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Aparna Ananthuni: The Golden Deer (Melbourne)
Aparna Ananthuni is a Melbourne-based emerging fiction writer, and a freelance writer with Indian Link newspaper. Her writing interests revolve around South Asian women’s histories, performing arts, mythology and literary cultures. She is also passionate about writing about gender equality and domestic violence. Besides writing, she learns and performs South Indian classical singing, in which she has been trained since the age of four. She aims to bring all her interests together in her first novel, which looks at the hidden history/ies behind the life of the legendary South Indian classical singer M.S. Subbulakshmi. She lives in Melbourne Indian-style with her parents, sister and a full set of cross-cultural, dual-identity baggage.
Tim Baker: The Hokey Pokey (Gold Coast)
Tim Baker is the best-selling author of numerous books on surfing. ‘Occy’ was a national bestseller and chosen by the Australia Council as one of ’50 Books You can’t Put Down’ in 2008. ‘Surfari’ tells the story of his family surfing road trip around Australia in 2011. ‘Century of Surf’, a history of Australian surfing, was published by Random House in 2013. His children’s book ‘The Surfer and the Mermaid’ was adapted for theatre for the Bleach Festival. Tim is a former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines. He has won the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Culture Award three times. You can find out more about him at his website: http://bytimbaker.tumblr.com/
Benjamin Brown: The Book of the Sun (Gold Coast)
Benjamin Brown is a Gold Coast-based writer and sometime poet. He is genre agnostic, enjoying nearly everything in equal measure. He has performed his work at the Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival, and worked at the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival in Bali. He is currently completing the Honours portion of his Creative Writing and Literature Degree at Griffith University. If you’d like to get in touch with Ben, you can email him at benjamin (dot) brown2010 (at) live (dot) com.
Isobelle Carmody: The Omicron (Brisbane)
Isobelle has written many award winning short stories and books for young people. Scatterlings won Talking Book of the year in 1992 and in 1993 The Gathering was a joint winner of 1993 CBC Book of the Year Award and winner of the 1994 Children’s Literature Peace Prize. Billy Thunder and the Night Gate was shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Childrens Literature in the 2001 NSW Premiers Literary Awards. Greylands was named a White Raven at Bologna Book Fair and the title story of the Green Monkey Dream collection won Best short story in the Aurealis Awards when it was published. Darksong won an Aurealis Award in its year. Alyzon Whitestarr won a Golden Aurealis when it was published. Isobelle has also written many books for younger readers. The Red Wind, the first book in The Kingdom of The Lost series which she also illustrated, won the CBC Book of the Year in 2011 in the Younger Readers’ Category and its sequel, The Cloud Road, was shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards for Best Children’s Book in 2013.
Ben Crisp: The Adelaide Time Travel Caper (Adelaide)
Ben’s story was nominated for the 49th AWGIE Awards in 2016 for the Interactive Media category.
Ben Crisp is a writer and actor whose credits include the science-fiction and interactive series “Stasis” for Triptych Pictures, feature films “Survival Instinct” and “The Pulse” for Gravity Films and Dancing Road Productions, and short films “Don’t Blame Me” and “The Car”.
He has appeared in ABC’s “Anzac Girls”, Foxtel’s “Changed Forever” and SBS’s “Danger 5” and “Heaps Good Hostel”.
Rebecca Dawson: The Agency (Barmera)
Rebecca lived in Barmera for two years and enjoyed exploring the local area. She currently resides in Berri, where she has founded the Berri Writers Group at the library. She started writing when she was five years old and hasn’t stopped since, participating in National Novel Writing Month each November. This is her first official project. She hopes to bring many more stories into the world.
