Rebecca has been a Clinical Psychologist for 14 years. After completing Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management), Arts (Psychology), and Psychology (Honours) she went on to complete a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in 2006 and her research on Group-Based Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Combat Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder was later published. Rebecca then started her own private practice specialising in the treatment of defence force personnel, veterans, and emergency services workers, as well as adults suffering with all kinds of life struggles that impact upon mental health. Seeking to reach a broader audience than that available in one-on-one therapy, Rebecca wrote Happi Habits, a 12-week program based on positive psychology techniques to help as many people as possible shift from surviving to thriving. Rebecca couldn’t be happier combining her loves of writing and psychology.
Erina Redden was a foreign correspondent with the ABC before having her first child. She now trains people in communication skills and is the author of Baby Daze: Becoming a Mother and Staying You (Hodder). Her first novel Lila’s Secret was published by Random House in September 2007. She is currently working on a new humorous novel entitled The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Travel.
Naldo’s memoir, Resistance: a Childhood Fighting For East Timor was published by UQP . This book spans from 1972 to 2002 in East Timor which was the period of Indonesian invasion and military occupation, culminating in independence. It tells the story of the author’s family who were deeply involved in the local resistance movement, Fretilin, and the author’s subsequent struggle for freedom. His story is both a personal account of his very difficult life as a child soldier and a record of the struggle from the inside.
Mother, foodie, writer, failed public servant, sometime gardener, recipe writer and extremely good cook… When Sandra Reynolds found herself without a job in February 2010 she quickly discovered that she and her family were expected to survive on what seemed to be an impossibly low food budget. Sandra had to completely rethink her approach to cooking and shopping. A couple of whinges on Facebook blossomed into a hugely successful blog, The $120 Food Challenge, which evolved into a small business. Sandra now lives and cooks in Melbourne, and continues to share nutritious, budget-priced family recipes on the blog.
Sarah Rhodes has been a professional photographer since 1995. She established her career in Tasmania and London before joining News Ltd in 2003. Sarah is now working freelance in Sydney. Her first book, The Artist’s Lunch, was published by Murdoch Books in 2008.
Tohby Riddle studied both art and architecture before becoming a writer and illustrator. He is the author/illustrator of The Great Escape from City Zoo, The Singing Hat, The Tip at the End of the Street, Fifty Fairies You Ought to Know About and The Royal Guest. Tohby’s cartoons have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Stay in Touch’ column and the Good Weekend. His illustrations, articles and other writings feature monthly in the NSW School Magazine where he is an editor. He has also had published two collections of his cartoons, What’s the Big Idea and Pink Freud. picture books Nobody Owns the Moon were published in 2008, and My Uncle’s Donkey in 2010. Forthcoming is a follow up to the very successful Word Spy written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Tohby, and a new picture book called Chiarscuro.
Sally Rippin is Australia’s highest-selling female author and one of the country’s best-loved children’s authors. Writing for almost 20 years, Sally has written over 50 books for children and young adults, and her mantel holds numerous awards for her writing. Best known for her Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series, Sally loves to write stories with heart and characters that resonate with children, parents and teachers alike.
- Billie B Brown series (Hardie Grant Egmont)
- Hey Jack! series (Hardie Grant Egmont)
- Billie Mysteries series (Hardie Grant Egmont)
- Billie Adventures series (Hardie Grant Egmont)
- Polly and Buster series (Hardie Grant Egmont)
- Our Australian Girl series (Penguin Random House)
- What a Mess, Fang Fang! (Omnibus, 1998)
- Twin Trouble (Omnibus, 2000)
- Leopard Skin (Lothian, 2003)
- My Best Friend is a Vampire (Penguin, 2006)
- The Magic Mirror (Lothian, 2007)
- Chenxi and the Foreigner (Text, 2008) CBCA Notable YA novel
- Go Girl – Twin Trouble (Hardie Grant, 2009)
- Just One Wish (Penguin, 2009)
- Angel Creek, (Text, 2011) shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Awards in 2012
- Fang Fang’s Chinese New Year (Omnibus Books, 1996)
- Speak Chinese Fang Fang (Omnibus Books, 1996)
- The Longest Noodle Ever (Scholastic, 2000)
- A Baby Brother For Little Bean (Scholastic, 2000)
- The Shape (Allen & Unwin, 2000)
- Millie (Pan Macmillan, 2002)
- Gezani and the Tricky Baboon (Allen & Unwin, 2003)
- Too Many Monkeys (Omnibus Books, 2004)
- When It Is Time (Lothian, 2004)
- Becoming Buddha (Lothian, 2005)
- What Makes Me Me (Lothian, 2005)
- Barking (Lothian, 2005)
- The Search of Fred Beany (Lothian, 2007)
- Elephant Mountain (Penguin, 2008)
- Water Buffalo Boy (Yeowan Media Korea, 2008)
- Mannie and the Long Brave Day (Allen & Unwin, 2009) shortlisted for the 2010 Prime Minister’s Awards
- Me, Oliver Bright (Omnibus Books, 2009)
- The Rainbirds (Lothian, 2006) CBCA Honour Book in 2007
- Peeking Ducks (Windy Hollow, 2010)
- The Race for the Chinese Zodiac (Black Dog, 2010)
- Big Sky Mind (Windy Hollow, 2014)
Debbie is a teacher based in the NSW Southern Highlands and has initiated creative writing classes within programs for gifted and talented students in the Southern Highlands, with some of her students going on to win major writing awards. In 2004, Australia Day Award recipient Donna Carson requested Debbie write her biography, and Debbie began background research for this project, completing the work in 2006. Judas Kisses was published by Hardie Grant in 2007.
