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.
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
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
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, Jessica Beaton and Sarah Buckle are the team behind this well-loved blog and their very first cookbook, Raising a Good Eater, will be published by Penguin in 2016. onehandedcooks.com.au