John Birmingham: Journalist, blogger and author

John Birmingham was born in Liverpool, England. He freelanced as a journalist for ten years taking feature commissions from a wide variety of magazines such as Playboy, Rolling Stone and even the Long Bay Prison News. His first book, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, was a cult

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Sean Williams: Science fiction and fantasy author

Sean Williams has written over 27 science fiction and fantasy books. He has won over 11 awards for his books. His latest award was the 2007 Ditmar Award for Best Novel for his book Saturn Returns. His latest book is book two of the Broken Land series called The Dust

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Holly Hill: Author of controversial memoirs

Holly Hill is an author who gained notoriety after writing her controversial book, Sugarbabe. A book about her experience finding a sugar daddy. Facing bankruptcy, Holly posted an advertisement online for a sugar daddy, describing herself as an “attractive, educated, well-spoken 35-year-old professional woman who LOVES sex, gives a great

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Duncan Ball: Best-selling author of the Selby series

Duncan Ball is the best-selling author of seventy-five books of children’s fiction including the Selby and Emily Eyefinger series. He moved to Australia in 1974. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and lived for some years in Anchorage, Alaska, and later in Madrid and Paris. He majored in Mathematics

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Michael MacConnell: Crime fiction author

Michael MacConnell has been writing crime stories in the second grade. His father loved Sherlock Holmes and watched old remakes so crime fiction has always been an influence for him. He wrote his first novel Maelstrom which was released in October 2007 and got excellent reviews. Maelstrom is a 2008

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Christine Harris: Author of the Audrey series

Christine Harris has written over 50 books. She won a writing prize when she was a little girl and has been writing ever since. She wants to make people laugh, cry and think through her books. She has written all sorts of books for children and young adults (generally ages

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Hugh Mackay: Psychologist, social researcher and author

Hugh Mackay is the founder of the Australian quarterly research series The Ipsos Mackay Report (previously The Mackay Report). He is a psychologist, social researcher and writer. He is a regular columnist in The Age and a regular commentator appearing on radio and television. He has just launched his latest

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Lawrence Hill: Award-winning Canadian author

Lawrence Hill’s book Someone Knows My Name won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2008 award. It is called The Book of Negroes in Canada and it is about the history of slavery. It follows African slaves from Africa to America and delves into the struggles for the character Aminato Diallo. Although

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Jackie French: Multi-award-winning author

Jackie French has been writing for over 17 years and has had 132 of her books published. She wrote her first children’s book called Rainstones in 1991 while she was living in a shed. She said it was probably the messiest manuscript that Angus and Robertson has ever received (and

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Bronwyn Parry: Award-winning romance author

Bronwyn Parry was awarded the prestigious Golden Heart Award in July 2007 for her romantic suspense manuscript which has now been published as the book As Darkness Falls just out in Australian bookshops. She holds an Honours degree in social history and English and has worked in HR in a

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Alan Sunderland: Children’s author and TV journalist

Alan Sunderland is a television journalist and a children’s author. He has written three books about a rat called Inspector Octavius O’Malley. His third book in the series has just been released called Octavius O’Malley and the Mystery of the Criminal Cats. Alan has also written Refugee – The Diary

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Kate Mosse: Best-selling author of historical mysteries

Kate Mosse is the author of the bestselling book Labyrinth – a book about archaeology, love and mystery set in contemporary and medieval France. It’s about Alais and Alice whose destinies are linked. Kate has just completed Sepulchre – another book set in modern and medieval France, which links her

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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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