Scot Gardner became a writer after a chance meeting with a magazine editor while hitchhiking in eastern Australia. Magazine articles led to op-ed newspaper pieces and eventually novels. His many books have found local and international favour and garnered praise and awards for their honest take on adolescent life. Scot lives with his wife, children and some chickens in country Victoria. www.scotgardner.com
Robert Geddes is one of the few Australian-born Masters of Wine. Robert, with his unique blend of knowledge, experience and showmanship wrote The Art of Wine: A Good Nose and Great Legs published by Murdoch Books in October 2007.
Initially trained as a lawyer, Anna has worked in the legal world as well as the film and television industries. She studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, and has written feature film scripts. She is currently working on her second novel, which is set on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children. What Came Before (Penguin, 2014) is her first novel.
Picture book writer Katrina Germein is the author of the best-selling books Big Rain Coming and My Dad Thinks He’s Funny. Both are published internationally and My Dads Thinks He’s Funny was Highly Commended in the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Two of Katrina’s other titles, Leaving and Baby Gets Dressed, are Children’s Book Council Notable Books. In 2013/14 new books for Katrina will include Somebody’s House, My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny and Thunderstorm Dancing.
Lucinda Gifford is an illustrator, author-illustrator and graphic designer. Winner of the inaugural Five Mile Press Illustrator Prize for her forthcoming original picture book, Arthur and the Curiosity, Lucinda is the author-illustrator of Space Invader at Planet Dad (out soon from Scholastic). Her illustrations appear in the picturebook Frankie and Finn by Mark and Klay Lamprell, published in 2015 by Hachette. She lives in Melbourne.
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Though she never played high school football or milked cows, Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a big fan of family farms and Wisconsin. She herself grew up on a tiny farm in Connecticut and attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania. Catherine lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband and two children. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Dairy Queen and its sequel The Off Season. Her latest novel, Wisdom’s Kiss, will be published by Houghton Mifflin in late 2011 www.catherinemurdock.com
Joseph F Girzone retired from the priesthood in 1981 for health reasons, and began an unexpectedly successful writing career. In addition to the best-selling 'Joshua' novels, he is also the author of an autobiographical introduction to spirituality, Never Alone.
Kári Gíslason is a memoirist, travel writer and creative writing teacher lecturing in creative writing and literary studies at QUT
- The Promise of Iceland (University of Queensland Press, 2011) Shortlisted: 2012 Queensland Literary Awards, The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
- The Ash Burner (University of Queensland Press, 2015) Shortlisted: 2015 Queensland Literary Awards, The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
Libby writes novels and picture books for young people as well as short stories. She has been shortlisted or has won every major award in Australia and in 2000 her picture book, The Great Bear, illustrated by Armin Greder won the Bologna Ragazzi, the only Australian title to have won this award.
Her recent titles include the novels Mahtab’s Story and Red (Allen& Unwin) and the picture books Amy and Louis, illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Scholastic) which won the CBCA Early Childhood award 2007 and Look a Book, illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Little Hare).
Libby has taught English in Australia and overseas and frequently lectures to post-graduate students on children’s literature and creative writing.
Anna Goldsworthy is an award-winning writer and pianist. She has published two memoirs, Piano Lessons and Welcome to Your New Life, and is the author of the Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business. Anna is a founding member of Seraphim Trio, and is currently Artistic Director of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, cultural critic for The Monthly, Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholar at Janet Clarke Hall, and Research Fellow at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide.
In 2013, Anna provided a new libretto for Victorian Opera’s production of The Magic Pudding. She tours Australia extensively in concert with Seraphim Trio, as soloist for Musica Viva Countrywide, and with the stage adaptation of her bestselling memoir, Piano Lessons. She records for the ABC Classics label.
Peter Goldsworthy divides his time equally between writing and his career in medicine. His novels, including the much acclaimed Maestro, have sold over a quarter of a million copies in Australia alone, and have been translated into several European and Asian languages. He has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and Australian Bicentennial Literary Award and, jointly with composer Richard Mills, the 2002 Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work for the opera Batavia. His critically acclaimed novel Three Dog Night (Penguin) was short-listed for numerous literary prizes, receiving the prestigious Christina Stead Award. Everything I Knew was published by Penguin in 2008, and was followed by another short story collection, Gravel. In 2010 he was awarded a Medal of Australia for services to literature. His memoir, My Stupid Boyhood, was published in 2013 (Penguin).
Stan Grant has been a journalist for a quarter of a century. He has been an ABC Federal Political Correspondent, London based European Correspondent for the Seven Network and China Correspondent for CNN based in Beijing. Stan joined CNN in December 2001, initially co-anchoring the network’s daily morning show in Hong Kong and then becoming Beijing correspondent. He was also part of the news teams covering Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami, for which CNN won the prestigious Peabody and duPont Awards respectively. Stan has also been honoured with Asia TV awards, firstly in 2002 for anchoring CNN’s Newsbiz Today, then again in 2006 with two awards: Best Current Affairs Anchor and – for his coverage of the Pakistan earthquake – Best Current Affairs Report. While based in Australia, where he worked for ABC TV and the Seven Network, Stan covered four Federal elections as well as international stories ranging from the conflicts in Kashmir to the death of Princess Diana. When he was at Seven, Stan hosted Today Tonight, 11am, Face to Face and Real Life, which received the Logie for Most Popular Public Affairs program in 1994. As well as presenting for several current affairs program on commercial television, Stan Grant has been anchor of SBS TV World News and presenter of ABC Radio’s Speaking Out program. Stan is a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi Aboriginal people. In 2001 Harper Collins published his book on his family’s history and identity The Tears of Strangers.
