Marc Andrews is a writer and editor who has worked for Smash Hits, DNA magazine and Mediaweek.
BOOK(S): Pop Life
Ginger Briggs has been published in various national newspapers and magazines. She hosts writing workshops for judicial officers, lawyers and professionals.
Paul Connolly has been published in various national newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of Sucking the Marrow Out of Life and The World's Weirdest Sports.
BOOK(S): The Mighty Bras
Barry Divola is a writer, journalist and music critic whose work has been published nationally and internationally for Rolling Stone, Who, the(sydney)magazine, and the Sydney Morning Herald. He is the author of two non-fiction and three children’s books. His short fiction won the Banjo Paterson Award three times.
BOOK(S): Nineteen Seventysomething
Jude Fitcher grew up in Quambatook and now lives in Melbourne. She spent three years researching and writing her book Slow Tracks: A Canter Through Victoria and Country Races.
BOOK(S): Slow Tracks
Bob Franklin works as a stand-up comic, writer, actor and director. He has had roles in The Librarians, Thank God You’re Here, Boytown and Bad Eggs. Under Stones is his first novel.
BOOK(S): Under Stones
Irma Gold is a writer and editor based in Canberra. She is the author of two children’s books, and she has been widely published in Australian literary journals. Two Steps Forward is her debut collection of stories.
BOOK(S): Two Steps Forward
Dave Graney is an ARIA-award winning musician who has released over twenty albums with numerous bands during a career span of thirty years. 1001 Australian Nights is his first book.
BOOK(S): 1001 Australian Nights
Justin Heazlewood is a musician, comedian and writer who performs as The Bedroom Philosopher. He is a regular contributor to Frankie, The Big Issue and Mess+Noise and has been nominated for an ARIA award. In 2010 his show Songs from the 86 Tram won the Director’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
BOOK(S): The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries
Claire Isaac has worked as a writer and editor for Smash Hits and OK! magazine and is the current deputy editor of Woman’s Day magazine.
BOOK(S): Pop Life
Ali Lemer worked as an editor and writer for Melbourne-based travel guide publisher Lonely Planet for five years. She is the author of three travel guidebooks and has also had her work published in Meanjin, Eureka Street and the University of Melbourne Postgraduate Review.
BOOK(S): Joyful Strains
Mic Looby has worked as an author and editor for Lonely Planet, has illustrated five children’s books and is a regular columnist for The Big Issue. His work has been published in the Australian, The Age and the Herald Sun. Paradise Updated is his first novel.
BOOK(S): Paradise Updated
Kent MacCarter is a writer and editor in Melbourne. He's the author of two poetry collections – In the Hungry Middle of Here and Ribosome Spreadsheet. MacCarter sits on the board of The Small Press Network and is Managing Editor of Cordite Poetry Review.
BOOK(S): Joyful Strains
Andrew Mueller works as a rock critic, travel writer, foreign correspondent and columnist. He was a co-editor on the fifth edition of The World’s Most Dangerous Places and is also the author of I Wouldn't Start From Here: A Misguided Tour of the Early 21st Century.
BOOK(S): Rock and Hard Places
David Nichols has been published in The Age, Rolling Stone, Meanjin, Puncture and The Big Issue. He is the author of The Go-Betweens, and co-editor of Community: Building Modern Australia. He lectures in urban planning at the University of Melbourne.
Chris Parkinson spent four years working in film and photography, with refugees and on gender, in East Timor. Peace of Wall: Street Art from East Timor is the only documented collection of graffiti art from East Timor.
BOOK(S): Peace of Wall
Helen Sage grew up on a farm in Victoria and now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She began writing after her daughter Jayne’s accident, in search of new moorings in a world turned upside down.
BOOK(S): A Flower Bewteen the Cracks
Michael Sala has had his short fiction published in The Best Australian Stories three times. The Last Thread is his first book and was shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award.
BOOK(S): The Last Thread
Gretchen Shirm is a writer and lawyer. She has been published in The Best Australian Stories, Etchings, Wet Ink, and Southerly. She was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists for her collection, Having Cried Wolf.
BOOK(S): Having Cried Wolf
Jenny Sinclair was formerly a journalist with The Age and the Melbourne Times. She has had her fiction and non-fiction work published in Island, Verandah, The Best Australian Stories, and Wet Ink.
BOOK(S): When We Think About Melbourne
Beth Sometimes is an artist, musician, writer and community arts mentor who releases music under the moniker Beth Sometimes and the Maybes. She has been a contributor to Big hART’s Ngapartji Ngapartji project and theatre show since 2006.
BOOK(S): From Sometimes, Love Beth
Emmett Stinson has received The Age Short Story Award, the Arts SA Creative Writing Award, and the Wagner Medal for Fiction. His essays, fiction and poetry have appeared in various literary journals and he is a co-founder and fiction editor of Wet Ink. He lectures in publishing and communications at the University of Melbourne and is president of SPUNC. Known Unknowns was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary awards in 2011.
BOOK(S): Known Unknowns
Leah Swann has worked in public relations, journalism and speechwriting. Her short fiction was published in The Best Australian Stories in 2011. Bearings is her first book and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Award in 2012.
Tangea Tansley has worked as a journalist, lecturer and editor and has been published in numerous Australian and international magazines, newspapers and journals including the Griffith REVIEW. A Break in the Chain: The Early Kozminskys is her first work of fiction.
BOOK(S): A Break in the Chain
Ian 'Peewee' Wilson
Ian ‘Peewee’ Wilson is arguably Australia’s most
enduring pop star, still touring regularly after more than five decades. He is the sole remaining founding member of iconic vocal group The Delltones.
BOOK(S): Come a Little Bit Closer