MacCOLL, Mary-Rose

Mary-Rose MacColl is an Australian writer whose first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the 1995 Australian Vogel literary award. Her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a finalist in the 2009 Walkley Awards and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. Mary-Rose MacColl holds degrees in journalism and creative writing and lives in Brisbane with her husband and young son.


  • No Safe Place (Allen & Unwin, 1996) Runner-up, 1995 Vogel National Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
  • Angels in the Architecture (Allen & Unwin, 1999) Shortlisted, 2000 Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Best First Novel
  • Killing Superman (Allen & Unwin, 2003) Shortlisted, 2004 One Book One Brisbane
  • The Birth Wars (Penguin, 2009)
  • In Falling Snow (Allen & Unwin, 2012)
  • Swimming Home (Allen & Unwin, 2015) Winner, 2016 Queensland Literary Awards, The Courier-Mail People's Choice QUeensland Book of the Year
  • For a Girl: A True Story of Secrets, Motherhood and Hope (Allen & Unwin, 2017)


Sarah Macdonald is a radio broadcaster, television presenter, journalist and commentator. She has appeared on ABC television productions including Recovery, Race Around the World and Two Shot. Sarah threw in her career to be with her boyfriend when he was posted to India. Her best-selling book about her time in India Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure (Transworld) has been published in the UK and US and in translation. Sarah’s first travel anthology Come Away With Me was published by Random House in 2004 and was followed by Take Me With You in 2005.


  • Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure (Bantam Books, 2002) Shortlisted, 2002 Booksellers Choice Award
  • Come Away With Me (Bantam Books, 2004)
  • Take Me With You (Bantam Books, 2005)


Maggie MacKellar was born in 1973. She has published two books on the history of settlement in Australia and Canada, as well as a memoir When It Rains (Random House, 2010). Following a number of years in central western New South Wales, Maggie now lives with her partner and two children on a farm in Tasmania. Her follow-up memoir How To Get There was published in 2014 and she is currently working on a novel.


  • When It Rains: A Memoir (Random House Australia, 2010) Winner, 2009 Peter Blazey Fellowship; Shortlisted, 2011 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards for Best Non-Fiction Book, 2011 The Age Book of the Year Award, Non Fiction Prize
  • How To Get There (Random House Australia, 2014)


Nicole Mallalieu is a passionate designer and maker of all things ‘textile’. She graduated with a degree in Fashion, and has worked in the Fashion and Craft industries in Australia, England and Ireland. Nicole designs and manufactures sewing patterns and kits in conjunction with teaching patternmaking, sewing and bag making. Her projects and articles have appeared in craft magazines such as Stitches, Get Creative and Homespun and she publishes online tutorials on her website and blog.


  • You Sew Girl! (ABC Book, 2011)
  • The Better Bag Maker (C&T Publishing, 2014)
  • The Savvy Seamstress (C&T Publishing, 2017)


Kirsty Manning lives in a new house in an old chestnut grove in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges with her husband and three children. With degrees in literature and communications, Kirsty worked in Australian book publishing for more than a decade and is now a widely published freelance journalist and photographer. She co-wrote a cookery and gardening book called We Love Food. With husband Alex Wilcox, Kirsty is a partner in the award-winning Melbourne wine bar Bellota and the Prince Wine Store.


  • The Midsummer Garden (Allen & Unwin, 2017)
  • The Jade Lily (Allen & Unwin, 2018, forthcoming in North America as The Song of the Jade Lily)

MANUELL, Michael

Michael’s first book, Eleven Days, was published by Scholastic in 2004.


  • Eleven Days (Scholastic, 2004)

MARKUS, Nicola

A passionate naturalist since childhood, Nicola’s early career and science degree took her from zoo-keeping and research positions to roles in community-based conservation, environmental consulting and advocacy. Following the completion of a PhD in Zoology in 2000, her focus grew to a concern for environmental decline more broadly and she was appointed as a senior program manager by WWF-Australia. In 2006, collaboration with internationally renowned nature photographer Theo Allofs led to the publication of her first book, Wild Australia, a celebration of Australia’s environmental diversity and uniqueness. On our Watch: the Race to save Australia’s Environment (Melbourne University Press, 2009) provides a perspective on the inadvertent impacts of our daily lives on Australia’s species and landscapes and reveals the cultural, economic and political impediments that continue to hamper their protection. Nicola currently works as Chief Conservation Officer for Bush Heritage Australia in Melbourne.


  • Wild Australia with Theo Allofs (David Bateman, 2006)
  • On Our Watch: The Race to Save AUstralia's Environment (Melbourne University Press, 2009)

MARSH, Nigel

Nigel Marsh is the bestselling author of Fat, Forty and Fired, its follow-up, Fit, Fifty and Fired Up, as well as Overworked and Underlaid (first published as Observations of a Very Short Man). His 2010 speech on life, the universe and everything at Sydney’s 2010 TED Conference had an instant global impact and remains Australia’s most watched TED talk with well over a million hits. Co-founder of Earth Hour and past CEO of a number of high profile advertising agencies, Nigel lives in Bronte with his wife and four children.
Facebook: Nigel-Marsh


  • Fat, Forty, and Fired (Bantam Books, 2005)
  • Overworked and Underlaid (Allen & Unwin, 2009)
  • Fit, Fifty and Fired Up (Allen & Unwin, 2013)

MARTIN, Dr Andrew

Dr Andrew Martin is an Educational Psychologist specialising in student motivation and achievement. His research has won international awards and in 2003 he was listed in The Bulletin magazine’s ‘SMART 100 Australians’ (and in the Top 10 in the field of Education). His first book, How to Motivate Your Child for School and Beyond (Random House Australia, 2003), provides practical strategies for parents and teachers to motivate and engage children. His title, How To Help Your Child Fly Through Life: The 20 Big Issues (2005, Random House Australia), answers the most important educational questions facing parents and their children today. Building Classroon Success: Eliminating Academic Fear and Failure was published by Continuum in 2010.


