Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the award-winning & internationally bestselling author of more than 20 books for both adults and children. Beauty in Thorns, the extraordinary love story behind the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones's famous painting of 'Sleeping Beauty'. Other novels include The Beast’s Garden, a retelling of ‘Beauty & the Beast’ set in the underground resistance to Hitler in Nazi Germany; The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm brothers' fairy tales; and Bitter Greens, a retelling of 'Rapunzel' which won the 2015 American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction. Named one of Australia's Favourite 15 Novelists, Kate has a doctorate in fairy tale studies and is an accredited master storyteller.
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Born in Indonesia of French parents and brought up in France and Australia, Sophie Masson is the award-winning and internationally-published author of over 60 books for children, young adults and adults. Her historical novel for children, The Hunt for Ned Kelly, won the Patricia Wrightson Prize in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2011, while her alternative history novel for young adults, The Hand of Glory, won an Aurealis Award and her historical fantasy trilogy, Forest of Dreams, has been translated into several languages. Sophie's newest novel is Jack of Spades, a historical spy novel for young adults, coming out with Eagle Books in 2017. Sophie is also co-founder and director of small-press publishing house, Christmas Press, and serves on the Boards of the Australian Society of Authors, the Small Press Network and the New England Writers' Centre. Her website is at www.sophiemasson.org Blog: www.firebirdfeathers.com
Kerry Greenwood is the author of 59 novels and five non-fiction books. Born, raised and still living Footscray, Kerry is the creator of the fabulous 20-book Phryne Fisher mystery series, (Allen & Unwin); the Corinna Chapman crime series (A&U); and (with Clan Destine Press) the Delphic Women Trilogy: Medea, Cassandra and Electra; Out of the Black Land; Mytherotica and the two-volume Herotica. Kerry holds both the Ned Kelly and Davitt Lifetime Achievement Awards for her crime fiction, and wants another lifetime. She is not married but lives with an accredited Wizard and three cats, Belladonna, Dougal and Shadow; and has no idea where she gets her ideas from.
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Lesley Williams is a respected Community elder, who grew up in Cherbourg (an Aboriginal Community) in Queensland during the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. In 1964, after completing primary school she was forcibly sent out to work as a domestic servant under the Queensland Government Protection Act and consequently had her wages and savings controlled by the Government. In 1991, through her research relating to the Wages and Savings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that was held in Trust by the Queensland Government from 1890’s to the 1970’s (more commonly known as the “Stolen Wages”) which led her to campaign for 9 years with a small team of supporters for the return of their wages and savings. Due to her experience and knowledge of having lived under the various Protection Acts which included The Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Act of 1939; The Aborigines’ and Torres Strait Islanders’ Affairs Act of 1965 and The Aborigines’ and Torres Strait Islanders’Affairs Act of 1965 to 1967. Lesley was employed in1999 as a special project officer in the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnership (DATSIP) to assist in the research and the reconstruction of the Queensland Aboriginal Account and the Aborigines Welfare Fund. It was through her efforts that the Queensland Government in May 2002, made a “Reparations” offer of $55.4 million to all Indigenous workers who had their work and savings controlled from 1897 to 1970’s. Her role also required her to travel throughout Queensland, including remote communities conducting information sessions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who had their wages and savings controlled. Lesley also assisted the elderly to fill in their application forms and providing updates on the process of their claims. Lesley currently works as a Cultural Advisor in the Department of Communities Child Safety and Disabilities Services. She has been working in this role since November 200. Between 2006 and 2011 worked part time with Professor John Mitchell of the La Trobe collecting DNA samples from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of the Genographic Project a worldwide program funded by the National Geographic Society to study how humans have populated the planet over the last 100,000 years. In particular to establish that Indigenous Australians are one of the oldest living groups of people in the world.
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Vicky is fascinated by the 19th Century pioneers who undertook hazardous journeys to find a better life. She is especially fascinated by the women, who needed strength of mind as well as body to survive, let alone flourish, in a new country still coming to terms with its existence. Being a genealogist in love with history, these men and women and their ancestors drive her stories. Vicky Adin holds a Master degree with Honours in English and Education. Three words sum up her passion in life: family, history and language. She has combined her skills to write poignant novels that weave family and history together, based on real people, with real experiences in a way that makes the past come alive. When not writing you will find her reading historical novels, family sagas and contemporary women’s stories, caravanning or cruising, or spending time with her children and grandchildren. www.vickyadin.co.nz
“Nicole Alexander is the bestselling author of seven Australian historical novels; The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge, The Great Plains, Wild Lands and River Run. Her eighth novel will be pub. Sept. 1st 2017. The Bark Cutters was shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry award and Nicole has a Masters in Literature & Creative Writing. Nicole’s novels, poetry, travel, creative writing and genealogy articles have been published internationally. Her novels reflect a sense of continuity and an inherent love for the land that is steeped in authenticity. She is praised for their rich historical detail much of which is drawn from the Alexander family archives. www.nicolealexander.com.au
Dr Maxine Alterio is a novelist, short fiction writer, and an academic mentor. She has published two novels: Ribbons of Grace (Penguin NZ, 2007), shortlisted for the Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award, and Lives We Leave Behind (Penguin NZ, 2012; Editions PRISMA, France, 2013). Her short fiction collection, Live News and Other Stories (Steele Roberts, NZ, 2005), contains work previously published in The NZ Listener. A number of her stories have won, or been placed in, national and international competitions. Others have been broadcast on RNZ National. Several have appeared in anthologies such as Penguin 25 New Fiction (Penguin, NZ, 1998); Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 3 (Random House, NZ, 2006); and Myth of the 21st Century (Reed, NZ, 2006). Maxine also co-authored Learning through Storytelling in Higher Education: Using Reflection & Experience to Improve Learning (RoutledgeFalmer, UK and USA, 2003), recognised internationally as the first book to link the art of storytelling with reflective learning. She has also researched and written about the emotional legacies of the First World War for nurses and volunteers who attempted to make meaning of their experiences through the writing of memoirs. Winner of the 2013 Seresin Landfall Residency, Maxine’s third novel, Wait for Me, published by Penguin Random House, NZ, will be released late 2017.
Alison Arnold is an editor and writer, who spent many years inhouse before going freelance. She has edited many bestsellers and award-winners in her seventeen-year career, including Carole Wilkinson’s Dragonkeeper, Raimond Gaita’s After Romulus, and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. With Cath Crowley, she runs writing workshops for adults. She has taught creative writing at RMIT and Federation University. She also occasionally writes for the Saturday Paper.
