Cassandra Atherton‘s poetry is concerned with reanimating classic texts and raising the spectres of canonical authors and characters. She enjoys juxtaposing traditional literature with popular culture and cult texts. Cassandra has published many books and was awarded a Harvard Visiting Scholar’s position in 2015-2016.

Carmel Bird grew up in Tasmania, and now lives in rural Victoria. She has published novels and short fiction, essays, children’s books, and manuals on writing, as well as anthologies of stories and non-fiction. Her other recent book is a collection of stories, My Hearts Are Your Hearts, published by Spineless Wonders. Fair Game is Carmel’s first lengthy piece of memoir.

Stephanie Buckle is a novelist and short story writer who lives on a farm in Brindabella, NSW. Her stories have won a number of awards, including the Marjorie Graber McInnes Short Story Award, and the Fellowship of Australian Writers, A.C.T. Branch, Short Story Award. Behind the Lines won first prize in the E.J. Brady Short Story Award 2006. A Lovely Afternoon won third prize in the Henry Handel Richardson Short Story Award in 2014. Some of the stories have also appeared in previous publications: Lillian and Meredith in Best Australian Stories 2010, edited by Cate Kennedy. Fifty Years in Best Australian Stories 2011, edited by Cate Kennedy. See a sample of her work here.

John Clanchy has written twelve books of fiction—the most recent two with Finlay Lloyd. His other work includes the collection, Vincenzo’s Garden, which 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. See a sample of his work here.

Julian Davies is is the author of seven novels, he has also written various stories, and essays, including Lost Art(2012), a collaboration with Phil Day on cultural dysfunction in the art world. The book, Backlash – Australia’s conflict of values over live exports, (2016) was written in partnership with Bidda Jones, Chief Scientist at RSPCA Australia.

Davies’ novels have been shortlisted for many prizes: Revival House for the National Book Council Award and the Commonwealth Writers Best First Book, among others, Moments of Pleasure for the Talking Book of the Year award, The Beholder for the NSW Premiers Award, and The Boy for the Victorian Premiers Award. The Boy has been translated into French, Dutch and Turkish. Crow Mellow(2014), a social satire illustrated by nearly 400 drawings by Phil Day, is the first in a trilogy of novels. The second in the series is Call Me (2018).

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 runs his own press in Melbourne (Mountains Brown Press).

Lost Art is the continuation of a long collaboration between Phil Day and Julian Davies.
Davies and Day also collaborated on Davies’ novel, Crow Mellow(2014), which Day illustrated with almost 400 drawings.

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 taught English to the French and French to the English. He 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 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.

Bidda Jones is Chief Science and Strategy Officer for RSPCA Australia, where she has campaigned against live animal exports and on other animal welfare issues for more than twenty years. She has a PhD in zoology. She has written or collaborated on various papers on animal welfare. The book Backlash – Australia’s conflict of values over live exports was written in partnership with Julian Davies.

Paul McDermott loves the feel and smell of paper and enjoys the company of pencils. He lives in a house held together with mould spores, with a woman (M), a boy (X) and a dog (R). They also have a number of other smaller semi-permanent guests: Mr Snail, who’s colonized the bathroom, Mrs Huggles, an enormous Golden Orb spider and Mr Skink, a lizard with a head injury. They are all very happy together.

Meredith McKinney has translated many 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.

Timothy Morrell was born in Melbourne, but spent long periods living overseas. He was formerly a curator at various Australian public galleries, and also worked independently on exhibition projects in Australia, Asia and Europe. He began writing for travel magazines when he passed his use-by date as a contemporary art writer.

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. NY was published in 2013. She lives in Melbourne.

Phillip Stamatellis was born into the hospitality industry and raised in his family’s café. He now refers to himself as a reformed capitalist, and now works in the mental health sector. He lives in Goulburn with his wife Janene and daughters Stephanie and Emma. Growing up Cafe is his first book.

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. Nothing Ventured is her first solo book.

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