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Authors: Local Australian

Todd Alexander

Todd Alexander has been writing for over twenty years. His work has been published in magazines and periodicals and his first novel, Pictures of Us, was published in 2006. How to Buy and Sell on – The Official Pocket Guide has sold in excess of 30,000 copies. In 2010, his advanced guide to eBay, How to Make Money on eBay was published, followed...

Meredith Badger

Meredith Badger is the author of Fairy School Dropout, Fairy School Dropout Undercover, and the first book of a new series, Tweenie Genie: Genie in Training. Originally from Australia, Meredith now lives in Germany with her family. She is also a writer for the Go Girl! series.

Graeme Base

I was born at a very early age in England. That was way back in 1958, but since 1966 I've lived in Melbourne, Australia. I really like it here. 

I always wanted to be an artist, and when I finished high school I studied at Swinburne College of Technology, emerging three years later with a Diploma for Design. I then worked for two unhappy years in a string of design studios before...

Maggie Beer

In 1973, Maggie Beer and husband Colin settled in the Barossa Valley, with the intention of breeding game birds and growing grapes. The establishment of their farm led to the now legendary Pheasant Farm Restaurant. The restaurant became highly acclaimed and was, in 1991, awarded the Remy Martin Cognac - Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year award.

With the closure of the...

Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey has won a CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Book of the Year and an AFI Award, and his book The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon won the Patricia Wrightson Award in the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and also won a Children's Peace Literature Award. Aaron has been included on the Smithsonian Institute's Notable Book List and was a National Literacy...

Nick Bland

Nick was born on a farm in Victoria 's Yarra Valley in 1973. The son of an artist and a primary school teacher, he spent his early childhood climbing haystacks and making mischief in his father's studio. When he moved to 'the bush' at age 6, he discovered a wonderful new world and his creativity bloomed.

Nick always told family and friends he was going to be a cartoonist and a...

Kathryn Bonella

Since studying journalism at RMIT in Melbourne, Kathryn Bonella has worked as a journalist in television and print. She moved to London eighteen months after graduating and spent several years freelancing for 60 Minutes as well as numerous English and American television programs, magazines and newspapers. She returned to Australia in 2000 to work as a full-time producer for 60...

Michelle Bridges

In today’s weight conscious society where childhood obesity, meal replacements and lap band surgery dominate the social conversation, the uncluttered message delivered by Michelle Bridges comes as a welcome relief.

Best known as the straight talking red team trainer of Channel Ten’s ratings heavyweight ‘The Biggest Loser’ joins the team for their 8th season in ...

Geraldine Brooks

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.

In 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship...

Liz Byrski

Liz Byrski is the author of seven novels and a number of non-fiction books, the latest of which is Getting On: Some Thoughts on Women and Ageing.

She has worked as a freelance journalist, a broadcaster with ABC Radio and an advisor to a minister in the West Australian Government.

Liz has a PhD in writing from Curtin University where she teaches professional and creative writing.

Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll is a surfing legend. He grew up in the surf at Newport Beach on Sydney's north side, began riding a surfboard at the age of nine, and went on to dominate the sport worldwide in the 1980s, winning two world professional crowns and three Pipeline Masters titles, before becoming involved in the surf business through a longtime association with global surf wear company Quiksilver.


Kylie Chan

Kylie Chan married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in Eastern China, lived in Australia for ten years, then moved to Hong Kong for ten years and during that time learnt a great deal about Chinese culture and came to appreciate the customs and way of life.

In 2003 she closed down her successful IT consultancy company in Hong Kong and moved back to Australia. She...

Matthew Condon

Matt Condon was born in Queensland and has lived in the UK, Germany and France. His first work of fiction, The Motorcycle Cafi, was published in 1988. Lime Bar is his seventh fictional work for adults, and follows the highly acclaimed novel The Pillow Fight, published in 1998. He has also written a children's book, The Tunnel (1997). Matt Condon's novels have ...

Terry Denton

Terry Denton was born in Melbourne in 1950, the second youngest of five boys… He originally studied Architecture… became unhappy with that course… left Uni and set about discovering what kind of artist he really wanted to be… Over the next seven years he tried animation, painting, theatre, etching, sculpture, cartooning, horse whispering, iceberg building, pterodactyl...

Joy Dettman

Joy Dettman was born in country Victoria and spent her early years in towns on either side of the Murray River. She is an award-winning writer of short stories, the complete collection of which, Diamonds in the Mud, was published in 2007, as well as the highly acclaimed...

Anh Do

Vietnamese-born Australian actor, author, comedian and artist Anh Do is the ultimate multi-hyphenate. Do has a huge range of children’s books to his name, not to mention a spate of appearances in Aussie TV shows and, notably, a four-time finalist in the Archibald Prize. His 2017 painting took home the prestigious People’s Choice Award in 2017.

Ken Duncan

Ken Duncan is well known as the pioneer of Limited Edition Photographic Art in Australia. After a visit to New York in the early 1980's, Ken returned home with a dream to have photography widely accepted as an art form in this country. The increasing number of Australian photographers now emulating his panoramic style and finding a market for their work is testimony to Ken's success.


Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator, a former radio presenter (very successfully, with Mike Carlton on Radio 2UE) and is also a former national representative rugby union player.

Peter is the author of over 20 books - including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic...

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in 1961 in Tasmania.

He left school at 16, later winning a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, where he took a Master of Letters degree. He later worked as a labourer and river guide.

He wrote four history books before turning to ficion writing, and has since written several novels, including: Death of a River Guide (1997), the tale of Aljaz Cosini, river guide, who ...

Cameron Forbes

Cameron Forbes, author of the acclaimed Hellfire and The Korean War, uses the motif of the horse to tell the wider Australian story of settlement, exploration, dispossession and warfare. Australia on Horseback is a masterful achievement, a comprehensively researched and beautifully told history of a developing nation and a powerful tribute to the horse - bearer of men,...