Our Authors

Mary O’Connell


'Mary O’Connell is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the author of the short story collection, Living With Saints, and a novel, The Sharp Time. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in several leading literary magazines, and she is the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship and a Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren [...]

Sharon Pywell


Sharon Pywell’s previous works include What Happened to Henry and Everything After, novels that attracted critical praise from publications as diverse as Kirkus Reviews and People Magazine (published as Who in Australia), and comparisons with the works of writers like Jane Smiley.Pywell opened her first romance novel one night when snowed into an Alaskan [...]

James Barron


James Barron is a reporter for the New York Times, where his writing has appeared in virtually every section of the paper. He is the author of Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand, and The One-Cent Magenta. He has also edited The New York Times Book of New York. He lives [...]

Alannah & Madeline Foundation


The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is a leading national not-for-profit organisation protecting children from violence and bullying. Established in 1997, the Foundation was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged 6 and 3, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April [...]

Pip Williams


Pip Williams was born in London and grew up in Sydney. She has spent most of her working life as a social researcher and is co-author of the book Time Bomb: Work, Rest and Play in Australia Today (NewSouth Press, 2012). Her creative non-fiction has been published in InDaily and The Australian [...]

Maude Guesne


Maude Guesne dreamt of being a star when she was little, but became an illustrator instead (far fewer paparazzi). Her work includes illustrations for The Umbrella Girls series, Total Girl magazine, and Australian Women’s Weekly. Taking a break from Paris, Maude has lived and travelled all over the world (kind of like a [...]

Ryan Ruby


Born in Los Angeles, Ryan Ruby was educated at Columbia University, Oxford University and the University of Chicago. He has been a bookseller in Los Angeles, a tour guide in Berlin, a layabout in New Orleans and a lecturer in philosophy at the City University of New York. His fiction, literary criticism and political [...]

Kelly Chandler


Kelly Chandler is a writer and editor, and has contributed to The Age, The Lifted Brow, The Big Issue, The New Zealand Herald and Griffith Review, among others. A former editor of Voiceworks, she was also chair of the National Young Writers’ Festival and journalist trainer at the Independent newspaper in Vanuatu. Kelly [...]

Gwyn Perkins


Born in Melbourne in 1942, Gwyn Perkins began his artistic career when he won a newspaper drawing prize of one guinea and a box of paints (mistakenly awarded to Miss Gwyn Perkins). He spent many years as a successful animator in the advertising industry before moving to an island north of Sydney to [...]

Lennox Nicholson


Lennox Nicholson arrived at the end of his twenties with a desk full of unfinished stories, synopses, screenplays and a severe drinking and drug problem. Sobering up, he completed a Bachelor of Writing & Publishing at NMIT and an internship with Affirm Press. He lives in Melbourne, with no pets, no kids and no [...]

Glenn Dixon


Photo credit: David Whyte & Griffin Pictures A writer, musician and documentary filmmaker, Glenn Dixon taught Shakespeare for twenty years before heartbreak led him to Verona to become one of the famous ‘secretaries’ who answer thousands of letters addressed to Juliet, of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, from lovelorn people all over [...]

Paula Keogh


Paula Keogh has a PhD in creative writing from La Trobe University and received the 2015 Affirm Press Mentorship Award for the development of The Green Bell at Varuna the National Writers House. She taught at RMIT University for nine years, and has lived in Canberra, Adelaide and Toronto, but considers Melbourne home. [...]

Jorn Lier Horst


Jorn Lier Horst (born in Bamble, Telemark 1970) is a former Senior Investigating Officer at the Norwegian police force. He made his literary debut as a crime writer in 2004 and is now considered one of the foremost Nordic crime writers. His William Wisting series of crime novels has been extremely successful, having [...]

Angela Pippos

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Angela Pippos is a journalist, writer, television and radio presenter, film producer and public speaker based in Melbourne. Angela left her native South Australia in 1997 to pursue a sports journalism career with the ABC in Melbourne. She’s best known for anchoring the sports segment on the ABC TV News for almost a [...]

Andy Muir

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Andy Muir is a television screenwriter with credits ranging from Neighbours and Home and Away to comedy series Thank God You’re Here. As a member of the writing team for the hit franchise Underbelly, crime stole his heart. Nominated for an Australian Writers Guild Award for Underbelly Squizzy, he also adapted that TV series [...]

