Allayne Webster is Adelaide based Children’s and Young Adult Fiction author who grew up in rural South Australia. Her middle grade title Paper Planes was a 2016 Children’s Book Council Notable Book and shortlisted for the 2016 Children’s Awards for Literature. Allayne is the author of two Young Adult novels (plus a third with Penguin Random House – due for release Feb 2018) and the author of two Junior Fiction novels with Omnibus Scholastic. Allayne is also the proud recipient of three South Australian Arts Grants. She travelled to Paris in 2010, and suitably inspired, she wrote A Cardboard Palace.
Lucy Durneen lectures in English and Creative Writing in Plymouth, England, and is Assistant Editor of the literary journal Short Fiction. Her short stories, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in World Literature Today, The Manchester Review, The Letters Page, The Lightship Anthology and Litro, amongst other places. She has been shortlisted four times for the Bridport Prize, Highly Commended in the 2014 Manchester Fiction Prize, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Lucy’s short story collection Wild Gestures will be published in January 2017.
Paul Mitchell’s wry and moving considerations of society’s undercurrents chronicle an unsettlingly recognisable Australia. His three poetry collections have received national prizes and wide acclaim, and his short story collection Dodging the Bull was included in the 2008 The Age Summer Read program. He is also a playwright, screenwriter and essayist.
Mitchell’s varied oeuvre explores the beauty in the seemingly mundane, the troubled history of Australian masculinity, and finds spirituality in the murky depths of life. He has continued this exploration with his sensitive and rugged first novel, We. Are. Family.
Z.F. Kingbolt has had a varied career including lawyer, scientist, engineer, journalist, biologist and teacher, so it took a while to discover that writing books was the best thing ever. A slitherphobe, Kingbolt hates snakes and burnt toast, but loves gaming, technology, geology and skateboarding.
MidnightSun Publishing published his/her/their novel Into Torden in November 2016.
Cameron Raynes is a prize-winning author who has chosen in First Person Shooter to explore the deeply personal experience of adolescent stuttering. Having survived bruising encounters with three psychopaths by the age of 30, Raynes turned away from welfare work and anthropology to find his voice as a writer. He teaches history at the University of South Australia and is the author of The Last Protector and the short story collection The Colour of Kerosene.
Author Jane Jolly has had three Notable picture books in the Children’s Book Council Australia Book of the Year awards. Jane strongly believes in the fight to rid the world of landmines and cluster munitions. On the road to getting One Step at a Time published she has met with the Safe Ground group in Adelaide and a representative from Medical Association for the Prevention of War.
Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich’s beautiful picture book One Step at a Time was published in February 2015, and was chosen as an Honour Book in the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards.
Illustrator Sally Heinrich has been recognised through fellowships from the Asialink Foundation, the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, Varuna – the Writers’ Centre, Arts SA and the Ian Reed Foundation, and her original artwork and linoprints have been exhibited in Australia and Asia including in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. Sally believes that picture books are a powerful tool to communicate ideas and build bridges of understanding between people from different cultures and Continue reading Sally Heinrich
Her short stories have been published and awarded and she is currently completing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide, where she also Continue reading Lynette Washington
Amanda Hickie has always been interested in science, literature and ethical questions, annoying her scripture teacher at the age of ten by asking if it was immoral to lie to a murderer. Despite a passion for writing, she studied Computer Science — but she quickly recovered.
A change of lifestyle when she and her family moved to Canada resulted in her first novel, After Zoe. Living down the road from the SARS outbreak also provided the seed for An Ordinary Epidemic.
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Kristin Weidenbach writes creative non-fiction focused on Australian history. She is the author of Tom the Outback Mailman, which is a picture book for junior primary readers based on her Australian bestseller, Mailman of the Birdsville Track: the Story of Tom Kruse.
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After growing up in country South Australia, Kim Lock has lived in Darwin, Melbourne and Canberra, and now resides on home soil in Adelaide with her military husband and their two young children. It was after becoming a mother that Kim found the urge to write in earnest. Some experience as a breastfeeding counsellor saw her develop an interest in maternal psychology, and Kim is now working towards her degree.
Kim has spent over a decade working in advertising, and although she has been writing her whole life, Peace, Love and Khaki Socks is her first novel.
Zanesh Catkin was horribly disfigured in a childhood accident; as a result he spent his early life hidden in attics. He was taken in by a kind family from Minnesota, who offered a loving home and some plastic surgery. Later, they moved to Australia and the confusion really set in.
Anna holds a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Adelaide, has judged the HarperCollins Varuna Award and co-founded the literary journals Wet Ink and Animate Quarterly. She is an active member of the literary community. Over the years, she has worked as a photographer, translator, editor, language teacher and has written more reviews than she cares to Continue reading Anna Solding