Joseph Diskett: (Co-written with Kim Wilkins) 9 Fathom Deep (Brisbane)
Joseph is a writer of speculative fiction and creative non-fiction. Joseph has a particular interest in non-linear and branching stories, and is focussing on this as his research area as he completes his Master of Arts in Writing Editing and Publishing at UQ. You can find out more about him at http://josephdiskett.com or on Twitter at http://josephdiskett.com/twitter
Tom Dullemond: Guardians of The Nexus (Brisbane)
A writer for Brisbane City Council’s Street Reads event in 2014, Tom Dullemond stumbled out of university with a double degree in Medieval/Renaissance studies and Software Engineering. One of these degrees got him a job and he has been writing and working in IT ever since. Tom writes primarly short fiction across all genres, including literary fiction and the occasional poem. He co-authored ‘The Machine Who Was Also a Boy’, the first in a series of philosophical fantasy adventures for middle-grade students, and writes a regular flash fiction column for The Helix science magazine. His website is www.tomdullemond.com
Jason Fischer: The Treasure of Light (Adelaide)
Jason Fischer lives near Adelaide, South Australia. He enjoys competition karaoke and loves puns more than life itself. Jason is a winner of the Writers of the Future contest, with short-listings in the Ditmars, Aurealis and Australian Shadows Awards. He is the author of dozens of short stories, with his first collection Everything is a Graveyard available from Ticonderoga Publications. Jason’s YA zombie apocalypse novel Quiver is now available from tamsynwebb.com. For more information on the man and his work see: Jasonfischer.com.au
Michael Hand: Who Are the Firm? (Adelaide – Grange)
Michael has been writing for more than 15 years and is dedicated to the power of story-telling to inspire, entertain and bring a bit of magic into the real world. He is the creator of shrineofinsanity.com and self-published author at Tomely.com, he writes a variety of genres of both fiction and non-fiction, including creative content for web. You can find him online at michaelscotthand.com and on Twitter @Himmathand.
Jade Harmer: Ready or Not – Hide and Seek Alien Style (Adelaide)
Jade lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband and their three children, the resident kangaroos, koalas and echidna. When she should be catching up on sleep she creates children’s stories and experiments with flash fiction. Jade blogs about her creative pursuits at www.jadeharmer.com
Mark Jackson: The Captain and the Curse (Port Adelaide)
Mark Jackson is a Landscape Architect and Writer with over 8 years’ experience. During this time he has developed a diverse range of skills, working on projects in the UK and Australia, in both the private and public sector. This experience has provided Mark with a broad understanding of the complex requirements associated with open space design and place making.
He is also passionately interested in the impact of digital technology and how this can be embraced to enhance community experience within the public realm. This includes the adaptation of domestic video games and inherent sedentary behaviour, into more active pursuits that leverage off a local context, creating meaningful, engaging, memorable experiences that resonate and output a sense of place. This inside-out approach to programming spaces acknowledges both the benefits of landscape within games and games within the landscape. Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/publicrealmgaming/
Gary Kemble: Rise of The Roaches (Brisbane)
A writer for Brisbane City Council’s Street Reads event in 2014, Gary Kemble’s award-winning short fiction has appeared online and in magazines in Australia and overseas. His debut novel, supernatural thriller Skin Deep (Echo Publishing), is out July 2015. When he’s not writing he’s working for the ABC, as the News division’s social media guy. He currently lives in Scotland and you can follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/garykemble
Trent Jamieson: Deathworks (Brisbane)
A writer for Brisbane City Council’s Street Reads event in 2013, Trent Jamieson is a multiple Aurealis Award winner for short fiction, he has taught short story writing at the Qld University of Technology, and Clarion South. Trent’s latest novel Day Boy is available from Text Publishing, and his Death Works Trilogy of novels is available from Orbit books. Roil, and Night’s Engines the two books of the Nightbound Land Duology, are available from Angry Robot. He lives in Brisbane with his wife Diana. His webpage is at www.trentjamieson.com.
Jody Macgregor: A Pirate Captain (Brisbane)
A writer for Brisbane City Council’s Street Reads event in 2014, Jody Macgregor read the Zork series of pick-a-path books at a young and impressionable age before moving on to Lone Wolf and that probably explains a lot. Currently a music journalist, he’s designed tabletop roleplaying games, edited street press, blogged for Brisbane Times, and is co-host of Triple Z’s weekly gaming show Zed Games. He believes the Fighting Fantasy novel Daggers of Darkness has the greatest cover art ever published. You can find him at jodymacgregor.tumblr.com
Nick Manning: The Haunted Falls (Brisbane)
Nick is the writer of 3 puzzle trail adventures for the Brisbane City Council Outdoor Reads parks event. Dolphin trainer, fireman and ex-navy seal; none of these words have ever been used to describe Nick Manning. He’s actually a writer, traveller and avid computer gamer – much less sexy, but also much less dangerous (have you ever seen dolphins up close? They’re all ‘eek’ ‘eek’ and cute nose kisses until you turn your back and then bam! -your wallet’s gone and you’re missing a kidney). As a young adult, Nick travelled the world as a tour guide. He’s now a full time writer, slinging words around the interwebs when he’s not planning for that inevitable day when dolphins turn upon humankind – his current strategy involves a truckload of cheap tuna and selling out the human race. It’s a work in progress. You can find him at www.amazon.com/author/nickmanning
Lee McGowan: Outdoor Reads Flora & Fauna Adventures (Brisbane)
Lee is the writer of 3 Flora & Fauna adventures for the Brisbane City Council Outdoor Reads parks event. Lee McGowan believes sharing a story is the best thing you can do for someone else. He also believes the beautiful game, football played with a ball (not an ovoid) and your feet is the best game in the world. His work as a lecturer at QUT has allowed him to write all kinds of stories, and to research football writing. In the last couple of years he’s become increasingly interested in how tech can take a story beyond the page. He’s currently working on short fiction, a short football novel, and short blog posts @ shugmcgowan.wordpress.com. He writes every day, even if its nonsense.