  • How to Motivate Your Child For School and Beyond (Bantam Books, 2003)
  • How to Help Your Child Fly Trough Life: The 20 Big Issues (Bantam Books, 2005)
  • Building Classroon Success: Eliminating Academic Fear and Failure (Continium, 2010)


Marc Martin is an illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Working with watercolour, textas, ink, pencil, scanned textures and computer, Marc’s work is a world of dense colour, rich textures and the odd scribble. He draws inspiration from his surroundings, nature, animals, and the city he lives in. He is also the author and illustrator of three books, Silent Observer (Erm Books, 2011), A Forest (Penguin Books, 2012), and The Curious Explorers Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z (Penguin Books, 2013).
Twitter: @marc_martin


  • A Forest (Viking, 2012)
  • The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A to Z (Penguin, 2013)
  • Max (Penguin, 2014) Shortlisted, 2016 YABBA Awards for Picture Storybook
  • A River (Penguin, 2015) Shortlisted, 2016 The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature, Picture Books
  • Lots with Bruno Herfst (Viking, 2016) Winner, 2017 APA Design Awards, Best Designed Children's Picture Book


Amy T Matthews is a novelist and an academic. Her first novel, End of the Night Girl, won the Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award and was long-listed for The Australian/Vogel literary award, and short-listed for the Nita B Kibble Dobbie Award and the Colin Roderick Award. She has published short stories in collections including Best Australian Stories and co-edited three collections of short stories and poetry. Amy teaches Creative Writing at Flinders University, is Chair of the SA Writers Centre, and is a Member of the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.


  • End of the Night Girl (Wakefield Press, 2011)
  • Navigating the Kingdom of Night (University of Adelaide Press, 2013)

MATTINGLEY, Christobel

Christobel Mattingley is the author of more than thirty-five books for children, films scripts, short stories and poetry. She won the inaugural Children’s Book Council of Australia Junior Book of the Year Award for Rummage. Other award-winning books include Windmill at Magpie Creek, The Miracle Tree, The Angel with a Mouth-Organ and No Gun for Asmir. The Race was an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards. Her latest book for children, Chelonia Green was published in 2008, She received an Advance Australia Medal for her contribution to literature in Australia. Battle Order 204, a biography of her husband David was published by Allen & Unwin.


  • The Picnic Dog (Hamish Hamilton, 1970)
  • Windmill at Magpie Creek (Brockhampton Press, 1971) Highly Commended, 1972 Children's Book Council BOok of the Year Awards, Book of the Year Award
  • Worm Weather (Hamish Hamilton, 1971)
  • Emu Kite (Hamish Hamilton, 1972)
  • Queen of the Wheat Castles (Brockhampton Press, 1973)
  • Tiger's Milk (Angus and Robertson, 1974)
  • Show and Tell (Hodder and Stoughton Australia, 1974)
  • The Surprise Mouse (Hamish Hamilton, 1974)
  • The Battle of the Galah Trees (Brockhampton Press, 1974)
  • The Great Ballagundi Damper Bake (Angus and Robertson, 1975)
  • Lizard Log (Hodder and Stoughton, 1975)
  • The Long Walk (Nelson, 1976)
  • The Big Swim (Nelson, 1977)
  • The Special Present (Collins, 1977)
  • New Patches of Old (Hodder and Stoughton, 1977)
  • Budgerigar Blue illustrated by Tony Oliver (Hodder and Stoughton, 1978)
  • The Jetty (Hodder and Stoughton, 1978)
  • Black Dog (Collins, 1979)
  • Rummage illustrated by Patricia Mullins (Angus and Robertson, 1981) Inaugural Winner, 1982 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Younger Readers; Commended, 1982 Children's BOok Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year Award
  • Brave with Ben (Nelson, 1982)
  • Lexl and the Lion Party illustrated by Astra Lacis (Hodder and Stoughton, 1978)
  • Duck Boy (Angus and Robertson, 1983)
  • The Magic Saddle illustrated by Patricia Mullins (Hodder and Stoughton, 1983) Shortlisted, 1984 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book of the Year
  • Southerly Buster (Hodder and Stoughton, 1983)
  • Ghost Sitter (Patrick Harty Books, 1984)
  • The Angel with a Mouth-Organ illustrated by Astra Lacis (Hodder and Stoughton, 1984) Shortlisted, 1985 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book of the Year
  • The Miracle Tree (Hodder and Stoughton, 1985) Winner, 1986 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards, Children's Christian Book of the Year; Notable Book, 1987 International Awards
  • McGruer and the Goat (Angus and Robertson, 1987)
  • Survival In Our Own Land: 'Aboriginal' Experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836, Told by Nungas and Others with Ken Hampton (Wakefield Press, 1988)
  • The Butcher, the Beagle and the Dog Catcher illustrated by Carol Mc Lean-Carr (Hodder and Stoughton, 1990)
  • Tucker's Mob illustrated by Jeanie Adams (Omnibus Books, 1992) Shortlisted, 1993 Australian Multicultural Children's Literature Awards
  • The Sack (Puffin, 1993)
  • No Gun for Asmir (Puffin, 1993) Shortlisted, 1996 YABBA Awards; Highly Commended, 1994 Human Rights Award, Children's Literature Award
  • The Race illustrated by Anne Spudvilas (Ashton Scholastic, 1994) Winner, 1996 Chindren's Book Council BOok of the Year Awards, Crichtim Award; Highly Commended, 1995 Human Rights Award, Children's Literature Award; Honour Book, 1995 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award, Picture Book of the Year
  • Asmir in Vienna (Puffin, 1995) Shortlisted, 1997 West Australian Young Readers Book Award
  • Escape from Sarajevo (Penguin, 1996) Shortlisted, 1998 Christian Schools Book of the Year Awards
  • Ginger (Penguin, 1997) Commended, 1998 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Notable Book
  • Daniel's Secret (Scholastic Australia, 1997)
  • Hurry Up, Alice! (Puffin, 1998)
  • Work Wanted (Penguin, 1998) Commended, 1998 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards, Children's Christian Book of the Year
  • Cockawun and Cockatoo (Puffin, 1999)
  • King of the Wilderness: The Life of Deny King (Text Publishing, 2001)
  • Ruby of Trowutta: Recollections of a Country Postmistress with Ruby Paul (Montpelier Press, 2003)
  • Nest Egg: A Clutch of Poems (Triple D Books, 2005)
  • Battle Order 204: A Bomber Pilot's Story (Allen & Unwin, 2007)
  • Chelonia Green, Chanpion of Turtles (Allen & Unwin, 2008)
  • For the Love of NAture: E. E. Gostelow's Birds and Flowers (National Library of Australia, 2010)
  • A Brilliant Touch: Adam Forster's Wildflower Paintings (National Library of Australia, 2010)
  • My Father's Islands: Abel Tasman's Heroic Voyages (National Library of Australia, 2012)
  • Maralinga's Long Shadow: Yvonne's Story (Allen & Unwin, 2016) Shortlisted, 2016 APA Australian Educational Publishing Awards, Secondary
  • Forward March illustrated by David Kennett (Scholastic Australia, 2016)
  • Our Mob, God's Story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait ISlander Artists Share Their Faith with Louise Sherman (Bible Society in Australia, 2017)

