Christine Paice is a poet, and writer. She has published two poetry collections, Mad Oaks and Staring At The Aral Sea, both published by Ginninderra Press. Her children’s book, The Great Rock Whale, was published by Hachette Australia in 2009. Her poetry has featured four times in Best Australian Poems series by Black Inc. A runner up in the Newcastle Poetry Prize, she won (yes won!) the prestigious national Josephine Ulrick Award for poetry in 2009 with The Ministry Of Going In. She was Poetry editor and political writer for Old Trout, An American Review, for one glorious year. Her work has been read on ABC Jazz Alive and Poetica, Radio National. In 2010 she became the University of Wollongong’s inaugural Janet Cosh Poet, resulting in the work, Collecting The Collector. She facilitates creative writing and poetry workshops and works as a mentor with a talented indigenous poet. Her work has been published numerous times in literary journals and newspapers. Christine’s first adult fiction novel, The Word Ghost, will be published by Allen and Unwin in May 2014. She has no friends, two sons and one daughter and bribes her family to live with her in Kiama, New South Wales.
Amra Pajalic is a Melbourne based author of Bosnian background. Her debut novel The Good Daughter (Text Publishing, 2009) won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Civic Choice Award, and was a finalist in the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award. She is author of a novel for children Amir: Friend on Loan (Garratt Publishing, 2014), and is co-editor of the anthology Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia (Allen and Unwin, 2014).
Her writing has placed in competitions, been published in magazines (Big Issue, Woman’s Day), journals (Etchings, The Emerging Writer) and anthologies (2004 and 2005 Best Australian Stories, Wordlines, Through The Clock’s Workings). Amra conducts short story workshops and was funded by Artists in Schools to be an Artist in Residence in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in high schools.
Aura Parker is a children's author and illustrator based in Sydney, whose storytelling inspires imagination, courage and confidence in young readers. Aura Parker's stories are whimsical with a playful sense of humour, brimming with details to explore, illustrated in watercolour, pen and coloured pencil, with digital enhancements. She is passionate about quality children's literature and encouraging kids to be creative. Aura has a background in design and regularly exhibits illustrations and textiles. Aura lives in Sydney with her three children, who she tries to read and draw with as much as she can.
- Twig (Scholastic, 2016) CBCA Notable Book for Early Childhood, 2017
Bronwyn Parry grew up surrounded by books, with a fascination for places, people and their stories. She is the author of several acclaimed romantic suspense novels. An occasional academic, Bronwyn’s active interest in fiction and its readership is reflected in her PhD research and she is passionate about the richness, diversity, and value of popular fiction. Bronwyn lives in the New England tablelands and loves to travel in Australia’s wild places.
- As Darkness Falls (Hachette Australia, 2008) Winner, 2007 Romance Writers of America, Golden Heart Awards for Best Unpublished Romantic Suspense; Finalist, 2009 Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award for Romantic Elements
- Dark Country (Hachette Australia, 2009) Winner, 2009 Australian Romance Readers Awards, Favourite Romantic Suspense; Finalist, 2010 Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year for Romantic Elements; Shortlisted, 2010 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel
- Dead Heat (Hachette Australia, 2012) Winner, 2012 Australian Romance Readers Awards, Favourite Romantic Suspense; Finalist, 2013 Daphne SDu Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense; Longlisted, 2013 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel
- First Light (Hachette Australia, 2013)
- Darkening Skies (Hachette Australia, 2013) Finalist, 2013 Australian Romance Readers Awards for Favourite Romantic Suspense
- Storm Clouds (Hachette Australia, 2015) Winner, 2013 Australian Romance Readers Awards for Favourite Cover from a Romance; Finalist, 2015 Australian Romance Readers Awards for Favourite Romantic Suspense; Shortlisted, 2016 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel
- Sunset Shadows (Hachette Australia, 2016) Winner, 2016 Australian Romance Readers Awards for Favourite Romantic Suspense; Longlisted, 2017 Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel
- The North Wind (Firetail Press, 2016)
An avid writer and reader from a young age, JM Peace thought journalism would be a fulfilling career. She was wrong. In an effort to avoid unemployment, she guessed that having a clean driving record and a strong moral compass meant the police might employ her. She was right. Fifteen years later, she felt she was qualified enough to write a crime novel and went back to her childhood plan of being an author. A Time To Run is the result. JM lives on the Sunshine Coast, juggling writing and police work with raising two kids with her partner. Her current goals are trying to teach her children to surf and finishing the sequel to A Time To Run.
