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Marc Andrews

Marc Andrews is a writer and editor who has worked for Smash Hits, DNA magazine and Mediaweek.

BOOK(S): Pop Life

Carrie Bailee

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

Colin Batrouney

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

Emily Bitto

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 The manuscript of her debut novel, The Strays, was shortlisted for the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.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

Sam Bramham

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

Ginger Briggs

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

BOOK(S): Staunch

Bev Brock

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

Mel Campbell

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

Paul Connolly

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

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


Simone Egger

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

Jude Fitcher

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

Greg Foyster

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

Bob Franklin

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

Adam Gilchrist

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

Irma Gold

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

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

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

Brooke Hemphill

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

Claire Isaac

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

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

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

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

Craig McGregor

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

Andrew Mueller

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

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.

BOOK(S): The Bogan Delusion, Pop Life, Advice to Young People on Leaving Home

Paddy O'Reilly

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

Chris Parkinson

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

Guy Rundle

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

Luke Ryan

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

Helen Sage

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

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

Fiona Scott-Norman

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

Gretchen Shirm

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

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

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

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 lectures in publishing at the University of Melbourne. Known Unknowns was shortlisted for the QLD Premier’s Literary awards in 2011.

BOOK(S): Known Unknowns

Leah Swann

Leah Swann has worked in public relations, journalism and speechwriting. Bearings is her first book and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Award in 2012.

Her short fiction was published in The Best Australian Stories in 2011 and 2014, Australian Love Stories, and other anthologies and journals. She is also  the author of The Ragnor Trilogy for children.

BOOK(S): Bearings

Tangea Tansley

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