Simon Abrahams is an arts and cultural leader with experience as a producer, programmer and performer working at some of the world’s leading arts centres. He is currently Head of Programming at The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, Chair of Theatre Network Victoria, and a freelance facilitator, researcher and arts consultant. In 2010, Simon was named as one of Arts Hub’s Top Ten Australian Arts Leaders.
Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is a slam poetry champion, and the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole (Picaro Press, 2009) and Nothing here needs fixing (Picaro Press, 2013) the title poem of which won the 2013 Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. Foreign Soil, Maxine’s first collection of short fiction, won the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, sparking a small bidding war in Australian publishing which she watched calmly whilst eating a monster bucket of buttered popcorn. Foreign Soil will be published by Hachette Australia in May 2014, followed by her debut novel Asphyxiation, and her memoir The Hate Race.
Nicholas J. Johnson
Nicholas J. Johnson is a Melbourne based author, entertainer and collector of scams. His first novel, Chasing The Ace (Simon & Schuster), is out in July.
Hannah Kent’s debut novel Burial Rites won the 2011 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award and has gone on to become an international bestseller, which will soon be made into a movie. Kent is a founder of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and teaches Creative Writing and English at Flinders University. Her creative and critical writing has appeared in The Big Issue, Australian Book Review, The Wheeler Centre, Kill Your Darlings and Voiceworks, amongst others. She lives in Adelaide.
Krissy Kneen is the author of Swallow the Sound (eatbooks), Affection, Triptych and Steeplechase (Text Publishing. She has had short fiction and non-fiction published in nerve.com, Griffith Review, Island Magazine and The Great Unknown. She has written and directed short films and television documentaries.
Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and screenwriter, and the author of two books: The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). He is also the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle and illustrator Oslo Davis. Benjamin is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend (The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age), frankie and The Monthly.
Michele Lee is an Asian-Australian writer. Her recent theatre works include ‘Talon Salon’ (Next Wave Festival 2012, You Are Here Festival 2013, Darwin Festival 2013) and the AWGIE-winning radio play ‘See how the leaf people run’. She is currently working on ‘Moths’, recipient of the inaugural Betty Burstall Commission. Michele’s first memoir is Banana Girl (Transit Lounge, 2013).
Felix is a poet, playwright and actor. He has been writer and poet in residence for several theatres and councils. His play Boy out of the Country enjoyed a successful season in 2013 and his poetic translation of Beowulf has been published by Bradshaw Books. He teaches at Monash University.
Zoe Norton Lodge is a writer/presenter on The Checkout (ABC1). She is writing her first book with Giramondo Publishing. Zoe is the co-creator of Story Club, a monthly storytelling night which is also currently being developed for ABC2. From 2011-12 she was Coordinator of the National Young Writers’ Festival.
Liam Pieper ‘s grandmother introduces him to her friends, as ‘my grandson who writes for the Internet’. You might find his work in The Monthly, Meanjin, The Best of The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging and The Sleepers Almanac. His memoir, The Feelgood Hit of The Year is published by Penguin Australia in 2014. He is co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Residency. You can find him on Twitter @liampieper.