Deborah Kalin worked as a chemical engineer before giving it all away to devote her energies to writing fantasy. She is 29 years old and lives in Newcastle. Her novels Shadowbound and Shadowqueen were published by Allen and Unwin.



Kim Kane is a lawyer based in Melbourne, having been born in London, and her beautifully written first junior fiction title Pip: the Story of Olive was published in Australia (Allen & Unwin), the UK (David Fickling Books), Holland (Pimento), and the US (Knopf) and Canada (Random House). She also writes picture books and YA.


  • Pip: the Story of Olive (Allen & Unwin, 2008) Won: 2008 Barbara Ramsden Award; Shortlisted: 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards and the Speech Pathology Australian Awards
  • The Vegetable Ark (Allen & Unwin, 2010) Commended: 2011 Notable Book at the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards 2011 CBCA Notable Book in two categories
  • Cry Blue Murder, Co-Authored by Marion Roberts (UQP, 2012)
  • The Unexpected Crocodile, Illustrated by Sara Acton (Allen & Unwin, 2012)
  • Esther's Rainbow, Illustrated by Sara Acton (Allen & Unwin, 2013)
  • Family Forest, Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2015) Shortlisted: 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards
  • The Clever Friend, Illustrated by Jon Davis (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2016)
  • When the Lyrebird Calls (Allen & Unwin, 2016)
  • 'Ginger Green Playdate Queen' series (Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Enough Apples, Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017)

KARIMI, Kooshyar

Kooshyar Karimi was born in 1968 in the slums of Tehran, Iran, to a Muslim father and Jewish mother living in abject poverty. At the age of six, Kooshyar was compelled to work in order to contribute to the family income. Kooshyar pursued his education through to medical school amidst the post-revolutionary chaos of Iran and the Iran-Iraq war. He became a published author, award‐winning translator, doctor, husband and father by the age of twenty-six. After over two years of military service, Kooshyar began to practice medicine and started the research for his book, A History of Iranian Jews. After being captured and tortured for 62 days by the Islamic Intelligence Service, Kooshyar escaped Iran to avoid execution. After 13 months in hiding with his wife and children in a tiny basement in Istanbul, he and his family were granted a political refugee visa to Australia by the UNHCR. Kooshyar is now an Australian citizen, fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Medicine, and member of the Skin Cancer Society of Australia and New Zealand. He practises medicine full‐time in New South Wales, and writes in his spare time.


  • I Confess: Revelations in Exhile (New South Books, 2012)
  • Leila's Secret (Penguin, 2015)
  • Journey of a Thousand Storms: A refugee's story (Penguin, 2016)

KATZ, Danny

Danny Katz is a columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and writes the Modern Guru column in the Good Weekend magazine. He is also the author of the books Spit the Dummy, Dork Geek Jew and the 'Little Lunch' series for kids.


KELLY, Kieran

Without any support crew, Kieran Kelly and Andrew Harper pitted themselves and their five camels against the very worst desert could throw at them. Tanami (Pan Macmillan), Keiran’s account of their struggle to survive in a hostile environment, is a classic tale of courage, humour and tenacity, set against the backdrops of the world’s great deserts.


KELLY, Vivienne

Acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Vivienne Kelly was born and educated in Melbourne, where she now lives. She has worked at the University of Melbourne and at Monash University, and was awarded a doctorate for her work on myth and history in Australia. Her short story, Passion Fruit, was included in the Black Inc anthology Best Australian Stories, and her story, The Third Child, won the Australian Women’s Weekly short story competition. Cooee, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year Awards. A new edition of Cooee and Vivienne Kelly’s second novel are forthcoming from Text.


  • Passion Fruit Short Story, included in The Best Australian Stories 2007 (Black Inc., 2007)
  • The Third Child Short Story, included in New Australian Stories 2009 (Scribe, 2009)
  • Cooee (Scribe, 2008; Text Publishing, Forthcoming 2017)
  • Untitled Novel (Text Publishing, Forthcoming 2017)

KENEALLY, Margaret

Margaret Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. On returning to Australia, Margaret joined the Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals’ birthday parties at the zoo. She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer. In 1997 Margaret co-founded a financial service public relations company, which she sold after having her first child. For more than ten years, Margaret has worked in corporate affairs for a listed financial services company, and doubles as a part-time SCUBA diving instructor. Margaret lives in Sydney with her husband Craig and children Rory and Alex.