Hannah Robert is a lecturer in law at La Trobe Law School. She writes about legal parentage, law and pregnancy, family law, feminism, colonial legal history and her own babies, living and dead. Her book, Paved with Good Intentions: Terra Nullius, Aboriginal Land Rights and Settler-Colonial Law, was published by Halstead Press in 2016, and gives a legal history of colonial understandings and misunderstandings of Aboriginal rights in land during the early colonisation of South Australia and Victoria. Her writing has appeared in The Conversation, the Journal of Law and Medicine, the Australian Feminist Law Journal, Good Weekend, the NSW HSC English Curriculum and edited collections.
Before joining La Trobe Law School, she taught at Melbourne University, Newcastle University and practiced in commercial litigation in two Sydney law firms. In December 2009, when Hannah was 34 weeks pregnant with her first child, a dangerous driver knocked a 4WD into the path of her car, killing her daughter in utero. Aside from writing her way through the trauma and grief of the accident, Hannah is completing a PhD on misattributed paternity and legal understandings of parentage. She lives in Melbourne with her son and photos of her daughter, and aspires to own a tiny dog.
- Paved with Good Intentions: Terra Nullius, Aboriginal Land Rights and Settler-Colonial Law (Halstead Press, 2016)
Fiona Roberton was born in Oxford and studied art and design in London and New York. She has kept the wolf from the door for a number of years by working as a designer, but has since befriended the wolf, and has it to tea on Tuesdays. Sometimes, they go out. Her children’s picture books include Porkchop & Mouse, which was was inspired by her love of cakes, holidays, and her inability to share; and Wanted: The Perfect Pet, which was inspired by her love of dogs, ducks and disguises. She is working on a new book called Cuckoo, to be published by Penguin.
Marion Roberts is a professional creative and technical writer residing in Melbourne. Her quirky and whimsical first junior novel, Sunny Side Up, was published in Australia (Allen and Unwin), the UK (Catnip) and the US (Random House). Her second novel, Mostly Sunny with A Chance of Storms was also published by Allen and Unwin. Marion is currently working on a YA crime thriller Cry Blue Murder – co-authored with Kim Kane and set for publication by UQP in 2013. Among her broad academic pursuits Marion studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne.
Claire Robertson is a writer and illustrator. She lived in Australia until 2010 when she uprooted with her young family and moved to a small island off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Her vegetable garden has a view of the mountains, islands and calm blue seas while her tiny studio looks out into a forest full of evergreens. Her popular blog Loobylu.com has won numerous awards and accolades. Her previous illustration clients have included Scholastic Inc, Cambridge University Press, The New York Public Library, Chirp Magazine, ABC Online, NaNoWriMo and Klutz Books. Claire illustrates the bestselling mystery/comedy series 'Truly Tan', written by Jen Storer. The series includes Truly Tan, Truly Tan: Spooked!, Truly Tan: Jinxed!, chosen as a Notable Book for Younger Readers, Children’s Book Council Awards, and Truly Tan: Freaked! to be published late 2014.
Mikey spent seven years behind the microphone as host of Triple J’s National breakfast show before becoming a team leader and audience favourite on the iconic Good News Week and its various franchises. On radio, Mikey’s also featured on prime time shifts for Triple M and vega and is a regular on Sydney 702‘s TGIF show with Richard Glover. His other television appearances include The Jesters, ABC’s Q&A and he has had regular guest spots on Sunrise, Spicks and Specks, The Fat and Paul Murray Live on Sky News. Mikey has co-authored two books and been a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and GQ and has written for several publications including Men’s Style and Selector magazine. Mikey’s career began after graduating from Newcastle University and joining the cabaret group The Castanet Club. Last year he performed at the Sydney Opera House appearing in Celebrity Autobiography.
Julia Rollings is a freelance writer and author. She has had feature articles published in various Australian and international newspapers and some of her contributions have been included in anthologies on adoption. Julia’s heart-warming, heart-breaking memoir about her adopted children, Love Our Way was published by HarperCollins Publishers.
ROMANCE WAS BORN
Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales met while completing their fashion design degree. In 2005, the pair established the inimitable label, Romance Was Born.
