L.A. Larkin Thriller author, L.A. Larkin, has been described by James Phelan as ‘a world-class thriller writer’ and likened to Michael Crichton by The Guardian and Alistair MacLean by The Times. Devour (2017) was highly praised by authors such as Peter James and Kathryn Fox. Sue Turnbull in The Age said of Devour: ‘Bounding into the hitherto masculine preserve of the action thriller comes a new breed of female heroine – journalist Olivia Wolfe.’ Larkin is author of The Genesis Flaw and Thirst, and also writes humorous mysteries as Louisa Bennet. She is currently working on a psychological thriller about trolling, and is on the Ned Kelly Awards organising committee.
Nicola Moriarty She is a Sydney-based novelist, copywriter and mum to two small (but remarkably strong willed) daughters. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and completing her BA, she began to write. Now, she can’t seem to stop. Her latest novel, Those Other Women is being published in Australia, the UK and the USA, while her previous novel, The Fifth Letter was translated into several languages and has been optioned for film and television by Universal Cable Productions. She blogs (occasionally) at her website here.
Ursula Dubosarsky She was born in Sydney wanted to be a writer from the age of six. She is now the author of over 60 books for children and young adults and has won several national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. She has also been nominated for the international Hans Christian Anderson and Astrid Lindgren awards for children’s literature. Her most recent books are the picture book "Midnight in the Library", illustrated by Ron Brooks, and the novel "Brindabella", illustrated by Andrew Joyner, about the rescue of a baby kangaroo. Discover more about Ursula at her website.
Jacqueline Harvey Jacqueline Harvey is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors, having sold over a million copies of her Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series’ in Australia alone. The first book in her brand-new spy series, Kensy and Max: Breaking News, is already thrilling young readers with drama, action and loads of fun. She has received numerous short-listings and awards while her picture book, The Sound of the Sea was a CBCA Honour Book. A highly experienced teacher and presenter, Jacqueline has delivered thousands of talks and workshops at schools and festivals around the world. She is currently working on new adventures for Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and Kensy and Max. www.jacquelineharvey.com.au
Libby Hathorn She is an award-winning author of more than eighty books for children and young people. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland. She wrote Way Home, illustrated by Greg Rogers, which won the Kate Greenaway Award UK; her first YA novel Thunderwith was made a movie by Hallmark Hall of Fame; and her opera libretto Grandma’s Shoes (composer Graeme Koehne) won her an AWGIE . Her national awards and honours include a Centenary Medal for work in children’s literature; the Alice Award for a woman writer, 2014; and the Asher Literary Award, 2017. In 2015 Libby worked with the NSW State Library developing three scripts on Australian poets. Her most recent novel is Eventual Poppy Day (shortlisted SWW Biennial Awards). Her most recent picture books are: Incredibilia, shortlisted Queensland Premier’s Awards, 2016; Outside, CBCA Notable Book, 2016. A Soldier a Dog and a Boy, CBCA Notable Book, 2017, and Asher Literary Award 2017. She is currently working with composer Elena Katz Chernin on a children’s opera based on Outside. Other work in progress includes a young adult novel entitled Asylum and a picture story book about Miles Franklin entitled Miss Franklin (Hachette, 2019). To catch up with her on her website.
Zoe Walton Zoe Walton is Publisher – Random House Young Readers at Penguin Random House Australia. Zoe edits New York Times bestselling author John Flanagan with his Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband series, which have sold eight million copies worldwide. She also publishes many popular and award-winning Australian authors, including Deborah Abela, Tristan Bancks, Fleur Ferris, Emily Gale, Darren Groth, Nicole Hayes, Skye Melki-Wegner and Belinda Murrell.
Clare Halifax Clare Hallifax has worked in publishing since 1990. As publishing manager at Scholastic Australia, she is both publisher of Omnibus Books, and manager of Scholastic’s Digital publishing program. Studying both journalism and literature led Clare to publishing. Her first job in children’s books involved “fact-checking” - standing on one foot, and flicking rubber bands, under the guise of editing primary school science texts. During her career, Clare has worked with some of the esteemed names of Australian publishing. She retains a love of both fiction and non-fiction and the excitement of discovering new stories and new voices never gets old (unlike Clare!)
James Read James Read is an Editor at Pantera Press, a boutique publishing house with a focus on finding and nurturing fresh Australian talent. He handles manuscript submissions at Pantera Press, actively seeking strong new writing that showcases great storytelling, regardless of genre. James is actively involved in structural editing, copy editing and proofreading of manuscripts plus author liaison.
A vivacious reader with a passion for Australian authors, you’ll always find James with a book in his hands!
Lex Hirst Lex Hirst is a commissioning editor for Penguin Random House, a festival director and an arts programmer driven by a love of great writing and exciting ideas. A previous co-director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, she is a SAMAG (Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group) committee member and the curator for Junkee.com’s Junket unconference. She is always on the lookout for outstanding new voices and stories.
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