During a decade in newspaper journalism, Tim covered everything from the theft of a street to the tragic aftermath of an exorcism. He trained in Aboriginal culture in Arnhem Land and participated in a journalist exchange with the Press Trust of India.
While writing for The Age, Tim was the joint winner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission print media prize. A year later, Tim and a colleague won the United Nations Association of Australia print media prize. Tim’s first novel, Game as Ned, was published by HarperCollins and was short-listed as a Notable Book in the 2008 CBCA Awards, and was long listed in the Ned Kelly Awards. A Polish edition of Game As Ned was published in 2008. Five Parts Dead, Tim’s latest YA novel, was published by Text in 2010.
PENFOLD, Melissa and TABAKOFF, Jenny
Melissa Penfold is the author of the hugely popular Source and Bargain Hunter columns for The Sydney Morning Herald and a former interiors Belle magazine. Jenny Tabakoff is the assistant editor, sections, of The Sydney Morning Herald and a long-time features journalist on the Herald and for The Times and The Daily Telegraph in London. They have recently collaborated on two cover stories for the Herald’s Domain Home Section on “how to shop” and “how to decorate”. Penguin Australia published Melissa Penfold’s Little Black Book, in 2008 and Australian Style in 2010 .
Gina Perry is a Melbourne psychologist and freelance writer whose feature articles and short stories have been published in a range of Australian newspapers, magazines and literary journals. She recently made a radio documentary for ABC Radio National on the controversial experiments conducted in 1961 by Stanley Milgram to test the limits of human obedience. In this documentary, Beyond the Shock Machine, Gina went in search of some of the volunteers and other participants involved in the experiment. The documentary won the Silver World Medal at the 2009 New York Radio Awards and has formed the basis of Gina Perry’s forthcoming book, also titled Beyond the Shock Machine (Scribe).
Tom Petsinis was born in Greece and immigrated to Australia as a child. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, he taught at a number of high schools and presently teaches mathematics at Victoria University. Tom has been published in the UK, US, Italy and Germany, and his novel The French Mathematician (Penguin) was short-listed for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. He has recently completed a novel entitled Plato’s Number. Tom has also written and directed a number of plays, including the award-winning The Drought.
James Phelan is a Melbourne-based writer. He has studied and taught writing at a post graduate level, and has been a novelist since the age of 25. His first book was the author interview collection Literati: Australian Contemporary Literary Figures Discuss Fear, Frustrations and Fame (John Wiley & Sons, 2005). His 'Lachlan Fox' thriller novels are Fox Hunt (Hachette, 2006), Patriot Act (2007), Blood Oil (2008), Liquid Gold (2009), and Red Ice (2010). His 'Alone' trilogy of Young Adult post-apocalyptic novels are titled Chasers (Hachette, 2010), Survivor (2011) and Quarantine (2011).
James has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, having worked at The Age from 2000-2006, and has contributed to short story anthologies and serialised novels, including: Picture This (Penguin, 2010), Watchlist (Audible/Vanguard, 2010), and the Get Reading! anthology (2011).
His latest novels are a thriller series introducing a new character, 'Jed Walker': The Spy and The Hunted (Hachette, 2013 and 2015), and a 13-book Young Adult series The Last Thirteen (Scholastic).
Liam Pieper is a Melbourne-based author, journalist and award-winning fiction writer. His 2014 memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of The Year, follows his journey from starry-eyed flower child to inept gangster. It was shortlisted for the National Biography Award and the Ned Kelly Best True Crime award and widely praised for its honesty. This was followed by Mistakes Were Made, a volume of humorous essays that collectively make up a craven apology for being too honest in Feel-Good Hit. He was co-recipient of the 2014 Literary Award, and was the inaugural creative resident of the UNESCO City of Literature of Prague, where he completed his first novel The Toymaker (Penguin, 2016). He works as a freelance writer, contributing to The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, Smith Journal, Dumbo Feather, Meanjin, The Best of The Lifted Brow, and The Best Australian Comedy Writing, among other publications.