Josie Arnold is the author of over 70 books ranging from memoir to poetry to young adult fiction. The story of her family was made into an ABC mini-series called ‘Love Letters from the War’. Her memoir ‘Mother Superior, Woman Inferior’ tells the story of growing up with seven siblings in times of hardship and humour. She is Professor of Writing at Swinburne University and lectures in units on the writing of history and Australian writing and cultural change.
Dr Melissa Ashley is a fiction writer, poet and academic who teaches creative writing workshops at the University of Queensland. Melissa is the author of the historical fiction, The Birdman’s Wife (Affirm Press, 2016), about the incredible life of the nineteenth-century illustrator, Elizabeth Gould, the wife of John Gould, the ‘father’ of Australian ornithology. Melissa has published papers and articles in Hecate, Text Journal of Creative Writing, Double Dialogues, The Age (Spectrum), The Lifted Brow and others. Her current project explores the life and writing of a seventeenth-century French author of fairy tales.
Ngahuia te Awekotuku
Ngahuia te Awekotuku
Ngahuia te Awekotuku was born and raised in Ohinemutu, Rotorua. She is a veteran cultural activist, scholar and LGTQI advocate. As principal author of Mau Moko : the World of Maori Tattoo (2007), she won many prestigious awards, including Nga Kupu Ora-the Inaugural Maori Book of the Decade. Her book E Nga Uri Whakatupu : weaving legacies (2015), focuses on traditional textiles. Awekotuku also writes poetry and fiction; Ruahine : Mythic Women (2003) are crafted retellings of popular Maori legends about heroic women. Her most recent fiction is Tahuri : a limited edition (2017) about growing up Maori, female, and different in the 1950’s-60’s. She gained a PhD in Psychology in 1981, and retired from professing in 2014, to undertake more creative work.
Jackie Ballantyne began writing fiction while she was working in advertising in Melbourne. Since then she has won awards and commendations for her short stories. Her first novel, 'How to Stop a Heart from Beating' (Random House New Zealand, 2007), was met with acclaim. This was followed by 'The Silver Gaucho' (The Doby Press, 2014), subsequently shortlisted for The Rubery Award, UK, in 2015. Jackie has recently returned to live and write in Melbourne after twelve years in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Nicolas has been a full-time writer for 20 years. He is the author of more than 400 books (mainly for children and young adults) for many leading international publishers, several of which have won Australian and international awards. He also teaches professional writing at Swinburne University; presents workshops and seminars on writing and storytelling; is the Chair of Writers Victoria; and host of The Garret podcast.
Mandy Brett is a senior (acquiring) editor with Text Publishing. She has been at Text since 2002, working across the list: on fiction, trade non-fiction and occasionally YA titles. Previously she was at IAD Books, an Indigenous publishing house in Alice Springs.
Robyn is an editor and writer who lives in the country outside Canberra. She has published poems, prize-winning short stories and reviews, a poetry collection, i painted unafraid (Wakefield Press, 2010) and a non-fiction book about virginity and female agency in the Middle Ages. Her first novel, The Anchoress was published to critical acclaim in 2015 by Fourth Estate (Aust), Faber & Faber (UK), Farrer, Straus & Giroux (US), and Gallimard (France). It was awarded a Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for fiction, was shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards, the Adelaide Festival Literary Awards and the ACT Book of the Year Award, and was longlisted for the ABIA Awards. In response to the government’s shameful policies on asylum seekers, Robyn commissioned and edited a collection of essays and analysis by prominent lawyers and activists, We Are Better Than This (ATF Press, 2015).
Lindy Cameron is the publisher of Clan Destine Press. CDP’s aim is to foster new Australian genre writers and to provide a home where already-published authors can play in new worlds. It publishes the ancient Greek and Egyptian novels of Kerry Greenwood; Australia’s first mystery novel by Ellen Davitt; the contemporary crime/thrillers of Jane Clifton, Sandy Curtis, Alison Goodman, Rowena Cory Daniells, Sarah Evans, Sandi Wallace, Emilie Collyer, Liz Porter and Barry Weston; and the true crime of Vikki Petraitis, Ruth Wykes, Lindy Cameron and Fin J. Ross. Lindy is also a crime and specfic writer, author of; Golden Relic, Redback, Feedback, and the Kit O’Malley PI trilogy. She’s also co-author of the True Crime collections: Killer in the Family & Murder in the Family, with her sister Fin J Ross; and Women Who Kill, with Ruth Wykes. She is currently working on a series of historical novellas featuring time-travelling archaeologists, Amazons, and the great-great granddaughter of Alexander the Great and the Amazon Queen. Thalestris. Lindy is a founding member and current Vice-President of Sisters in Crime Australia.www.clandestinepress.com.au
Queenslander Anna Campbell has written ten bestselling historical romances for HarperCollins and Mills and Boon Australia. Her work is published internationally, including in the United States, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Japan. Anna has won numerous awards for her sweeping, emotional stories set in the first quarter of the 19th century. Anna is currently engaged in writing the “Dashing Widows” series, which started in 2015 with The Seduction of Lord Stone. Anna lives on the Sunshine Coast where she writes full-time. You can find out more about Anna on her website: www.annacampbell.com Photo by Robyn Hill
Ella Carey is the internationally bestselling author of three novels inspired by the discovery of courtesan Marthe de Florian's abandoned apartment in Paris, published by Lake Union Publishing in the US: Paris Time Capsule, released in 2015 and now adapted into a feature film screenplay, The House by the Lake, released in March 2016 and From a Paris Balcony, releasing in October 2016. Paris Time Capsule is going to be re-released with Harlequin Australia in September 2016. Ella has an arts degree majoring in European history and nineteenth century women's literature, and a music degree in classical piano. She has traveled extensively in Europe and has a particular fondness for Paris. When Ella is not hard at work writing her fourth novel, she is either busy with her pair of teenagers, walking her pair of Italian greyhounds while cooking up future books and greeting the many people who think the dogs are whippets, reading or dreaming of being in Paris. For more information about Ella's books and her writing, please visit her at https://www.facebook.com/ellacareyauthor/ or at http://www.ellacarey.com/
Deborah Challinor is the author of fifteen bestselling historical fiction novels, two works of non-fiction about the Vietnam War, and a young adult novel. In 2010 she moved from New Zealand to Newcastle, Australia, to write a series of novels set in 1830s Sydney about four convict girls inspired by her own family history, but returned to New Zealand at the end of 2014. She is currently working on a trilogy set in New Zealand, Sydney and Vietnam in the 1950s and 1960s. Deborah was born and raised in Huntly, New Zealand, and attended Huntly College. She has a Ph.D in history from Waikato University, wrote an opinion column and feature articles for newspapers, has edited special publications and books, and taught researching and writing historical fiction, and general New Zealand history, at university level for several years. She writes fiction full time, and her books are sold in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Germany, Russia and Czechoslovakia, and in eBook, audio and large print formats. http://www.deborahchallinor.com http://www.facebook.com/DeborahChallinorBooks
A born and bred Sydney-sider, Lisa Chaplin spent four years in beautiful Zurich, Switzerland, gathering ideas for her novels before returning to native soil. After writing twenty books, novellas or online reads for Harlequin as Melissa James, she quit to write historical mainstream full-time, and caught the eye of her dream publisher, William Morrow Books, a division of HarperCollins, NY. The interest in her "Nighthawks" series of books made her think of taking those spies into history - and she found truth more compelling than fiction. So many facets of the Napoleonic Wars remained hidden...now she brings those stories to life. The Tide Watchers is her first historical mainstream novel.
