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, including the hilarious series ‘UFO – Unavoidable Family Outing’. His first Young Adult novel The Summer of Kicks was released in 2014, while his latest cartooning book Gross Cartooning has been impressing children and offending parents since its release. His picture books to date include Norman Enormous (2009), Hamilton’s Handstand (2011) and Time for Bed, Daddy (UQP, 2015). 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 will be 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, forthcoming 2018)

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


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, Victorian Premier's Literary Award
  • 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)
  • 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


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 forMedical 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. Her first book, Keepsakes: Recipes, Mementoes and Miscellany, has just been published by 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. This story will be published in 2018 by HQ, an imprint of Harlequin which is now a division of Harper Collins, as part of a two-book deal. Emma is currently working on her second novel.


  • Blood Blossom (HQ, forthcoming 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.



Jane Harper is the author of the international bestsellers The Dry and Force of Nature, published in Australia by Pan Macmillan. Published in 30 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. Jane worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK and lives in Melbourne.


  • 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; Longlisted, 2017 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel, 2018 International Dublin Literary Awards; Nominated, 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery Thriller and Best Debut
  • Force of Nature (Pan Macmillan, 2017; Wavesound audio)

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.



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, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1982 for Picture Book of the Year
  • Good to Read (Methuen Australia, 1983)
  • Paolo's Secret (Methuen Australia, 1985) Shortlisted, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1986 for Younger Readers
  • All About Anna and Harriet and Christopher and Me (Methuen Australia, 1986) Honoured, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1988 for Younger Readers
  • Looking Out For Sampson (Oxford University Press, 1987) Honoured, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1988 for Younger Readers
  • Freya's Fantastic Surprise Illustrated by Sharon Thompson (Ashton Scholastic, 1988)
  • Thunderwith (Heinemann Australia, 1989) Runner-up, COOL Award 1994 Secondary Division. Honoured, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1990 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, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1990 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, Australian Multicultural Children's Literature Awards 1993
  • 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, Society of Women Writers New South Wales 1995 Awards. Shortlisted TKD Australian Audio Book Awards 1995
  • 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, Biennial Book Awards 1995 for Junior Fiction. Shortlisted, Human Rights Awards 1995
  • The Wonder Thing Illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe (Viking, 1995) Shortlisted, The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature 1996
  • The Climb (Viking, 1996) Winner, Biennial Book Awards 1997 for Junior Fiction
  • Juke-box Jive (Hodder Children's Books, 1996)
  • Chrysalis (Mammoth, 1997)
  • Rift (Hodder Headline, 1998) Winner, Biennial Book Awards 1999 for Junior Fiction. Shortlisted, Christian Schools Book of the Year Awards 1998. Commended, Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature, 1999
  • The Spirited Boy (Lothian, 1998)
  • Sky Sash So Blue Illustrated by Benny Andrews (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998) Honoured, The Society of School Librarians International Book Awards 1998
  • 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, Children's Book Council Book of the Year 2001
  • The Painter (Hodder Headline Australia, 2001)
  • The River Illustrated by Stanley Wong (Curriculum Corporation, 2001) Winner, Biennial Book Awards, 2003 for Junion Fiction
  • Volcano Boy (Lothian, 2001) Commended, Biennial Book Awards 2003 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, Children's Book Council Book of the Year 2003. Commended Biennial Book Awards 2003 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, Biennial Book Awards 2009 for Junior Fiction
  • Georgiana: Women of Flowers (Hachette Livre Australia, 2008) Winner, Biennial Book Awards 2009 for Junion Fiction
  • Fire Song (ABC Books, 2009) Commended, Biennial Book Awards 2009 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, Biennial Book Awards 2011 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, Queensland Literary Awards 2016 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.


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.



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.


HEIN, Cathryn

Cathryn Hein is a best-selling rural romance and romantic adventure author, currently living at the base of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. A South Australian country girl by birth, with three generations of jockeys in the family it’s little wonder Cathryn is mad about horses and animals. After being given her first horse Mysty at age 10, Cathryn spent her teenage years riding pony club and hunt club, and competing in eventing, dressage and show jumping until university beckoned. With a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) from Roseworthy College she moved to Melbourne and later Newcastle, working in the agricultural and turf seeds industry. Her partner Jim’s posting to France took Cathryn overseas for three years in Provence where she began to write. Cathryn’s novels include the rural romances Summer and the Groomsman, The Falls, Rocking Horse Hill, Heartland, Heart of the Valley and Promises, and the romantic adventure The French Prize. From debut release, she has been a multiple finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards and in 2014 for Favourite Australian Romance Author.
Facebook: cathrynhein
Twitter: @CathrynHein
Newsletters: www.cathrynhein.com/newsletter/


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


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. www.louiselove.com.au


Butterfly on a Pin (Affirm Press, 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.



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

HOLMES, Emma Jane

Emma Jane’s writing career began at age seven when she won four dollars in a story writing competition. Since then, Emma Jane has spent most of her adult life working in death care as a mortician and funeral director. Her career led to the publication of her blog, which has amassed followers worldwide. Emma Jane has worked on many high-profile death cases featured in the media. These cases have inspired Emma Jane’s storytelling. Emma Jane has retired from the mortuary gumboots to focus on her writing and when she’s not at her keyboard, you can find her eating microwave meals, drinking coffee or wine, and walking her Maltese in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane, Australia.
Blog: Heels and Hearses


  • Heels and Hearses (Harlequin, forthcoming)


Rod Howard’s books include The Fabulist: The Incredible Story of Louis De Rougemont (Random House, 2006), which has been optioned by Essential Media and Entertainment as a feature film. His last book, A Forger’s Tale (Arcade Publications, 2011) is a narrative non-fiction account of the life of Australia’s first published novelist, the transported convict Henry Savery. A Forger’s Tale won the FAW Walter Stone Award for Biography. Rod’s most recent work, The Man Who Invented Vegemite, co-written with Jamie Callister, was published by Pier Nine (Murdoch Books) in October 2012. Rod is also an experienced freelance journalist travel writer who has written numerous books with leading Australian photographer Steve Parish. He lives in Bellingen, NSW.


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. The 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.



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. Her memoir, Love in the Outback, was published by Pan Macmillan in May 2014, and she is currently working on a book about Australian farming families.



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.