J. M. Green is the author of Good Money, the first crime-noir novel featuring social worker Stella Hardy. It was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. J. M. Green studied professional writing at RMIT. Her work has appeared in Overland and received an honourable mention in the Sisters in Crime Scarlett Stiletto Short Story competition. She divides her time between writing in her backyard studio and working as a librarian in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
Andy Griffiths’ books have won numerous children’s choice awards in Australia. His fourth book in the ‘Just!’ series, Just Disgusting! topped both the children’s and adult’s bestseller lists when it was released in Australia and the first ‘Bum Book’ The Day my Bum Went Psycho debuted at number eight on The New York Times children’s bestseller list. Andy’s ‘Schooling Around’ series comprises Treasure Fever!, Pencil of Doom!, Robot Riot! and Mascot Madness!. Andy and illustrator Terry Denton continue to work together on books for young people, including The Cat on the Mat is Flat, The Big Fat Cow Went Kapow and in 2011 What Body Part Is That. Their new ‘Treehouse’ series comprises four books, with the 39-Storey Treehouse and the 52-Storey Treehouse both going straight to number 1 on the Australian bestseller list.
Phillippa Grogan learned a natural affinity for baking at her mother’s side, and has turned this into a career, with her breads, cakes and provisions widely enjoyed around Australia. Wellington-born, Phillippa completed her Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University before going on to live and work in France and Britain, cooking under doyenne of simple seasonal food Sally Clarke.
In 1994 Phillippa opened the doors of a bakery and provision store in Armadale, Melbourne focusing on traditional breads and pastries. Twenty years on, and Phillippa has opened three other bakeries around Melbourne, selling her goods nationally. She was a founding member of the Specialist Cheese Makers’ Association, and is a judge of various food industry awards. She has appeared on television including Masterchef Australia.
She lives in Melbourne with her husband and fellow baker Andrew O’Hara and three children, all of whom enjoy baking together on weekends. She is the co-author of Phillippa’s Home Baking, with Richard Cornish (Lantern Books), winner of the Australian division for Best Pastry Book in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2015.
Wayne Grogan was born in Sydney in 1953. He was a member of the Waterside Workers Federation for sixteen years. He won a Deakin University Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for creative writing and was runner-up in the Henry Lawson Short Story Award. Wayne’s first novel Junkie Pilgrim won the 2004 Ned Kelly Award for best First Novel of Crime Writing. Vale Byron Bay is his second novel. He lives with his wife and children in Sydney and works as an antiquarian book dealer. Heavy Allies is his third novel based on the Nugan Hard Bank. It was published in 2008.
Darren Groth is a prominent Australian-Canadian author, speaker and mentor. His novels include Kindling (Hachette, 2010; Global Group Holdings, 2011) and the acclaimed Are You Seeing Me? (Random House, 2014; Orca, 2015). His work has won the Adelaide Festival Award for Young Adult Literature, been recognized by the American Booksellers Association and the International Youth Library, and has been shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year (AUS), the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (AUS) and the Governor General’s Literary Awards (CAN). His new novel is titled Exchange of Heart in AUS/NZ and Munro vs. the Coyote in CAN/US.
- The Procrastinator (Jacobyte Books, 2000)
- MVP: Most Valuable Potential (Ninderry Press, 2003) Shortlisted, 2004 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Young Adult Book
- The Umbilical Word (Interactive Press, 2008)
- Kindling (Hachette, 2010)
- Master Disaster (Random House, 2014)
- Are You Seeing Me? (Random House, 2014) Shortlisted, 2015 Children's Book Council Book of the Year for Older Readers, 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards for Young Adult Book, 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Young Adults' Fiction, 2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for Young Adult Fiction, 2016 WA Premier's Book Awards for Young Adults
- Exchange of the Heart (Random House, 2017)
Ben Groundwater is an Australian travel writer, blogger, journalist and former men’s mag hack. He began his writing career at age eight by penning a fake soccer magazine to impress his English teacher. It was a work that, 22 years later, he’s still yet to surpass. A professional writer for 10 years, Ben began his career at Brisbane News, before he decided to see the world, taking off to write freelance travel features for newspapers like The Courier-Mail and The Sydney Morning Herald, as well as various travel magazines. Now, on top of writing the hugely popular weekly travel blog The Backpacker for Fairfax Media, Ben‘s first book, Five Ways to Carry a Goat was published by UQP. Ben’s parents would really appreciate it if he’d find a real job and settle down.