Dave Hackett (aka Cartoon Dave) is ‘an outrageously handsome author, cartoonist and regular visitor to kids TV.’ The kind of guy who likes drawing bums with afros (just because he can), Dave has presented his high-energy, fully interactive cartooning workshops to over 175,000 people in schools, libraries and at Festivals and Expos all over Australia. Spanning three decades, Dave has been cartooning on TV shows airing all over the world, and can currently be seen scribbling each week on Channel Eleven’s Toasted TV.
He is the author of seven how-to cartooning books, three picture books and six novels. Dave has a pile of children, loves bacon but doesn’t eat it and knows more about 1980s pop music than any grown man should.


  • UFO : Unavoidable Family Outing Dave Hackett (Puffin, 2006)
  • UFO in the USA: Unavoidable Family Outing 2 (Puffin, 2007)
  • Norman Enormus (Puffin, 2009) Shortlisted, 2009 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award for Best Language Development Book for Young Childen
  • Unstoppable Brainspin (Puffin, 2010)
  • Hamilton Handstand (Puffin, 2011)
  • The Summer of Kicks University of Queensland Press, 2014)
  • Time for Bed, Daddy (University of Queensland Press, 2015)
  • Time for School, Daddy (University of Queensland Press, 2018)

HALE, Eleni

Eleni Hale's first novel Stone Girl was published by Penguin Random House in May, 2018. She was previously a reporter at the Herald Sun, a communications strategist for the union movement and has written for many print and online news publications. Her short story 'Fig' was published as part of the ABC’s 'In their Branches' project and she has received three Varuna awards. She lives in Melbourne and is currently working on her second book.
Twitter: Eleni Hale
Facebook: Eleni Hale Author
Website: elenihale.com


  • Stone Girl (Penguin Random House, 2018) Voted the Best Young Adult Book of 2018 by Readings customers, voted Favourite YA Read of 2018 by Kids’ Book Review, voted in the Top Ten Best Young Adult Books of the Year in 2018 by Readings, shortlisted for the 2018 Book of the Year by the Younger Sun, voted in the top 100 great reads by Australian women in 2018, Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature.

HALL, Tiffiny

Tiffiny Hall is founder of health and wellness program TIFFXO.com, an author, expert trainer, journalist and television personality, best known for her role as trainer on The Biggest Loser, which earned her a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent. Currently the resident Health Expert on Channel Ten’s program The Living Room, Tiffiny Hall is one of the highest qualified female martial artists in the world for her age. She is a Sixth Dan Black Belt Master Instructor, qualified personal trainer with a Diploma of Sport Coaching, specialising in martial arts. Tiff is passionate about creative writing and has published four novels with her next Young Adult novel set for release in 2018. She has written four health books and a cookbook.
Facebook: Tiffinyhall
Instagram: @TiffHallofficial, @tiffxo_official


  • White Ninja (HarperCollins, 2012)
  • Red Samurai (HarperCollins, 2013)
  • Black Warrior (HarperColins, 2014)
  • Maxi and the Magical Money Tree (HarperCollins, 2015)
  • Dear France (HarperCollins, 2015)

HALL, Claire

Claire Hall was born in England but emigrated to Sydney, Australia in 2004. With a degree in Politics with International Relations, Claire decided to change career direction and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology and later studied at Results Coaching Systems to become an Accredited Life Coach. Claire has been an assessor and mentor to new coaches in the industry as well as establishing her coaching practice, Authentic Empowerment. Claire often contributes to media channels including Body and Soul, Huffington Post, Wellbeing Magazine, Madison Magazine, Good Health Magazine, Empower Magazine, Cleo and Cosmopolitan to name a few.


