Nick Earls is the author of 26 books for adults, teenagers and children, which have been widely translated. His novels have won awards in Australia and the UK, and appeared on bestseller lists in both those countries and the Amazon Kindle Store. Five of his books have been adapted into stage plays and two into feature films. Nick is also involved with numerous children’s charities, helping to change the lives of underprivileged children throughout the world.
Twitter: @nickearls


  • Passion (UQP, 1992)
  • Zigzag Street (Anchor, 1996) Winner, 1998 International Awards, Betty Trask Prize
  • After January (UQP, 1996) Winner, 1996 Royal Blind Society Talking Book of the Year Award, Young People's Category; Shortlisted, 1998 Festival Awards for Literature (SA) National Children's Award
  • Bachelor Kisses (Penguin, 1998)
  • 48 Shades of Brown (Penguin, 1999) Winner, Children's Book Council book of the Year Awards 2000, Book of the Year: Older Readers
  • Headgames (Viking, 1999)
  • Perfect Skin (Penguin, 2000) Shortlisted, 2003 One Book One Brisbane
  • World of Chickens (Viking, 2001)
  • Making Laws for Clouds (Penguin, 2002)
  • The Thompson Gunner (Viking, 2004)
  • Monica Bloom (Penguin, 2006) Longlisted, 2007 Inky Awards, Gold Inky
  • Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight with Rebecca Sparrow (Penguin, 2007)Longlisted, 2008 Inky Awards, Gold Inky
  • The True Story of Butterfish (Random House Australia, 2009)
  • The Fix (Vintage, 2011) Shortlisted, 2012 Queensland Literary Awards - The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
  • Welcome to Normal (Vintage, 2012)
  • The Curious Dictionary, Illustrated by Terry Whidborne (UQP, 2012) Shortlisted, 2013 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
  • The Lost Hunters with Terry Whidborne (UQP, 2013)
  • 'Word Hunters' series (UQP) Shortlisted, Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards for Eight to 10 Years
  • Analogue Men: A Novel (Random House, 2014) Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Litery Awards Courier Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
  • New Boy (Penguin, 2015) Winner, 2016 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
  • Top Secret Files (University of Queensland Press, 2016) Shortlisted, 2017 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards for 8 to 10 Years
  • Wisdom Tree: Five Novellas (Inkerman and Blunt, 2016) Shortlisted, 2017 Colin Roderick Award; for the novella Vancouver (Inkerman and Blunt, 2016): Winner, 2017 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award; Finalist, 2017 Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year; Shortlisted, 2017 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2017 Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award

EASTMAN, Merridy

Author and actress Merridy Eastman is a NIDA graduate whose career began in the late 80s with a five-year stint as a Playschool presenter. Having performed in a swag of productions for the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company over many years, Merridy also appeared on all the usual television comedy dramas and was a regular cast member of Always Greener as well as Packed to the Rafters and Rake. In 2002 Merridy wrote her first book, a humorous memoir based on her experience working as a nervous receptionist in a Sydney brothel. There’s A Bear In There (And He Wants Swedish) was a bestseller in Australia, has since been published in the UK and Germany, and will be made into a television series. She has since written several other books, all published by Allen & Unwin. Merridy has also been commissioned to write for the stage musical Breast Wishes, and has been a contributing writer to anthologies for Penguin’s Thanks for The Mammaries, and Pan Macmillan’s Just Between Us.


  • There's a Bear in There (And He Wants Swedish) (Allen & Unwin, 2002)
  • Ridiculous Expectations (Allen & Unwin, 2006)
  • How Now Brown Frau (Allen & Unwin, 2011)


Kate Elkington is the author of Wool Spin Burn, a linked short story collection which was shortlisted for the 2015 Queensland Literary Award (Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript category). Her short fiction has been published in literary journals and anthologies including The Best Australian Stories 2014, Meanjin, The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Overland, Westerly, Kill Your Darlings, and more. Kate has completed a Doctor of Creative Arts and a Masters of Communication (Creative Writing) degree and is working on her first novel. She lives on the Sunshine Coast.


  • Wool Spin Burn Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards for Emerging Queensland Author Manuscript Award


Mick Elliott is a children's television producer, scriptwriter and animator. Since 2001 he has worked at Nickelodeon Australia, overseeing award-winning series for kids of all ages. His credits as producer include Camp Orange, Play Along With Ollie, Slimefest and hundreds of advertising campaigns. His work at Nickelodeon has won more than twenty international awards, while his animated short films have screened at over sixty festivals worldwide. Mick lives in Sydney with his wife, two kids and a garden full of lizards.
Instagram: @whatmicksaw


  • The Turners (Hachette, 2016) Shortlisted, 2016 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
  • Camp Freakout: The Turners Book 2 (Hachette, 2016)
  • Fully Doomed: The Turners Book 3 (Hachette, 2017)


Jack Ellis was born in Sydney, Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Music in classical composition at Sydney Conservatorium, then spent a year in The Hague on scholarship, studying composition with Louis Andriessen. On returning to Australia, he recorded two albums of his original songs with his band Zanica. Jack began writing stories and articles in between musical commitments. He now focuses on writing, and has been published in major magazines, such as Women’s Health, and websites such as Crikey and ABC’s The Drum.


  • The Best Feeling of All (Arcardia, 2014)


Dr Bella Ellwood-Clayton was born in Melbourne, spent her early years in Canada, and returned to Australia in 2000 to study and live. She is an internationally-respected sexual anthropologist who holds a B.A. Hons (Concordia University), and a PhD (University of Melbourne). She wrote a popular column for the high-circulation transit paper MX and for Sunday Life, is a regular social commentator for television and radio, and has made a popular documentary with National Geographic. Sex Drive: In pursuit of female desire, a groundbreaking work on contemporary female identity and sexuality, is her first book.


  • Sex Drive: In pursuit of female desire (Allen & Unwin, 2012)


Amy Espeseth was born in rural Wisconsin in 1974 and immigrated to Australia in 1998. She holds a MA in creative writing from the University of Melbourne where she is a sessional tutor and PhD student. Her fiction has appeared in various journals, and she received the Felix Meyer Award for Literature in 2007. Her novel Sufficient Grace won the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript.


  • Sufficient Grace (Scribe, 2009) Shortlisted, 2014 Barbara Jeffries Award, 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for Fiction; Longlisted, 2013 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel, 2013 Stella Prize
  • Trouble Telling the Weather Winner, 2012 CAL Scrive Fiction Prize


Mark Evans is a Sydney-based musician best known for being a member of the classic line-up of AC/DC featuring Bon Scott. He has been named one of Australian music industry’s 'noisiest quiet achievers'. He was nominated to the USA Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and is also highly regarded as a vintage guitar collector and dealer.


  • Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside and Outside of AC/DC (Allen & Unwin, 2011)

EZARD, Teage

Teage Ezard is a multi award winning chef and restaurateur who owns and operates two Melbourne restaurants, ezard and Gingerboy, and ezard@Levantine Hill Estate. He is the author of three successful cookbooks based on his cuisine and restaurants.


  • Ezard: Contemporary Asian Food (Hardie Grant, 2003)
  • Lotus: Asian Flavours (Hardie Grant, 2006)
  • Gingerboy: Creative Street Food with Chris Donnellan (HarperCollins, 2011)