Georgina Safe is the fashion editor of Sunday Style magazine and is one of Australia's most respected fashion authorities. She has written for Vogue, Monocle, Harper's Bazaar and Good Weekend.
- Romance Was Born (Thames & Hudson, 2018)
Amber Rose is a food writer and cook who grew up in rural New Zealand surrounded by organic gardens and heritage produce. She has travelled the world cooking and working in cafes and restaurants, and spent several years in the UK where she was a private chef to Sadie Frost and Jude Law before becoming a doula, giving nutritional advice and cooking for new mums. She lives north of Auckland.
- Love Bake Nourish (Octopus Publishing Group, 2013)
- Nourish: Mind, Body and Soul (Octopus Publishing Group, 2014)
- The Wholefood Pantry (Octopus Publishing Group, 2016)
- Wild Delicious (Random House, 2018)
Kenneth Ross’s most acclaimed play, Breaker Morant, was made into a film of the same name and received a Palm d’ Or for best feature at Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination for Best Script. He has had seven other plays performed – two referred to as Australian classics and has three feature films to his name, along with TV dramas. He has also published short stories and has been twice nominated for the Australian Writers Guild Award. Right now he is completing a novel.
Jessica Rowe is a broadcaster and writer who in a career spanning twenty years has worked at all the major Australian commercial television networks. She is co-author of the bestselling book The Best of Times, The Worst of Times with her mother, Penelope Rowe.
Jessica has been a long-time campaigner for mental-health issues and is patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia and an ambassador for beyondblue.
She lives in Sydney with her husband, their two young daughters and their grey cat, Alfie.
Penelope Rowe has worked as a teacher in secondary schools and adult education, journalist, Opera House guide, sales rep and writer/presenter for ABC radio and SBS television. She is the author of the acclaimed novels Dance for the Ducks, Tiger Country, Unacceptable Behaviour, Blood Songs and Disreputable People. Penelope co-authored The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, a book about her experience with Bipolar disorder with her daughter, television presenter Jessica Rowe. Their book was published by Allen & Unwin in 2005.
Katie Rowney’s debut novel Front Page News will be published by Penguin Random House. A former journalist, she now works in communications and owns far too much china. She grew up on Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, and only made it as far as the big smoke of Brisbane city before settling down with her husband Magnus, two dogs and two cats.
Richard Roxburgh is one of Australia's best-loved and most versatile actors. For his work in films like Moulin Rouge! to the lead role in TV's Rake, as well as his many highly acclaimed performances with the Sydney Theatre Company, Richard Roxburgh has become a household name. Richard has been successful on the other side of the camera too. He directed feature film, Romulus, My Father and was co-creator of the award-winning television series, Rake. Richard has always drawn and written stories to entertain himself and now shares this passion with all. Richard most recently appeared on stage in the critically hailed The Present, at the Sydney Theatre Company, an adaptation of Chekhov’s Platonov, continuing his association with Cate Blanchett, with whom he also appeared as the title character in STC’s hugely successful production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, directed by Tamas Ascher. Richard shared the stage with some of Australia’s finest actors including Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Jackie Weaver and John Bell. Most recently Richard appeared opposite Radha Mitchell and up and comer Odessa Young in Sue Brooks’ Looking for Grace. He is currently filming the fourth instalment of Rake.
- Artie and the Grime Wave (Allen & Unwin, 2016) Shortlisted: 2017 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Eight to 10 Years; Longlisted: Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Australian Book of the Year for Older Children; 2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Notable Book; Longlisted: Indie Awards, Children's.
Pamela Rushby has written over eighty children’s books, and has also worked in screenwriting, film production, advertising and journalism. She is passionately interested in children’s books and television, ancient history and Middle Eastern food. Millions of Mummies, a YA novel, was published by John Wiley and When The Hipchicks Go to War, which won the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult Fiction at NSW Premiers Awards 2010, was published by Hachette Australia. HarperCollins published The Horses Didn’t Come Home, her latest novel, in 2012.
British author and journalist Tim Rushby-Smith was a lover of the great outdoors; a passionate mountain biker, hiker, climber and enthusiastic in the waves. In 2005, Tim fell from a tree while working as a tree surgeon and suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in instant paraplegia. His experience of injury and the return to normal life led him to write a memoir reflecting on his experience. Tim went on to write features for numerous newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as writing for the BBC. He served a six-month stint as a columnist for The Times in London, writing about life as a wheelchair dad. Tim co-wrote Beyond the Break with Darren Longbottom, the story of Australian surfer Darren Longbottom's epic rescue from a remote surf break in Indonesia.
- Looking Up (Penguin Random House, 2008)
- Beyond the Break with Darren Longbottom (Random House Australia, 2018)
Robyn is author of bestselling: Gluten Free and Easy and More Gluten Free and Easy. A coeliac for 10 years and passionate cook for nine, her motto is, ‘use the best ingredients available and keep the preparation as simple as possible’.