  • Empowered Fertility: A Practical Twelve-Step Guide (Hachette Australia, 2016)


Jacinta Halloran lives in Melbourne, where she works as a GP and has been a board member of the Stella Prize. Her first novel, Dissection, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Helen Garner described Dissection as ‘A bracing and beautiful novel. I recommend it as an unputdownable and richly rewarding read, an extended ethical work-out of the classiest kind.’ Her second novel, Pilgrimage, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award. Amanda Lohrey said of Pilgrimage, ‘Jacinta Halloran is one of our finest proponents of moral realism. Pilgrimage is as affecting a portrait of the mother-daughter relationship as you could hope to find.’ Jacinta Halloran’s third novel is The Science of Appearances, of which Caroline Baum writes, ‘The novel’s intensity and moral complexity reminded me of Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn ... A very impressive achievement.’
Twitter: @JacintaHalloran


  • Dissection (Scribe, 2008) Shortlisted, 2007 Victorian Premier's Literary Award Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer
  • The Pilgrimage (Scribe, 2012) Shortlisted, Barbara Jefferis Award, 2015
  • The Science of Appearances (Scribe, 2016)


Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. For many years he was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The Age. His first book, The River, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award. During the summer of 2008–09, at the height of the millennial drought, Chris travelled extensively throughout Eastern Australia researching his non-fiction book, The River. The drought, his journey through the Murray–Darling Basin and time spent in the New South Wales Riverina inspired the setting for Scrublands. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in international relations. He lives in Canberra.


  • The River: A Journey through the Murray-Darling Basin (Melbourne University Press, 2010) Winner, 2011 Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award; Shortlisted, 2010 Walkley Award for Best Non-Ficton Book
  • The Coast: A Journey along Australia's Eastern Shores (Melbourne University Press, 2012)
  • Scrublands (Allen & Unwin, forthcoming 2018)


Alex Hammond was born in South Africa and emigrated to Australia with his family as a child. He graduated with an Arts/Law degree from the University of Melbourne and worked for several Melbourne law firms. His first novel, Blood Witness, was published by Penguin in 2013, and was short-listed for a Ned Kelly Award for crime writing. Its sequel, The Unbroken Line, will be published is 2015. Both have been optioned as TV series.
Twitter: @hammondauthor


  • Blood Witness (Penguin Books, 2013) Shortlisted, Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
  • The Unbroken Line (Penguin, 2015)

HANRAHAN, Catherine

Catherine Hanrahan is a health journalist and researcher. She has a PhD in immunology from The University of Melbourne and undertook post-doctoral research at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at Charing Cross Hospital in London. Catherine worked for a number of years in London as a medical writer. She was a reporter for Australian GP weekly Medical Observer for five years, reporting on mental health clinical and political issues, and continues to write two columns on mental health and diabetes for Medical Observer.
Catherine works as a freelance journalist and has published with the ABC, Global Mail and Reportage Online. She also works as a researcher for ABC Fact Check and as a producer for 2SER breakfast radio. She was a researcher on the Walkley award-nominated Changing Minds television documentary series with Dr Mark Cross, filmed in Liverpool Hospital’s mental health unit and screened on the ABC in 2014.


HANSEN, Frances

Frances Hansen attended Art School (UNSW COFA) in the mid 1980s in Sydney. Born in New Zealand, she returned there to complete her university studies, gaining a Master of Fine Arts at Elam, University of Auckland. Frances has had many years experience cooking and working in the catering industry while putting herself through study and beyond. Frances co-owned/operated a cafe in Beenleigh (northern NSW) with older sister, Lee, for 12 months, has worked as a chef in an Indian/Indonesian Restaurant, Curry Bazaar, Crows Nest and the original Mexican cafe in Mosman, Sydney.


  • Keepsakes: Recipes, Mementoes and Miscellany (Hardie Grant)


Emma Harcourt is a writer and communications consultant. Over the past 25 years she has worked for The Financial Times Group and the BBC in London, CNN in Hong Kong, and the SBS and News Limited in Australia. In 2011, Emma completed the Writing a Novel course at the Faber Academy in Sydney and her first work of historical fiction was borne. Emma is currently working on her second novel.