Rebekah Clarkson


Rebekah Clarkson’s award-winning fiction has been published widely, most recently in Best Australian Stories, Australian Book Review and Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding Short Stories by Australian Women (Black Inc.). Her stories have been recognised in major awards in Australia and overseas, including the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and Glimmer Train’s [...]

Jason Byrne


Jason Byrne is one of Ireland’s best-loved comedians and the biggest selling act at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His sell-out shows have attracted accolades including the highly coveted Perrier Newcomer Award Nomination and the Perrier Award Nomination. Jason has performed in New York, Boston, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brussels, Milan, Paris and Australia and has appeared [...]

Rebecca Shaw


Rebecca Shaw (aka Brocklesnitch) is a writer, co-host of Bring A Plate podcast and creator of the parody Twitter account @NoToFeminism. She is a contributing editor for the Kill Your Darlings journal, one of the team at The Backburner and SBS Comedy, and has written for Junkee, Daily Life and The Guardian. She is also [...]

Dennis Lillee

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Few sportsmen have been as loved by crowds or feared by opponents as the legendary fast bowler Dennis Lillee. Renowned for his showmanship, skill and never-say-die attitude, Lillee was the poster boy for the most colourful era of Australian cricket. Titles by Dennis Lillee

Kelsey Montague


Kelsey Montague is an international street artist who believes that art should not be separated from the human experience, but that the human experience should have a hand in creating the art itself. Kelsey has painted large scale, interactive street murals in six countries on three continents. Each piece has provided an opportunity for thousands [...]

Melissa Ashley

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Photo: Vikki Lambert Melissa Ashley is a writer, poet, birder and academic who tutors in poetry and creative writing at the University of Queensland. She has published a collection of poems, The Hospital for Dolls, short stories, essays and articles. What started out as research for a PhD dissertation on Elizabeth Gould [...]

Tala Raassi


Tala Raassi was born in the United States and raised in Tehran. Named one of the ‘Most Fearless Women in the World’ by Newsweek, Raassi made her mark in the fashion world at an early age with her talent in exclusive swimwear. She is devoted to celebrating the beauty of women’s bodies through her designs [...]

Robin Esrock


Robin Esrock's stories and photography have been published in major publications worldwide, including The Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail,, National Geographic Traveler and The Guardian. The creator and co-host of the 40-part series Word Travels, Esrock has seen his adventures broadcast in over 100 countries on Travel Channel and National Geographic International. [...]

Elizabeth Letts


Elizabeth Letts is the New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion; two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning; and one children’s book, The Butter Man. An equestrian from childhood, Letts represented California in the North American Junior Championships as a teen. She currently lives in Southern California. Website Twitter [...]

Grace Halphen


Grace Halphen is fifteen years old and halfway through Year 10 at Wesley College in Melbourne. She began Letter to My Teenage Self while at another high school after she’d had a difficult time transitioning there from primary school. That experience made her want to create something to help people who are going through similar [...]

Isabel Vincent


Isabel Vincent is an investigative reporter with the New York Post and the author of four books. Previously she worked as a foreign correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro and covered the conflicts that led to the war in Kosovo. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers all over the world, including the New [...]

Ros Almond


Ros Almond has a PhD in Australian Literature (aka a Doctorate of Watching Animal Videos on YouTube while Quietly Sobbing into Two-Minute Noodles). She teaches literature and works as an editor, and will happily talk about dogs for as long as anyone will listen. Titles by Ros Almond [...]

Greg French


Greg French is one of Australia’s best-known fishing identities. He writes regularly for prestigious journals such as FlyLife, and his comprehensive guidebook Trout Waters of Tasmania is considered indispensable. Greg has also written three works of literary prose – Frog Call, Artificial and Menagerie of False Truths – and worked with Nick Reygaert on the [...]

Debbie Cenziper & Jim Obergefell

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Debbie Cenziper is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist with the Washington Post. Over the past twenty years, she has investigated government fraud, public housing scandals, white-collar crime, and deaths in psychiatric hospitals. Her stories have prompted congressional investigations, criminal convictions, new laws, and the delivery of hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for the [...]

Ariella Van Luyn


Ariella Van Luyn has a PhD in Creative Writing from the Queensland University of Technology. She was shortlisted for the 2012 Queensland Literary Awards in the unpublished manuscript category, based on her PhD manuscript, and her short fiction has been widely published in journals such as Overland, The Lifted Brow and Southerly. She lectures in Creative Writing at James Cook University. [...]