Tom Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler’s Ark, later made into the Steven Spielberg Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List. His non-fiction includes the memoir Searching For Schindler and Three Famines, an LA Times Book of the Year, and the histories The Commonwealth Of Thieves, The Great Shame and American Scoundrel. His fiction includes Shame and the Captives, The Daughters Of Mars, The Widow And Her Hero (shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award), An Angel In Australia and Bettany’s Book. His novels The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers For The Paraclete won the Miles Franklin Award. The People’s Train was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia division. His upcoming novel The Soldier’s Curse, book one in The Monsarrat Series, was co-written by his daughter Meg Keneally and will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2016.



Fin Kennedy is an award winning playwright whose play, How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, was the first unproduced play to win the John Whiting Award in the UK in forty years.



Paul Kennedy is a senior television presenter with ABC 1, and has more than 20 years’ news reporting experience. He has covered some of the biggest stories in Australia for networks Ten, Nine and the ABC. A former state league footballer, his coverage of the issue of drugs in sport has been a career highlight: his short film Drug Game was a Melbourne International Film Festival finalist. Paul Kennedy is married with three sons.


  • Hell on the Way to Heaven with Chrissie Foster (Bantam, 2010)
  • Storm Cloud: Melbourne Storm's Demise and Resurrection (Hardie Grant, 2013)
  • High Stakes: The Rise of the Waterhouse Dynasty (Hachette, 2014)
  • Fifteen Young Men: Australia's Untold Football Tragedy (Penguin Random House, 2016)

KENT, Hannah

Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. Her first novel, the international bestseller, Burial Rites (2013), was translated into 28 languages and was shortlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), the Guardian First Book Award, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, among others. Burial Rites has won numerous awards including the 2014 ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's People's Choice Award. Her second novel, The Good People was published in 2016 (ANZ) and 2017 (UK and North America) and has been shortlisted for the 2017 ABIA Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award, the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the 2017 Indie Awards for Fiction. Hannah is also the co-founder and publishing director of Australian literary publication Kill Your Darlings.


  • Burial Rites (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2013) Winner: 2014 Victorian Permier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award, 2014 ABIA Booktopia People's Choice Award, 2014 ABIA Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2014 Davitt Award Readers Choice Award, 2014 Davitt Award Best Debut Crime Novel, 2014 Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award, 2014 Indie Awards for Debut Fiction, 2014 Booksellers Choice Award, 2013 'The Nib': Cal Waverley Library Award for Literature the Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize, 2011 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award; Shortlisted: 2015 International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2014 International Awards National Book Awards (UK) International Author of the Year, 2014 Stella Prize; 2014 Voss Literary Prize, 2014 Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel, 2014 Women's Prize for Fiction (UK) Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2014 ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal, 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Fiction, 2013 International Awards Guardian First Book Award, 2013 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
  • The Good People (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016) Shortlisted: 2017 ABIA Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2017 International Awards Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, 2017 Indie Awards for Fiction

KEY, Sarah

Sarah Key trained as a physiotherapist in Australia before establishing her own centre in London. Today she sees people from all over the world in her Sydney practice, and talks with back-treating professionals and patients through her website. Sarah is also physiotherapist to the royal family. Her books include The Back Sufferers’ Bible, Body in Action and Back in Action (Allen & Unwin).


KILROY, Debbie

Debbie Kilroy has a Bachelor of Social Work, and is a psychotherapist, lawyer, Order of Australia Medal recipient, and Director of Sisters Inside, a community organisation that advocates for the human rights of women in the Criminal Justice System. Debbie collaborated with Kristine Olsson on a book about her experiences called Kilroy Was Here which was published by Transworld in 2005.



Karen Kissane is a senior writer with The Age newspaper and has been a journalist for 30 years. She has covered many large and complex stories, including the Benbrika terror trial, the Black Saturday bushfires and the resultant Bushfires Royal Commission, and the 2011 floods. She is the author of Worst of Days: Inside the Black Saturday Firestorm and Silent Death: The Killing of Julie Ramage (both published by Hachette).


KLEIN, Robin

Robin Klein has had more than forty books published. Many have been short-listed for the Australian Children’s Book of the Year Award, including People Might Hear You, Hating Alison Ashley, Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left and Seeing Things. Came Back to Show You I Could Fly won a Human Rights Award for Literature, an Australian Children’s Book of the Year Award for older readers, and was named a White Raven book at the 1990 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. More recently, Robin’s stories about the Melling sisters have been highly acclaimed: All in the Blue Unclouded Weather, which was followed by Dresses of Red and Gold and The Sky in Silver Lace, was winner of the NSW Premier’s Award for Literature. Robin Klein has been awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children’s literature in Australia. Hating Alison Ashley, the feature film starring Delta Goodrem, was based on her novel and premiered in 2005. Recently, Penguin have republished The Princess Who Hated It, Thing and Thingnapped. Scholastic Australia have republished Thalia the Failure, The Ghost of Abigail Terrace and Birk the Berserker.


