Nita B. Kibble Award for Women Writers
  • A Letter from Paris: A true story of hidden art, lost romance and family reclaimed (Scribe, 2018)

DE PIERRES, Marianne

Marianne de Pierres has won both Aurealis and Davitt awards for her science fiction and crime novels. Her Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a Role Playing Game. Marianne likes to work across genres, and includes YA, children's writing and comics in her repertoire.


  • The Night Creatures series (Random House)
  • Sentients of Orion series (Hachette)
  • Parrish Plessis series (Hachette)
  • Peacemaker series (Angry Robot)
  • Tara Sharp series, Pseudonym: Marianne Delacourt (Deadlines)


Brigid Delaney is a former lawyer turned journalist. She has been a staff writer and editor for Sydney Morning Herald and worked in digital news and on the foreign desk at the Telegraph and as a features writer for CNN.com. Her writing has appeared in The Age, Martha’s Vineyard Gazette, The Guardian, Vogue and The Griffith Review. She is based in Sydney and works at The Guardian. Brigid is currently based London, where she works as a feature writer for CNN.com and contributes features and opinion pieces to Fairfax newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney.


  • The Restless Life: Churning through Love, Work and Play (MUP, 2009)
  • Wild Thimgs (HarperCollins, 2014)
  • Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness (Nero, 2017)

Di'BARTOLO, Michele

Michele Di’Bartolo was born and raised in Brisbane, and has spent time in London and Sicily. The Sicilian Kitchen, published in September 2008, is her first book. The work was shortlisted for the Manuscript Award in the 2006 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.


  • The Sicilian Kitchen (Penguin, 2008)


Demet Divaroren was born in Adana, Turkey and migrated to Australia with her family when she was six months old. She writes fiction and non-fiction and her writing has appeared in Island magazine, Scribe’s New Australian Stories, The Age Epicure, The Big Issue, and was commended in the Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize. She was also shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Literary Award. She appears as a panelist, guest speaker and workshop leader at literary festivals, universities, and schools across Melbourne.


  • Orayt? (Allen & Unwin, 2008) Shortlisted: the Australian / Vogel National Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript
  • Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia with Amra Pajalic (Allen & Unwin, 2014) Shortlisted: Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
  • Living on Hope Street (Allen & Unwin, 2017) Winner: 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Young Adult Fiction. Shortlisted: 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction


Sara Donati lives in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. The bestselling author of Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, Sara Donati also writes as Rosina Lippi. Under that name her novel Homestead won the Pen/Hemingway Award in 1998 and was shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize. The ‘final’ title in the Wilderness series, The Endless Forest, was published in 2010.


  • 'Wilderness' series (Random House)
  • Tied to the Tracks (Random House, 2008)
  • The Pyjama Girls of Lambert Square (Allen & Unwin, 2009)
  • The Guilded Hour (Penguin Random House, 2015)
  • Where the Light Enters (forthcoming 2019)

DREWE, Robert

Internationally reknowned author Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne in 1943, but grew up and was educated on the West Australian coast. The Swan River and Indian Ocean coast, where he learned to swim and surf, made an immediate and lasting impression on him. At Hale School he was captain of the school swimming team and editor of the school magazine, the Cygnet. Swimming and publishing have remained interests all his life. He joined The West Australian as a cadet reporter when he was 18 and The Age after that, where he became Chief of the Sydney bureau at 22, living in a small sandstone terrace in Euroka Street, North Sydney, where Henry Lawson once lived. During his time as a journalist and editor of newspapers and magazines, he won two Walkley Awards for journalism. While still in his twenties, he turned from journalism to writing fiction. His fiction has won numerous literary accolades and translated into many languages – his work The Drowner made Australian literary history by becoming the first novel to win the Premier’s Literary Prize in every state. Our Sunshine was made into an internationally successful film, Ned Kelly, directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom and Naomi Watts, and The Shark Net and The Bodysurfers have also become successful television mini-series. Robert is also the editor of two international short-story anthologies, The Penguin Book of the Beach and The Penguin Book of the City, and edited Best Australian Stories in 2006 and 2007 along with Best Australian Essays in 2010. He also wrote the play South American Barbecue. He has lived and worked in San Francisco and London and been writer-in-residence at the University of Western Australia, La Trobe University in Melbourne, the South Bank Centre at Royal Festival Hall, London, and at Brixton Prison in London. He has received an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Queensland, and an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Western Australia. Robert has served as a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the management committees of the Australian Society of Authors, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival.