Bob Kealing


Bob Kealing is a four-time Emmy Award–winning journalist based in Orlando with WESH-TV. He has appeared on national television programs such as Dateline NBC and CBS This Morning and has been a guest commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and C-SPAN. He is the author of three books, and his articles have appeared in magazines and [...]

Stephanie Bishop-Hall


Steph works at Affirm Press as Publishing Coordinator AKA little boss, which equates to being very organised. She loves beer, especially dark ales and hefeweizens and would give anything to try the beer aged with the music of Wu Tang Clan but would probably pass on the beer brewed with whales’ testicles.  Steph’s just [...]

Ben Pobjie


Ben Pobjie studied history at the University of Western Sydney before his lust for glamour led him to comedy writing. He is known for his TV columns in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and political satire for New Matilda, Crikey and the ABC, among others. He is the author of Error Australis, SuperChef [...]

Steve Jenkins & Derek Walter with Caprice Crane

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Steve Jenkins was working as a Realtor and living with his partner, Derek Walter, a professional magician, when their life was flipped upside down thanks to a beloved pet pig named Esther. Never ones to back down from a challenge, Steve and Derek buckled up for the ride of a lifetime, turning Esther the Wonder [...]

Tony Atkinson with Lynn Smailes

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Tony Atkinson was born in London in 1929. He worked as a casual footman for the Royal family and as a waiter in London while he was training to be a doctor at Guy’s Hospital. Tony and his wife, Terry, brought their young family to Australia in 1962, and they settled in the northern [...]

Sunny Leunig


On a bad day: Sunny was born to two disappointed parents, was an average student, always finished fourth in high school sports, and currently lives alone in Melbourne. On a good day: Sunny is a successful musician, film director, composer and TV presenter and also the son of Michael Leunig, one of Australia’s most [...]

Ade Djajamihardja & Kate Stephens


Ade Djajamihardja has been a screen media professional for nearly thirty years, at both national and international levels. He worked for such iconic Australian programs as Countdown Revolution, The Big Gig, DAAS Kapital, The Late Show and Phoenix, and he co-produced the biggest historical epic film in Malaysia’s history: Puteri Gunung Ledang (A Legendary Love), [...]

Mic Looby


Mic Looby was born in Windsor, NSW, in 1969. He studied journalism in Melbourne and spent several years as a Hong Kong-based illustrator and travel writer. A former Lonely Planet editor and co-author of guidebooks to South-East Asia and Australia, he was a regular columnist for The Big Issue magazine and has illustrated [...]

Andrew Thompson


Andrew Thompson lived in London for 12 years where he practised Law, before embarking on a three-year world tour that took him to 38 countries. He has written three trivia books; a novel, The Hemingway Solution; and a memoir, Dog Days, about his American road trip. Titles by Andrew Thompson

Michael Sexton


Michael Sexton is a journalist with thirty years’ experience in Australia and abroad. He has worked in news, current affairs and documentary. His interest in Australian Rules football has seen him awarded eight SANFL media awards for excellence. Titles by Michael Sexton

Trevor Conomy


Trevor Conomy was a musician, working the pubs and writing songs around the same time as Men at Work. He followed the ‘Down Under’ case and has always believed that the story behind it is a great tragedy. Born in 1958 he played in rock bands during the 1980s and later taught English in [...]

Rodney Hogg


Blond, blue-eyed, aggressive and menacingly fast, Rodney Hogg announced himself with 41 wickets for World Series-depleted Australia against England in 1978–79. The way he regularly beat Geoff Boycott for pace thrilled Australia at a lean time. Titles by Rodney Hogg

Alecia Simmonds


Alecia Simmonds is a regular writer for Fairfax Media’sDaily Life and a postdoctoral fellow in law at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her columns have been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,Arena, Womankind and The Guardian. Wild Man is her first book. Titles by Alecia Simmonds

Susan Berg


Susan Berg never imagined she would write her memoir until she embarked on a spectacular solo journey: riding her motorbike on a round trip from Melbourne to Byron Bay. Since writing her book, Susan has established World on Wheels Motorcycle Tours, which can be visited at, a motorbike touring company that encourages others [...]

Alex Miles


Unlike Olive Black, Alex (Lee) Miles never quite made it as an international mega movie star. She did, however, try her hand at writing. Since her first play was published while she was at high school, she’s written for audiences with TV shows, plays and pantomimes; for brides with the book Sixty Secrets for a [...]

