Linda Jackson is a true pioneer and free spirit of Australian fashion and art. A long career has taken Linda Jackson around Australia on wanderings through the outback of Oz, discovering and documenting the amazing landscape in a myriad of ways, and revealing a colourful and unique passion for telling the stories of her travels and translating her inspiration through her artworks. Awards and recognition includes being a Life Fellow Powerhouse Museum, receiving a Women of Style Fashion Award, and an Australia Council Fellowship, and being appointed Lightning Ridge Opal Ambassador. Her work has been widely exhibited in private and public galleries and Linda’s archives are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Tasmania. In 2018, Linda was honoured as an Officer in the Order of Australia.


  • Linda Jackson's Rainbow Menagerie (Scribe, 2018)


Megan Jacobson grew up in Darwin and the far north coast of NSW but now lives in Sydney where she works in TV news production at the ABC. She has a degree in journalism and has worked as a question writer for TV game shows and as an in-house script story-liner and script editor for several Australian television dramas. Her short stories have been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, aired on ABC radio, and appeared in the UTS Writers Anthology.


  • Yellow (Penguin, 2016) Shortlisted, 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year, 2017 Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book, 2017 Davitt Award Best Debut Crime Novel; Notable Book, 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards
  • The Build-up Season (Penguin Random House Australia, 2017) Shortlisted, 2018 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel TUrner Prize for Young People's Literature

JAFFÉ, Meredith

Meredith Jaffé is an author as well as a regular presenter and facilitator at writers festivals and literary events. She is also the Festival Director of StoryFest, a new festival celebrating storytelling to be held on the NSW South Coast. For four years, she wrote the weekly literary column ‘The Bookshelf’ for the online women’s magazine The Hoopla. Her reviews, author interviews, feature articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The Hoopla, Australian Author, the Guardian Australia, The Huffington Post and Mamamia. As a girl, she was completely mad about horses and they were the subject of almost every story she wrote. They were strongly influenced by her favourite books, like The Silver Brumby series and the Narnia Chronicles. She read The Hobbit eleven times! A recent move to the country meant Meredith could once again have ponies. So it was only a matter of time before she felt compelled to write about them again. When she’s not writing, she likes to hang out with her three horses, including a wonderful little mare called Ziggy.



  • The Fence (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016)
  • The Making of Christina (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2017)
  • Horse Warrior (Harbour Publishing, 2019)

JANE, Emma

Emma Jane works as a journalist and writes fiction at night. Her debut novel Deadset won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Asia and the South Pacific for Best First Novel. It was followed by Babewatch, a collection of her columns and Evidence, her second novel which was published by Harper Collins. Something About Mary, an unauthorised biography of Princess Mary was published by Pluto Press in 2005 and her non-fiction work about Bali was published by Pluto Press in 2006.


  • Deadset (Vintage, 1997) Winner, 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize South-East Asia and South Pacific Region Best First Book Award; Joint Winner, 1997 The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year; Joint Runner-up, 1998 Kathleen Mitchell Literary Award; Shortlisted, 1997 Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Horrow Division Best Novel
  • Babewatch (Hodder Headline, 1998)
  • Evidence (Flamingo, 2002) Nominated, 2003 Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
  • Something About Mary: From Girl About Town to Crown Princess (Pluto Press, 2005)
  • Bali: Paradise Lost? (Pluto Press, 2006)


Nicole Jenkins is passionate about fashion and has been collecting and restoring clothes since she was a child. Her knowledge has been furthered through studies in costume design at Perth Technical College and the WA Academy of Performing Arts and roles in film, theatre and fashion. Her Melbourne boutique Circa Vintage, showcasing the best of 200 years of Australian fashion, opened in 2004. Her first book, Love Vintage, won an international Independent Publishers Book Award in 2010. Her newest book, Style is Eternal, was published by Melbourne University Press in December 2014. Nicole lives in inner-city Melbourne in an Art Deco home with her poet husband and two cats.
Blog: circavintageclothing.com.au
Facebook: CircaVintageClothing
Twitter: @nicole_jenkins
Instagram: circa_vintage
Pinterest: nicoleajenkins


  • Love Vintage (Carter's Publications, 2009)
  • Style is Eternal (Melbourne University Press, 2014)

