Brian CastroFull Bio3 Contributions
Brian Castro is an award-winning Melbourne-based novelist born in Hong Kong in 1950 of Portuguese, Chinese and English parents. He attended the University of Sydney and won the Sydney University short story competition in 1970. He gained his BA Dip.Ed. in 1972 and his MA in 1976.
He was joint winner of the Australian/Vogel literary award for his first novel Birds of Passage (1983), which has been translated into French and Chinese. This was followed by Pomeroy (1990), Double-Wolf (1991), winner of The Age Fiction Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Innovatory Writing Award and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, and subsequently
Tangea TansleyFull Bio2 Contributions
Born in Zimbabwe and based in Perth, Tangea Tansley is the author of several books including the newly released novel Out of Place (2014) and the critically acclaimed A Break in the Chain:The Early Kozminskys (2011).
Her short stories, essays and articles have been broadcast on ABC Radio National and published in national and international journals, magazines and newspapers.
She was joint-winner of the 2013 Todhunter Literary Award for one of her short stories while others have been anthologised and shortlisted in other national awards including the Julie Lewis and the A B Natoli. She is also the winner of the Launceston
Jane RawsonFull Bio1 Contributions
Jane Rawson lives in Melbourne’s west. Her books include Formaldehyde (Seizure, 2015), A Wrong Turn At The Office of Unmade Lists (Transit Lounge, 2013), and a non-fiction guide, The Handbook: Surviving and Living With Climate Change (Transit Lounge, 2015), co-authored with James Whitmore. Her next novel, From the Wreck, will be published on 21 March 2017 by Transit Lounge.
Mark PeelFull Bio1 Contributions
Mark Peel teaches in the school of historical studies at Monash University.
He is the author of Good Times, Hard Times: The Past and the Future of Elizabeth (1995), A Little History of Australia (1997), and the Lowest Rung: Voices of Australian Poverty (2003), as well as chapters and articles in the areas of social justice, disadvantage, welfare, poverty, gender and class.
His most recent project examines the encounters between social workers and their clients in Melbourne, London and three American cities during the 1920s and 1930s. With the working title of Miss Cutler and the Case of the Reincarnated Horse, the book explores the different ways in which
Steve DowSteve Dow was born in Melbourne and survived a childhood in south-suburban Frankston. His pieces currently appear in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald and he is the author of GAY, a collection of journalism on contemporary gay and lesbian issues. His work also includes pop culture, arts, books and profile pieces.Full Bio1 Contributions
In 1997, Dow was shortlisted for Australia’s highest journalism award, the Walkley, for an essay published in The Sydney Morning Herald magazine Good Weekend, about a courageous single mother and her battle against the cancer that threatened the life of her infant son.
Loubna HaikalFull Bio1 Contributions
Loubna Haikal is a Sydney-based writer. Her first novel, Seducing Mr Maclean, was published by Picador in 2002.
After completing her medical degree at Melbourne University, Loubna Haikal worked in general practice for ten years.
She studied ballet for several years at the Victorian Ballet School and has directed and acted in many plays including a Lebanese Folkloric Ballet which she wrote and directed for the Melbourne Arts Festival.
Janine LittleFull Bio1 Contributions
Janine Little’s writing on class, gender and cultural diversity has appeared in Australian and international media and scholarly press.
She is a working class writer from Brisbane who started in newspapers as a 16-year-old copy girl, reported in Queensland and England, and won an award for excellence in regional journalism before returning to university work at QUT, UQ, USQ, and now Deakin University.
She has First Class Honours, Research Masters and PhD qualifications in English/Communication and Cultural Studies.
Susan GreenFull Bio1 Contributions
Susan Green has published twelve books for children and young adults, including 2012 CBCA Honour Book for Younger Readers, The Truth About Verity Sparks (Walker Books, 2011). The third Verity Sparks book will be released in August 2015.
She lives in the Victorian goldfields town of Castlemaine where she writes, gardens obsessively and works in the local independent bookshop.
Erica SontheimerFull Bio1 Contributions
Erica Sontheimer has worked in the US and Australia in arts marketing and development for performing artists, writers and documentary filmmakers. She was, progressively, the Marketing Manager, Deputy Editor and Associate Publisher of Griffith Review from 2007–14.
Bronwyn LeaFull Bio1 Contributions
Bronwyn Lea grew up in Queensland and Papua New Guinea. She lived in California for twelve years and studied at the California State University in San Diego.
After her return to Brisbane in 1999 she studied for an MA (Creative Writing) at the University of Queensland where she now lectures in Poetics and Narrative and is poetry editor at University of Queensland Press.
Lea’s research interests include narrative, poetics, academic and professional writing, creative non-fiction, publishing and editing. She won the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize in 2006.