Sherryl Clark’s first children’s book, The Too-Tight Tutu, was published in 1997, and she now has more than 70 published books. Her titles include picture books, a number of Aussie Bites, Nibbles and Chomps, and verse novels. Her YA novels are Bone Song, published in the UK in 2009, and Dying to Tell Me (KaneMiller US 2011, Australia 2014). She has written a number of historical novels for children: Pirate X, the Rose books as part of the Our Australian Girl series, and Jimmy's War, set in 1915. Her latest historical novel (just completed) is Ring of Black Roses, set during the Great Plague of London in 1665. Meet Rose was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards and also the YABBA and KOALA children’s choice awards. Her books have been published in Australia and overseas, including the USA, UK, Spain, Mexico and China. Sherryl teaches creative writing at Victoria University TAFE. Her website is at www.sherrylclark.com
Gary Corby has long been fascinated by ancient history, finding it more exciting and bizarre than any modern thriller. He's combined the ancient world with his love of whodunits, to create an historical mystery series set in Classical Greece. Gary lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He blogs at A Dead Man Fell FromThe Sky, on all things ancient, Athenian, and mysterious.
Kay Crabbe writes for children in an easy-to-read style, following twenty-six years working with reluctant readers. Her interest in writing history was fostered while researching the educational chapter book, Patch Parker: Son of a Convict, now a recommended resource by the History Teachers' Association. It took her on a journey to Torres Strait, and back to the tumultuous time of Federation, for her diverse novel The Pearl-shell Diver (Allen & Unwin) a 2016 Speech Pathology Book of the Year (Indigenous) and 2017 Children’s Book Council Notable Book. Kay grew up in Sydney and moved with her husband and children to remote areas of Tasmania and Western Australia before settling in far north Queensland, a spectacular region that led her to write a non-fiction book for children on environmental issues, Introduced Species in Australia, (Macmillan) a commended best-series-book in the Whitley Book Awards. Kay began her writing career with adult feature-articles for newspapers and leisure magazines.
Professor Gary Crew (University of the Sunshine Coast) has published over 100 short stories, novels and illustrated books. He has a Masters of Arts (Literature; University of Queensland) and a Doctorate of Creative Arts (Creative Writing; University of the Sunshine Coast). His research and creative outputs relate to the creative links between fiction and nonfiction in his novels and the creative interface between print text and visual text in his illustrated books. Among his many awards, Gary has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year four times, twice for his novels, twice for the illustrated book category; the New South Wales Premier’s Award, the Victorian Premier’s Award, the American Children’s Book of Distinction and the Wilderness Society’s Award for Environmental Writing.
Matthew Curran has been a dark ages and medieval reenactor for over twenty years, initially joining the Monash University branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and then joining other reenactment group specialising in areas such as Viking Age Gotland and the characters from Canterbury Tales. As an extension of his reenactment, Matthew does fundraising for MS Australia under the guise of The MS Viking; completing charity fun runs in armour As a parent and a Scouts leader, he is keen to guide the next generation of reenactors and history enthusiasts.
Hanifa Deen is a Melbourne-based award winning author and social commentator of Pakistani-Muslim ancestry who writes narrative non-fiction. BOOK TITLES:
- Award-winning Caravanserai: Journey Among Australian Muslims(1st Edition Allen & Unwin 1995, Revised 2nd edition Fremantle Arts Centre Press 2003))
- Broken Bangles; shortlisted -Western Australian Premier’s Award
- The Crescent and the Pen; HDB (Praeger USA 2006)
- The Jihad Seminar shortlisted for the Australian Human Rights Commission, Non-Fiction Literary Award 2008 (UWA Publishing 2008)
- Ali Abdul v. The King (UWA Publishing, 2008)
- On the Trail of Taslima,(Indian Ocean Press 2013)
- ‘My Descent into Purple’. Purple Prose anthology Liz Bryski & R.. Robertson (Fremantle Press 2016)
Barbara Gaskell Denvil
Barbara Gaskell Denvil
Barbara Gaskell Denvil was born in Gloucestershire, England but after living in half a dozen different European countries and cruising the Mediterranean for some years, has now moved to rural Australia.When younger she worked in many literary capacities and published numerous short stories and articles, but now writes full length novels. Her passion for history in general and the late English medieval in particular, now forms the background for her historical fiction. She has published four historical novels - Satin Cinnabar which is a crime adventure actually commencing on the Bosworth battlefield, Sumerford's Autumn which is an adventure mystery with strong romantic overtones, set in the early years of the Tudor reign, The Flame Eater set during 1485 and Blessop's Wife (published in Australia by Simon & Schuster as The King's Shadow) which is a crime/romance set in England during 1482-3 in those turbulent years around the death of King Edward IV. Barbara is also an author of fantasy and her latest publication is a time-slip historical thriller entitled Fair Weather. Both fantasy and historical fiction take us into new worlds and Barbara's books do exactly this - being multi-layered, and rich in both characterisation and atmosphere. http://barbaragaskelldenvil.com/index.html
Luke Devenish’s Ancient Rome-set historical fiction novels, Den of Wolves and Nest of Vipers, were published in Australia in 2008 and 2010, and later translated into Spanish, Serbian, Russian and Turkish editions. His most recent historical novel, the Australian Gothic mystery The Secret Heiress, was published in Australia and New Zealand in April 2016, and reprinted in January 2017. From 2001 to the end of 2007 Luke held a number of key creative roles, including Script Producer, on Neighbours, where he oversaw 1,500 episode scripts. Previously, he was Script Executive on Something in the Air and, as Assistant Commissioning Editor for Drama with ABC TV, he worked in the writing and development of SeaChange, RAW FM and other series. He has since written for Home & Away and was Script Editor on Nowhere Boys. Luke Devenish is also a playwright. Forming collaborations with theatre practitioners in the late 80s and early 90s, his plays were staged by Kickhouse Theatre for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, before productions of his work were commissioned by Playbox, the Adelaide Festival, the Sydney Festival, WAAPA and NIDA. In 2010 he co-adapted (with Louise Fox) Dario Fo’s Elizabeth: Almost by Chance a Woman for the Malthouse. This adaptation was also staged by Queensland Theatre Company in 2012. Luke has taught creative writing subjects for AFTRS, RMIT, Monash and NIDA. Since 2013 he has lectured and coordinated 1st Year undergraduates of the BFA Screenwriting degree at the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts.
