TAN, Monica

Monica Tan is the former deputy culture editor of Guardian Australia and co-host of Token podcast. Prior to her time at the Guardian she lived in China for four years working as a freelance writer and for the environmental organisation Greenpeace in Beijing. Monica’s features and essays covering women’s issues, sexuality and the environment in China were published in The Atlantic, Fairfax, Buzzfeed, Daily Life and SBS. She is writing her first book which will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2018.


  • Stranger Country (Allen & Unwin, 2019)

TAPSELL, Miranda

Miranda Tapsell is best renowned for her acting roles in the multi-award-winning feature film The Sapphires and for the Nine Network’s phenomenally successful Love Child, now in its fourth season. Miranda’s recent work includes Newton’s Law, Secret City, Redfern Now, Wolf Creek, Cleverman, Get Krack!n, Indigenous Sketch Comedy, Mabo and Playschool. Miranda has appeared in Sydney Theatre Company’s Secret River and Gallipoli, Griffin Theatre’s The Literati, Sydney Festival’s I Am Eora, Riverside Theatre’s Rainbow’s End, Yirra Yakin’s Mother’s Tongue and played the lead in Belvoir Street’s Yibiyung.


TAYLOR, Catherine

Catherine has been a journalist since 1988. She took up a cadetship with News Limited and worked on theDaily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and The Australian. She has lived all over the world including Vietnam and most recently Beirut where she based herself as a freelance writer, reporting extensively across the Middle East from Syria to Iran and Libya to Saudi Arabia. Her work has also appeared in Marie Claire, The Globe and Mail. Her first full length work of non-fiction Once Upon A Time In Beirut was published by Random House in 2007.



Born in Canberra, Katie J Taylor attended Radford College, where she wrote her first novel, The Land of Bad Fantasy, which was published in 2006. She studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of Canberra, and graduated in 2007 before going on to do a Graduate Certificate in Editing in 2008. 'The Fallen Moon' trilogy was published by Voyager in 2010; Book 1 in her latest, 'Risen Sun' trilogy: The Shadow’s Heir, was published in 2011; Book 2: The Shadowed Throne followed in April 2013. www.kjtaylor.com


TEMPLE, Kate and Jol

Kate and Jol are the award-winning authors of Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers The Third Grade – a series about a boy set on being a famous explorer – one disaster at a time. They are ambassadors for Raising Literacy Australia and regularly visit schools and festivals talking to kids about writing and ideas.


  • Parrot Carrot (Allen & Unwin, 2011)
  • I Got This Hat (ABC Books, 2014) National Simultaneous Storytime Book 2016
  • Mike I Don’t Like (ABC Books, 2015)
  • Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers The Third Grade (Allen & Unwin, 2016) Shortlisted Australian Book Design Awards Best Designed Children's Fiction Book 2017; Honour Book CBCA Book of the Year Younger Readers 2017
  • Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers X Marks the Spot (Allen & Unwin, 2017)
  • Tours Troolie, Alice Toolie (Allen and Unwin, 2018)
  • Are You My Bottom? (Allen and Unwin, 2018)
  • Room on Our Rock (Scholastic, Forthcoming 2018)


Ross Terrill is an award-winning Australian writer and historian who teaches at Harvard University in the US. One of the world’s leading authorities on China, he returns regularly to Australia to lecture at Monash University and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His books about China have received international acclaim and include Mao; 800,000,000: The Real China; and The White-boned Demon; A Biography of Madame Mao Zedong.



John Tesarsch was born and raised in Melbourne. He has degrees in law and musicology, and has worked as a barrister and a solicitor. For some years he lived in Vienna, where he pursued a career as a musician before he turned to writing. After travelling widely he returned to Melbourne, where he now lives with his wife and two young children. His debut novel, The Philanthropist, was published in 2010.



Brian Thacker is the author of several travel titles, including The Naked Man Festival and I’m Not Eating Any of That Foreign Muck (Allen & Unwin) which was published in 2005. Where’s Wallis? Travels Without a Guidebook, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2006. Sleeping Around was published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and Eichborn in Germany in 2009. and his latest, Tell Them to Get Lost, was published by Random House.