  • The Shanghai Wife (HQ Fiction, 2018)


Liz Harfull grew up in the small farming community of Mil Lel, near Mount Gambier, where her family settled in the 1860s. She trained as a journalist at the local newspaper, later working at the Adelaide Advertiser and the Stock Journal. She has also worked as a public relations consultant. Liz lives in the Adelaide Hills where she is busy as an author, freelance journalist, photographer and consultant. A keen amateur cook who thinks whipping up afternoon tea for friends is a great way to relax at the weekend, Liz has maintained her love of country shows since she was a child and lived just a few paddocks away from the local showground. The Blue Ribbon Cookbook was published by Wakefield Press in 2008, and was the Australian winner and runner-up as Best in the World in the 2008 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the Best Easy Recipes category, and shortlisted for the 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards.


  • Women of the Land: Eight Rural Women and Their Remarkable Everyday lives (Allen & Unwin, 2012)
  • Editor City Girl, Country Girl (Allen & Unwin, 2016)


Jane Harper is the author of the international bestsellers The Dry, Force of Nature and The Lost Man, published in Australia by Pan Macmillan. Published in 36 territories worldwide, with film rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, The Dry has won numerous top awards including UK’s CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, the Ned Kelly and two Davitt Awards, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and Indie Award Book of the Year and Australian Book Industry Awards Australian Book of the Year Award. The Dry was shortlisted in the British Book Awards for Crime & Thriller of the Year, and longlisted for the UK's Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Her follow-up novel, Force of Nature, quickly climbed the bestseller list and was shortlisted for the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian General Fiction Book of the Year Award as well as winning the Davitt Award for Readers Choice. Her latest work, The Lost Man, published in 2019 and appeared instantly in The Sunday Times bestseller top ten. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and lives in St Kilda with her husband and daughter. www.janeharper.com.au Twitter: @janeharperautho Facebook: janeharperauthor


  • The Dry (Pan Macmillan, 2016) Winner, 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer, 2017 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year, 2017 Indie Book Awards for Debut Fiction, 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian General Fiction Book of the Year Award, 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian Book of the Year Award, 2017 Davitt Awards Best Adult Novel, 2017 Davitt Awards Readers' Choice Award, 2017 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel, 2017 AudioFile EarPhones Award; Highly Commended, 2016 Christina Stead Fiction Award; Shortlisted, 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards for The Matt Richell Award for New Writers, 2017 UK Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, 2017 Prix Cognac Award (France), Amazon Best Mystery and Thriller Novel 2017, Kobo's Top 10 eBooks of the Year 2017, 2018 British Book Awards Crime & Thriller Book of the Year and 2017 Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel; Longlisted, 2017 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel, 2018 International Dublin Literary Awards, Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award (UK); Nominated, 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery Thriller and Best Debut, Winner 2018 Meilleur Polar International Prize, Winner Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel 2017
  • Force of Nature (Pan Macmillan, 2017) Shortlisted, 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian General Fiction Book of the Year Award, 2018 Indie Awards for Fiction, Winner of 2018 Davitt Award for Readers Choice
  • The Lost Man (Pan Macmillan, 2018)Shortlisted International Thriller Writers Awards for Best Paperback Original Novel 2019, Apple Books Book of the Year 2018, Longlisted ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2019, Shortlisted for ABIA Audiobook of the Year 2019

HARRIS, Catherine

Catherine Harris’s short story collection, Like Being A Wife (Random House), was shortlisted for the Age Fiction Prize, the Barbara Jefferis award, and as a manuscript for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her prose and essays have been published in Australia, Canada, England and the USA. She won the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize (2009) and has since been shortlisted for several national and international awards. Her novel, The Family Men, is published by Black Inc.


  • Life Being a Wife (Random House, 2010) Shortlisted, 2009 Victorian Premier's Literary Award Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer, 2011 Barbara Jefferies Award, 2011 Age Book of the Year Award for Fiction
  • The Family Men (Black Inc, 2014)


Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author of more than fifty books for children and young people. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland. Her first Young Adult novel Thunderwith was made a movie by Hallmark Hall of Fame and her opera libretto Grandma’s Shoes won her an AWGIE. Libby was a National Ambassador for the National Year of Reading in Australia in 2012, and was an Australia Day Ambassador for more than 20 years, visiting country towns to celebrate Australian literature, especially poetry. In 2003 she won the Centenary Medal; and in 2014 the Alice Award given to an Australian woman writer ‘who has made a distinguished and long term contribution to Australian literature.’


  • Stephen's tree Illustrated by Sandra Laroche and Alana Kennedy (Methuen Australia, 1979)
  • Lachlan's Walk Illustrated by Sandra Laroche (Methuen Australia, 1980)
  • The Tram to Bondi Beach Illustrated by Julie Vivas (Methuen Australia, 1981) Highly Commended, 1982 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for Picture Book of the Year
  • Good to Read (Methuen Australia, 1983)
  • Paolo's Secret (Methuen Australia, 1985) Shortlisted, 1986 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for Younger Readers
  • All About Anna and Harriet and Christopher and Me (Methuen Australia, 1986) Honour Book, 1988 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for Younger Readers
  • Looking Out For Sampson (Oxford University Press, 1987) Honoured, 1988 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for Younger Readers
  • Freya's Fantastic Surprise Illustrated by Sharon Thompson (Ashton Scholastic, 1988)
  • Thunderwith (Heinemann Australia, 1989) Runner-up, 1994 COOL Award Secondary Division; Honoured, 1990 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for Older Readers; Commended, Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature
  • The Garden of the World Illustrated by Tricia Oktober (Margaret Hamilton Books, 1989)
  • The Extrordinary Magics of Emma McDade (Oxford University Press, 1989) Shortlisted, 1990 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for Younger Readers
  • Stuntumble Monday Illustrated by Melissa Webb (Collins Dove, 1989)
  • Jezza Sez (Angus and Robertson, 1990)
  • So Who Needs Lotto? (Puffin, 1990)
  • Love Me Tender (Oxford University Press, 1992) Shortlisted, 1993 Australian Multicultural Children's Literature Awards
  • The Lenski Kids and Dracula Illustrated by Peter Viska (Puffin, 1992)
  • Valley Under the Rock (Mammoth, 1993)
  • Koala Babe Illustrated by Viva la Wombat (Mammoth, 1993)
  • Crocodile Feast Illustrated by Viva la Wombat (Mammoth, 1993)
  • Olymp-a-Roo Illustrted by Viva la Wombat (Mammoth, 1993)
  • A Very Important Face (Macmillan Education Australia, 1993)
  • Way Home Illustrted by Gregory Rogers (Random House, 1994) Winner, 1995 Society of Women Writers New South Wales Awards; Shortlisted, 1995 TKD Australian Audio Book Awards
  • What a Star! (Angus and Robertson, 1994)
  • Grandma's Shoes Illustrtated by Elivia (Little, Brown, 1994)
  • A Face in the Water Illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy (Tulika Books, 1994)
  • 21 Wombats Illustrated by Viva la Wombat (Mammoth, 1994)
  • The Surprise Box Illustrated by Pricilla Cutter (Nelson, 1994)
  • Feral Kid (Hodder and Stoughton, 1994) Winner, 1995 Biennial Book Awards for Junior Fiction; Shortlisted, 1995 Human Rights Awards
  • The Wonder Thing Illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe (Viking, 1995) Shortlisted, The 1996 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature
  • The Climb (Viking, 1996) Winner, 1997 Biennial Book Awards for Junior Fiction
  • Juke-box Jive (Hodder Children's Books, 1996)
  • Chrysalis (Mammoth, 1997)
