Matt Nable is a writer and actor. He wrote and starred in The Final Winter (2007), an independent Australian film that has since been released internationally, and has since appeared in Riddick alongside Vin Diesel, East West 101, Underbelly: Badness and Brothers in Arms: Bikie Wars. He’s set to appear in Gallipoli which Channel 9 will air in 2015 and has just secured a major role in the hit US series, Arrow. With his wife and three children, Matt divides his time between Sydney and Los Angeles. He is the author of the novels We Don’t Live Here Anymore (Penguin, 2009), Faces in the Clouds (Penguin, 2011) and Guilt (Penguin, 2015).
Eileen Naseby is the author of Ursula, which was published by Pier 9, an imprint of Murdoch Books. Eileen established Australia’s leading stock footage archival film library, Film World. With Film World and Murdoch Books, Eileen produced the 'Australian Memories' series of photographic books, showcasing images from Film World’s Cinesound Movietone Archive. Eileen has received several fellowships to Varuna – The Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains of NSW, and is at work on a novel.
Born in 1989, Allyse Near counts Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Eugenedies, Francesca Lia Block and the Brothers Grimm among her biggest literary influences. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University, majoring in Professional and Creative Writing, and won Deakin’s inaugural Judith Rodriguez Prize for Fiction for her short story Venus In The Twelfth House. Throughout 2010 she was mentored by multiple-Aurealis Award-winning author Jane Routley, and published short pieces in a number of literary journals, including Verandah, Short and Twisted, and Etchings. Allyse writes deconstructed pulp-fairytales that almost always revolve around women, the wilderness and witchcraft. Her début novel, Fairytales for Wilde Girls, will be published by Random House Australia in 2013. She is currently working on Saturnalia, a YA reimagining of the Snow White mythos–meets-Rosemary’s Baby. the-hexorcist.tumblr.com
Linda Neil is an Australian writer, songwriter and documentary producer. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir Learning How to Breathe, and All is Given: A Memoir in Songs (UQP). Linda has a PhD in creative writing and has taught extensively in this field. Trained as a classic violinist, she has performed, recorded and toured with some of Australia’s leading independent artists. Linda’s radio documentaries have been shortlisted for the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards and awarded Gold and Bronze medals at the New York Festivals – World’s Best Radio Programs. http:lindaneil.bandcamp.com./releases
- Learning How to Breathe (University of Queensland Press, 2009) Shortlisted, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2008 Best Manuscript of an Emerging Queensland Author
- All is Given (University of Queensland Press, 2016)
Lucy Neville was born in 1983 at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, where she spent most of her childhood. After completing school she travelled to Central America, and worked as a volunteer on an indigenous reserve in Costa Rica. Returning to Australia she took an Arts Degree in Politics and Latin American Studies at the University of NSW. She then travelled to Spain to complete a course in teaching English as a foreign language. From there she continued to Mexico City where she has been living, teaching English, exploring, and starring in a minor role as an English secretary in one of Mexico’s biggest soap operas Tequila Loving. She now plans to study a Master degree in Peace and Conflict studies at Sydney University. Her memoir, Oh Mexico, was published by Allen & Unwin.
Lisa Nicol is a writer and documentary-maker. Working across film, television, radio and print, Lisa's work has been broadcast on ABC TV, pay TV networks and Radio National. She has been published by all the major broadsheets. Her documentary about Australian poet Benjamin Frater won a Silver medal at the 2012 New York Festivals International Radio Awards. Her documentary Wide Open Sky about a children’s choir in outback NSW won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and gained a national cinema release.
- Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter (Penguin Random House, 2017)
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth’s books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen; and the cult favourite YA SF novel Shade’s Children. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of 'The Seventh Tower' sequence; 'The Keys to the Kingdom' series; and Troubletwisters (co-written with Sean Williams). Garth’s most recent book is the science fiction adventure A Confusion of Princes. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian and The Australian, and his work has been translated into 40 languages. He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children. www.garthnix.com
In 2000, Camilla had a collection of four essays and two poems published in An Endless Afternoon, an anthology of writing about children. Her first novel, Still Waters, was published by Hachette in Australia, Loganesi in Italy, Sanskrit Book in Thailand, and by Orion in the UK as The Mother’s Tale. Broken Fences, her second novel, was published by Hachette Australia and Orion in 2010. www.camillanoli.com/