Eileen O’Hely: Outdoor Reads Historical & Indigenous Adventures (Brisbane)
Eileen is the writer of 2 historical & 1 indigenous adventure for the Brisbane City Council Outdoor Reads parks event. Eileen O’Hely is a reformed astrophysicist who writes for children and young adults. Her debut novel Penny the Pencil won the Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Honour Award, and the series has been published in Ireland, Korea, Turkey and China. Titles in her Kitten Kaboodle series have been shortlisted for the Davitt Award for Best Children’s Crime Novel and Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year for 8-10-year-olds. Eileen enjoys reading to her junior audience and collaborating with them on craft activities based on her novels. You can find Eileen via her website: eileenohely.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eileenohelyauthor
Rashmi Patel: Amar Akbar Anthony (Melbourne)
Rashmi divides her time between writing articles for Indian and Australian publications, polishing her collection of short stories, and working as a technical writer in the IT industry. Her articles and stories have appeared on BuzzFeed, Mint, Scroll.in, Femina, and Times of India. She is passionate about women’s issues, culture, humour, technology, art, creativity, and travel. When she is not writing, she can be found sketching along with members of Urban Sketchers, cooking fusion food, and roaming around the city collecting kitschy art. She is forever trying to ‘settle down’ without much success. An eternal urban nomad at heart, she is currently based in Melbourne with her husband and five-year-old daughter. You can find out more about her at: Rashmipatel.wordpress.com
Dimity Powell: The Chapel of UnLove (Gold Coast)
Dimity’s story was nominated for a WA Premier’s Book Award in 2016 for the Interactive Narrative category.
A writer for the Story City Gold Coast project in 2015, Dimity Powell writes for children because she’d love to be one again. To support this fantasy she produces sometimes silly, sometimes sad, always scintillating stories, which she hopes will be read by children who love to curl up with books as much as she did. Her words appear in school magazines, anthologies, on line, and in junior novels and picture books. To Read, Write and Inspire sum up Dimity’s main passions in life, along with sailing on the beam, eating ice cream and writing in her diary – although doing all three at once makes her nauseous. She frequently finds herself neck-deep in Kids’ Lit, which she regularly reviews for Boomerang Books Blog. Her writing ambitions are simply to keep doing it. Dimity lives just around the corner from Bat Man on the Gold Coast but is far too busy to have him over for afternoon tea. Discover more at Dim’s Write Stuff.
Chetna Prakash: Searching Saloni (Melbourne)
Chetna Prakash is a Melbourne-based writer. Having lived in Zambia, India, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, UK and now Australia, she confidently lays claim to the term ‘global citizen’. She loves to write both fiction and non-fiction, and her favourite pastime is to have conversations with artworks. You can read her blog at Chatnoir: A Mumbaikar in Melbourne or find her on twitter @Mumbai2Melby.
Tamara Pratt: Strange Daze – A Zombie Apocalypse (Brisbane)
A writer for Brisbane City Council’s Street Reads event in 2013, Tamara’s short stories have been published in USA and Australian anthologies and journals, including Queen of Crime Anthology and Tincture Journal. In 2011, Tamara was awarded a residential Fellowship at Varuna Writer’s House where she was mentored by Australian crime author Marele Day. In 2014, she was awarded an Australian Society of Authors’ mentorship for her YA speculative fiction novel. Tamara is currently studying a Master of Arts (Creative Writing). She resides in Brisbane with her husband and three children. You can follow her blog at www.tamarapratt.com or Twitter.