  • Rift (Hodder Headline, 1998) Winner, 1999 Biennial Book Awards for Junior Fiction; Shortlisted, 1998 Christian Schools Book of the Year Awards; Commended, 1999 Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature
  • The Spirited Boy (Lothian, 1998)
  • Sky Sash So Blue Illustrated by Benny Andrews (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998) Honoured, 1998 The Society of School Librarians International Book Awards
  • Double Sorrow (Hodder Children's Books, 1999)
  • Twice the Ring of Fire (Hodder Children's Books, 1999)
  • For Love to Conquer All (Hodder Headline, 1999)
  • Dear Venny, Dear Saffron Co-Authored by Gary Crew (Lothian, 1999)
  • Mogical Ride Illustrated by Garry Flemming (Hodder Children's Books, 1999)
  • Home by Lamb Chop Illustrated by Garry Flemming (Hodder Children's Books, 1999)
  • The Gift Illustrated by Gregory Rogers (Random House, 2000)
  • Grandma's Shoes Illustrated by Caroline Magerl (Hodder Headline Australia, 2000)Winner, 2001 Children's Book Council Book of the Year
  • The Painter (Hodder Headline Australia, 2001)
  • The River Illustrated by Stanley Wong (Curriculum Corporation, 2001) Winner, 2003 Biennial Book Awards for Junion Fiction
  • Volcano Boy (Lothian, 2001) Commended, 2003 Biennial Book Awards for Junior Fiction
  • The Wishing Cupbord Illustrated by Elizabeth Stanley (Lothian Ragged Bears, 2002)
  • Okra and Acacia: The Story of the Wattle Pattern Plate (Hodder Headline Australia, 2002) Shortlisted, 2003 Children's Book Council Book of the Year; Commended, 2003 Biennial Book Awards for Junion Fiction
  • Over the Moon Illustrated by Caroline Magerl (Lothian, 2002)
  • The Great Big Animal Ask Illustrated by Anna Pignataro (Lothian, 2004)
  • Caravan Kids (National Museum of Australia Press, 2006)
  • Letters to a Princess (ABC Books, 2007) Commended, 2009 Biennial Book Awards for Junior Fiction
  • Georgiana: Women of Flowers (Hachette Livre Australia, 2008) Winner, 2009 Biennial Book Awards for Junion Fiction
  • Fire Song (ABC Books, 2009) Commended, 2009 Biennial Book Awards for Junion Fiction
  • Zahara's Rose Illustrated by Doris Unger (Interactive Press Kidz, 2009)
  • The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: A Treasury of Poems for Children (ABC Books, 2010)
  • I Love You Book Illustrated by Heath McKenzie (Interactive Press Kidz, 2010) Third prize, 2011 Biennial Book Awards for Junior Fiction
  • A Boy Like Me: A Story About Peace Illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Harper Collins, 2012)
  • Women's Work: A Collection of Contemporary Women's Poetry Co-Authored by Rachael Bailey (Pax Press, 2013)
  • Outside Illustrated by Ritva Voutila (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014)
  • Eventual Poppy Day (Harper Collins, 2015)
  • A Baby for Loving Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie (Little Hare Books, 2015)
  • A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy (Hachette Australia, 2016)
  • Incredibilia Illustrated by Gaye Chapman (Little Hare Books, 2016) Shortlisted, 2016 Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
  • Butterfly, We're Expecting You! Illustrated by Lisa Stewart (Hachette Australia, 2017)