THOMAS, Claire

Claire Thomas is the author of the novel Fugitive Blue, winner of the Dobbie Literary Award for a first published book and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. She has published short stories in various journals, including Meanjin, Island, Overland and Australian Short Stories. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, where she now teaches.


  • Fugitive Blue (Allen & Unwin, 2010)


Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges, an Arts Development Officer at Arts, South Australia and an Indigenous Literacy Foundation ambassador. Jared's play Flash Red Ford toured Uganda and Kenya in 1999 and his play Love, Land and Money featured during the 2002 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Jared's young adult novel, Sweet Guy, was shortlisted for the 2009 South Australian People's Choice Awards for Literature and his children's book, Dallas Davis, the Scientist and the City Kids is published by the Oxford University Press Yarning Strong series. His YA novels, Songs that Sounds Like Blood (2016) and Calypso Summer (2014) are published by Magabala Books. Jared's writing explores the power of belonging and culture. He lives in Adelaide with his partner and two daughters.


  • Flash Red Ford
  • Sweet Guy (IAD Press, 2005) Shortlisted, 2002 Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Award for an unpublished Manuscript, 2006 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
  • Dallas Davis, the Scientist and the City Kids (Laguna Bay Publishing, Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Calypso Summer (Magabala Book, 2014) Winner, 2013 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships; Shortlisted, 2014 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
  • Songs that Sound like Blood (Magabala Books, 2016)
  • Shallow in the Deep End (Omnibus Books, 2017)
  • Patty Hits the Court: Game Day! (Allen & Unwin, 2017)
  • Patty and the Shadows: Game Day! (Allen & Unwin, 2017)


Alison Thompson has been baking since the age of seven, so it was only natural that she chose a career in the kitchen. Alison has worked with the world’s finest pastry chefs in Melbourne and London, such as Philippa Sibley and Mich Turner, and has spent time at the famed Little Venice Cake Company in the UK. She has travelled throughout Europe, carrying out extensive research into the origins and evolution of various cakes, pastries and desserts. Alison now runs her own busy cake-making business in the Yarra Valley, just outside Melbourne, and works as a consultant pastry chef. In 2010 Alison published her first book, Macaron, celebrating her love affair with the delicate French sweet; this was soon followed by Bake and then Popsicle, an inspiring collection of ice-creams and sorbets. Sweet is Alison’s latest book, in which she shares her all-time favourite dessert recipes.



Jimmy Thomson has written three military histories, including one about the Australian sappers (Army Engineers) who discovered the famous tunnels of Cu Chi in Vietnam. He’s also written a true crime memoir set in Sydney’s Kings Cross and the biographies of dual rugby internationalist Wendell Sailor and cricketer Shane Watson. He is a successful TV scriptwriter, having created three TV drama series: Breakers (set in Bondi), Crash Palace (set in Kings Cross) and Rain Shadow, which ran on the ABC starring Rachel Ward. He has worked in TV across Australia and in Los Angeles and been nominated three times for TV sitcom writing awards. Jimmy has visited Vietnam frequently, four times as a tour guide, both for military history groups and those more interested in broader Vietnamese culture. His current project is organising a book and movie tour of Vietnam featuring this novel, The Quiet American and Indochine.


  • No Need for Heroes (CALM Pty Ltd, 1993)
  • The Koala Who Bounced illustrated by Eric Lobbecke (Random House Australia, 1993)
  • Watto (Allen & Unwin, 2011)
  • The Koala Bounces Back illustrated by Eric Lobbecke (Random House, 2011)
  • A Sappers' War (Allen & Unwin, 2014)
  • Perfect Criminals (Affirm Press, 2018)
  • The Last Snake Man (Allen & Unwin, 2018)


  • Breakers (Network Ten, 1998)
  • Rain Shadow (ABC, 2007)


Helen is an award-winning Australian writer, with her poems and essays published in national newspapers and magazines, anthologies and on-line. Promising Azra (Allen & Unwin, 2016) is her first novel. To support its completion, this project was awarded a mentorship from the NSW Childrens’ Book Council of Australia, as well as two residential fellowships. Her day jobs have included political staffer, public relations consultant, teacher of the Alexander Technique, and business furniture sales and marketing. She has lived in Australia, Brazil and Britain.