Irina is the Director of the ID Editing and Publishing Consultancy, which provides services for individual authors seeking help with their publishing projects. She is also Director of the Australian Writers’ Network, which promotes a wide range of literary events, and Director of ID Consultancy, which provides teaching and educational resources for migrants and refugees.
Wendy J Dunn
Wendy J. Dunn
Wendy J. Dunn is an Australian writer who has been obsessed by Anne Boleyn and Tudor History since she was ten-years-old. She is the author of three historical novels: Dear Heart, How Like You This?, the winner of the 2003 Glyph Fiction Award and 2004 runner up in the Eric Hoffer Award for Commercial Fiction, The Light in the Labyrinth, her first young adult novel, and Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters. While she continues to have a very close and spooky relationship with Sir Thomas Wyatt, the elder, (Tom told the story of Anne Boleyn in Dear Heart, How Like You This?), serendipity of life now leaves her no longer wondering if she has been channeling Anne Boleyn and Sir Tom for years in her writing, but considering the possibility of ancestral memory. Her own family tree reveals the intriguing fact that her ancestors – possibly over three generations – had purchased land from both the Boleyn and Wyatt families to build up their own holdings. It seems very likely Wendy’s ancestors knew the Wyatts and Boleyns personally. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Wendy gained her Doctorate of Philosophy (Writing) from Swinburne University in 2014.
Hazel Edwards writes quirky, thought-‐provoking fiction and fact for adults and children, and has her own e-bookstore for favourite print books which are now e-pubs. (http://www.hazeledwards.com/shop.) Best known for ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’ series, now translated into Chinese and other media, Hazel has two grandsons for whom she writes a story each birthday A Youtube documentary on reactions to f2m: the boy within a coming-of-age YA novel about transitioning gender was made by Kailash Studio. Outback Ferals her YA novel set in Darwin, is a sequel to Antarctica’s Frozen Chosen, researched during her 2001 Antarctic expedition. Hazel runs book‐linked workshops on ‘Authorpreneurship’ and ‘Writing a Non Boring Family History’. Trail Magic; Going Walkabout for 2184 Miles on the Appalachian Trail with her son Trevelyan is the latest adventure memoir. Hijabi Girl is her latest junior chapter book, co-written with a Muslim librarian. A director of ASA, (Aust Society of Authors) and a National Reading Ambassador, in 2013 Hazel was awarded an OAM for Literature. Her memoir Not Just a Piece of Cake‐Being an Author is now available.
Chris has had a life-long passion for history, fiction and the educative power of the written word. In his professional work his skills have taken him from school teaching to corporate IT, and from the printed to the digital word. In academic history he has written on identity in Roman Britain, the problems of the source material for late Roman and Early Medieval Britain, and the transplantation of the British University ideal to 19th Century Australia. More recently he manages www.historyclicking.com, a website and Facebook page dedicated to his varied historical interests. His current fiction writing project is a cross over between historical and science fiction genres, in which history is the inspiration for ‘future history’ events. The first novel in the ‘Federation’ series is due to appear in eBook format in 2017.
Clare worked in book publishing as a publisher at HarperCollins and Penguin Books before joining the Curtis Brown literary agency in 2007. She represents a diverse list of authors, including celebrated historical novelists Maggie Joel, Deb Challinor, Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios, Kirsty Manning, and Ian Townsend. She lives and works in Melbourne.
Rachel Franks is the Coordinator, Education & Scholarship, at the State Library of New South Wales, a Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Australia and is at The University of Sydney researching true crime. Rachel holds a PhD in Australian crime fiction and her research in the fields of crime fiction, true crime, food studies and information science has been presented at numerous conferences. An award-winning writer, her work can be found in a wide variety of books, journals and magazines.
Kelly Gardiner’s most recent book is ‘1917’ (published early in 2017), a novel for young readers set during the First World War. Her previous books include Goddess, based on the remarkable life of the seventeenth century French swordswoman and opera singer, Julie d’Aubigny. Kelly’s historical novels for young adults include The Sultan’s Eyes and Act of Faith, set during the time of the English Civil Wars and the Inquisition. Both books were shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her books for younger readers are the ‘Swashbuckler’ adventure trilogy – Ocean Without End, The Pirate’s Revenge and The Silver Swan – set in Malta during the Napoleonic invasion, and a picture book, Billabong Bill’s Bushfire Christmas. Kelly has worked on newspapers, magazines and websites, and her articles, poems, book reviews and travel writing have appeared in journals, magazines and newspapers as diverse as ‘The New York Times’, ‘Marie Claire’, ‘New Idea’, and ‘Going Down Swinging’. She teaches creative writing at La Trobe University. Kelly presents HNSA’s Imagining the Past podcast, and is the co-host of Unladylike, a podcast on women and writing. Learn more about Kelly at her website. kellygardiner.com/
Kathryn Gauci was born in Leicestershire, England, and studied textile design at Loughborough College of Art and later at Kidderminster College of Art and Design where she specialised in carpet design and technology. After graduating, Kathryn spent a year in Vienna, Austria before moving to Greece where she worked as a carpet designer in Athens for six years. There followed another brief period in New Zealand before eventually settling in Melbourne, Australia. Before turning to writing full-time, Kathryn ran her own textile design studio in Melbourne for over fifteen years, work which she enjoyed tremendously as it allowed her the luxury of travelling worldwide, often taking her off the beaten track and exploring other cultures. The Embroiderer is her first novel; a culmination of those wonderful years of design and travel, and especially of those glorious years in her youth living and working in Greece – a place that she is proud to call her spiritual home. www.kathryngauci.com
A reformed lawyer, Sulari Gentill is the author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, seven historical crime novels (thus far) chronicling the life and adventures of her 1930s Australian gentleman artist, and the Hero Trilogy, based on the myths and epics of the ancient world. She lives with her husband, Michael, and their boys, Edmund and Atticus, on a small farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, where she grows French Black Truffles and works in her pyjamas. Sulari has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – Best First Book, won the 2012 Davitt Award for Crime Fiction, been shortlisted in 2013, 2015 and the 2016 Davitt Award, the 2015 Ned Kelly Award, the 2015 and 2016 Australian Book Industry Award for Best Adult Book, the NSW Genre Fiction Award, commended in the FAW Jim Hamilton Award and offered a Varuna Fellowship. In 2014, Sulari collaborated with National Gallery of Victoria to write a short historical fiction which was produced in audio to feature in the Fashion Detective Exhibition, and thereafter published by the NGV. She was an Ambassador of 2015 Emerging Writers’ Festival and the inaugural Eminent Writer in Residence at the Museum of Australian Democracy. She remains in love with art of writing.