Janet Hawley was born in Sydney, and has worked on the Australian, the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald as a special feature writer and columnist. Her writing on Australian artists has won two BP Arts Media Awards and three Walkley Awards, including a Gold Walkley Award.


  • Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden (Penguin, 2015) Longlisted, 2016 Australian Book Industry Award for Illustrated Book of the Year

HAYWOOD, Chelsea

Born in remote British Columbia with an insatiable appetite for the raison d’être, Chelsea has travelled independently and as a fashion model since she was 16 years old, including four trips to Japan, and has been featured in magazines, on catwalks and television throughout Asia. Chelsea’s memoir, 90 Day Geisha, an account of her time spent as a hostess in a Tokyo club, was published by Random House in Australia, Arena in Holland and Belgium, Pegasus Books in the United States and Mainstream in the United Kingdom.


  • 90 Day Geisha (Random House, 2011)


Jack Heath is the author of many sci-fi-action novels for young adults, including The Lab, Money Run, Hit List and Replica. He has been shortlisted for the Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award, two Aurealis Awards, the National Year of Reading “Our Story” Collection, a Young Australians Best Book Award, a Kids Own Australian Literature Award and the Young Australian of the Year. He lives in Canberra.


  • The Lab: Agent Six of Hearts is About to Live His Worst Nightmare (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2006)
  • Remote Control : Agent Six of Hearts Has Never Had So Much to Lose (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2007) Shortlisted, 2007 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Specultive Fiction Award for Best Novel in the Science Fiction Division
  • Money Run (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2008)
  • Third Transmission Jack Heath (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2009)
  • Hit List (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2010) Shortlisted, 2012 The National Year of Reading 2012 Out Story Collection, 2014 KOALA Award for Fiction of Years 8-9
  • Ink, Inc (2013)
  • Replica (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • The Cut Out (Allen & Unwin, 2015) Finalist, Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division; Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award for Notable Book
  • The Spider Army (Scholastic Australia, 2015)
  • The Squid Slayer (Scholastic Australia, 2015)
  • The Haunted Book (Scholastic Australia, 2015)
  • The Human Flytrap Scholastic Australia, 2015)
  • The Fail Safe Allen and Unwin, 2016) Shortlisted, 2017 Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award, 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award for Notable Book
  • 400 Minutes of Danger (Scholastic Australia, 2016)
  • Shockwave (Scholastic Australia, 2016)
  • Bullet Train Disaster (Scholastic Australia, 2016)
  • 500 Minutes of Danger (Scholastic Australia , 2017)
  • The Mysterious World of Cosentino (Scholastic Australia, 2017)
  • The Missing Ace: Cosentino Book 1 (Scholastic Australia, 2017)
  • Deadly Heist (Scholastic Australia, 2017)
  • Rabbit Rescue: Cosentino Book 2 (Scholastic Australia, 2018)
  • Hangman (Allen & Unwin, 2018)
  • The Lost Treasure: Cosentino Book 3 (Scholastic Australia, 2018)
  • Liars Book 1: Troublemaker (Scholastic, 2018)
  • Liars Book 2: Renegade (Scholastic, 2018)
  • Hunter (Allen & Unwin, 2019)

HEIN, Cathryn

Cathryn Hein is a best-selling author of rural romance and romantic adventure novels, a Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year finalist with Santa and the Saddler, and a regular Australian Romance Reader Awards finalist. Cathryn holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and a Graduate Diploma of Management and has worked in the agricultural and turf seed industries and finance. She lives in Newcastle, Australia. Discover more about Cathryn and her books at www.cathrynhein.com
Facebook: cathrynhein
Twitter: @CathrynHein
Newsletters: www.cathrynhein.com/newsletter/


  • The Horseman’s Promise (2011) Finalist, 2011 Australian Romance Reader Award for Favourite Contemporary Romance
  • Heart of the Valley (Michael Joseph, 2012) Finalist, 2012 Australian Romance Reader Award for Favourite Contemporary Romance
  • Heartland (Penguin Books, 2013) Finalist, 2013 Australian Romance Reader Award for Favourite Contemporary Romance
  • The French Prize (Harlequin Enterprises, 2014) Shortlisted, 2014 Australian Romance Reader Award for Favourite Contemporary Romance
  • Rocking Horse Hill (Penguin Books, 2014) Shortlisted, 2015 Australian Romance Reader Award for Favourite Contemporary Romance
  • The Falls (Penguin, 2015)
  • Wayward Heart (Harlequin Enterprises, 2017)
  • The Country Girl (Harlequin Enterprises, 2018)
  • Elsa’s Stand (Tule Publishing, 2018)

HEISS, Dr Anita

Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature. She is an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Anita is a role model for the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy and an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. She is an Adjunct Professor with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS, and currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, and being a ‘creative disruptor.’ Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. She lives in Sydney.
Twitter: @AnitaHeiss