  • Promising Azra (Allen & Unwin, 2016) Shortlisted, 2017 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Multicultural NSW

TONER, Barbara

Barbara Toner is an Australian writer and journalist who lives between London and the far south coast of New South Wales. She has written twelve books including six novels: Brain Street (1986), The Need To Be Famous (1988), All You Need To Know (1992), An Organised Woman (1998) and Cracking America (2002). All You Need To Know, for which she has written the screenplay is currently being developed by Fandango (Australia). She is working on a manual for Hardie Grant entitled The Complete Guide to Household Management, which was published in 2011.



Ian Townsend is a journalist with ABC Radio National. He has won a record four national Eureka Prizes for science and medical journalism, as well as an Australian Human Rights Award for journalism. His first novel, Affection, based on the 1900 outbreak of plague, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, the Colin Roderick Award, the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the National Year of Reading, and was long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC award. His second novel, The Devil’s Eye, based on the 1899 Bathurst Bay cyclone, was long listed for the Miles Franklin Award. He is a postgraduate research student in history at the University of Queensland, and lives in Brisbane with his wife, Kirsten MacGregor, and their three daughters.
Twitter: @IanBTownsend


  • Affection
  • The Devil's Eye
  • Line of Fire: the true story of a forgotten battle, a lost family, and an 11-year-old Australian boy shot as a spy (HarperCollins)


Helen Trinca has been a journalist for 35 years, working at The West Australian, The Australian, the ABC and The Sydney Morning Herald before moving to The Australian Financial Review to set up and edit Boss magazine six years ago. She is co-author of two books Waterfront: The Battle that Changed Australia (Random House 2000) with Anne Davies, which has been made into a telemovie entitled Bastard Boys, and Better Than Sex: How a Whole Generation Got Hooked on Work (Random House 2004) with Catherine Fox.


TSIOLKAS, Christos

Christos Tsiolkas’s first novel Loaded created a furore when it was published and was later made into the film Head On. Loaded was followed by Jump Cuts, written with Sasha Soldatow, and his second novel The Jesus Man. Christos co-wrote the collaborative theatre piece Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? which was adapted for a feature film entitled Blessed. Dead Europe was published by Random House and won The Age fiction book of the year in 2006. The Slap was published by Allen & Unwin in 2008 and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Pacific Region), the ASA medal and the NSW Premier’s Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His latest novel, Barracuda, was published in November 2013, and has received great critical acclaim.


  • Loaded (Vintage, 1995)
  • Jump Cuts (Random House, 1996)
  • Jesus Man (Vintage, 1999)
  • Dead Caucasians (2001) Drama
  • The Devil's Playground (Currency Press ScreenSound Australia, 2002)
  • Dead Europe (Vintage, 2005)
  • The Slap (Allen & Unwin, 2008)
  • Ugly (2008) Drama
  • Sticks, Stones (Allen & Unwin, 2012)
  • Barracuda (Allen & Unwin, 2013)
  • Merciless Gods (Allen & Unwin, 2014)


Maria Tumarkin was born in the former USSR and immigrated to Australia. She has written four books of literary non-fiction, Traumascapes, Courage, Otherland and Axiomatic. Her work has been shortlisted for major literary prizes and her work on sites of trauma has influenced researchers worldwide. Maria has taught at universities and writing centres, directed video clips, written radio documentaries, contributed catalogue essays for galleries and museums, and collaborated with visual artists, psychologists and public historians. Her work has been published, performed, carved into tiles, and set to music. She holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne and was a Post-doctoral Fellow on the international ‘Social Memory and Historical Justice’ project. Maria was a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow in humanities and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.


  • Traumascapes (MUP)
  • Courage (MUP)
  • Otherland (Penguin Random House)
  • Axiomatic (Brow Books) Winner: Best Writing Award, Melbourne Prize for Literature