- The Feel-Good Hit of the Year (Penguin, 2014) Shortlisted, 2015 Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Best True Crime, 2015 National Biography Award
- Mistakes Were Made (Penguin, 2015)
- The Toymaker (Penguin, 2016) Longlisted, 2017 Indie Awards for Debut Fiction
Turia Pitt has a double degree in Mining Engineering and Science. She worked as a model before landing her dream job with Rio Tinto at their prestigious Argyle Diamond Mine and moving to Kununurra with her partner, Michael. Their lives were turned upside-down when she was trapped by a grassfire in a 100 kilometre ultra-marathon in September 2011, and suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body. Turia lives in her hometown of Ulladulla. She is studying for her Masters and travels the world giving inspirational speeches. She is a well-recognised humanitarian, dedicating her time to causes she is passionate about. Interplast is one such cause – a charity that provides free reconstructive surgery to people in developing countries. Turia was named the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year and was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year. She also graced the cover of the Australian Women’s Weekly and is a judge for the Australian Woman of the Future Fund.
- Everything to Live For: The Inspirational Story of Turia Pitt, With Libby Harkness (Penguin Random House, 2013) Shortlisted: Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Australian Biography of the Year
- Unmasked, Co-Authored by Bryce Corbett (Penguin Random House, 2017)
Michael is a registered clinical psychologist and an experienced mental health researcher. Michael is presently a researcher at the University of Sydney’s, Brain and Mind Centre, conducting groundbreaking research on how stress affects the heart rate patterns of Fly-in, Fly-out workers in Western Australia. He is also a key researcher in a number of international studies looking into the relationship between circadian heart rate patterns and a range of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety and PTSD. Michael spent the previous six years as a researcher at the Black Dog Institute working on a number of studies focused on stress, depression and suicide.
Website: Michael Player Psychology
- Stress Less (Penguin Random House, forthcoming 2018)
Martin Plowman comes from an Anglo-Italian background and lives in Melbourne. His PhD at the University of Melbourne was a cultural history of UFO sightings and believers, a project that took him around the world, visiting famous locales such as Roswell in New Mexico, and more obscure spots such as the High Andes of Peru, the urban octopus of Mexico City, the ancient Wiltshire downs, and the desert valleys of northern Chile. The UFO Diaries, his first book (Allen & Unwin), is a weird and wonderful journey based in unequal parts on his research, travel diaries, and unreliable recollections.
Ben Pobjie is a writer, satirist, comedian and poet, known for his television commentary in Melbourne’s Age newspaper, and his political and social humour writing on newmatilda.com, ABC’s The Drum, Crikey and many others. As a comedian and poet he has performed numerous times at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Fringe Festival, and on radio on ABC, Triple R, 3CR and 2SER. He is the author of the books Superchef – A Parody (Allen and Unwin) – a spoof of Masterchef – and Surveying the Wreckage (Aduki Press), a collection of his New Matilda columns.
Carol Posener runs Get Organised Pty Ltd, a company that helps people gain control of their clutter, space and life. Lothian Books published her book Get Organised.
Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. Born a month after her Chinese parents fled from Cambodia to Australia as asylum seekers from Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge Regime, Alice has used her shared family’s experiences to write stories that captivate all readers.
She has won numerous awards including the 2007 Newcomer of the Year Award in the Australia Book Industry Awards for her first book Unpolished Gem (Black Inc). Her next book, Her Father’s Daughter (Black Inc), won the Western Australia Premier’s Book Award for Non Fiction, and it was also shortlisted for the Premier’s Literary Awards in Victoria and New South Wales, and nominated also in the Queensland Literary Awards. Laurinda, Alice’s first novel, was published by Black Inc in 2014 and was one of Readings’ Top 100 bestselling books for the year. In 2017, Laurinda, published in the US as Lucy and Linh was awarded the US Author's Circle Young Adult Book of the Year Award. In 2015 Alice published four books around the character Marly in Penguin’s 'Our Australian Girl' series.
Alice’s writing has appeared in many notable publications including the Monthly, the Age, Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. Alice edited Growing Up Asian in Australia (Black Inc), a collection of personal accounts, essays, short stories and poetry which is currently a set text for the VCE English context on Identity and Belonging.
Alice lives with her husband at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently the Artist in Residence.