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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

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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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 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 became a labour of love and [...]

Tala Raassi

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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

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Robin Esrock's stories and photography have been published in major publications worldwide, including The Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, MSN.com, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 SuperChef and The [...]

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

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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

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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), [...]

Andrew Thompson

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 wowmotorcycletours.com, a motorbike touring company that encourages others [...]

Alex Miles

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Melbourne-based writer Alex (Lee) Miles has worked across theatre, television and advertising, and under the alluring penname H.I. Larry for eight children’s books in the Zac Power series. While Alex enjoyed the wedding-planning process in 2013, as a self-confessed worry-wart she surprised herself by being relaxed on the day itself. Two years on, she’s [...]

M.R. O’Connor

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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

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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

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

James S Forrester

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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

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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. http://loopydave.com/ Titles by David Dunstan

Clare Burder

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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