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Gillian Barnett, in an earlier life, wrote two award-winning novels for adolescents and two picture books, as well as several short stories. A senior lecturer in English at Monash University, she is now retired, and trying her hand at adult fiction. In 2014-15 she was Bayside Writer-in Residence.

Kieran Carroll is an award-winning Melbourne writer of twenty-five plays, produced in Australia, America and England. Recent productions include Sons of Sun, In the Mens, and The Truth is Longer Than a Lie. In September 2020, NEWK (The John Newcombe Story), a one-man show with Damian Callinan, will tour regional Victoria. Kieran has also received writing residencies including the prestigious Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. www.kierancarroll.com

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

Jane Downing’s stories have been published in Griffith Review, The Big Issue, Southerly, Island, Westerly, Overland, Antithesis, Verge, Verandah, Visible Ink, and Antipodes. Her novel The Sultan’s Daughter is forthcoming with Canberra publisher Obiter in 2020. She can be found at janedowning.wordpress.com

Darryl Emmerson's plays have been staged and broadcast throughout Australia, and he has also performed widely as a singer. Also a reviewer, his new play about Alfred Deakin, Talking to the Future, is being considered for 2021 production at La Mama Theatre, Carlton. www.darrylemmerson.com.

Laura Fulton, born in the Mississippi delta region of Arkansas, is now an Australian citizen. A writer, teacher and researcher, and PhD candidate at RMIT in Melbourne, she explores how the adopted person may address issues of identity, origin and belonging through writing. Her work has appeared in publications including Swamp Writing, TEXT, and Qualitative Inquiry.

Mark Haines is an Adelaide story writer.

Annie Ryall’s writing was born in the fertile theatrical milieu of 70s Melbourne while dropping out of her Arts Degree. Since then she has written several comic plays including Uploading the Goddess, performed at The Husk Theatre in 2012.  Find her at: www.writingbackwards.net



Violette Ada tries to untangle her mind's eye in words. She is a writing student in Melbourne.

Neil Blick grew up in a beachside suburb of Melbourne and now lives in regional Victoria. He has a background in education and allied health services. Neil is now reconstructing his life in a more freelance way.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Karen Lethlean, an almost retired English teacher, has had stories published recently in Here Comes Everyone, Baby Teeth Journal, Wanderlust Stories from Home Narrative Map, and This is Not a Love Letter. Also received an honorable Mention for Dog Whispers in 48th New Millennium Writing Awards. Currently working on a memoir titled Army Girl. In another life Karen is a triathlete who completed the Hawaii Ironman 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.

Alison Knight, formerly an English teacher, has had work performed with Melbourne Writers’ Theatre, Peridot and Hartwell theatre companies, and in the 1812 Board Shorts, Madwomen Monologues and the Legends of the Skies. Alison has also published two novels, Peter Stone and The Close, and a volume of short stories, The Undiscovered Room.

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.

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

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.

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.