Robert Gott was born in the small Queensland town of Maryborough in 1957, and lives in Melbourne. He has published many books for children, and is also the creator of the newspaper cartoon The Adventures of Naked Man. He is also the author of The Holiday Murders and The Port Fairy Murders. This novel is the fourth in the William Power series of crime-caper novels set in 1940s Australia, following Good Murder, A Thing of Blood, and Amongst the Dead.
Anne Gracie spent her childhood and youth on the move, thanks to her father's job which took them around the world. The gypsy life taught her that humor and love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are. Anne started her first novel while backpacking solo around the world, writing by hand in notebooks. Published by Harlequin, Berkley USA and Penguin Australia, her regency-era romances are national bestsellers in the USA, have won many awards, have been translated into more than eighteen languages and include Japanese manga editions (which she thinks is a hoot). A passionate advocate of universal literacy, Anne also writes books for adults just learning to read. www.annegracie.com
Alison Green is the visionary CEO behind Pantera Press, an innovative publishing boutique that combines philanthropy and business concepts with the goal of social benefit by investing in the next generation of talented Australian writers and working to help close the literacy gap. Sydney-based Alison is a director of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre, sits on the Australian Publishers Association Trade Committee, the Australian Publishers Association’s Independent Publishers Committee and is a past member of the SJWF Writers’ Festival Committee. Alison was recently named one of the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence 2016, was selected as one of the top 20 leaders in philanthropy in 2013 and 2015 for the USA, EU and UK study tour, and in 2015 was accepted into the prestigious Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing course at Yale University.
Tim's debut novel Endurance was published by Allen & Unwin in 2015. Endurance tells the story of the great Australian photographer and adventurer Frank Hurley through his own eyes from the Mawson and Shackleton expeditions to the Great War. Tim has lived most of his life in Sydney working as a lawyer and with his wife raising four children. He was a presenter at the 2016 Sydney Writers Festival and a speaker at the Australian Museum Trailblazer talks in April 2016. Although he has not had adventures on the scale of a Hurley, he has enjoyed introducing his children to sailing, diving , bushwalking and cross country skiing, Tim recently moved to Port Moresby where among other projects he is researching his next book the story of the 1922 expedition by Hurley and McCulloch up the Fly River into then unknown Papua. He has a passion for Australian history, a fascination with the effect of photography on the oral and written traditions of story telling and an abiding interest in the crossover between the worlds of fiction and non fiction.
Pamela Hart is an award-winning historical novelist who is published by Hachette Australia and Piatkus UK. Her most recent book is A Letter from Italy, set in 1917. As Pamela Freeman, she also writes fantasy novels and children’s books, including historical non-fiction. Pamela has published over 30 books and won numerous awards, including the NSW Premier’s History Prize for her novel The Black Dress.
Cheryl Hayden is a former journalist and public servant and currently a PhD candidate at Flinders University, researching and writing the life story of an exiled Elizabethan English Catholic working for Spain. Her first novel, A Christmas Game, followed a similar theme, taking the rebels’ stand in a disastrous Cornish rebellion.
Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author of more than fifty books mainly for children and young people. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland. She wrote Way Home illustrated by Greg Rogers which won the Kate Greenaway Award UK; her first YA novel Thunderwith was made a movie by Hallmark Hall of Fame; and her opera libretto Grandma’s Shoes won her an AWGIE. Libby was a National Ambassador for the National Year of Reading in Australia in 2012, and was an Australia Day Ambassador for more than 20 years, visiting country towns to celebrate Australian literature, especially poetry. In 2003 she won the Centenary Medal; and in 2014 the Alice Award given to an Australian woman writer ‘who has made a distinguished and long term contribution to Australian literature.’ Her most recent novel is Eventual Poppy Day (Harper Collins), shortlisted for SWW Biennial Awards 2016, and most recent picturebooks are Incredibilia (Hardie Grant Egmont) shortlisted Queenland Premier’s Awards, 2016; A Soldier a Dog and a Boy (Hachette)and Outside (Hardie Grant Egmont) a Notable Book with CBCA, 2015, soon to be a children’s opera with music by Elena Katz Chernin. www.libbyhathorn.com
Greg has written in one form or another most of his life. He has published three novels and is working on a novel set in the cane fields of Far North Queensland from the 1920s to 1940s. He works as a bookkeeper, so half the day is spent in the company of numbers and half in the company of letters.
Kim Kelly has penned six works of Australian historical fiction, including the acclaimed Wild Chicory and Jewel Sea. Noted for a style that is ‘colourful, evocative and energetic’ (Sydney Morning Herald) and for her ‘impressive research’ (Daily Telegraph), Kim’s writing shines a light on forgotten corners of the past, exploring Australian cultural iconography with humour and heart. ‘Why can’t more people write like this?’ said the Melbourne Age. Born and raised in Sydney, today Kim lives on a small rural property in central New South Wales just outside the tiny gold-rush village of Millthorpe, where the ghosts are mostly friendly and the verandah posts nicely preserved. Kim is also a respected book editor with twenty years’ experience in the Australian publishing industry, and is a literary consultant for Varuna, The National Writers House. Her seventh novel will be published in 2017. Website: https://kimkellyauthor.com/
Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. On returning to Australia, she joined the Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals' birthday parties at the zoo. She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer. In 1997 Meg co-founded a financial service public relations company, which she sold after having her first child. For more than ten years, Meg has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies, and doubles as a part-time SCUBA diving instructor. She is co-author with Tom Keneally of The Soldier’s Curse and The Unmourned, the first two books in The Monsarrat Series. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.
Natasha Lester’s latest book, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, was published by Hachette Australia in 2016 with another historical novel to follow in 2017. Prior to becoming a writer, Natasha worked as a marketing executive for ten years, including stints at cosmetic company L'Oreal, managing the Maybelline brand, before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published by Fremantle Press. The Age newspaper has described Natasha as "a remarkable Australian talent”. My website address is: www.natashalester.com.au
Eleanor Limprecht is the author of two novels: Long Bay, based on the true story of an abortionist imprisoned for manslaughter in 1909 who gave birth to a daughter in prison, and What Was Left, which was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. Eleanor also writes short fiction, book reviews and essays. She was published in the Best Australian Stories 2015. She teaches creative writing at UTS and lives in Sydney.