JOBBINS, Sheridan

Google Sheridan Jobbins, and you could be forgiven for thinking there’s more than one of them: writer, producer, presenter, journalist, and, according to The Guardian (UK), “notorious Australian counter culture writer.” She is a woman robustly living many lives with an irreverent curiosity, tenacious energy, and a passionate commitment to The Adventure. A third generation Australian filmmaker and screenwriter, she also has extensive script writing experience for international production companies including Disney, Warner Bros, Working Title, C4, Hopscotch and Ealing Studios. Early television credits include variously presenting, writing, producing, or directing Simon Townsend’s Wonder World! (Network 10), Good Morning Australia (Network 10), State of the Arts (ABC), Billboard (ABC), Just for the Record (Network 10), Beyond 2000 (ATN 7) and House of Fun (Network 10). From 1993 to 2000, she was a Director of Latent Image Productions in charge of development. In that time, the company produced the multi-award winning feature films, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Frauds, Paws and Will Full. Since 2000 she has been writing full time with Director Stephan Elliott. Their produced credits include; Easy Virtue (Ealing Studios), and A Few Best Men (Icon). She was also the Guinness World Record holder as ‘The world’s youngest TV presenter of a regular TV programme’ for Cooking with Sheri (ATN 7) – a thoroughly useless credit – but fun to mention at parties.


  • Wish You Were Here (Affirm Press, 2017)

JOEL, Maggie

Maggie Joel was born in Hertfordshire, England and now lives and works in Sydney. Her short stories have been widely published in Southerly, Westerly, Island, Overland and Canberra Arts Review, and broadcast on ABC radio. Her bestselling novels are The Past and Other Lies, and The Second-Last Woman in England. Half the World in Winter is now available from Allen & Unwin.
Twitter: @Maggie_Joel


  • The Past and Other Lies (Murdock Books, 2009)
  • The Second-Last Woman in England (Pier 9, 2010) Winner, 2010 Fellowship of Australian Writers Christina Stead Award
  • Half the World in Winter (Allen & Unwin, 2014)
  • The Safest Place in London (Allen & Unwin, 2016)

JOHNSON, Rebecca

Rebecca Johnson, a school science specialist teacher, has published over eighty books on Australian birds and animals. She received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools and the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Rebecca has written more than sixty books for Steve Parish Publishing (now Pascal Press), selling over three million copies in total. Her series of fictional insect books with photographs received the Royal Zoological Society of NSW’s series award. She has written readers, junior fiction, and two successful series based on vets.


  • What Dinosaur is This? Illustrated by Alessandro Baldanzi (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • The Baby Mammoth Illustrated by Tim Budgen (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • 'Juliet Nearly a Vet' series, Illustrated by Kyla May (Penguin Random House) Won: 2017 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature; 2014 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature; Nominated: for the 2014 and 2015 CBCA younger readers section, and for the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
  • 'Vet Cadet' series (Penguin Random House)
  • 'Reptiles & Amphibians' series (Pascal Press)
  • 'First Facts' series (Pascal Press)
  • 'Insect' series (Pascal Press) Commended: 2014 Certificate for a Children's Series
  • 'Steve Parish Storybook Collection' (Pascal Press)


Matthew Johnstone worked for over 15 years as an art and creative director in advertising where he created award winning work in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. Matthew also works as the Creative Director of the Black Dog Institute developing various creative, educational programs on understanding mental health, mood disorders, mindfulness and resilience for schools and the work place. He also delivers talks to community groups, schools, corporations, health resorts, sporting groups and the farming community. When he’s not working for the Institute he is an author, illustrator and father of two. www.matthewjohnstone.com.au


  • I Had a Black Dog (Pan Macmillan, 2005)
  • Living with a Black Dog (Pan Macmillan, 2008)
  • Alphabet of the Human Heart (Pan Macmillan, 2009)
  • Harvey, the Boy Who Couldn't Fart (Walker Books Australia, 2010)
  • Quiet the Mind (Pan Macmillan, 2012)
  • Capturing Mindfulness (Pan Macmillan, 2013)
  • The Big Little Book of Resilience (Robinson, 2015)
  • Stress Less (forthcoming 2019)