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Gillian Barnett (Bitter Sweet 1986), 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.

Peter Farrar (The Opposite Direction) has published a collection of short stories, The Nine Flaws of Affection (Gininderra Press), and currently offers to cook sourdough or wash the car of any publisher who will accept his next manuscript. A member of Melbourne Writers Theatre, he has also been developing some monologues.

Sara Jarrold (Goddess) has written short stories, a novella, Penance (Amazon), and several plays including Madonna, Medusa and Me, Oops, A Tapestry, Like, and The Green Cardigan, variously staged at Chapel off Chapel, Bakery@1812, Stag Shepparton, Ballarat Trades Hall, ELT, Dionysus Theatre, and Melbourne Writers’ Theatre.

Karen Lethlean (Nightsurf), a retired English teacher, has had fiction published in Barbaric Yawp, Ken*Again and Pendulum Papers. She has won awards through Australian and UK competitions, including Best of Times, with Bum Joke. In her other life she is a triathlete who has done Hawaii Ironman championships twice. ​

Bernard Peasley (A Threat of Rain), Melbourne-based writer and short film-maker, has written more than 35 flash and short fictions, including A Threat of Rain, Angels, and Silent Anthem. He adapted The Final Measure, The Last of My Kind, Pin-up Boy, Waiting for Sonja and Raptor into short films, and his novel Moskay’s Burden is in progress.

Vacen Taylor (The Last Airport) is a Gold Coast-based writer whose works include the Starchild Series, The Returning and poetry published in anthologies. She has also written a play, Crazy Plastic Love, selected to be part of the Playwrights Program, directed, and performed as a performance reading at HOTA Gold Coast.  www.vacentaylor.com 

Louise Zedda-Sampson (Fragments) is a Melbourne-based writer, researcher and award-nominated editor. Her latest book, Bowl the Maidens Over, recounts the story of Australia’s first women’s cricketers. Her non-fiction has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and magazines, her fiction in anthologies and online. https://louisezeddasampson.com.au      

 

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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.

Neil Blick grew up in a beachside suburb of Melbourne and now lives in regional Victoria. With a background in education and allied health services, he 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

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

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.

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. His new play about Alfred Deakin, Talking to the Future, is being considered for production at La Mama Theatre, Carlton. www.darrylemmerson.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.

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.

Rebecca Fraser writes genre-mashing fiction for children and adults. Her publications include short stories and poems, a novel for middle grades, and a forthcoming collection of her dark short fiction. While Rebecca copywrites and edits in a freelance capacity, her passion is storytelling. www.writingandmoonlighting.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.

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 is an Adelaide story writer.

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.

Tricia Natoli was born in Cambridge UK and spent her childhood moving between army bases. With a degree in social work as a “working passport” she moved frequently between Australia, Canada and England. Now happily settled in Ballarat her major passions in life are reading and patchwork.

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 also wrote eighteen Gardening Muses columns for the Melbourne Age and a monologue, Cry of a Forgotten Woman, performed at Melbourne Writers Theatre. His collection, Both Sides, has recently been issued by Amazon.

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

Andrea Rowe is a children’s and YA author and copywriter for the Royal Flying Doctors Service Kids Club, Indigenous Reading Project, and several not-for-profit organisations. Her debut book Jetty Jumping has just been released by Little Hare, and her work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines. She lives on a blustery beach track on the Mornington Peninsula. https://andrearowe.com.au/

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

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. www.petersymons.org

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.

 

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