  • The Savage Crows (Collins, 1976)
  • A Cry in the Jungle Bar (Collins, 1979)
  • The Bodysurfers (James Fraser Publishing, 1983) Shortlisted, 1984 National Book Council Award for Australian Literature
  • Fortune (Pan Macmillan, 1986) Second Prize, 1987 National Book Council Award for Australian Literature
  • The Bay of Contented Men (Pan Macmillan, 1989) Winner, 1990 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the best book in Australasia and South-East Asia
  • Our Sunshine (Pan MacMillan, 1991) Shortlisted, 1992 NBC Banjo Awards for Fiction
  • The Drowner (Pan Macmillan, 1996) Winner, 1998 Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Premier's Award for the Best Overall Published Work and National Fiction Award, 1997 WA Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize, 1997 WA Premier's Book Awards for Fiction, 1997 NSW Premier's Literary Awards for Book of the Year, 1997 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 1997 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction; Shortlisted, 1997 NBC Banjo Awards for Fiction
  • Walking Ella (Penguin, 1999)
  • The Shark Net (Penguin, 2000) Winner, 2000 Western Australian Premier's Prize for Non-Fiction, 2000 The Courier-Mail Book of the Year Prize, 2003 Vision Australia Award
  • Grace (Penguin, 2005) Shortlisted, 2006 QLD Premier's Literary Awards for Best Fiction Book, 2006 South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book; Commended, 2005 FAW Melbourne University Publishing Award
  • The Rip (Penguin, 2008) Shortlisted, 2009 QLD Premier's Literary Awards Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award
  • Sand with John Kinsella (Fremantle Press, 2010)
  • Montebello (Penguin, 2012) Shortlisted, 2013 National Biography Award, 2013 WA Premier's Book Awards for Non Fiction, 2013 ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal; Longlisted, 'The Nib' CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
  • Swimming to the Moon (Fremantle Press, 2014)
  • Whipbird (Penguin, 2017)

DREYFUS, Suelette

Dr Suelette Dreyfus is an award-winning writer and journalist. In addition to writing the first major book about computer hacking in Australia, Underground, she was the Associate Producer of a documentary about hackers. Her articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as The Independent (London), The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. She began work on Underground while completing her PhD. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she runs several major research projects in information systems. A new and updated edition of Underground, taking into account the Julian Assange story, was published in 2011.


  • Underground: Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier (Penguin, 1997)
  • Underground: The Julian Assange Story with Julian Assange, (Penguin, 2011)


Jo Dutton was born in Adelaide but spent her early childhood in the Solomon Islands. She now lives with her family in a large and chaotic household in Central Australia.


  • On the Edge of Red (Transworld, 1998) Shortlisted, 1998 WA Premier's Book Awards for Fiction
  • Out of Place (Random House, 2006) Shortlisted, 2006 NT Book of the Year Award
  • From Alice with Love (Allen & Unwin, 2013) Shortlisted, 2014 NT Literary Awards Chief Minster's Book of the Year

DUX, Monica

Monica Dux is a columnist with The Age, a social commentator and author. She can be heard regularly on ABC radio and 3RRR, and has published widely, especially on women’s issues. Monica is one of the founders of the Stella Prize celebrating Australian women’s writing.


  • The Great Feminist Denial With Zora Simic (Melbourne University Press, 2008)
  • Things I didn't Expect (When I was Expecting) (Melbourne University Press, 2013)
  • Mothermorphosis, Editor (Melbourne University Press, 2015)