Melanie La’Brooy is the bestselling author of Love Struck, The Wish List, Serendipity, The Babymoon and Bittersweet. Melanie has an Honours degree in Arts from the University of Melbourne, with a major in Art History. She worked for several years for the art auction house Christie’s, in both Sydney and Melbourne, where she trained as a specialist in Australian paintings. Following the success of her debut novel, she gave up her career in the art world to become a full-time writer. In 2010 Melanie moved to South Africa where she lived for a year. She currently lives in Shanghai with her husband and three children. Melanie’s books have been published in several countries and languages and Bittersweet was selected as one of the ’50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ for the Get Reading 2010 campaign.
Born and raised in country NSW, Australia, Jeremy Lachlan graduated from the University of Canberra's creative writing program in 2004, receiving First Class Honours. Since then, he has tutored screenwriting, travelled, worked a few odd jobs, travelled some more, been a recluse, and generally spent far too long gazing into the distance, dreaming up stories. He now calls Sydney home and works part-time as a bookseller at Oscar & Friends. Personal heroes of his include his mum, Indiana Jones, Batman, and - let's be honest - any dog he passes on the street. He has been awarded no writing prizes or residencies yet, but he did once take home $100 in a karaoke competition singing Eternal Flame and Puff the Magic Dragon.
- Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds (Forthcoming 2018)
Kylie Ladd is a novelist, neuropsychologist and freelance writer. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Age, Griffith Review, O Magazine, Kill Your Darlings, The Hoopla and MamaMia, among others. In addition to writing five novels, Kylie has co-edited Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity.
- After the Fall (Allen & Unwin, 2009)
- Last Summer (Allen & Unwin, 2011) Commended: 2011 FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction
- Into My Arms (Allen & Unwin, 2013)
- Mothers and Daughters (Allen & Unwin, 2015)
- The Way Back (Allen & Unwin, 2017)
Ingrid Laguna is a writer, teacher and musician. Her memoir, Serenade for a Small Family was awarded a Varuna Fellowship and, after publication, The Age Non-Fiction Book Of The Week. As a percussionist, singer and songwriter, Ingrid has toured Europe, Asia and Australia, recorded several albums, and taken percussion and songwriting workshops. With performance group Ruby Fruit Jungle, she supported Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, playing at Australia's biggest entertainment venues. In the Australian film industry, Ingrid worked as a crewmember on numerous television commercials, a telemovie and a short film. While in Central Australia, she directed the NT Youth Film Festival and was integral to the Kunka Career Conference for Aboriginal Women, the Indigenous Music Awards, and music programs for Aboriginal youths. Further to her Master of Teaching studies at the University of Melbourne, Ingrid continues to teach English to secondary-aged new arrivals to Australia at an intensive English language school. Ingrid has been published in The Monthly and her first book for young readers, Songbird, is set for publication in 2018.
- Serenade for a Small Family (Allen & Unwin, 2011)
- Songbird (Text Publishing, forthcoming)
Margrete Lamond has written three books of non-fiction and many plays and articles for children. She works as a Publisher at Little Hare Books.
Leigh Langtree, who also writes under the name Christine Langtree, is a screenwriter, a songwriter, a novelist, a teacher and a community activist. She wrote the award winning short film, Mother of an Attitude and has several scripts in the final stages of development with some of Australia’s top filmmakers. Her book, How to be a Child, a collaboration with one of Australia’s top photographers, Michael Coyne, was published last year with Melbourne University Press. Naked, a collection of non-fiction essays about adultery which she edited with Kylie Ladd was published by Allen & Unwin in 2008.
John Larkin was born in England but grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He is a writer, comedian and motivational speaker. He has written children's books, adult non-fiction, memoir, and YA. John has a BA in English Literature and a MA in Creative Writing from Macquarie University. He now writes and teaches writing full-time.
- Spaghetti Legs (Random House, 1993)
- Ghost Byte (Random House, 1994)
- Growing Payne (Random House, 1996)
- Pizza Features (Hachette, 1999)
- Bite Me (Random House, 1999)
- Déjà vu (Random House, 2000)
- Nostradamus and Instant Noodles (Hachette, 2001)
- Larkin About in Ireland (Hodder & Stoughton, 2002)
- Lasagna Brain (Hachette, 2002)
- Wembly Wobblers (Hachette, 2002)
- Armitage Shanks (Hachette, 2002)
- Gazza's Gone (Hachette, 2002)
- David Beckham EA (Hachette, 2002)
- Soccer's Off (Hachette, 2002)
- A Pacifist’s Guide to Self-Flagellation (Hodder & Stoughton, 2003)
- Horse Girl (Hachette, 2004)
- Horsegirl Rides Again (Pam Macmillan, 2007)
- Harry Highpants (ABC Books, 2007)
- Goon Town (Scholastic Australia, 2008)
- The Shadow Girl (Random House, 2011) Won: 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults
- The Pause (Random House, 2015) Won: Queensland Literary Awards Griffith University Young Adult Book Award 2015
LAUD GRAY, Martin
Martin’s recent directing includes Honk If You Are Jesus (which he co-authored with Peter Goldsworthy), Louis Nowra’s Cosi, The Duck Shooter, Whose Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, and Scenes From An Execution. He has directed Much Ado About Nothing, Jim Madden’s award winning I Know What You Want, and the “Oscar” winning Hamlet. Martin is currently working on the stage play of Maestro which he’ll direct in 2009. He has also played lead-vocalist in the notorious Sydney cabaret-rock band Box The Jesuit, and currently sings a bit in local music act, The Gels.
