Hugh O’brien grew up on ‘Marree’ Greenethorpe, a sheep and wheat farm just outside Young in the Southern Inlands. After leaving school he spent some time travelling through Europe before joining the Navy as a Clearance Diver. Hugh then set about applying for Special Forces with the Army’s counter-terrorism unit TAG (east) – a secretive team of divers and commandos, with the sole purpose of defending the domestic population from harm post 9-11. Acceptance to this unit was the defining moment of Hugh’s life. In 2011, Hugh left the Special Forces to pursue a career in private security. Hugh’s personal account of his experiences in the elite TAG (east) unit was published by Random House Australia in 2014.



Mark O’Connor is one of Australia’s best known and most widely read poets, with twelve books published. His poetry celebrates the uniqueness of the Australian environment, for which he has received many prizes, awards and fellowships.


O’DOWD, Annie

Annie O’Dowd was inspired by holidays on South Stradbroke Island to invent the world of the Seadog. All four books in the 'Seadogs' series; Left Show and the Foundling, Marigold and the Dark, Sea Gem and the Land of Ice and Tumblegrass and the Bushfire; are now available from Pan Macmillan. www.seadogs.com.au



The multi talented comedian, actor, presenter, and musician began his career at the age of 18 and has gone on to win multiple awards for his stand up comedy, toured the world, and appeared on countless television and radio shows. Okine spent 3 years co-hosting the hugely successful Breakfast Show on Australia’s triple J radio station, before hanging up his headphones to go into production on the television adaption of his award-winning semi-autobiographical stand up show The Other Guy, which currently streams on STAN, Hulu (US), and SuperChannel (Canada). He took home the Director’s Choice Award at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as a 2017 AACTA nomination for Best Newcomer, 2015 ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release for Matt Okine: Live at the Enmore Theatre. He also collected a nomination for Best Comedy Performer at the 2015 Helpmann Awards, as well as a nomination for Best International Show at the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival. Okine continues to perform his stand-up shows to sell-out crowds around the county, is currently developing the 2nd season of The Other Guy, and is due to release his debut novel, Being Black n Chicken n Shit through Hachette Publishing in October 2019. www.mattokine.com


  • Short Cuts to Glory: Learning to Cook (Bonnier Echo, 2017)
  • Being Black n Chicken n Shit (Hachette, forthcoming 2019)

O’ROWE, Mark

Mark O’Rowe is a playwright and film writer whose second play, Howie the Rookie, won the George Devine Award when it premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1999. In 2007 he wrote Terminus, a series of interlocking monologues, which received rave reviews when it opened at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and won a Fringe First when it transferred to the Edinburgh Festival in 2008.



Matt O’Sullivan is a senior journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald and has been writing on the aviation industry for a decade or more. Born in New Zealand, he shifted to Australia in 2000. Prior to that he worked in the UK on The Times and The Independent. His first book is Mayday: How warring egos forced Qantas off course (Penguin, 2015).



One Handed Cooks is a baby and toddler food blog that inspires people to cook beautifully simple, healthy food for their baby, toddler and primary school aged children. The recipes are all quick and easy to make, leaving you one free hand to wipe a nose, give a cuddle, or feed a hungry child. Allie Gaunt is a devoted mama, a writer and a cook. Leaving her career as an advertising copywriter to raise her son Harry, started the One Handed Cooks blog, to shared recipes and inspire others to get back to basics and cook beautifully simple, nutritious food for their children. Jessica Beaton is an accredited practising dietitian. Since completing her university degree in Nutrition and Dietetics she has been working as a clinical dietitian for over 7 years. She shares healthy recipes and nutrition tips for children on the blog. Sarah Buckle is a primary school teacher, with a passion for baking sweet treats and taking pretty pictures. Being the photographer for One Handed Cooks combines everything she loves. onehandedcooks.com.au


  • One Handed Cooks (Viking, 2016)
  • One Handed Cooks: Boosting Your Basics (Viking, 2019)