Penelope Hanley has been a film critic, book reviewer, artists’ model, caterer’s assistant, and deck hand on a yacht. Then after a 20 year editing career, she became a freelance writer. She has had a novel and 20 short stories published. Books commissioned include Creative Lives: Personal Papers of Australian Artists and Writers (NLA, 2009) and Inspiring Australians: The first fifty years of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (ASP, 2015). She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra and a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the Australian National University. Penny loves books, cinema, travel and dancing the Argentine tango.
Author of The Tailor and the Shipwright
Robert Westphal is a passionate historian and spent much time researching his ancestry for this novel. He is a descendant of the Foster and O’Neil families.
By day, Robert works as a non-executive director of a major Sydney-based investment firm, and an avid coffee roaster and distributor. He was previously a partner at Ernst and Young for 25 years.
He currently lives in Mosman with his wife, and has two daughters and four grandchildren. The Tailor and the Shipwright is his first novel.
Dr Joan Arakkal
Author of Slice Girls
Dr Joan Arakkal is an orthopaedic surgeon who grew up and trained in India, before moving to the UK where she was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. She later migrated to Australia where she currently works. She is the recipient of several academic and research awards in India and Australia. She lives in Perth with her husband and two children. Slice Girls is her first book.
Author of Booming
Marcus Riley’s career in the field of ageing spans over two decades, providing leadership and influence on local, national and global levels. As Australia’s leading international advocate on ageing, he regularly addresses the issue at the United Nations, is chairman of the Global Ageing Network and member of the governing committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older Persons. Marcus lives in Brisbane with his wife and three young children. Booming: A life-changing philosophy for ageing well is his first book.
Author of The Slipping Place
Joanna Baker is the award-winning author of four murder mysteries. Her novel, Devastation Road, won the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Novel and was described by The Age as ‘an outstanding first novel’. Joanna was born in Hobart and educated at The Friends’ School, the Australian National University and RMIT. She sets her novels in the two places she loves: Tasmania and the wine and high country of North Eastern Victoria. She also writes and speaks about murder mysteries – why they are so enduring, and why they are not trivial.
Author of Convicted
Peter Bradley is a passionate historian whose interest in family history began when he discovered his great-grandfather’s engrossing first-hand account of surviving a shipwreck. In 2013 he had the journal published, which sparked a determination to share his ancestor’s stories with the world. By day Peter works in the field finance and accounting. He lives in Canberra with his wife and children.
Author of Deceit
Richard Evans' eclectic career has included service as a federal politician, industry leader, senior executive, and media commentator. Richard specialises his fiction writing in the genre of politics and prefers writing about the art of power and persuasion and the quirky folks who wish to lead, or perhaps mislead, the electorate. As a political insider, he has been invited many times to speak on politics and continues to speak on various other topics, mostly leadership. He is happily married with three children and lives in a small bayside village overlooking Melbourne, Australia.
Author of Letters to My Yesterday
Karyn Sepulveda comes from a background in theatre and teaching. She enjoys working on many creative projects, including a podcast Letters ToOur Yesterday, in which she interviews extraordinary women about their life journey. Karyn lives in Sydney with her husband and two children. If she had to pick the perfect day it would include: the beach, great music, family and a good book. Karyn loves connecting to her readers and can be contacted at www.karynsepulveda.com.
Author of the Thirty Essentials: Strategy, Thirty Essentials: Management, and Thirty Essentials: Sustainable Success
Andrew Laurie is a successful entrepreneur and business coach who is regularly ranked among the top business coaches in the world. The former-CEO of a multi-billion-dollar travel company in the UK, he went on to build one of the most successful business and executive coaching companies in Australia, and has assisted countless others to build prosperous businesses. Andrew has lectured at Sydney Business School, has completed his MBA at INSEAD in France and has Economics and Honors Law Degrees from ANU. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Blue Mountains.
Author of Two Generations
Anne Connor is an award-winning Melbourne writer. For over two decades she has worked in the writing space, with articles appearing in The Age, Business Review Weekly and various lifestyle and industry magazines. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and received awards in short story competitions. Anne headed up a marketing and communications consultancy for nine years, and has studied creative writing at Deakin and the University of Oxford. Two Generations is her debut memoir. anneconnor.com.au
Author of Girl On the Edge, and Girl Over 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. 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.
Author of One Life One Chance
Luke Richmond is an Aussie adventurer who has conquered the odds during many internationally acclaimed expeditions. Growing up on various cattle stations across the Northern Territory, Luke joined the army at 17 years old, which gave him the discipline and world knowledge he needed, and lit a fire for adventure that he pursues to this day. Luke’s lifelong passion is to make adventure accessible to everyone, and to inspire others to feel the reward of conquering a physical and mental challenge. He founded OLOC Adventures in 2007, where you can enjoy videos, photos, blogs and get in touch with Luke for a yarn about adventures at www.olocadventures.com.
Author of TheLong Last 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.
Author of Terminus: The Pub that Sydney Forgot
Dr Shirley Fitzgerald has taught history at universities and worked as a community historian. As a City Historian for the City of Sydney until 2009 she delivered Sydney's history through books, media presentations and inscribed it on the pavements of the inner city.
Author of Ways to Come Home
Travel and nature are Kate Mathieson's tonics. In her twenties, Kate lived and travelled across Taiwan, Europe and Canada, collecting stories for her first novella, Tea and Travels. Returning to Australia for several years, Kate settled into surburban life. In 2009, she took a one-way ticket to Africa, re-wilding herself – a story that would become her breakthrough memoir, Ways to Come Home – a finalist for the 2017 Finch Memoir Prize. A contemporary writer, naturalist and poet, Kate is happiest with the wind on her face and leaves in her hair. She is a cheese lover, whiskey enthusiast and loves walking in the rain.
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 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 and Parenting Without Anger
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.
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 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.