Hayley Lawrence worked as a lawyer in a commercial firm in Sydney before trading city life to work for a small law firm on the mid north coast of NSW. Hayley and her husband now have five vivacious daughters who continue to bring immense joy and utter mayhem to their life. Despite leaving legal work, Hayley could not leave behind the stories of the people she’d encountered. They are stories that provoke questions about the nature of humanity, and it’s these questions that haunt her novels. Inside the Tiger, Hayley’s first novel, won a LitLink Fellowship at Varuna, The Writers House, a PIP Fellowship and was shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award.
- Inside the Tiger (Penguin Random House, 2018)
Paul Lawrence has travelled around the world working in mostly corporate roles. He has four children born in four different countries – UK, Spain, Portugal and Japan – and has now settled in Sydney with his long-suffering wife of twenty years and thriving brood. Paul runs creative writing workshops for high school students and other aspiring writers. He also consults to organisations in the field of leadership development, bringing together his corporate experience with his storytelling skills to facilitate new approaches to change management. Paul is an executive coach, running a small coaching research practice for the Melbourne Business School Centre for Coaching, and a psychotherapist specialising in narrative therapy. Paul is the author of the 'Harry Lytle Chronicles', a series of historical crime novels set in 17th century London. Following The Sweet Smell of Decay and A Plague of Sinners, the third of the series is due for publication in 2013.
Rachel Leary grew up in Tasmania then moved to Melbourne where she completed the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. Rachel has published short stories and essays and in 2014 was awarded an ASA mentorship to develop her novel manuscript. At University of Tasmania she gained Honours in Cultural Geography and then went on to train in physical theatre. She has been a professional performer for over fifteen years, her solo show ‘Everything Must Go’ having toured to over one hundred regional Australian venues. As a child camping, an adult bushwalking, and as a student of geography, she knew and loved the Tasmanian landscape.
- Bridget Crack (Allen & Unwin, 2017)
Bri Lee is a Brisbane-based writer and the inaugural recipient of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. She has a background in the legal industry and is now working on her first book: Eggshell Skull. Bri is also the founding editor of the feminist interview series Hot Chicks with Big Brains that publishes an independent magazine, podcast, and hosts regular events.
- Eggshell Skull (Allen & Unwin, 2018)
LEE LUK, Chui
Chui Lee Luk spent part of her childhood in Malaysia amongst the culture of good eating. Soon after moving to Australia at the age of seven, Chui won a copy of Waverley Root’s Food of France in a children’s drawing competition, and so began her passion for exploring French cooking. After studying and, briefly, practicing law, Chui embarked on a career in professional cooking in 1997, beginning with Christine Manfield at Paramount; honing her Chinese cooking skills at Wockpool; and then returning to French cuisine at Cleopatra and Banc. In 2000, she joined Tim Pak Poy’s team at Claude’s. Four years later, she took over the restaurant, becoming the new custodian of the Sydney institution. Chui’s interests in cuisine while at Claude’s have broadened. The menu weaves together Claude’s French background with Chui’s exploration of her ancestral Chinese and Malaysian heritage. These are also the basis of her first cookbook, which will be published by Hardie Grant in 2013.
Sophie Lee has written two detective stories for children, Edie Amelia And The Monkey Shoe Mystery and Edie Amelia and The Runcible River Fever, as well as Alice in La La Land, a novel for young adults. She has also acted in many stage, television and film productions, including the films Muriel’s Wedding, The Castle and Holy Smoke. She lives in Sydney with her husband, three children, and two French bulldogs.
A lawyer by training, Geoffrey Lehmann has published a number of poetry collections, a novel and a book about Australian naïve painting. He has also edited an anthology Comic Australian Verse and, more recently, an anthology of light verse The Flight of the Emu. He is the co-author of Taxation Law in Australia.
