Meet some of our wonderful IP Alumni – a specially curated group of talented and creative leaders, influencers and thinkers who have successfully published their books into the competitive Australian market.
Author of The Last Long Drop
Mike Safe was a newspaper reporter and feature writer for forty years, the last nineteen as a staff writer for The Weekend Australian Magazine. He lives in Bondi Beach, Sydney. The Last Long Drop is his first novel.
Aaron Elias Brunsdon
Author of Designer Baby
Aaron Elias Brunsdon is the co-founder and CEO of eponymous Australian fashion label Jayson Brunsdon. Raised in a small, close-knit Jewish community in his native country of Singapore, Aaron migrated to Australia in 1993, where he worked for fashion brands Giorgio Armani and Morrissey, and was instrumental in the launch and success of Sydney’s top gay entertainment venue, Stonewall. Aaron currently lives in Elizabeth Bay with his life partner Jayson Brunsdon and their son Roman. Find out more about Aaron at jaysonbrunsdon.com.
Author of Organicise
With her christian name meaning ‘true’, Vera Hannam Coleman’s passion for and pursuit of the truth was perhaps predestined. Vera now dedicates herself to helping others 'organicise' their home by educating them about harmful everyday chemicals and products. For over ten years, Vera was the manager of an inner city community centre, developing preventative measures to help people break out of their limiting mindsets and lifestyles. She has also been involved in personal and community development, working for both government and non-government organisations, and in the private sector. Find out more at organicise.com.
Author of Love & Addiction
Lorraine Wood is the co-founder of Australia’s leading psychiatric hospital, South Pacific Private. Lorraine has assisted in leading the research and development in the model of treatment for mental illness and influencing therapeutic facilitators in both private and public sectors. More than 7000 individuals and their families have benefitted from the work of South Pacific Private, the only one of its kind in Australia. Following the death of her husband in 2000, Lorraine continues to operate South Pacific Private as its sole proprietor, leading the hospital from strength to strength.
Author of Ways to Come Home
Travel is Kate Mathieson’s tonic. After university she spent several years travelling to Taiwan, Europe and Canada, collecting stories for her first novella, Tea and Travels. In 2009, Kate travelled to Africa on a one-way ticket, a story that would become her breakthrough memoir, Ways to Come Home – a finalist for the Finch Memoir Prize 2017. A contemporary writer, naturalist and poet, Kate is most happy with the wind in her hair – and some leaves as well. She believes life can always be made better with cheese.
Dr Mark Nethercote
Author of A Time for Grace
Dr Mark Nethercote is a consultant paediatrician, working with children of all ages. He has tremendous compassion for the parenting journey, from pre-conception throughout childhood. Mark is also a passionate and humorous writer, having written an extensive range of genres, from fiction, to travel writing, memoir and health information. He writes regularly on his blog at marknethercote.com and is a contributor to Kidspot. Mark currently lives in Ballarat with his wife Susan and his two daughters.
Author of Racing the Boys
Jacqueline Dinan grew up in South Gippsland, Victoria and has always had an interest in women’s perspectives of history. Her former work experience was in corporate and art communications and events, before she embarked on her own public relations and events business, Eventive. Now a regular speaker across Australia and New Zealand, Jacqueline has become a well-known figure with groups such as Probus and View. Jacqueline is the author of three books, A Woman's War, Between the Dances and Racing the Boys. Find out more about Jacqueline at eventive.net.au.
Jason Roger Phillips
Author of The Silver is Mine
Jason Roger Phillips has lived a nomadic life in the Caribbean and Canada, and draws on his own life experiences in his writing. He currently resides in Sydney where he writes and directs independent films for Eterna Films Studios. Jason holds a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma in Media and Arts Production. He is the author of two novels, The Ice Factory, in 2011, and The Silver is Mine, in 2016.
Author of Escape from Berlin
Peter Nash, born Nachemstein, was among 18,000 European Jews who escaped Nazi persecution during WWII by fleeing to Shanghai, and then Australia. Peter is a trained volunteer guide at the Sydney Jewish Museum, where he tells his story to students and the general public. He has shared his experiences in The Words to Remember it: Memoirs of child Holocaust survivors. Escape from Berlin is his first book.
Author of Anxiety Free, Drug Free
Renee Mill has worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice for over 30 years and is the owner of stress and anxiety clinic Anxiety Solutions CBT, located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. She has successfully treated hundreds of individuals, couples and families, and has appeared as an expert commentator on stress, anxiety and depression for TODAY, The Morning Show, ABC Radio, News.com.au, BubHub and Essential Baby. Find out more about Renee at reneemill.com and anxietysolutionscbt.com.
Paul Ashford Harris
Author of Aardvark, Koko the Kookaburra, Bam the Bilby and William the Wallaby
Paul Ashford Harris was born in New Zealand and graduated in 1967 from Cambridge University before moving to Australia in 1969. He comes from a family with a long history int he environmental movement and Paul was until recently a Director of WWF-Australia. He is passionate about trying to engage younger generations, including his nine grandchildren, in the serious challenges facing Australia's unique ecosystems.
Author of Girl on the Edge
Kim Hodges currently resides on the NSW north coast and immerses herself in the pristine beauty of beaches, mountains and estuaries. She grew up in Coolah, a small remote town in Central NSW, Australia with a population of 900, and has lived in Sydney and the UK. In her mid 40s she commenced writing her memoir to store in the cupboard for her lads to read in the years to come, but realised this story was unique and may resonate with a broad readership. Kim has been employed in many professional roles: tutor and lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences (Southern Cross University), and a consultant in curriculum development (TAFENSW) and policy (NSW Government). Find out more about Kim at kimhodges.id.au.