KOULIAS, Adriana

Adriana Koulias was born in Brazil and migrated to Australia with her family when she was nine years old. She has studied Philosophy, History and Esoteric Science for fifteen years and lectures on these topics. Her novels include The Seal, The Temple of the Grail and The Sixth Key.


KREMMER, Christopher

Christopher Kremmer was born in Sydney and educated at the University of Canberra. His early short fiction was published in literary magazines and won several awards. In 1990 he moved to Asia and spent a decade there writing and broadcasting for the ABC, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. His first book, Stalking the Elephant Kings: In Search of Laos (1997, republished as Bamboo Palace), won the Qantas/City of Brisbane Prize for Asia-Pacific Travel Writing; his next, The Carpet Wars (2002), was a bestseller, published in ten countries and shortlisted for several literary awards. The Chase is his fifth book, and his first published novel. His father was a jockey. Christopher is Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts & Media at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he teaches Literary Journalism.


  • Stalking the Elephant Kings: In Search of Laos (1997) Winner, Quantas/City of Brisbane Prize for Asia-Pacific Travel Writing
  • The Carpet Wars (HarperCollins, 2002)
  • Inhaling the Mahatma (HarperCollins, 2006)
  • Courage, Survival, Greed with Anna Funder and Melissa Lucashenko (Allen & Unwin, 2009)
  • The Chase (Picador, 2011) Shortlisted, 2004 Festival Awards for Literature (SA), Award for Non-Fiction


Ambelin Kwaymullina loves reading sci-fi and fantasy books, and has wanted to write a novel since she was six years old. She comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. When not writing or reading she teaches law, illustrates picture books and hangs out with her dogs. She has previously written a number of children’s books, both alone and with other members of her family.


  • Curly and the Fent, With Adam Hill and Sally Morgan (Penguin Random House, 2008) Shortlisted: Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Children's Division, Best Illustrated Work/Picture Book
  • Curly Saves Grandma's House, With Adam Hill and Sally Morgan (Penguin Random House, 2009) Shortlisted: Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Children's Book; Shortlisted: Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Crichton Award; Shortlisted: Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Children's Books
  • Crown and the Water Hole (Fremantle Press, 2011)
  • Caterpillar and the Butterfly (Fremantle Press, 2011)
  • Two-Hearted Numbat (Fremantle Press, 2012)
  • 'The Tribe' series (Walker Books) Shortlisted: The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf in both the Science Fiction and Young Adult Fiction categories, 2012 Aurealis Awards
  • How Frogmouth Found Her Home (Fremantle Press, 2013)
  • The Lost Girl (Walker Books, 2014) Shortlisted: Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Best Book for Language Development, Indigenous Children; Shortlisted: Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Crichton Award; Shortlisted: Western Australian Young Readers' Book Award, Picture Books
  • I Love Me, Co-Authored by Sally Morgan (Fremantle Press, 2016) Longlisted: Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year
  • A is for Anteater (Fremantle Press, 2017)

KWON, Silvia

Sylvia Kwon was born in South Korea but grew up in Perth, Western Australia after her family migrated there in 1977. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Western Australia. Before her family eventually settled in Perth, WA, they spent some time in regional Australia; first in a large town south of Perth and in a small mining town in the Goldfields. After moving to Melbourne, she worked in publishing and PR for a number of years before having a child. The Return is her first novel.


KWONG, Kylie

Kylie Kwong was born into a fourth-generation Australian-Chinese family, in Sydney. She learnt the fundamentals of Cantonese cooking at her mother’s side, and then went on to hone her skills with several of Australia’s most respected chefs. Her first cookbook, Recipes and Stories was followed by Kylie Kwong: Heart and Soul (Penguin, ABC). She had a highly successful television series on the ABC called Heart and Soul which has sold to countries all around the world. Simple Chinese Cooking was published by Penguin in Australia in 2006 and has now been published in both the USA and UK. The television series Simply Magic premiered on the Lifestyle Channel in Australia and Discovery Channel world-wide in 2006 Kylie Kwong: My China was published by Penguin in late 2007 and followed up with the television series of the same name. It was published by Viking in the US in November 2007 and Harper Collins in the UK in May 2008. It Tastes Better was published by Penguin in 2010, and Kylie’s Simple Chinese Cooking Class will be published by Lantern for Penguin in July 2012.