MAYES, Frances

Frances Mayes is the author of the international bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun (which has been turned into a feature film), Bella Tuscany, A Year in the World, numerous books of poetry, most recently ExVoto, and a novel, Swan. A frequent contributor to food and travel publications, she divides her time between Cortona, Italy and San Francisco, where she is Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Her sequel to Bella Tuscany was published by Random House in 2010, and her memoir about her childhood in the deep south, Under Magnolia, will be published in 2011.


  • Under the Tuscan Sun (Broadway Books, 1996)
  • Swan (Broadway Books, 2002)
  • Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style From the Heart of Italy (Clarkson Potter, 2004)
  • Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life (Broadway Books, 2010)
  • Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy (Broadway Books, 2010)
  • A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller (Broadway Books, 2010)
  • In Tuscany (Broadway Books, 2010)
  • The Tuscan Sun Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, 2012)
  • Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir (Crown, 2015)


Fiona McArthur has worked as a midwife and midwifery educator for thirty years and has written more than thirty romances, which have sold over two million copies in twelve languages. She lives on a farm in northern New South Wales.
Facebook: Fiona.McArthur.Author
Instagram: fiona_mcarthur_author


  • The Midwife's Baby (Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2008) Finalist, 2009 Romance Writers of Australia, Romantic Book of the Year Award, Short Sweet Romance
  • The Don’t Panic Guide to Birth (Penguin, 2009)
  • Red Sand Sunrise (Penguin, 2014)
  • The Homestead Girls (Penguin, 2015)
  • Aussie Midwives (Penguin, 2016)
  • Heart of the Sky (Penguin, 2017)
  • Mothers' Day (Penguin, 2018)


Wendy McCarthy is an experienced manager and company director who began her career as a secondary school teacher. She moved out of the classroom into public life in 1968 and since then has worked for change across the public, private and community sectors, in education, family planning, human rights, public health, overseas aid and development, conservation, heritage, media and the Arts She was a founding member of Women’s Electoral Lobby and continues to be an advocate for women. She has held many significant leadership roles in key national and international bodies including eight years as Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ten years as Chancellor of the University of Canberra, and 12 years of service to Plan Australia as Chair, with three years as Global Deputy Chair for Plan International. In 2016 she completed eight years as chair of headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation ad in 2017 she completed 9 years as Chair of Circus Oz, Australia’s leading circus. In December 2018 she completed her terms as Deputy-Chair of Goodstart Early Learning, Australia’s largest early learning provider and her non-executive Director of IMF Bentham, the world’s most experienced and successful publicly listed litigation funder. She is a Patron of the Sydney Women’s Fund, Ambassador for 1 Million Women and Advisor to Grace Papers. She has established several businesses, including the national consulting practice McCarthy Mentoring which specialises in providing mentors to major corporations, the public sector and not for profit organisations. Her daughter Sophie McCarthy bought the practice in 2012 and Wendy remains as founder and mentor. She is an experienced speaker and facilitator, and is regularly asked for comment on social and political issues. She enjoys writing and is the author several books including her memoir Don’t Fence Me In published by Random House in 2000.


  • Don't Fence Me In (Random House, 2000)

McCAUGHEY, Patrick

Patrick McCaughey is the author of Fred Williams (Bay Books 1980, Murdoch Books, 1993 and 2008), and The School of London and Their Friends (Yale Center for British Art, 2000). He has been the recipient of three honorary doctorates: Monash University 1990, University of Hartford 1992 and Connecticut College 1997. He now lives in Connecticut. His memoir The Bright Shapes and the True Names was published by Text in 2003. He is currently working on a book entitled Why Australian Art Matters.


  • Fred Williams (Bay Books, 1980)
  • The Bright Shapes and the True Names: A Memoir (Text Publishing, 2003)
  • Bert and Ned: The Correspondence of Albert Tucker and Sidney Nolan (Melbourne University Publishing, 2006)


Investigative journalist Kate McClymont must be the best-known journalist in NSW, and probably has the most intriguing muses of any writer around. She is certainly the most-awarded Australian journalist. As a crime reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald, Kate spends her time mixing with and writing about some of the shadiest characters in the story of Sydney. Once derided by Paul Keating for spending her time “chasing subterranean odours”, Kate’s sense of smell has led her to unearth some of the underworld’s most fascinating tales of betrayal, corruption and crime. They are the stories the central characters don’t want told, and these non-fiction villains will do their best to silence the storyteller. Her phone’s been tapped, she’s had police security, and received death threats in the aftermath of her Gold Walkley-winning expose of the Bulldogs salary cap scandal. It was Kate in whom millionaire businessman Michael McGurk confided that he feared for his life, just one week before he was fatally gunned down outside his Sydney home. Twitter: @kate_mcclymont