Juliet Marillier was born and educated in Dunedin, New Zealand, and now lives in Western Australia. Her historical fantasy novels and short stories for adults and young adults have been translated into many languages and have won a number of awards including the Aurealis Award (four times), the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the Prix Imaginales and the Sir Julius Vogel Award (three times.) Juliet’s novels and short stories combine history, folkloric fantasy, romance and family drama. Her lifelong love of myths, legends, folklore and fairy tales is a major influence on her writing. Juliet’s eighteen novels include the six-book Sevenwaters series, set in early medieval Ireland; the Bridei Chronicles, based on Pictish history; the Viking duology Wolfskin and Foxmask, and the Shadowfell series. She is currently working on the Blackthorn & Grim series for adult readers, combining elements of history, fairy tale and mystery. The first Blackthorn & Grim novel, Dreamer’s Pool, was published by Pan Macmillan Australia and Penguin USA late in 2014. As well as writing full-time, Juliet acts as a mentor to developing writers and presents workshops on the writer’s craft. She is a member of the Committee of Literary Advisors at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, and is a regular contributor to the award-winning blog, Writer Unboxed. Her website is at http://www.julietmarillier.com/. Juliet is represented by Russell Galen of the Scovil Galen and Ghosh Literary Agency. When not writing, Juliet is active in animal rescue. She shares her house with a small pack of waifs and strays. Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD (The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.)
Isolde Martyn enjoys setting her stories in turbulent times such as the Wars of the Roses or the French Revolution. Her first novel won top awards in the USA and Australia. Her earlier career was in academia and she was a senior book editor with Reader’s Digest General Books before taking up writing full time. She is the vice-chair and co-founder of the Plantagenet History Society of Australia and a former chairperson of the NSW Richard III Society. Her eighth novel and latest novel, Troubadour is set in France in 1209. www.isoldemartyn.com
Elise Mc Cune
Elise Mc Cune
Elise McCune is an Australian, Melbourne-based writer. Born in New South Wales, Australia, Elise moved to Perth, Western Australia where she raised her two children. She worked for ten years in the Western Australian Museum. Allen & Unwin published her first novel Castle of Dreams in April 2016. A poignant, luminous novel about two sisters, about a mother and daughter, a loved granddaughter, the past that separates them and the healing that comes with forgiveness. Intricately plotted, with uncovered secrets, it is a dual narrative story set in two time periods: far north Queensland during WW2 and in contemporary times. Richly evocative with twists and turns and narrative lyricism, it is an absorbing story of love, betrayal and mystery. Allen & Unwin recently sold the rights for Castle of Dreams to Norwegian publisher Cappelen Damm. Elise can be reached on Facebook, Twitter and through her blog, www.elisemccune.com
Kate Mildenhall is the author of Skylarking, published by Black Inc. in 2016. She is a writer and teacher. She has taught in schools, at RMIT University and State Library Victoria, and has volunteered with Teachers Across Borders delivering professional development to Khmer teachers in Cambodia. Skylarking is her debut novel, and is based on the true story of Kate and Harriet, best friends growing up on a remote Australian cape in the 1880s, and the tragic event that befalls them. Skylarking was named in Readings bookstore’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 has been longlisted for Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017. Kate lives with her partner and two young daughters in Hurstbridge, Victoria, and is currently working on a new novel.
Diane is an Interior Architect and Writer who designs offices by day but writes and reads Historical Fiction at night. Her recent novel, Printer’s Ink, the biography of Australian newspaper pioneer Marion Leathem and the accompanying exegesis, Unreal Truths: The Lies in Every Story investigate the impact of historical biography on the writer’s unconscious mind and the intriguing psychological transferences which occur between a writer and her subject. Printer’s Ink is due for publication in 2017. Previously a former Deputy Chair of the NSW Writer’s Centre, Diane has been on the executive committee of the HNSA since 2014. Diane was awarded her PhD in 2016.
Belinda Murrell has been fascinated with history and writing since she was a child. Now she is a bestselling, internationally published children’s and Young Adult author currently writing her 28th book. These include The Sun Sword fantasy trilogy as well as the popular Lulu Bell series for younger readers. She is also known for her collection of historical timeslip novels including The Sequin Star, The River Charm, The Locket of Dreams, The Forgotten Pearl, The Ruby Talisman and The Ivory Rose, which have been recognised by various awards, including Honour Book KOALAS 2013, shortlisted in the KOALA and YABBA children’s choice awards for the last six years, CBCA Notable List and highly commended in the PM’s Literary Awards. Belinda’s latest book is The Lost Sapphire, set in Melbourne during the 1920’s. Belinda comes from a very literary family, with a history of Australian writers stretching back 180 years. Her great-great-great-great grandfather James Atkinson published his book on Australia in 1826, while his wife Charlotte published the first Australian children’s book A Mother’s Offering to her Children, in 1841. Belinda’s brother, Nick Humphrey and sister, Kate Forsyth are both best selling authors. Belinda’s website is www.belindamurrell.com.au
Rachel Le Rossignol
Rachel Nightingale has been writing since the age of 8 (early works are safely hidden away). She holds a Masters degree and PhD in Creative Writing. Winning the Mercury Short Story competition (Junior Section) at the age of 16 fuelled her desire to share her stories with the world. Since then her short stories have been published in several journals and exhibited twice as part of the Cancer Council Arts awards. Her play, No Sequel, won the People’s Choice Award and Judge’s (First) Prize at Eltham Little Theatre’s 10 Minute Play competition in 2014, whilst the play Crime Fiction has been performed twice as part of the International Short and Sweet play competition. Her second passion after writing is theatre, and she has been performing onstage and working backstage for rather a long time. She co-wrote and performed in the 2012-2015 version of the hugely popular Murder on the Puffing Billy Express, a 1920s murder mystery set on the iconic Dandenong Ranges train. Her novel, Harlequin’s Riddle will be released in 2017 by Odyssey Books. This is the first book of the Tarya Trilogy, which was inspired by a quote by Broadway actor Alan Cumming about that moment before you step onstage and enter a different world – a moment when anything is possible…
Julian Novitz is a lecturer in writing at the Swinburne University of Technology. He is the author of Little Sister (Vintage, 2012), Holocaust Tours (Vintage, 2006) and My Real Life and Other Stories (Vintage, 2004) and his work has been published in The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Stories, Best New Zealand Fiction, The Sydney Review of Books, Wet Ink, Landfall, The NZ Listener and Sport. He has won the Hubert Church Award for Best First Book of Fiction, the Katherine Mansfield Award for Short Fiction, was a recipient of the Buddle Findlay Frank Sargeson Residential Writing Fellowship and was shortlisted for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He is currently the reviews editor for Antic: New Writing (www.anticmagazine.com.au).
