About the authors

Making stories from memories throughout the world

  • Ellen van Neerven

    Ellen van Neerven

    Ellen van Neerven is a Mununjali woman from the Scenic Rim. She is the author of the award-winning Heat and Light (UQP, 2014) and the poetry collection Comfort Food (UQP, 2016). She works at State Library of Queensland as the Senior Editor of the black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing project.

  • Randy Osborne

    Randy Osborne

    ​Dubbed​ a public art provocateur by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Randy Osborne also writes personal essays that have appeared in many online literary journals. In 2014, his work was published in four print anthologies and nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Find out more at randyosborne.com.

  • Paddy O'Reilly

    Paddy O'Reilly

    Paddy O’Reilly writes novels, short stories and screenplays. She has won a number of short story awards and her stories have been published and broadcast around the world. Her books have been shortlisted for major awards as well as nominated as best books of the year in various publications. Paddy’s latest novel is The Wonders.

  • Kate Fielding

    Kate Fielding

    Kate Fielding builds creative platforms for intercultural conversations. She is a cultural strategist, a writer of narrative non-fiction and an advocate for social change hairdressing. Kate is a 2014-2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow. She has worked throughout Australia, including several years living and working in very remote desert Australia. Kate has an ongoing involvement with the arts and cultural community in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Kate also likes fireworks, comics and being able to find relevant information really really fast.

  • Maxine Beneba Clarke

    Maxine Beneba Clarke

    Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean heritage. She is a spoken word poet whose essays, fiction & short stories have been published nationally, including in the Age, the Big Issue, Overland, Cordite Poetry Review, and Going Down Swinging. Her spoken word has been broadcast nationally and internationally. She is the winner of the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for her short fiction collection Foreign Soil and of the 2013 Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize for her poem ‘nothing here needs fixing.’

  • Josephine Moon

    Josephine Moon

    Josephine Moon writes ‘foodie fiction’, with strong, creative women making their mark in the world. She describes her stories as ‘books like brownies’: indulgent, comforting, a treat for the senses, but filling and with chunky nuts to chew on.

  • Warsan Shire

    Warsan Shire

    Warsan Shire is the first young poet laureate for London. Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally – including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, America and Kenya- and her début book, ‘Teaching my Mother How to Give Birth’ (flipped eye), was published in 2011. In 2013 she won the Inaugural African Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology ‘The Salt Book of Younger Poets’ (Salt, 2011). She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish and Estonian. She curates and teaches classes around the art of healing through narrative and poetry.

  • Sean Williams

    Sean Williams

    Sean Williams is an award-winning, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of over thirty-five novels, eighty short stories, and the odd odd poem. He lives in Adelaide with his family. On Twitter, he’s @adelaidesean, his website is seanwilliams.com and he’s also on Facebook.

  • Angela Meyer

    Angela Meyer

    Angela Meyer is an author (Captives), editor (The Great Unknown), reviewer and literary journalist. She has a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Western Sydney, and has blogged for more than seven years at Literary Minded. Her fiction, articles, essays and reviews have been widely published.

  • Nicholas J Johnson

    Nicholas J Johnson

    After decades of rubbing shoulders with fraudsters and liars, Nicholas Johnson now works as a performer, writer and consultant, educating the public about the tricks of the con artist’s trade. His live shows have featured at corporate events, schools and private events simultaneously entertaining and educating audiences about con artists and scams.

    His debut novel, Chasing The Ace, is now available.

  • Kamarra Bell-Wykes

    Kamarra Bell-Wykes

    Kamarra Bell-Wykes is a descendant of the Jagera and Butchulla people of South East Queensland. Kamarra’s  first play, Shrunken Iris was produced when she was twenty-two. With four works since then, Crying Shame, Mothers Tongue, Chopped Liver and Body Armour.

    Her new work Northwest of Nowhere starts touring in June.

  • Levin Diatschenko

    Levin Diatschenko

    Levin A. Diatschenko was born in Sydney, and raised in Alice Springs. Though he has lived in most major cities in Australia, he resides in Darwin. His work has been referred to variously as magical realism, hard-boiled Surrealism, and mystic fable.

    Since 2004 Levin has published four novels, including The Rooftop Sutras, which was shortlisted for the Northern Territory Book of The Year Award in 2011. He has also written plays (the latest of which was performed to sell-out shows), a movie script (which he is currently directing) and various pamphlets. Levin also produces and edits an independent magazine called The Veil, which is devoted to philosophy, theosophy, mysticism and occultism. Sometimes he plays guitar and sings for a band called Flugendorf.

  • Marie Munkara

    Marie Munkara

    Marie Munkara is of Rembarranga, Tiwi and Chinese descent and has extensive family throughout Arnhemland, the Islands of the Top End and Darwin. Born on the banks of the Mainoru River,  Marie spent her early years growing up on Bathurst Island.

    Her first novel Every Secret Thing won the David Unaipon Award in 2008 and the NT Book of the Year in 2010. Marie’s two children’s books Rusty Brown and Rusty and Jojo will be published early next year with Laguna Bay Publishers. Her second novel A Most Peculiar Act is due to be published in May 2014. Marie is currently working on another two novels and a film script. She lives in Darwin with her teenage daughter.

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