Kahli Scott: The Curse of the Bramble Spirit (Brisbane)
A writer for Brisbane City Council’s Street Reads event in 2015, Kahli Scott is a writer and creative producer based in Brisbane. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative and Professional Writing) from QUT, and mainly writes fiction for young and new adult audiences. In 2013, she was awarded the State Library of QLD Young Writers Award, and in 2014 she worked in conjunction with Tiny Owl Workshop to produce a Christmas-themed flash fiction collection. She is also a co-producer of Yarn Storytelling, a Brisbane-based live storytelling event. She grew up in the coastal suburb of Sandgate and is excited to bring it to life through Street Reads. Her website is: www.kahliscott.com, and Twitter is: @kahliscott
Lauren Sherritt: The Hero’s Apprentice (Brisbane)
A writer for Brisbane City Council’s Street Reads event in 2014, Lauren Sherritt now resides in Brisbane where she soaks up the sun and writes in as many mediums as she can get her hands on. In 2013 Lauren made her directorial debut presenting her play Sans Love in Anywhere Theatre Festival and followed this by writing and directing One Black Mark in 2014. Lauren is currently completing a playwriting mentorship with the Australian Theatre for Young People and regularly writes for online publications Birdee Magazine and Australian Stage.
Meelee Soorkia: Editor of Melbourne Stories
Meelee Soorkia has been working with words for a decade. She is a story weaver, a word wizard and a books tragic. By day she is Senior Development Editor at Hardie Grant Books in Melbourne; by night she invents fictional worlds and sometimes puts them to paper. She has worked on several bestselling and award-winning titles, including The Undesirables by Mark Isaacs, The Long Goodbye by PJ Parker and Good Muslim Boy by Osamah Sami. In 2016, she published Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian women tell their stories, an anthology of nineteen of India’s finest women writers exploring power, politics and patriarchy on the subcontinent, through mini-memoirs and personal narratives.
Jason Theodosis: The Escape of Bloggo – Creature of the Maiwar (Brisbane)
A writer for Brisbane City Council’s Street Reads event in 2015, Jason Theodosis graduated from the Queensland College of Art and Griffith Film School with a Bachelor of Animation (2009) and Diploma of Film (2012). It was there he discovered his passion for screenwriting. Jason and his two comrades were awarded with the Queensland New Filmmakers Award for Best Animated Short for their graduate film in 2009. Passionate to tell stories through images or words, he began his journey writing fiction. He is determined to make his mark on the map beginning with Dutton Park in Street Reads 2015.
Meg Vann: The Great ‘Gabba Mystery (Brisbane)
A writer for Brisbane Street Reads event in 2015, Meg Vann is an emerging crime and thriller writer with an interest in exploring lesser heard voices. Meg founded the Queensland chapter of Sisters in Crime and regularly presents workshops on writing, editing and publishing, with an emphasis on digital innovation. Meg is the former CEO of Queensland Writers Centre, and currently works with Brisbane Writers Festival and The University of Queensland. Her writing has attracted development awards, and is published in Australian literary journals. You can find her at: Blog- https://mamaguilt.wordpress.com ; Twitter- @meg_vann or; Facebook- Meg Vann Author https://www.facebook.com/megvannwriter
Kim Wilkins: (Co-written with Joseph Diskett) 9 Fathom Deep (Brisbane)
Kim Wilkins was born in London, and grew up at the seaside north of Brisbane, Australia. She has degrees in literature and creative writing, and teaches at the University of Queensland and in the community. Her first novel, The Infernal, a supernatural thriller was published in 1997. Since then, she has published across many genres and for many different age groups. Her latest books, contemporary epic women’s fiction, are published under the pseudonym Kimberley Freeman. Kim has won many awards and is published all over the world. She lives in Brisbane with a bunch of lovable people and pets. You can find out more about her at her website: http://fantasticthoughts.wordpress.com
Pauline Yates: Rumours Uncut (Moorooka, Brisbane)
Pauline Yates is the writer for the new Story City thriller in the Brisbane suburb of Salisbury. Since committing to developing a writing career, she has short stories scattered between international publications including The Casket of Fictional Delights, Metaphorosis and Abyss and Apex, and is a featured author in the science fiction 5×5 Reading Anthology published by Metaphorosis Books in 2018. She despises sleep, avoids it where possible, and wastes time listening to imaginary people pitch reasons why they should be included in a scene. In real life, she lives in Queensland.