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.
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.
Professionals Editors / Copywriters
Cathie Tasker - 2017 Presenter Cathie Tasker began her professional life as a librarian, then worked in publishing for many years, creating about 700 books — at Scholastic, HarperCollins and Koala Books. As an editor and publisher she worked on popular and award-winning titles, many of which are still in print. She is now in her third career as a creative writing teacher, mostly at the Australian Writers' Centre. She also enjoys judging literary awards — currently for the Aurealis Awards and the CBCA Book of the Year Awards for 2014-2015. Find out more about Cathie at her website.
Sue Whiting Sue lives and works in a coastal village south of Sydney. She has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, including the best-selling The Firefighters, and the award-winning A Swim in the Sea. Her latest book Platypus, illustrated by Mark Jackson, was a CBCA 2016 Notable Book. Sue was Publishing Manager and Senior Commissioning Editor at Walker Books Australia for ten years, before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing and to work from her home as a freelance editor, writing coach and mentor. A former primary school teacher (in another life) with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature, Sue loves sharing her passion for story and storytelling, reading and writing with people of all ages. Find out more about Sue at 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 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!
Kimberley Atkins Kimberley Atkins is a Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House Australia. She has worked in publishing for the last eight years in both Sydney and London, where she has held roles in editorial and marketing. In that time Kimberley has worked across academic, education and trade publishing at three of the world’s largest global publishing houses. Most recently Kimberley has been commissioning commercial adult fiction and non-fiction at Penguin, discovering debut authors and working with international bestselling authors including Lesley Pearse, Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty and Stephen Fry. In her spare time, she has also self-published a bestselling novel on behalf of her mother, which has since led to a traditional publishing contract, seventeen international rights deals and four further novels.
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