  • He Who Must Be Obeid: The Untold Story (Vintage Australia, 2014)


Andrew McConnell’s new book is Supernormal: The Cookbook. He is Executive Chef and co-owner of five Melbourne restaurants: Cutler & Co., awarded Restaurant of the Year awards by both Australian Gourmet Traveller and The Age Good Food Guide; Cumulus Inc., an all-day eating house and bar in the CBD, awarded one hat annually from 2010 until 2015 by The Age Good Food Guide; Luxembourg Bar & Bistro, a European-style wine bar and eatery; The Builders Arms Hotel, with a bar, bistro, garden and award-winning smart dining room Moon Under Water (with nearby Meatsmith, a specialty butcher and wine merchant); and Supernormal, awarded the Best New Restaurant 2015 by The Age Good Food Guide. Over his career, Andrew has been honoured as Chef of the Year in 2007, 2010 and 2015 by The Age Good Food Guide, and Hottest Chef of the Year in The Australian Hot 50 Awards, 2012. All five of Andrew’s restaurants feature in The Australian Financial Review‘s Top 100 Restaurants for 2015.



Mardi McConnochie has a PhD in English literature. She is also a playwright and works in television as a scriptwriter and editor. Her first novel Coldwater was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Best First Book, South-East Asia and South Pacific Region), the International IMPAC Dublin Award, and has been translated into four languages. It was followed by The Snow Queen. Mardi’s latest novel Fivestar, about a nineties girl band, was published by HarperCollins in 2005. The first book in a series for children entitled Melissa, Queen of Evil was published by Pan Macmillan in 2006, the follow-up Dangerous Games was published in August 2007. Her new novel The Voyagers will be published by Penguin in 2011.



Alice McCormick runs a business specialising in rare illustrated books – both modern and antiquarian. She writes a regular column for the Australian Art Market Report and her collaboration with photographer Sarah Rhodes, The Artist’s Lunch; a series of photographic essays, recipes and interviews with 15 of Australia’s top artists, was published by Murdoch Books in 2008. www.theartistslunch.com



Rob McDonald is a Kiwi living in Melbourne. In 2016 Rob attended Faber Academy’s Writing a Novel Stage 1 and Stage 2. An excerpt of The Nancys was published in the Faber Writing Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ Anthology, Allen & Unwin (2016). And in 2017 The Nancys was Highly Commended for an Unpublished Manuscript in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.


  • The Nancys (Allen & Unwin, forthcoming 2019)

McGAHAN, Andrew

Andrew McGahan is one of Australia’s finest fiction writers. His first novel, Praise, won the 1992 Australian/Vogel Literary Award. The White Earth won the 2004 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Age Book of the Year and The Courier Mail Book of the Year Award. In 2009 Andrew was shortlisted for the Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards for his contribution to Australian Literature. The Coming of the Whirlpool, book one in the 'Ship Kings' series, was shortlisted for an Indie Award, an ABIA, an Aurealis Award, a Golden Inky and a 2012 CBC award. Book two, The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice was Highly Commended in the 2012 Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards – Christina Stead Award, a 2013 CBC Notable Book and shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards. Book three, The War of the Four Isles, was released in August 2014. Andrew lives in Melbourne.


McGIRR, Michael

Michael McGirr is the author of Books that Saved My Life (Text Publishing), Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep (Text Publishing, Pegasus Books), Bypass: the Story of a Road and Things You Get For Free (Picador). Michael’s essays and short fictions have appeared in numerous places both in Australia and overseas. Over the years, he has reviewed over 1000 books for major newspapers in Australia. Michael was formerly the fiction editor of Meanjin and once upon a time, working as a Jesuit priest, was publisher of Eureka Street and editor of Australian Catholics. Michael lives in Melbourne with his wife, Jenny, and their three not-so-small children. He teaches at St Kevin’s College.


  • Things You Get for Free (Pan Macmillan, 2000, Scribe 2012) Shortlisted, 2000 Booksellers Choice Award, 2001 New Sough Wales Permier's Literary Awards, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
  • Bypass: The Story of a Road (Picador, 2004) Shortlisted, 2005 Victorian Premier's Literary Award, The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
  • Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep (Text Publishing, 2017)
  • Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure (Text Publishing, 2018)


Craig McGregor is an academic, journalist and writer. He writes regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald and won the Walkley Award twice for feature stories on Bob Hawke and Jill Wran. He is the author of two novels Don’t Talk to Me About Love, which won the Xavier Society prize for literature and The See-Through Revolver as well as a collection of short stories Real Lies. He has also written essays and books on political, social and cultural themes, including Profile of Australia, The Australian People and Class in Australia. His book on Mark Latham was published by Pluto Press in 2004.


McGUINNESS, Phillipa

Phillipa McGuinness is the executive publisher of NewSouth Publishing. An experienced non-fiction publisher and editor, she worked previously at Cambridge University Press and has been the industry representative on the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council.
Twitter: @pipmcg
Facebook: /pipmcg2001


  • The Year Everything Changed - 2001 (Penguin Random House, 2018)
  • Copyfight (NewSouth Books, 2015)

McHUGH, Evan

Evan McHugh’s books include the bestsellers Shipwrecks: Australia’s Greatest Maritime Disasters, Outback Heroes, Outback Pioneers, Birdsville, Bushrangers, The Drovers and The Stockmen (all published by Penguin). Evan’s book about true crime in the outback, Red Centre, Dark Heart, won the Ned Kelly Award for best non-fiction. A journalist who has written for newspapers, television and radio, he lives with his wife in New South Wales.