  • Sacred Cow Illustrated by Danny Eastwood (Magabala Books, 1996)
  • Token Koori (Curringa Communications, 1998)
  • Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence: Sydney, 1937 (Scholastic Press, 2001)
  • Life in Gadigal Country Anita Heiss, editor (Gadigal Information service, 2002)
  • Dhuuluu-Yala: To Talk Straight: Publishing Indigenous Literature (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2003)
  • Me and My Mum Illustrated by Jay Davis (Indij Readers, 2003)
  • Director, Checkerboard Love (Metro Screen, 2004)
  • Not Meeting Mr Right (Bantam, 2007) Winner, 2007 Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Commuity Award for Outstanding Achievment in Literature
  • Yirra and Her Deadly Dog, Demon (ABC Books, 2007)
  • I'm Not Racist, But... : A Collection of Social Observations (Salt Publishing, 2007) Winner, 2007 Scanlon Prize for Poetry
  • Editor, Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature (Allen & Unwin, 2008) Winner, 2008 Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Outstanding Achievement in Literature, 2010 New South Wales Premier's Lierary Awards Special Award; Shortlisted, 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
  • Avoiding Mr Right (Random House, 2008)
  • Manhattan Dreaming (Random House, 2010) Winner, 2010 Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Commuity Award for Outstanding Achievment in Literature
  • Paris Dreaming (Random House, 2011) Winner, 2011 Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Commuity Award for Outstanding Achievment in Literature
  • Demon Guards the School Yard (Laguna Bay Publishing, 2011)
  • Am I Black Enough for You? (Bantam Australia, 2012) Winner, 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing; Nominated, 2012 Human Rights Awards Non-Fiction Literature Award
  • Tiddas (Simon and Schuster Australia, 2014)
  • Editor, The Intervention: An Anthology with Rosie Scott (Concerned Australians, 2015)
  • Harry's Secret (Scholastic Australia, 2015) Shortlised, 2016 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award for Best Language Development for Indigenous Children
  • Shock 'Em: Stories of the Big River Hawks with Sandra R Phillips (Indigenous Literacy Foundation, 2016)
  • Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms (Simon and Schuster Australia, 2016) Finalist, 2017 Queensland Literary Award for The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year; Shortlisted, 2018 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award's Indigenous Writer's Prize; Longlisted, 2018 International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Lierary Award
  • Matty's Comeback (Scholastic Australia, 2016) Shortlisted, 2016 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award for Best Language Development for Indigenous Children
  • Kicking Goals with Goodsey and Magic with Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin (Black Inc, 2016)
  • Our Race for Reconciliation (Scholastic Australia, 2017)
  • Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia Anita Heiss Editor (Black Inc., 2018)

HESS, Kerrie

Kerrie illustrates around 30 book covers a year for publishers across the globe such as Penguin, Chronicle Books and Harper Collins, as well as current regular magazine clients such as Tatler, Elle/Vogue, The Times and Glamour. Whilst continuing to direct Femme Fatale, her cosmetic company, Kerrie also illustrates various titles for Australian and international publishers. Recently, she has written and illustrated two guides for ‘tweens’ entitled Girl Secrets and Girls Only (Random House Australia). Shoestring Chic, her new adult title, was published in the US by Skirt.


HILL, Alannah

Alannah Hill is a designer, author and stylist. For seventeen years she was the Founder and Creative Director of the brand Alannah Hill, one of Australia’s most trailblazing and iconic fashion houses. In 2013 Alannah left her eponymous brand and in 2015 launched her new fashion brand Louise Love. Alannah lives in Melbourne with her sixteen-year-old son and beagle dog, Jack.


  • Butterfly on a Pin (Hardie Grant, 2018)

HILL, Loretta

Loretta Hill was born in Perth, Western Australia. After graduating in Civil Engineering and another in Commerce she was hired by a major West Australian engineering company and worked for a number of years on outback projects. She drew upon her experiences of larrikins, red dust and steel-capped boots for her best-selling novels The Girl in the Steel-Capped Boots, The Girl in the Hard Hat and The Girl in the Yellow Vest. Her new book is The Maxwell Sisters. Her rom-com novellas are One Little White Lie and Operation: Valentine.


  • Kiss and Tell (Avalon Books, 2009)
  • The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots (Bantam, 2012) Finalist, 2012 Australian Romance Readers Award for Favourite Contemporary Romance
  • The Girl in the Hard Hat (Random House, 2013)
  • One Little White Lie (Random Romance, 2013)
  • The Girl in the Yellow Vest (Random House, 2014)
  • Opertion: Valentine (Random House, 2014)
  • All my Love with Anthology (Random House, 2014)
  • The Maxwell Sisters (Random House, 2015)
  • The Grass is Greener (Random House, 2016)
  • The Secret Vineyard (Random House, 2018)