M.R. O’Connor


M.R. O’CONNOR’S reporting has appeared in Foreign Policy, Slate, The Atlantic, Salon, and The New Yorker. She has received support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. A graduate of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Titles [...]

Bruce Postle


Bruce Postle is a multi-award winning photojournalist. His collection of over 60,000 images provides an illustrative record of the nation’s social, political and sporting history over the past 50 years. Bruce was involved with newspapers for most of his working life. His assignments have taken him all over Australia, while his enthusiasm for getting [...]

Eamon Evans


Eamon Evans is the author of six vaguely funny books, assorted pieces of journalism and an unfinished Masters thesis. Titles by Eamon Evans

James S Forrester


James S Forrester, MD, is an Emeritus Professor and former Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai. In addition, he is a Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Forrester developed the Forrester classification of hemodynamic subsets of acute myocardial infarction. [...]

David Dunstan


David began his working career as a graphic designer before switching to the wacky world of freelance illustration, which, all in all, he considers to have been a pretty good move. David lives in Seville in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges. Titles by David Dunstan

Clare Burder


Now that she’s at the helm of the booze education organisation The Humble Tumbler, you could say she has one of the best jobs in existence. A healthy dose of drinking all sorts of good drinks, then researching, talking and writing about them, has put her fair and square among all the great people who [...]

Michael Weldon


Michael Weldon’s work is some of the most recognisable of any Australian illustrator, and appears in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, Time,Rolling Stone and The Big Issue. Titles by Michael Weldon

Alice Robinson


Alice Robinson is a lecturer in creative writing at Melbourne’s NMIT. She has a PhD in creative writing from Victoria University and her work has been published widely. Anchor Point is Alice’s first novel. Titles by Alice Robinson

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. Titles by Tangea Tansley

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. Titles by Irma Gold

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 ofThe Ragnor Trilogy [...]

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. Titles by Gretchen Shirm

Emmett Stinson


Emmett Stinson was born in the United States in 1977. He moved to Adelaide in 2004, where he pursued an MA in Creative Writing. He has received The Age Short Story Award, the ArtsSA Creative Writing Award, a Lannan Poetry Fellowship and the Wagner Medal for Fiction. His essays, fiction and poetry have appeared [...]

Barry Divola


Barry Divola writes for magazines and newspapers, including Rolling Stone, the (sydney) magazine, Who and the Sydney Morning Herald. He is the author of three non-fiction books: Fanclub, Searching For Kingly Critter and The Secret Life of Backpackers. He is also co-author of three children's books: M Is For Metal, Never Mind Your P's [...]

Rachel Power


Rachel Power is a freelance writer, editor and artist. She worked as a journalist before enrolling at the Victorian College of the Arts in her early twenties. By her final year of art school, Rachel was pregnant, inspiring her book The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood. She lives in Melbourne with her partner and [...]

Ruby Ashby Orr


Ruby is an editor at Affirm Press and even writes books for us such as Death by Coconut and Greatest Sporting Moustaches and co-writing The Home Barista. Ruby is quite possibly the best baker in the office and is known for being the first on the dance floor whenever the opportunity arises. Titles by Ruby [...]

Amy Taylor-Kabbaz

Amy Taylor-Kabbaz is a writer, Mindful Mama coach and mother to three young children. After more than a decade covering breaking news and current affairs for the ABC, her ‘traditional’ career took an unexpected turn when she found herself lost, overwhelmed and diagnosed with a thyroid condition after the birth of her first daughter. [...]

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 [...]

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. Titles by Colin Batrouney

Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto lives in Melbourne. She has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including Meanjin, Island, HEAT, the Age, the Saturday Paper, and The Sydney Morning Herald. The manuscript of her debut novel, The Strays was shortlisted [...]

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. [...]

Ginger Briggs

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

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 [...]

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. Titles by Mel Campbell

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 [...]

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. Titles by Greg Foyster [...]

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. Titles by Bob Franklin

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 [...]

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. Titles by Dave Graney

Justin Heazlewood


Justin Heazlewood is nothing short of one of Australia’s most versatile and important storytellers. Music and comedy fans know him best as the ARIA award-nominated Bedroom Philosopher, a moniker under which Heazlewood has released several albums of incisive, brutally funny and often heartbreaking songs. However, it’s Justin’s written work that really hits me in [...]