Monica McInerney grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia, where her father was the railway stationmaster. She is the author of the bestselling novels A Taste for It, Upside Down Inside Out, Spin the Bottle, The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage and a collection of short fiction, All Together Now, published internationally and in translation. In 2006 she was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out. Her novel, Those Faraday Girls, won the General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards and All Together Now was short-listed in the same category in the 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards. At Home with the Templetons was a huge success in 2010 and was followed by a sequel to The Alphabet Sisters entitled Lola’s Secret. Her latest book Hello from the Gillespies was published by Penguin in 2014. She currently lives in Dublin with her Irish husband.


McKERNAN, Michael

Historian Michael McKernan is the author of several acclaimed books, including the classic accounts Australians at Home: World War I and Australians at Home: World War II (now available in new editions from Five Mile Press). With a University Medal and a doctorate from the Australian National University, he lectured in Australian History at the University of New South Wales for several years, before working in a senior management position at the Australian War Memorial. For more than a decade Michael has led tours to First and Second World War battlefields.



Chris McKimmie is an award-winning writer, illustrator, artist. Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow, published in 2006, was short-listed for CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award 2007. Chris’ picture books include Maisie Moo and Invisible Lucy which was a CBCA Notable Children’s Book in 2007, Special Kev which was short-listed for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2008. Chris was for many years the convenor and originator of the illustration program at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He wrote, illustrated and designed a series of eight children's books in the 70s, and has designed many covers for the University of Queensland Press. Represented in the Graphis Annual, he has worked as a graphic designer and publications designer for the ABC, the National Parks and Wildlife Services and the University of WA Press. He was production designer for the award-winning short film Stations and the feature-length film Australian Dream, and wrote the lyrics for the songs in both films. He regularly exhibits his paintings and drawings.


  • Apple to Zoo (Hicks Smith, 1975)
  • The Painted Bird (Hicks Smith, 1975)
  • Two Friends (Hicks Smith, 1975)
  • One Day (Hicks Smith, 1975
  • The Caught Bird (Methuen Australia, 1977)
  • The Shape I'm In (Methuen Australia, 1977)
  • One Rainy Day (Methuen Australia, 1977)
  • The Magic Day (Methuen Australia, 1977)
  • Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow (Allen & Unwin, 2006)
  • Maisie Moo and Invisible Lucy (Allen & Unwin, 2007)
  • Special Kev (Allen & Unwin, 2008)
  • Two Peas in a Pod (Allen & Unwin, 2010)
  • Good Morning Mr Pancakes (Allen & Unwin, 2011)
  • Alex and the Watermelon Boat (Allen & Unwin, 2012)
  • Scarlett and the Scratchy Moon (Allen & Unwin, 2013)
  • Crikey and Cat (Allen & Unwin, 2014)
  • Lara of Newtown (Allen & Unwin, 2015)
  • Me, Teddy (Allen & Unwin, 2016)


Meg McKinlay is a children’s writer and poet. She has published twelve books for children, ranging from picture books through to young adult novels, and a collection of poetry for adults. Her work has won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Queensland Literary Award, the Davitt Award for Crimewriting and the Aurealis Award for Speculative Fiction, as well as having been shortlisted for numerous other awards. Meg has a PhD in Japanese Literature and was previously an academic at the University of Western Australia, where she taught Australian Literature, Japanese and Creative Writing. Meg lives near the ocean in Fremantle, Western Australia, and is always busy cooking up more books.


  • Annabel, Again (Walker Books Australia, 2007) Shortlisted, 2007 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Children's Books
  • Cleanskin (Westerly Centre, University of Western Australia, 2007)
  • Going for Broke (Walker Books Australia, 2008)
  • The Big Dig (Walker Book Australia, 2009)
  • Duck for a Day (Walker Books Australia, 2010) Shortlisted, 2011 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Young Readers; 2011 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Best Language Development Book for Lower Primary Children
  • The Truth About Penguins Illustrated by Mark Jackson (Walker Book Australia, 2010) Shortlisted, 2011 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Best Language Development Book for Young Children
  • Surface Tension (Walker Book Australia, 2011) Winner, 2012 Davitt Award, Best Young Adult Book
  • No Bears Illustrated by Leila Rudge (Walker Books Australia, 2011) Shortlisted, 2012 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Early Childhood, 2012 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book of the Year, 2012 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Best Language Development Book for Young Children
  • Wreck the Halls (Walker Books Australia, 2012)
  • Ten Tiny Things Illustrated by Kyle Hughes-Odgers (Freemantle Press, 2012) Winner, 2013 Crystal Kite Award, Australia and New Zealand Division; Shortlisted, 2013 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature, Primary
  • Below (Candlewick Press, 2013)
  • Definitely No Ducks! (Walker Books Australia, 2013)
  • A Single Stone (Walker Books Australia, 2015) Winner, 2015 Queensland Literary Award, Children's Book of the Year, 2015 Aueralis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division, 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Young Adult Fiction; Shortlisted, 2016 Victorian Permier's Literary Awards, Young Adult Fiction, 2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Young Adult Fiction, 2016 West Australian Young Readers Book Award, Younger Readers, 2016 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books, 2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Book of the Year: Older Readers, 2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Children's Fiction; Longlisted, 2016 Davitt Award, Best Children's Novel; Honours, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Notable Book
  • Bella and the Wandering House (Freemantle Press, 2015) Finalist, Aueralis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Children's Division; Notable Book, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards


Lauren McLaughlin worked as a TV executive at Lion’s Gate Films in the US before turning her hand to writing fiction full time. Her short stories have appeared in several online science fiction magazines and her first YA novel, Cycler, was published by Random House in the US and Pan Macmillan in Australia.


McLEAN, Felicity

Felicity McLean is an author and journalist. Her writing has appeared in The Good Weekend, the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, the Big Issue and more. She has written fiction and non-fiction books published by HarperCollins Publishers, Allen & Unwin and Black Inc. As a ghostwriter she has collaborated with celebrities, sports stars, business leaders amongst others. She is currently work on The Van Apfel Girls are Gone for publication in 2019.


  • Body Lengths, Co_Authored with Liesel Jones (Black Inc, 2017) Winner, 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards Reader’s Choice for Small Publisher Adult Book of the Year, 2015 Apple iBooks Best Biography
  • This is a Book! (No Wifi Needed) (Black Inc, 2017)
  • The Van Apfel Girls are Gone (HarperCollins, 2019)

McLEOD, Jenn J

Jenn J McLeod lives a nomadic life in a fifth-wheeler caravan, her days spent writing heart-warming tales of friendship, family and contemporary country life. Best known her four Seasons novels (Simon & Schuster), including House for all Seasons (the #5 Best Selling Debut Novel in 2013), her fifth novel, A Place to Remember, is published by Head of Zeus (UK) and available world-wide. www.jennjmcleod.com
Facebook: JennJMcLeod.Books
Twitter: @jennjmcleod


  • House for all Seasons (Simon & Schuster, Australia, 2013)
  • Simmering Season (Simon & Schuster, Australia, 2014)
  • Season of Shadow and Light (Simon & Schuster, Australia, 2015)
  • The Other Side of the Season (Simon & Schuster, Australia, 2016)
  • A Place to Remember (Head of Zeus, UK, 2018)


Conor McPherson is a playwright and screenwriter who was named by The New York Times as ‘the finest playwright of his generation’. Conor won the George Devine Award in 1997 with his play St Nicholas, and went on to win an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999 with his follow-up, The Weir. In 2006 he received a Tony Award nomination for Shining City and an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play for The Seafarer.


McRAE-McMAHON, Dorothy

Dorothy McRae-McMahon is a retired Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia. She is an internationally recognized creator and writer of religious rituals, and the first woman to be a Moderator of the World Council of Churches Worship Committee. She has written nine books, most recently Rituals for Life, Love and Loss. Dorothy’s memoir was published by Jane Curry Publishing in 2004.


McRAE, Beth

After 30 years as a midwife and many trips to the outback corners of Australia, Beth was ready to embrace life living and working in a remote community. This leap of faith led to some unforgettable and unbelievable experiences working with Australia’s first people and Beth has loved every minute. Beth was born, bred and schooled in the Upper Murray of Victoria, trained as a general nurse at the Albury Base Hospital and as a midwife at Preston and Northcote Community Hospital (PANCH) in Melbourne. She married her army boyfriend 41 years ago and is mother to two daughters Lauren and Clare and grandmother to four grandchildren, Eva, Declan, Layla and Chloe.


McRITCHIE, Rebecca

Rebecca McRitchie would love to tell you that she was raised by wolves in the depths of a snow-laden forest until she stumbled upon and saved a village from the fiery peril of a disgruntled dragon. But, truthfully, she can be found clutching several books, lurking in the aisle of a bookstore or staring most resolutely at the blinking cursor on her computer screen.
Twitter: @beccamcritchie
Facebook: rebeccamcritchieauthor


  • Edward and the Great Discovery illustrated by Celeste Hulme (New Frontier, 2014)
  • Whimsy and Woe (HarperCollins Australia, 2017)
  • Whimsy and Woe: The Final Act (HarperCollins Australia, 2018)


Internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed writer Dervla McTiernan spent twelve years working as a lawyer. Following the global financial crisis, she moved to Australia and turned her hand to writing. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla is a member of the Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers Association, and lives in Perth, Australia, with her husband and two children.


  • The Ruin (HarperCollins, 2017)
  • The Scholar (HarperCollins, 2019)


Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock met in 2000 while freelancing at a Melbourne advertising agency. More interested in talking about the weather, clothes and careers they could do from the swimming pool, they decided to create Michi Girl. Since then they have written thousands of daily fashion forecasts and three books: Like I Give a Frock, What on Earth Are You Wearing? and Le Shop Guide (due for release Oct 2013). Today they have their own creative agencies, Ortolan (Chloe) and Jane (Daniel). They still prefer to work from the pool.



Journalist Karen Middleton is Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper. Her first book, An Unwinnable War - Australia in Afghanistan was published in 2011. Previously Chief Political Correspondent for SBS Television, Karen has worked in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1989 and served as its president for four years. Karen is an experienced television, radio and newspaper commentator, appearing regularly on ABC TV’s political talk show Insiders. She is a freelance contributor to ABC radio, Monocle24 Radio UK and Radio New Zealand and is based in Canberra.


  • An Unwinnable War - Australia in Afghanistan (MUP, 2011)
  • Albanese (Vinatge Australia, 2017)


Patti Miller grew up in country NSW and has worked teaching writing for over twenty-five years. She teaches memoir writing at the innovative Faber Academy in Sydney and offers writing courses in Paris and Bali. Her many books include Writing Your Life, The Last One Who Remembers, Child, Whatever the Gods Do and The Memoir Book. Patti’s memoir The Mind of a Thief (UQP) won the NSW Premier’s History Prize – NSW Community & Regional History Prize, was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Non-Fiction and longlisted for the Nita B. Kibble and Stella Prize. Her memoir Ransacking Paris was released in 2015 to critical acclaim. Her most recent title is Writing True Stories: The complete guide to writing autobiography, memoir, personal essay, biography, travel and creative nonfiction.


  • Breaking the Surface: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry (Macarthur Institute Press, 1986)
  • Writing Your Life: A Journey of Discovery (Allen & Unwin, 1994)
  • The Last One Who Remembers (Allen & Unwin, 1997)
  • Child (Allen & Unwin, 1998)
  • Whatever the Gods Do: A Memoir (Vintage, 2003)
  • The Memoir BookL A Guide To Life Writing (HarperCollins, 2007)
  • The Mind of a Theif (University of Queensland Press, 2012) Winner, 2013 New South Wales Premier's History Prize, 2013 New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize; Shortlisted, 2013 Westers Australian Premier's Book Awards for Non-Fiction; Longlisted, 2013 Kibble Literary Awards, Nita Kibble Literary Award, 2013 Stella Prize
  • Ransacking Paris: A Year with Montaigne and Friends (University of Queensland Press, 2015)
  • Writing True Stories:The complete guide to writing autobiography, memoir, personal essay, biography, travel and creative nonfiction (Allen & Unwin, 2017)

MILLER, Saimaa

Saimaa Miller opened The Last Resort™ Organic Detox Spa in January 2005, and was one of the first to introduce the term ‘Health Spa’ to Australia. She is an innovative leader in the health industry and has taken many people, including local and international celebrities, through her detoxification programs with outstanding results. Her first book, The Aussie Body Bible, will be published by Penguin Lantern in 2013.