Wendy Orr is an internationally published and award-winning author of approximately forty books for children and adults. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea, have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her newly released book Dragonfly Song is a novel in verse and prose of an outcast girl who becomes a bull-leaper in Bronze Age Crete.
Dr Catherine Padmore was awarded her PhD in creative writing in 2002, and she has taught literary studies and creative writing at La Trobe since 2005. Her first novel, Sibyl’s Cave (Allen and Unwin, 2004) was shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel Award and commended in the first book category of The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (south-east Asia and south Pacific region). Catherine has been awarded two retreat fellowships at Varuna, the Writers’ House, and in 2014 she was short-listed for their Publisher Introduction Program. She has novels-in-progress about Amy Dudley and Levina Teerlinc. Her short creative works have been published in Island, The Journal of Australian Writers and Writing, The Big Issue, The Australian, Dotlit, Antithesis and in the anthology Reflecting on Melbourne (Poetica Christi, 2009). Catherine’s scholarly work has been published in Australian Literary Studies, TEXT, JASAL, Life Writing and Lateral, with chapters in Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935-2012 (MUP, 2013) and Expanding the Canon of Early Modern Women’s Writing (CSP, 2010).
Dr Andrew Peters is a Wurundjeri academic, writer and sports fanatic at Swinburne University. He has been awarded for his contributions to Indigenous education and his dedication to developing and maintaining links between Swinburne and the Indigenous community. His most recent project is a documentary on Wurundjeri women and sport with Professor Josie Arnold. He is also a big Karaoke fan.
Dr Gillian Polack is a Medieval historian and has PhDs in both History and Creative Writing. Her study of how history and fiction interface (History and Fiction) was published in 2016. Her current research is mainly on how genre narratives operate. She has also been a reviewer, critic and non-fiction writer and an award judge. Gillian has five novels published (Ms Cellophane/Life through Cellophane was a Ditmar finalist) and has one forthcoming. Sixteen of her short stories are in print and she has edited two anthologies (Baggage was a Ditmar finalist) and an historical cookbook. One story won a Victorian Ministry of the Arts award and three more were listed as recommended reading in international lists of world’s best stories. She has received two writing fellowships at Varuna, arts grants, and a Ditmar award for her work. www.gillpolack.livejournal.com Twitter: @GillianPolack
Felicity Pulman is an award-winning author of numerous novels for children, teenagers and adults, many of them inspired by historical events both here in Australia and in the UK. Ghost Boy has a flashback to the grisly past of Sydney’s Quarantine Station in 1881, and there is a special Ghost Boy tour at the QS for students studying the novel. Ghost Boy is also in pre-production for a movie. A Ring Through Time tells the story of a doomed romance from the time of the second penal settlement on Norfolk Island. Her medieval crime series for YA and adults, The Janna Chronicles, is set in the 1140s during the turbulent and treacherous civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda. The Shalott trilogy (for teenagers) plus I, Morgana and The Once and Future Camelot (adult fiction) are a rewriting and reinterpretation of Arthurian legend, with a glimpse into the (imagined) life of the poet, Marie de France. Felicity has many years experience talking to both adults and children about researching and writing her novels, and conducting workshops in a variety of genres.www.felicitypulman.com.au
Greg Pyers grew up in the small Victorian town of Daylesford. As a boy, he read the books of Gerald Durrell, and many years later, worked at Durrell’s famous Jersey Zoo. Greg went on to write 160 natural history books and three novels for children. An avid reader of historical fiction, Greg was motivated to write historical novels after reading the superb Wolf Hall. The Unfortunate Victim is his second novel for adults.
Christopher Raja migrated from Kolkata to Melbourne in 1986. He has lived and worked in Alice Springs since 2004. His writings (short stories and essays) have appeared in numerous publications. His co-authored play (with Natasha Raja) – ‘The First Garden’ – was performed in botanical gardens around Australia and published by Currency Press in 2012. His debut novel – The Burning Elephant (published by Giramondo, 2015) was written under a New Work grant awarded by the Literature Board of the Australia Council. He has been twice shortlisted for the Northern Territory Writers Centre’s Chief Minister’s Book of the Year award. In 2016, Chris appeared at the Ubud writer’s festival in Bali and The Burning Elephant was launched in China at the 9th annual international conference of the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators, Guangzhou.
Paddy Richardson is the author of two collections of short stories, Choices and If We Were Lebanese and six novels, The Company of a Daughter, A Year to Learn a Woman, Hunting Blind, Traces of Red, Cross Fingers and Swimming in the Dark. She has had her work published overseas; A Year to Learn A Woman (‘Der Frauenfanger’) Hunting Blind (‘Komm Spiel Mit Mir’) and Traces of Red (‘Deine Schuld’) have been published by the German publishers Droemer Knaur and ‘Swimming in the Dark’ has been published by MacMillans, Australia. Hunting Blind, Traces of Red, Cross Fingers and Swimming in the Dark have all been finalists in the Ngaio Marsh Award. Paddy has been awarded three Creative New Zealand Awards, the University of Otago Burns Fellowship in 1997, the Beatson Fellowship in 2007 and the James Wallace Arts Trust Residency Award in 2011 and in 2012 represented New Zealand at both the Leipzig and Frankfurt Book Fairs. She is an experienced teacher of creative writing, has been a speaker at many writing festivals and is a mentor for both NZSA and the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme. Paddy lives in Broad Bay, Dunedin, and is presently working on her new novel, Cheerio Old Son, which is set during the first world war.
Pamela Rushby is the author of over 200 books for children and young adults, as well as children's TV scripts, documentaries, short stories and freelance journalism. Pam has been an advertising copywriter, pre-school teacher, and producer of educational television, audio and multimedia. She has won several awards, including the NSW Premier's Ethel Turner Prize, four CBCA Notable Books – and a bag of gold coins at a film festival in Iran! Pam believes the strangest, most riveting, heart-breaking, laugh-out-loud stories aren't fiction. They're real. They come from history. And she loves tripping over unusual incidents from history – and then writing about them. Her website is www.pamelarushby.com
Justin Sheedy is the author of five books and whether they be don’t-read-on-the-bus-hilarious or cry-in-every-chapter-heroic, he is passionate to share OUR Australian stories. His Australian World War II historical fiction trilogy began with Nor the Years Condemn (2011) followed by Ghosts of the Empire (2013) and now concludes with his latest release, No Greater Love. Sheedy’s saga brings to vivid life a stunning true story in our ANZAC tradition yet one which until now remained untold in Australian historical fiction: the story of how our nation’s best-and-brightest youth volunteered for the most dangerous job of World War II, crossing the planet to become the pilots and aircrew who flew against the might of Nazi tyranny. Given the ‘best and brightest’ fact upon which his saga is based Sheedy hopes his readers will fall in love with his characters, their ensuing loss ramming home for the reader the anti-war message that he intends. He lives in Sydney where he enjoys connecting with his readers at his regular book signings, via his Facebook page and blog at Crackernight.com.