- The Flight of the Emu
Amy T Matthews also writes historical romances under the name Tess LeSue. Her Western, Bound for Eden, was shortlisted for the Romance Writers of Australia 2015 EmeraldPRO award and was published by HarperCollins/MIRA Australia in 2016. The entire ‘Frontiers of the Heart’ series will be published with Penguin Random House under their Berkley/Jove imprint in 2018 (Eden in May, Sin in September, and Temptation on New Year’s Eve).
- Bound for Eden (Jove, 2018)
- Bound for Sin (Jove, 2018)
- Bound for Temptation (Jove, 2018)
Dr Devora Lieberman has been a fertility specialist with Genea since 2003. Devora served as President of Family Planning NSW from 2003 to 2014. She became a Director of Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia in 2003, and served as its President from 2006-2008. Devora has also been a Director of the Board of the Fertility Society of Australia from 2005-2013, and held the office of Vice President from 2007-2009. Devora has presented at regional and national conferences and has contributed to textbooks and peer-reviewed publications. She received her MD from SUNY Downstate, and trained in obstetrics and gynaecology at The George Washington University. Prior to migrating to Australia in 1998, Devora was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and received her Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard in 1996.
- Empowered Fertility: A 12 Step Guide (Hachette, 2016)
Eleanor is a writer, constant reader, writing teacher, critic and mother-of-two. She was born and raised in the United States, Germany and Pakistan but now lives in Sydney. She has published short fiction, book reviews, feature articles and essays in the Sydney Morning Herald, Kill Your Darlings, the Australian and many others.
- What Was Left (Sleepers Publishing, 2013)
- Long Bay (Sleepers Publishing, 2015)
- Birds and Ships (Allen & Unwin, 2018)
After a long career as a print and television journalist, Patrick Lindsay is now one of Australia’s leading non-fiction authors. Among his many bestsellers are The Spirit of Kokoda, The Spirit of The Digger, Back From the Dead, The Spirit of Gallipoli, Heart of a Champion, Cosgrove – Portrait of a Leader, Fromelles and Kokoda Spirit. Prior to writing fulltime, Patrick had leading roles on the Nine and Seven Networks. He lives in Sydney with his wife Lisa Cotton and has three grown-up children, Nathan, Kate and Sarah.
Kiera Lindset has a passion for Australian History and storytelling. Among her books, she has worked with Foxtel's History Channel as an on-camera historian for a four-part series, and has hosted an ABC radio program dedicated to Australian History. Kiera has a Masters of Arts and a Ph.D at the University of Melbourne, and lectures in Australian History at the University of South Australia. Kiera has won awards for her teaching, including the inaugural Greg Denning History Prize.
- The Convict's Daughter (Allen & Unwin, 2016)
Steven Lochran wanted to be either a superhero or a writer when he grew up. Thankfully, he found a way to combine the two when he published the 'Vanguard Prime' series with Penguin. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and has worked as a film critic, a projectionist, a DJ and as a sales rep in the publishing industry. He lives in Melbourne with his wife Simone and two gluttonous cats.
Kim Lock is the author of three novels. Her second novel, Like I Can Love, was selected to participate in the QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program in 2013, and was subsequently published in Australia, the UK and Germany. Her writing has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, The Guardian, Daily Life and The Sydney Morning Herald online, amongst others. Kim lives in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, with her family. www.kimlock.com.au
- Peace, Love and Khaki Socks (MidnightSun Publishing, 2013)
- Like I Can Love (Pan Macmillan, 2016)
- The Three of Us (Pan Macmillan, 2018)
Daz was destined to surf. Born into a surfing family, living on the beach in Cronulla and with a surfboard manufacturing pioneer for a father, it didn’t take Daz long to discover that surfing feeling. Following early successes in competitive surfing, Daz moved into the surf industry and eventually became the owner of his own surf shop. With the arrival of his daughter, being a new father and running a successful business made life feel easy as he negotiated a path of pure happiness. Then, in a split second everything changed. While surfing a remote and idyllic location in Indonesia, fourteen hours by boat from the mainland, a freak accident results in a broken neck and instant paralysis. Alone in the water, Daz fought to stay alive until he was rescued by his friends. But that’s just the beginning. Reaching the safety of a hospital would become an epic, life-or-death ride no-one could have foreseen.
- Beyond the Break (Penguin Random House Australia, forthcoming 2018)
Gabrielle Lord is widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s foremost writers. Her popular psychological thrillers are informed by a detailed knowledge of forensic procedures, combined with an unrivalled gift for storytelling. She is the author of Whipping Boy, Fortress, Bones, Tooth And Claw, Salt, Jumbo, The Sharp End, Feeding The Demons, Death Delights, Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing, Lethal Factor and Spiking the Girl. The latest novel in her ‘Gemma Lincoln’ series, Shattered, was published by Hodder in 2007. Gabrielle has also written for film and television. Her first Young Adult novel Monkey Undercover was published by Scholastic in 2006 and was followed by the highly successful series of 12 adventure stories for young readers, 'Conspiracy 365', which is to be made into a television series. Her latest novel, Dishonour, was published by Hachette in 2014.