MILLS, Patty

Patty Mills was born on August 11, 1988 in Canberra, Australia. His father Benny is from the Torres Strait Islands, and his mother Yvonne is an Australian Aboriginal originally from the Kokatha people in South Australia. Patty was born into a family that was surrounded by basketball. His parents founded Shadows Basketball in the early 1980s, a local Canberra club created to provide a sense of community, familiarity, and opportunities for Indigenous people through basketball. Today, Patty plays with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA and is the only Indigenous Australian to win an NBA Championship (2013/14 season). He is also a triple Olympian, representing Australia at the Beijing, London, and Rio Olympics. He currently represents the Australian Boomers.


  • 'Game Day' Series (Allen & Unwin)


Simon Mitchell is a children’s author from Canberra, Australia. He writes stories for young people that are fast-paced, funny, and often a little bit quirky. Simon’s first picture book, Louie the Pirate Chef, was awarded a place in the International Youth Library’s prestigious White Ravens Catalogue. Since then he has published another picture book and several extremely popular junior novels. His most recent novel is Tough Times, a critically acclaimed historical adventure for middle-graders. An accomplished presenter, Simon visits countless primary schools and libraries to deliver his funny, engaging talks and workshops to children of all ages. He has been a guest of some of Australia’s best-known literature festivals, including the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Somerset Celebration of Literature.
Twitter: @sgmitchell



Lara Morgan grew up in the hills outside Perth, Western Australia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English. In between satisfying her travel addiction, she has worked as a waitress, arts project manager and editor. She won the Australian Women’s Weekly Short Story competition and is the author of the adult fantasy series 'The Twins of Saranthium' and the 'Rosie Black Chronicles', beginning with Genesis (Walker Books).



Paul Morgan was born in London and educated at the University of Wales, where he studied philosophy and English. He lives in Melbourne and is the Deputy Director of SANE Australia, the mental health charity. He is the author of two acclaimed literary novels, The Pelagius Book and Turner’s Paintbox, published by Penguin.


  • The Pelagius Book (Penguin Random House)
  • Turner's Paintbox (Penguin Random House)


Jaclyn Moriarty is the prize-winning, best-selling author of novels for young adults and adults including Feeling Sorry for Celia and The Year of Secret Assignments. Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, lived in England, the US, and Canada, and now lives in Sydney again. She is very fond of chocolate, blueberries, and sleep. www.jaclynmoriarty.com


  • Feeling Sorry for Celia (Pan Macmillan, 2000)
  • Finding Cassie Crazy (Pan Macmillan, 2003)
  • The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie (Pan Macmillan, 2006)
  • Dreaming of Amelia (Pan Macmillan, 2009)
  • A Corner of White (Pan Macmillan, 2012)
  • The Cracks in the Kingdom (Pan Macmillan, 2014)
  • A Tangle of Gold (Pan Macmillan,2016)
  • The Extremeley Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (Allen and Unwin, 2016)
  • The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars (Allen and Unwin, 2018)
  • Gravity is the Thing (Forthcoming Pan Macmillan 2019)


Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of seven internationally bestselling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. Her books have been read by more than ten million people worldwide, including one million Australians. With Big Little Lies, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Adapted for television by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon ,the HBO series was nominated for sixteen, and won five, Emmy Awards, including 'Outstanding Limited Series' and 'Outstanding Lead Actress' for Nicole Kidman's role as Celeste. Truly Madly Guilty also debuted at numberone1 in its first week of publication on the New York Times bestseller list and both Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty were number one bestsellers in Australia. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have also optioned the film rights to Truly Madly Guilty. Film rights to What Alice Forgot have been pre-empted by Sony TriStar with Jennifer Aniston starring as Alice. The Husband's Secret was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has been translated into over 40 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights with Blake Lively attached as lead actor and executive producer. Liane has also written a children's book series, Space Brigade. She lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.
Facebook: LianeMoriartyAuthor


  • Three Wishes (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2003)
  • The Last Anniversary (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2005)
  • The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2007)
  • Wicked War on the Planet Whimsy (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2009)
  • The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2009)
  • What Alice Forgot (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2009)
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2011)
  • The Husband's Secret (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2013) Shortlisted, 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
  • Big Little Lies (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2014) Winner, 2015 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel; Shortlisted, 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
  • Truly Madly Guilty (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016) Shortlisted, 2017 Indie Awards for Fiction; Longlisted, 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
  • Nine Perfect Strangers (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2018)


Nicola Moriarty is a Sydney-based novelist, copywriter and mum to two small (but remarkably strong-willed) daughters. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and completing her Bachelor of Arts, she began to write. Now she can’t seem to stop. Her previous works include the bestselling novel, The Fifth Letter, which was published in Australia, the US and the UK and was also translated into several other languages. www.nicolamoriarty.com.au


  • Free Falling (Random House Australia, 2012)
  • Paper Chains (Random House Australia, 2013)
  • Captivation (Random House Australia, 2014)
  • The Fifth Letter (HarperCollins Australia, 2017)
  • Those Other Women (HarperCollins Australia, 2018)


Born in Tasmania, Ros Moriarty studied at the Australian National University, where she gained a BA in French and Linguistics, and an A.Mus.A in piano. In 1983 Ros co-founded Balarinji Studio, Australia’s leading indigenous art and design group, with Aboriginal husband John. Balarinji has grown from a kitchen-table operation to an international consultancy working in Australia, Japan, and the USA and Balarinji art is held in leading galleries around the world. Ros has been inducted to the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame and won the 2015 Business Enterprise category of the Financial Review/Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence.’ She is the author of Listening to Country, a memoir about her friendship with the Indigenous women of Boorooloola, shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and the Human Rights Awards. Ros founded the Indi-Kindi pre-literacy program and has written a series of Balarinji picture books, including Kangaroos Hop, Splosh for the Billabong, Ten Scared Fish and Summer Rain.



