John Clanchy has written five novels and many long stories. The collection, Vincenzo’s Garden, won seven awards, including the ACT Book of the Year and the Steele Rudd Award. The novel The Hard Word also won the ACT Book of the Year. International Awards for his stories include The Commonwealth Literature and language Studies Prize (Europe), The Antipodes Prize for Short Fiction, The PEN Air-NZ Prize. Two crime novels If God Sleeps and And Hope to Die (co-authored with Mark Henshaw) have appeared with Gallimard in France and Rowohlt in Germany – the latter becoming a German bestseller.

Julian Davies is a jack of a number of trades – writer, potter, painter and front-man for a non profit art gallery, The Left Hand. He has lived in the mountains near Braidwood, New South Wales, for much of his adult life. The author of five novels, he has also written various stories and essays.

Phil Day has been drawing, teaching art and English to high school students, and collaborating with other writers and artists making hand-made books for twenty years. He recently founded his own press in Melbourne (Mountains Brown Press).

Lost Art is the continuation of a long collaboration between Phil Day and Julian Davies.

Alan Gould is a multi-award winning novelist, poet and essayist. The Seaglass Spiral is his eighth novel. Among his previous books, The Lake Woman was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Fiction Award 2010. The Past Completes Me: Selected Poems 1973-2003, won the Grace Leven Award, 2006. He lives in Canberra.

James Grieve has taught English to the French and French to the English. He has translated books from the French, including Robert Lacour-Gayet’s Concise History of Australia and the first two parts of Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu. He has published two novels for young adults, A Season of Grannies and They’re only Human. His first published fiction for adults, Something in Common, was released by Finlay Lloyd in 2010. He lives in Canberra.

Meredith McKinney has translated twelve books that include the classics The Pillow Book and Essays in Idleness and several novels by the great early modern novelist Natsume Soseki, all for Penguin Classics. Meredith has also edited two books of the letters of Judith Wright, and published a co-translated selection of Judith Wright’s poetry in Japanese. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Japan Centre, Australian National University, where she teaches translation.

Tara Mokhtari is a Persian-Australian writer (based both in Melbourne and New York) with a background as a playwright and was co-founder of the award winning Nineteenth Hole Productions. Her poems and articles have appeared in various journals, including VLAK, HEAT, and Cordite. Anxiety Soup is her first book of poetry.

Mandy Ord has long been part of the local underground comic community, producing a range of self-published mini comics as well as contributing to local and international anthologies. Her first graphic novel, Rooftops, was published by Finlay Lloyd in 2007. She published Sensitive Creatures with Allen and Unwin in 2011. She is working on a new book with Finlay Lloyd. She lives in Melbourne.

A.S. Patric’s Bruno Kramzer was shortlisted for this year’s Viva la Novella competition. His earlier book, Las Vegas for Vegans was shortlisted for this year’s Queensland Literary Awards. He lives in bay-side Melbourne and is a St Kilda bookseller.

Wayne Strudwick grew up on farm in western New South Wales, studied optometry and now lives in Canberra with his wife and three children. His stories have appeared in Quadrant, WetInk, Westerly and Famous Reporter. He won the 2013 Voiceless Writing Prize.

Natalia Zajaz is an art school graduate who has been recovering from the experience by making comics for many years. This is her first solo book.