Growing up in Papua New Guinea gave Lynnette Lounsbury an appreciation of the mythical and the dangerous. Her earliest memories are filled with earthquakes, the smell of sulphur and stories about magic. She couldn't decide whether to be a writer, an archaeologist or a fighter so she lectures in creative writing and ancient history and teaches Taekwondo. She has explored her passion for storytelling through travel articles, bridal magazine editorials and short stories and she has been the editor of a youth travel website. Lynnette regularly volunteers in the South Pacific for an Ausaid program that gives Islanders the chance to study writing and drama. But perhaps her greatest adventure is closer to home, managing life with a husband who makes films and two boys who make trouble. They provide the inspiration and exasperation needed to get words onto paper.
- Afterworld (Allen & Unwin, 2014) Shortlisted: Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Division, Best Novel
- We Ate the Road Like Vultures (Inkerman and Blunt, 2016)
Brigid Lowry teaches creative writing at Curtin University, and has written three novels for teenagers including Guitar Highway, Rose and Follow the Blue (Allen & Unwin). Brigid lives in WA and is currently writing her fifth novel.
Nakkiah Lui is a writer/actor and Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman. She was a cowriter and star of ABC's Black Comedy. She has been an artist in residence at Griffin Theatre Company (2013) and was playwright in residence at Belvoir Theatre from 2012 - 2014. In 2012, Nakkiah was the first recipient of The Dreaming Award from The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Arts Board of the Australia Council. The same year, Nakkiah was also the inaugural recipient of the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright Award. In 2014, Nakkiah was the recipient of the Malcolm Robertson Prize and a Green Room Award for Best Independent Production. Most recently Nakkiah won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award 2018, Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting for Black is the New White. Nakkiah is also a young leader in the Australian Aboriginal community and has contributed to The Guardian and Junkee. She has appeared on "Q&A" and "The Drum" on ABC and is a regular guest and presenter on ABC Local Radio in Sydney. Nakkiah co-hosts the BuzzFeed podcast series, Pretty For An Aboriginal, with Miranda Tapsell. Most recently Nakkiah has appeared as a regular guest on Screen Time on ABC and her latest six-part comedy series, Kiki & Kitty, premiered on ABC Comedy in December 2017
- Playwright, I Should Have Told You Before We Made Love (That I'm Black) (You Are Here Festival, 2012)
- Playwright, This Heaven (Belvoir Theatre, 2013; Finborough Theatre, 2015)
- Playwright, Stho Sthexy (MKA Melbourne, 2013)
- Playwright, Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owners of Death (Bondi Feast Tamarama Rock Surfers, 2013)
- Dramaturg, Sovereign Wife (Melbourne Theatre Company, 2013)
- Writer/Actor, Black Comedy (ABC, 2014 - ongoing) Nominated, 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Comedy Series
- Playwright/Actor Kill the Messenger (Currency Press, 2014) Shortlisted, 2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for Sctipts
- Playwright, Blak Cabaret (Sydney Festival, Malthouse Theatre Company, 2016)
- Playwright/Actor, Black is the New White (Sydney Theatre Company, 2017, 2018) Winner, 2018 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting; Shortlisted, 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Louis Esson Prize for Drama; Nominated, 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work, 2018 Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia for Best Play, 2018 Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia for Best New Australian Work
- Co-host, Pretty for an Aboriginal (Buzzfeed, 2017)
- Director/Writer/Actor Kiki and Kitty (ABC, 2017)
- Playwright Blackie Blackie Brown (Sydney Theatre Company, 2018)
Robert Lukins is a Melbourne-based writer. His work has appeared in publications such as Crikey, The Big Issue, Time Off, Broadsheet, and Overland. He is working on his first novel.
Catharine Lumby is a writer and media commentator whose research interests span gender, sexuality and popular culture. After completing an Arts/Law degree, she worked as a journalist and columnist for publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Bulletin. She is currently an associate professor of media studies at the University of Sydney. Catharine and her partner Duncan Fine co-wrote Why TV is Good for Kids, published by Pan Macmillan in 2006. She is currently working on a biography of Frank Moorehouse.
Jacqueline Lunn was born in Brisbane. She began her journalism career in Sydney and has worked as a feature writer and editor for The Australian and Marie Claire magazine. She has lived in London and New York and calls Sydney home, where she lives with her husband, three children and a dog. Her first novel, Under the Influence, was published by Random House in 2011. She is working on her second novel.