Zoë Morrison is a Melbourne based writer and the author of the novel Music and Freedom, which won awards including the 2017 ALS Gold Medal and the 2016 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Her background is in research and social justice advocacy. She has a DPhil in Human Geography from Oxford University where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar, then worked as a lecturer and research fellow. In Australia she has held leadership roles in the anti-violence and anti-poverty sectors. Morrison also studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide and has an LMusA in piano performance.


  • Music and Freedom (Penguin Random House, 2016) Winner, 2016 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, 2017 ALS Gold Medal for 'a work of outstanding literary merit', iBooks 2016 Australian Fiction Book of the Year; Shortlisted, 2017 Australian Book INdustry Awards, The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year; Longlisted, Voss Literary Prize 2017; Commended, Victorian Premier's Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2014.


Andrew Mueller is an Australian-born, London-based author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a Contributing Editor at Monocle, and regularly presents programmes on its radio arm, ‘Monocle 24’. He is the author of three non-fiction books: Rock & Hard Places, I Wouldn’t Start From Here and It’s Too Late To Die Young Now. He is also at least partially responsible for three albums: two with his noisy country band The Blazing Zoos (“I’ll Leave Quietly”, “Chocks Away”) and one (“The North Sea Scrolls”) in collaboration with Luke Haines and Cathal Coughlan. He has reported from more than 80 countries, and only been deported from one of them.



Kiwi born and Melbourne based, Meg Mundell has been working as a writer, researcher and freelance journalist for 12 years. Her critically acclaimed first novel, Black Glass (Scribe, 2011), was highly commended in the Barbara Jefferis Award 2012, won the DJ O’Hearn Memorial Prize 2007, and was shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards 2011, the Norma K Hemming Award 2012, the Chronos Award 2012 and the Scribe/CAL Fiction Prize 2010. Meg spent four years as deputy editor and staff writer at The Big Issue magazine, and her writing has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Australian Book Review, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Sleepers Almanac, Eureka Street, The Monthly, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Times and Design Quarterly. Meg is now working on a PhD about literary sense of place, and a non-fiction memoir, Angel Gear, about outback trucking and road lore.



Molly Murn is a South Australian author and poet. She holds a Bachelor of Dance, a Masters of Creative Arts, and is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Flinders University. Molly also works as a bookseller at Matilda Bookshop in the Adelaide Hills. Molly’s poetry has been published in various anthologies including Overland, Transnational Literature and Friendly Street. She lives in the Adelaide Hills and loves to tango, read, walk, listen to records, and spend time in wild places.


  • Five Seasons (Table One, 2011) editor
  • Heart of the Grass Tree (Penguin Random House, 2019)


Sally Murphy is a mother, wife, teacher, speaker, website manager, reviewer, and is the author of 28 books. She was born in Perth and now lives in Corrigin, in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. Her first illustrated verse novel with Walker Books Australia, Pearl Verses the World (illustrated by Heather Potter) won the children’s book category for the Indie Book of the Year awards, 2009 ; was awarded Honour Book in the Younger Readers category, Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2010; and won the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2010, Best Book for Language Development, Upper Primary (8-12 years). Toppling (illustrated by Rhian Nest James) has won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, Children’s Book – Mary Ryan’s Award, 2010; and been short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Upper Primary category, 2010.


MURRELL, Belinda

With a writing career spanning over twenty years, Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out & About With Kids travel magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan. Belinda is also an author ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes.


  • Lulu Bell series: Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn (Random House Australia, 2013), Lulu Bell and The Fairy Penguin (Random House Australia, 2013), Lulu Bell and the Cubby Fort (Random House Australia, 2013), Lulu Bell and the Moon Dragon (Random House Australia, 2013), Lulu Bell and the Circus Pup (Random House, 2014), Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle (Random House, 2014), Lulu Bell and the Tiger Cub (Random House, 2014), Lulu Bell and the Pyjama Party illustrated by Serena Geddes (Random House, 2014), Lulu Bell and the Christmas Elf (Random House Australia, 2014), Lulu Bell and the Koala Joey (Random House, 2015), Lulu Bell and the Arabian Nights (Random House Australia, 2015), Lulu Bell and the Pirate Fun (Random House Australia, 2015), Lulu Bell and the Magical Garden (Random House Australia, 2015)
  • Pippa's Island series: The Beach Shack Cafe (Penguin Random House Australia, 2017), Cub Reporters (Random House Australia, 2017), Kira Dreaming (Random House Australia, 2018), Camp Castaway (Random House Australia, 2018)
  • The Sun Sword Trilogy: The Quest for the Sun Gem (Random House Australia, 2006), Voyage of the Owl (Random House Australia, 2007), The Snowy Tower (Random House Australia, 2007)
  • Time Slip series: The Locket of Dreams (Random House Australia, 2009), The Ruby Talisman (Random House Australia, 2010), The Ivory Rose (Random House Australia, 2011), The Forgotten Pearl (Random House Australia, 2012), The River Charm (Random House, 2013), The Sequin Star (Random House, 2014), The Lost Sapphire (Random House Australia, 2016)

MUSA, Omar

Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He is a former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released three hip hop albums, two poetry books (including Parang), appeared on ABC’s Q&A, and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His first novel, Here Come the Dogs, was published in August 2014, and has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015. He is currently working on a play.


  • The Clocks (Muse Arts, 2009)
  • Parang (Omar Musa, 2013)
  • Here Come the Dogs (Penguin Books, 2014)
  • Millefiori (Penguin Random House Australia, 2017)