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Bailee, Carrie

Carrie Bailee currently lives in Melbourne with her two daughters. She is a spoken-word performer, poet, blogger, advocate and motivational speaker. Carrie tells her story to honour the capacity of the human spirit to rise above trauma. Her intention in publishing her memoir, Flying on Broken Wings, is to bring awareness to the fact that the severe abuse of children and organised criminal rings exist in our own backyards. Most importantly, to share her message of hope and resilience by transforming the victim trauma story, and speak to the possibility of what can be achieved when we have inner drive, a sense of worth, and the love and support of others in our lives.

Visit her website at: flyingonbrokenwings.com

BOOK(S): Flying on Broken Wings

Batrouney, Colin

Colin Batrouney is a Melbourne-based writer. He has occasionally worked in professional theatre as both an actor and director. He has never attended a creative
writing course.

BOOK(S): Creative Writing for Beginners

Bitto, Emily

Emily Bitto has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, where she is also a sessional teacher and supervisor in the creative writing program. The manuscript of her debut novel, The Strays, was shortlisted for the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

BOOK(S): The Strays

Bramham, Sam

Sam Bramham won a clutch of medals in swimming at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics, and is currently training for the first ever Paralympic triathlon at the Rio Paralympics in 2016. Despite his reputation for mischief, he has received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for being an exceptional role model for Australian youth.

BOOK(S): Three-Quarter Man

Briggs, Ginger

Ginger Briggs has been published in various national newspapers and magazines. She hosts writing workshops for judicial officers, lawyers and professionals.

BOOK(S): Staunch

Brock, Bev

Bev Brock was born and raised in West Australia. You could say her life changed pace in the almost three decades she spent with motor-racing legend, Peter Brock, raising a young family and helping to steer him through life in the spotlight. She is a former teacher and life counsellor, an author and public speaker, and a passionate environmentalist and road-safety advocate. She is patron of the Lighthouse Foundation and sits on the board of the Skyline Education Foundation. Bev was awarded the Prime Minister’s Centennial Medal. She is a mother of three and grandmother to six.

BOOK(S): Life to the Limit, Peter Brock

Campbell, Mel

Mel Campbell is a Melbourne-based journalist who specialises in popular culture. She is founding editor of online magazine the Enthusiast, and national film editor at the Thousands city guides.

BOOK(S): Out of Shape

Egger, Simone

Simone is a writer and editor. She writes for the Age Good Food Guide and Epicure, has authored books for adults and children, and used to write guidebooks for Lonely Planet. She also used to wait tables and, for seven years (on and off), worked with a charming 1960s, stainless-steel Faema E61, brewing Illy coffee to deliver little doses of happiness.

BOOK(S): The Home Barista

Foyster, Greg

Greg Foyster is a widely published journalist and an alumnus of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. He has presented on environmental issues and at writers festivals around Australia. The Age recently featured him in their ‘Top 100’ inspiring and influential Melburnians. Changing Gears is his first novel.

BOOK(S): Changing Gears

Franklin, Bob

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

Gilchrist, Adam

Adam Gilchrist was one of the most exhilarating cricketers of the modern age, and played with a freedom and verve that won him fans the world over. He is also celebrated for upholding the spirit of the game, famously ‘walking’ during a ODI World Cup semi-final. Since retiring from international cricket, Adam has been chair of the National Australia Day Council.

BOOK(S): Adam Gilchrist

Graney, Dave

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

Heazlewood, Justin

Justin Heazlewood is an award winning writer, musician and comic. As The Bedroom Philosopher he has released three albums including the ARIA-nominated Songs from the 86 Tram, including Triple J hit ‘Northcote (So Hungover)’, the video for which scored nearly half a million hits on YouTube. Not quite famous, but he’s a share-household name.

Justin was a senior writer for Frankie for five years. He is the author of The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries and of Funemployed, which will be published in June 2014.

Author Neil Gaiman praised The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries as ‘what all the great rock and roll touring books would have been like, if the people who wrote them had been honest to the point of embarrassment.’

BOOK(S): Funemployed, The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries

Photo credit: Elise Derwin

Hemphill, Brooke

Brooke Hemphill is a writer and producer. She has written about sex, dating, relationships and the media for publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, Women’s Health, Marie Claire USA, Encore and B&T.

BOOK(S): Lesbian for a Year

James, Kate

Kate James is a hugely successful coach, meditation teacher, speaker and writer. Her business is called Total Balance and helps people align their values, desires and innate strengths to lead the most stimulating and satisfying lives possible.

BOOK: Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love

McGregor, Craig

Craig McGregor is a writer, journalist and academic.
He is the prize-winning author of twenty-three books,
including two novels, a collection of short stories, four
books of essays, and several books on Australian society.

BOOK(S): Left Hand Drive

Mueller, Andrew

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

O'Reilly, Paddy

Paddy O’Reilly is the author of two novels, a collection of award-winning short stories, and a novella. Her novels have been shortlisted for major awards, and her stories have been widely published, anthologised and broadcast in Australia and overseas.

BOOK(S): The Wonders, It Happened in a Holden

Rundle, Guy

Guy Rundle is currently correspondent-at-large for Crikey, and a frequent contributor to a wide range of newspapers and magazines. A former editor of Arena Magazine, the Australian political and cultural monthly, he has also worked as a TV writer–producer, theatre writer, and political correspondent.

BOOK(S): A Revolution in the Making

Ryan, Luke

Luke Ryan is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and comedian. He has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, Smith Journal, The Lifted Brow, The Vine, Crikey and Kill Your Darlings, and performs regularly with a sketch-comedy outfit called The Lords of Luxury.

BOOK(S): A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

Sala, Michael

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

Scott-Norman, Fiona

Fiona Scott-Norman is a Melbourne-based comedian, writer and broadcaster. She writes for The Big Issue and is a regular on ABC Radio.

BOOK(S): Bully for Them, Don't Peak at High School, 50 Reasons to Quit/Keep Smoking

Siemienowicz, Rochelle

Rochelle Siemienowicz is a highly regarded film critic, journalist, editor and columnist. She has a PhD in Australian cinema and was the long-time film editor for The Big Issue. Her work has been published widely, including in The Age, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue, ScreenHub and SBS Movie.

BOOK: Fallen

Sinclair, Jenny

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): Much Ado About Melbourne

Tesarsch, John

John Tesarsch is a writer and barrister. He used to be a professional cellist based in Vienna, but had to give up music due to a debilitating allergy to the rosin used on cello bows. He returned to Melbourne to study Law and became a barrister, then was diagnosed with tongue cancer and spent a year undergoing extensive treatments. His first novel, The Philanthropist, was published in 2010 and received much critical acclaim.

BOOK: The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman