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Barbara Burdon is discovering the joys and challenges of writing fiction. A novel and a book of short stories currently keeps her occupied. As a committed foodie, exploring the Mornington Peninsula’s wineries, restaurants and coffee shops provides her with the necessary distractions and inspiration. www.barbaraburdon.com

Adrian Cloonan is in his 77th year and writes of personal incidents and adventures that loom large in his memory.

Darryl Emmerson's plays have been staged and broadcast throughout Australia, and he has also performed widely as a singer. www.darrylemmerson.com. His new play about Alfred Deakin, Talking to the Future, is being read at La Mama on October 19th.

Suzanne Frankham has spent most of her life constrained by technical jargon, but has found the transition to creative writing liberating. Her competition successes include category wins in the Scarlet Stiletto, the UK Writers’ Forum, and the Melbourne Bayside Competition resident prize.

Bill Hampel, retired, is a former teacher and lecturer who grew up in semi-desert, north-west Victoria. His recent long publications are Against the Grain (Rosenberg, 2015) and Mallee Roots (Ginninderra Press, 2018).

Jake Parker, student and freelance writer, is celebrating this lyric essay as his first published piece. He has contributed to local newspapers such as The Gazette and also volunteered as a fiction reader for Overland.

Elizabeth Terry writes short stories, usually with a science-fiction, thriller or quirky theme. Thirteen Lives, adapted to a play, was performed at the 1812 Theatre. She is currently finalising an anthology while working on a novel primarily set in London in the 1960s.


Bridgette Burton has been writing for over 25 years and is an award-winning playwright. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally. www.baggageproductions.com

Kieran Carroll is a Melbourne-based playwright and occasional story writer whose latest work is *The Truth is Longer Than a Lie* (Black Pepper Press). His website is www.kierancarroll.com

Susie Chong often procrastinates and has difficulty reading her scribbles. Her passion is writing short stories and her cat's blog. The big mog is not impressed when she tries to take snaps of him. Susie loves travelling, gardening and arty things.

Karen Churchill writes an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction. One of her travel tales, Bathrooms and Bidets, has been published online and she has recently completed a memoir In a Flash written in two voices, hers and her father’s. She fuels her writing with coffee and gym workouts.

Jane Downing's poetry and prose  has  appeared in *The Big Issue*, *The Griffith Review,* *Southerly*, *Island *and other journals. Her two novels The Trickster (2003) and The Lost Tribe (2005) are published by Pandanus Books, and she can be found at www.janedowning.wordpress.com

Janice Florence studied short story writing at RMIT, and writes stories, poetry and song lyrics, notably for the Australian musicals Martin and Gina and One Day in the Week. Her letters to the Age are also usually published.

Chris Grierson has had poems and short stories published widely in Australian literary journals such as Otis Rush, Mattoid, Overland, Meanjin and in The Age. In 2012 Hunter Publishers issued Touch The Black, his novel on the life and times of Melbourne gangster Squizzy Taylor.

Mark Haines, an Adelaide story writer, says only that he has been on both sides of the desk at Centrelink.

James Howard is a writer (journalistic flair at school), actor and filmmaker. His film Boats, criticising refugee policies, was a hit at the Sun Cinema, Yarraville.  Has played the roles of Henry Lawson, Iago, Leopold Bloom, Atticus Finch, Willy Loman, Chaplin, and Hitler (iced coffee commercial) “took the money” James confessed. 

Alison Knight, ex-teacher turned writer, is active in community theatre. Her plays have been performed by both amateur and professional companies. Alison has gained a number of awards and commendations for her short stories. She has published two mystery novels, The Close and Peter Stone.

Karen Lethlean is a retired English teacher whose fiction has appeared in The Barbaric Yawp and Ken AgainBlack, Red and Yellow was runner up in Wild Word’s 2015 winter solstice writing competition. She is also an Australian national triathlete who has done the Hawaii Ironman worldchampionships twice.

Angela McMurray is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker’s agent and events administrator. She is completing her Masters of Arts in Writing and working on her first poetry collection, Archimedean Point.

Pavle Radonic, an Australian writer of Montenegrin heritage, returned to Melbourne in mid 2017 after almost six years in the SE Asian tropics and quickly sought out his old East African friends at the local cafe. For more writings see www.axialmelbourne.blogspot.com

Barry Revill is a Melbourne-based writer whose works include the short story, Harry, The Kill, and The Doctor. He wrote eighteen Gardening Muses columns for the Melbourne Age and a monologue, Cry of a Forgotten Woman, was performed at Melbourne Writers Theatre.

Chris Ringrose lives in Melbourne. His poetry has won the Australian Poetica Christi Prize, and been presented in Krakow, Poland, for the UNESCO City of Literature Project, and his stories have been published in Melbourne Subjective (2014), Flashing the Square (2014) and the journal South Circular. His website is: www.cringrose.com

Peter Symons, writer teacher and freelance editor, has had stories published in IslandOverland and The Victorian Writer. He is also the author of a short history, Caring for the Community: a History of Doncare 1989 to 2009.

Eva White was born in Vienna, grew up in the Bronx, and has lived most of her life in Melbourne. Now she divides her time between New York City and Melbourne. Her stories have been published in Australia and the US, including in the New York Times.