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. Titles by Brooke Hemphill

Kate James


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. Titles by Kate James

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. Titles by Craig McGregor

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. Titles by Andrew Mueller

Paddy O’Reilly


Paddy O’Reilly is the author of three novels, two collections 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. Titles by Paddy O'Reilly

Sarah Kanake

Sarah Kanake is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has a PhD in creative writing from QUT on the representation of Down syndrome in Australian and Gothic literature. She was recently shortlisted for the Overland Short Story Prize and won the QUT Postgraduate Writing Award in 2013. [...]

Guy Rundle

Guy Rundle is currently correspondent-at-large forCrikey, 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. Titles by Guy Rundle [...]

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. Titles by Luke Ryan [...]

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. Titles by Fiona Scott-Norman

Rochelle Siemienowicz

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. Titles by Rochelle Siemienowicz [...]

Jenny Sinclair

Jenny Sinclair is a Melbourne writer. She was previously a staff reporter for The Age. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in various newspapers, magazines and literary journals. Titles by Jenny Sinclair

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. A Flower Between the Cracks is her first book. Titles by Helen Sage

Ian Wilson

Ian ‘Peewee’ Wilson is arguably Australia’s most enduring pop star, still touring regularly after more than five decades. His performances include stage, recording, television and film. He is the sole remaining founding member of The Delltones and has steered the iconic vocal group through the changes and challenges of the music industry since 1958 [...]

John Tesarsch

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 [...]

Jill Jolliffe


Jill Jolliffe is a freelance writer who has worked as a foreign correspondent for most of her career. She is best-known for her coverage of the 1975 Indonesian invasion of the former Portuguese colony of East Timor and its 24-year struggle against military occupation. In 1978 she left Australia to live in Portugal, continuing [...]

Jeff Wilser

Jeff Wilser is a writer whose work has appeared in GQ, New York magazine, Esquire, Mental Floss, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and many other publications, and his TV appearances have ranged from BBC News to The View. He collaborated with Mark Ecko on the book Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out. Wilser [...]

Leena Van Deventer

Leena van Deventer is an award-winning game developer, writer and teacher from Melbourne, Australia. She has taught interactive storytelling at RMIT and Swinburne Universities, and is co-founder and director at WiDGET (Women in Development, Games & Everything Tech), a not-for-profit organisation supporting women game developers and women in IT. Titles by Leena Van [...]

Dan Golding

Dan Golding is a critic and academic, and the director of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival. He holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and is a lecturer in Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology. Titles by Dan Golding

Ali Lemer

Born and raised in New York City, writer and editor Ali Lemer arrived in Melbourne in 2005 with just two large suitcases. After finishing a post-grad degree in editing at the University of Melbourne, she went on to work as an editor and writer for Melbourne-based travel guide publisher Lonely Planet for five years. [...]

Chris Parkinson

Chris Parkinson spent four years working in film, with refugees and on gender in East Timor. Throughout these four years he documented the shifting walls of the country and interviewed the numerous individuals participating in East Timor's most freely accessed media - graffiti. His photographic collection is the only documented collection of graffiti from [...]

Catriona Menzies-Pike


Catriona Menzies-Pike is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books. Her career in online media includes stints as managing editor of pioneering news and current affairs website New Matilda and arts editor ofThe Conversation. She’s taught literature, film, journalism and cultural studies to undergraduates across Sydney since 2001. In 2007 she ran her [...]

Phil Dwyer


Phil Dwyer is one of Australia's top music industry attorneys. His interest in the Western Front was sparked more than twenty years ago while working in Paris. He made many visits to the Somme, concluding that it would be a good idea to make Australians more aware of the Western Front. Titles by Phil [...]

Helen Duffy


Helen Duffy has worked in the book publishing industry for some thirty years as an editor, publisher and writer. Titles by Helen Duffy

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 (Transit Lounge, 2009) and Ribosome Spreadsheet (Picaro, 2011). MacCarter sits on the board of The Small Press Network and is active in Melbourne PEN. He is Managing Editor of Cordite Poetry [...]

Ariel Lawhon


Ariel Lawhon is the author of The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress and cofounder of the popular website She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, four sons, and black Lab—who is, thankfully, a girl. Titles by Ariel Lawhon

Ali Clarke


Ali Clarke is a dedicated runner and triathlete based in Hampshire. Titles by Ali Clarke

Yolanda Bogert


Yolanda Bogert is a proud mother of two, living in rural Queensland. She’s a former bookstore owner with her own incredible life story. This is her first book. Titles by Yolanda Bogert

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