Stephanie Smee is a literary translator into English of all things literary and French. She happily traded in a legal career for a return to her linguistic calling and made her literary translation début with a new English translation of 19th century French children’s author, the Countess de Ségur’s Fleurville Trilogy (Simon & Schuster (Aust), 2010). The Trilogy includes the perennially popular Sophie’s Misfortunes. Her subsequent translations of the Countess’ works include the cheeky Monsieur Cadichon: Memoirs of a Donkey (2011), A Room at Guardian Angel Inn (2012) and its sequel, General Dourakine (2013). Her new translation of Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff, a thrilling historical adventure tale set in pre-revolutionary Russia, was published in 2016 by Eagle Books, an imprint of Christmas Press. Forthcoming publications include the first translation into English of Swedish children’s author, Gösta Knutsson’s much-loved tales of Pelle No-Tail, the cat who had his tail bitten off by a rat. They will be published by Piccolo Nero, the children’s imprint of Black Inc. Stephanie is enjoying herself enormously translating these cheeky works with her Swedish mother, Ann-Margrete. Stephanie’s translation from French of Françoise Frenkel’s extraordinary tale of survival in Vichy France will also be published in 2017 by Vintage.
Elisabeth Storrs has long had a passion for the history, myths and legends of the ancient world. She graduated from University of Sydney in Arts Law, having studied Classics. Her curiosity piqued by an Etruscan sarcophagus depicting a couple embracing for eternity, she discovered the little known story of the struggle between Etruscan Veii and Republican Rome and the inspiration to write the Tales of Ancient Rome Saga. Elisabeth lives with her husband and two sons in Sydney, and over the years has worked as a solicitor, corporate lawyer and corporate governance consultant. She is the former Deputy Chair of the NSW Writers’ Centre and one of the founders of the Historical Novel Society Australasia. www.elisabethstorrs.com
Born in Africa in the dying days of the British Empire, at the age of ten Alison Stuart moved to Australia. After a long and varied career as a lawyer, including stints with the military and fire services, Alison turned to her first passion, history. Most of her stories have an English Civil War setting and several of them have been shortlisted for international awards. She is loved by her readers for her ability to breathe life into the dry bones of history, particularly a lesser known period of history such as the civil war.
Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in Melbourne, England and Sweden. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, Lucy is a writer, editor, mentor and creative writing teacher, and has worked in Cambodia, where she lived for a number of years, as well as Australia. Lucy’s debut novel Salt Creek (Pan Macmillan) was published in 2015 to critical acclaim, and has since won an Indie Book Award (Best Debut) 2016 and the ABIA Matt Richell Prize (2016), and been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award among others. In 2014 Lucy won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific Region). Lucy’s short fiction has appeared in Sleepers, Overland, Seizure, and Best Australian Stories, and her non-fiction in a range of publications. She is currently working on her second novel – a contemporary fiction set in the US. lucytreloar.com Twitter: @LucyTreloar Facebook: Lucy Treloar Author
Alan Tucker began writing for publication 25 years ago. For 20 of those years he juggled (almost) full time work with his writing career. He wrote four illustrated Australian history books, including the award-winning Too Many Captain Cooks and Iron in the Blood. In 2001, Scholastic Australia, asked Alan to write an Australian historic fiction as part of the new My Australian Story series: The Bombing of Darwin won the 2003 NSW Premier’s Young People’s History award. His most recent publication, Australia’s Great War: 1916, is his 7th Australian historic fiction. He retired from teaching five years ago and now reads and writes full-time.
Ariella Van Luyn
Ariella Van Luyn
Dr Ariella Van Luyn is currently a lecturer in writing at James Cook University and will be taking up a position of lecturer in writing at the University of New England from July 2017. Ariella is the author of an historical novel, 'Treading Air,' and several short stories published in literary journals such as 'Southerly,' 'Overland' and 'Voiceworks.' Her research interests include historical fiction, oral history, community narratives, regional writing and practice-led research methodologies.
Gabrielle Wang is an award winning children’s author and illustrator whose books are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy. She has twice won the Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Long Fiction and her novels have been named Notables in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Her first novel, The Garden of Empress Cassia was listed on the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honour List. Gabrielle has published fifteen novels with Penguin Books Australia including Little Paradise, an historical fiction YA romance novel based on her parents' relationship during World War 2. This book was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. She has also written two of the girls - the Poppy books and the Pearlie books - in the highly popular Our Australian Girl series. Her upcoming middle grade novel, Hushing Wood will be published by Penguin Random House in 2017. www.gabriellewang.com
Glenice Whitting was born in Melbourne Australia during the Second World War. At the age of fifty, returning to study as a mature age student, she obtained her VCE, which led to a BA at Monash University, a MA in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne and a PhD at Swinburne University. She spent three years as an online editor and columnist at Suite101.com, and her ebook Inspiring Women is available online. Her published works include biographies, interviews, reviews, plays and numerous short stories. Her play, Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, was produced during the 2002 Fertile Ground New Play Festival. Her first novel, Pickle to Pie won the Ilura Press International Fiction Quest. Her second novel, Something Missing, about two countries, two women and lies that lead to truth was published by MadeGlobal Publishing December 2016.
Arnold Zable is an acclaimed Australian writer, novelist, storyteller, and human rights advocate. His books include Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, and Violin Lessons, a book of stories spanning the globe. His most recent book is The Fighter. His work-in-progress, Refugium, tales marking the 500th anniversary of the Venetian Ghetto, was published in Venice in January, 2017. He is the author of numerous essays, columns, features, stories, and works for theatre, and is co-author of Kan Yama Kan, a play in which asylum seekers tell their stories. His stories and novels have a strong basis in both contemporary and historical events. He has a doctorate from the School of Creative Arts, Melbourne University, and has been a guest lecturer, and writer in residence, both internationally and at a range of Australian Universities. Zable has worked in many community and cross-cultural projects, and conducted workshops for a range of groups including asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, the homeless, the deaf, problem gamblers, aged care residents, and survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires using story as a means of self-understanding. In recent years, he has conducted annual workshops for Cambodian writers. He is immediate past president of PEN Melbourne, an ambassador of the Asylum Seeker resource centre, a patron of Sanctuary, and has recently completed a term as Vice Chancellor's fellow at Melbourne University. In 2013 he was awarded the Voltaire prize for human rights advocacy and the advancement of freedom of expression. He is a part time research fellow at the Melbourne Refugees Studies Program, and an honourary fellow of the School of Culture and Communication, Melbourne University.