Peter read law at Oxford University and received his BA in economics at Middlebury College, Vermont. He has held many executive roles and board positions in Australia, the UK and the USA. Peter took a sabbatical in Europe in 2010 and began writing his first book Riding with Giants. He now divides his time between Australia and the US.
Twitter: @Peterhac


  • Riding with Giants (Viking, 2018)

HOLMES, Emma Jane

Emma Jane’s writing career began at age seven when she won four dollars in a story writing competition. She has spent most of her adult life working in death care as a mortician and funeral director and her passion for writing led to the publication of her blog, which has amassed followers worldwide. Her blog has been featured in the media and the podcast Unfound Fears, aiming to break down walls surrounding society’s taboos. Emma Jane currently lives on the New South Wales Coast where she is working on her second manuscript.
Blog: Heels and Hearses


  • Heels and Hearses (Harlequin, forthcoming 2019)


Rod is an experienced freelance journalist travel writer who has written numerous books with leading Australian photographer Steve Parish. He lives in Bellingen, NSW.


  • The Fabulist: The Incredible Story of Louis De Rougemont (Random House Australia, 2006)
  • A Forager's Tale: The Extraordinary Story of Henry Savery, Australia's First Novelist (Arcade, 2011) Winner, 2012 FAW Walter Stone Award
  • The Man Who Invented Vegemite with Jamie Callister (Murdoch, 2012)


Kylie Howarth is an author and illustrator from Perth, Western Australia. She was raised in the country along side her brother, dog, sheep, several orphaned kangaroos and one very cheeky echidna. Her obsession with animals also extends underwater as she has braved lionfish in Egypt, piranha and pink dolphins in the Amazon, marine iguanas and hammerhead sharks in The Galapagos Islands and swam with whale sharks and manta rays at Ningaloo, Western Australia. Kylie is also the super-fun mum of two adventurous young children. The textures in her book illustrations are created during their backyard art sessions. www.kyliehowarth.com


  • Fish Jam (Five Mile Press, 2015)
  • Chip (Five Mile Press, 2016)
  • 1, 2 Pirate Stew (Five Mile Press, 2017)
  • Chip The Lifeguard (Hardie Grant Egmont, forecoming 2018)

HOWE, Christine

Christine Howe grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW, and currently lives in Wollongong. She was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing in 2009, and has been lecturing at the University of Wollongong since 2005. Song in the Dark, written while she was completing her PhD, is her first novel. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including Law, Text, Culture and Vitalpoetics.


  • Song in the Dark (Penguin, 2013)


Deb Hunt has worked as an actor, writer and journalist in the UK and Australia. Her work has appeared in House & Garden magazine, Sunday Telegraph, Body+Soul and Esprit. She spent two seasons with Shakespeare in the Park in London and five years writing stories for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Her story The Man with No Eyebrows was runner up in the Alliance Cornhill Short Story competition and her play Clean Sweep won Best Script, Best Production and People’s Choice Award in the Broken Hill Short and Sweet Play Festival. strawberriesinthedesert.com


  • Love in the Outback (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2014)
  • Australian Farming Families: Inspiring True Stories of Life on the Land (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2015)


Susan Hurley has worked in medical research and pharmaceutical industry roles for more than thirty years. She holds Masters degrees in pharmacy and biostatistics and a PhD in epidemiology and health economics. Susan has published more than fifty papers in high-profile journals including The Lancet and is an honorary professor at Griffith and Melbourne Universities. Her writing has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, The Australian and The Big Issue. She was shortlisted for the Peter Carey Short Story Award and an earlier version of Eight Lives, her debut novel, was shortlisted for the UK Caledonia Novel Award. She lives in Melbourne.


  • Eight Lives (Affirm Press, forthcoming 2019)


Born in the United Kingdom, Mary Hutton emigrated with her family to Australia in 1970 and now lives in Perth. When she is not travelling to South-East Asia to visit the sanctuaries she is working in the office, planning the next fund-raiser for the bears. Her hobbies are looking after her cats and her garden. Free the Bears, written with Julie Miller and published by Pan Macmillan, is her story.


  • Free the Bears with Julie Miller (Pan Macmillan, 2013)