Fiona McIntosh: Author and travel writer

Fiona McIntosh was born in Sussex, England and spent her childhood travelling with her parents between England and Africa. Fiona’s latest book is Royal Exile, the first book in the Valisar series. She has written three books in the Percheron series, Odalisque, Emissary and Goddess and three books in The

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Nick Earls: Award-winning fiction author

Nick Earls has written 5 adult novels, 5 young adult novels and 2 collections of short stories. His books ZigZag Street, Bachelor Kisses, World of Chickens, and Perfect Skin, are about men – men who can’t commit – men who are bachelors. Then the men get older, fall in and

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Hannah Tinti: The new voice of American literature

Hannah Tinti was born and lives in Salem, Massachusetts. She has just released The Good Thief which is a novel about Ren, an orphan who is 12. The story is set in New England and it was inspired by resurrection men – grave robbers in the 1800s. After meeting Benjamin,

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Gabrielle Lord: Australian thriller author

Gabrielle Lord has written 15 books as well as a 12-volume thriller series for young adults. She started writing seriously at the age of 30 and resigned from her position as Employment Officer in the Public Service after her third book Fortress. It was picked up internationally and made into

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Sandra Hall: Journalist and author

Sandra Hall is a journalist who is well known for her film reviews for The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2006 Sandra’s novel, Beyond the Break was published. It was long-listed for the 2007 Miles Franklin Literary Award. She has also written books on Australian television – Supertoy and Turning on,

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David Rollins: Australian thriller author

David Rollins is an Australian author whose books mix crime, politics, terrorism, action adventure, flying and war. His books have been reviewed as incredibly dramatic blockbusters. He has written five books which involve corruption, special agents and serial killers and David has been hailed as the next Tom Clancy. After

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Ber Carroll: Best-selling chick lit author

Ber Carroll is the author of three books, Just Business, Executive Affair and her latest novel High Potential. All three books are considered chick lit for the working girl and they all focus on aspects of work, balancing work life and falling in/out of love at work. Ber came to

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Kate Forsyth: Best-selling author and AWC presenter

Kate Forsyth is the award-winning author of more than twenty books for both children and adults, which have been sold in more than ten countries round the world, including Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan. Her first novel Dragonclaw was named one of the Best First Novels of 1998 by

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Michael Whelan: Author of The Other Country

Michael Whelan is the author of The Other Country, a book about his son’s autism. He gave up his job to care for his son and made a discovery not only about his son, but about his family and himself along the way. His son Charlie is now an independent,

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Pamela Freeman: Award-winning author and AWC presenter

Pamela Freeman is an award-winning author and one of our creative writing teachers here at the Australian Writers’ Centre. Pamela is author of 19 books and her most recent, Blood Ties, is an epic fantasy and originally started as the thesis for her doctorate in creative arts. It’s the first

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Libby Gleeson: Award-winning author of the Hannah series

Libby Gleeson is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for children and teenagers. Her latest young adult release, Mahtab’s Story, was published in 2008 and was launched at Auburn Library by the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir. Her books for teenagers include Eleanor, Elizabeth, I Am Susannah,

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Anna Fienberg: Best-selling children’s author

Anna Fienberg has written many award-winning picture books, short stories and junior novels including Ariel, Zed and the Secret of Life, The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels and more recently the Tashi series. Nearly all of Anna’s books have been listed as Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of

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Garth Nix: Internationally best-selling fantasy author

Garth Nix’s books have sold more than 4.5 million copies around the world and his work has been translated into 36 languages. His latest novel is Superior Saturday, the sixth book in The Keys to the Kingdom series that began with Mister Monday, a Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour

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Q&A: Rack vs wrack

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we’re racking our brain… Q:

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