John Charalambous was born and educated in Melbourne. He grew up in a culturally mixed family - Greek-Cypriot on his father's side and Anglo-Australian on his mothers'. He graduated from Melbourne State College in 1978 with a fine arts degree, and began to write fiction while teaching in secondary schools, at the same time studying literature and creative writing at Melburne University. He was a teacher in rural victoria for many years.
John's first novel, Furies, was published by UQP in 2004, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best First Book. His second book, Silent Parts, published by UQP in 2006, explores an Australian family's private myth about a WW1 soldier who didn't come back from France. It was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award in 2007, and later adapted by screenplay writer Blake Ayshford into the telemovie An Accidental Soldier (2013).
In 2007 John moved to Bendigo, where he completed an arts degree, followed by a creative writing PhD at Deakin University focusing on French Philisopher Paul Ricoeur's notion of narrative identity. He recieved his doctorate in 2015.
John's most recent book, Two Greeks, was published by UQP in August 2011.
See John's website at http://www.johncharalambous.com.au.
Koraly Dimitriadis is a Cypriot-Australian poet, writer, actor and performer. She is the author of the controversial Love and F**k Poems which was translated into Greek as Ποιήματα για Αγάπη και για Γαμήσι and published by ΑΣΤΑΜΑΝ in 2014 to rave reviews and debate, with European English and Greek rights sold in 2015 to Honest Publishing (UK).
Koraly is a freelance opinion writer and has contributed to publications such as Daily Life, Rendezview, SBS, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Vocal, Junkee.com, New Matilda, ABC The Drum, Overland and Meanjin. Her literary work has appeared in publications such as Southerly, Blue Dog, [Untitled], Short and Twisted, Social Alternatives, Etchings, Unusual Works, Offset, The Green Fuse, Page 17 and others. Her writing has been broadcast on radio and has scrolled on Melbourne's Federation square wall. In 2009 Koraly was awarded a place in the Overland masterclass for her short-story 'The Recipe' which then went on to be longlisted in the FISH Prize in Ireland. In 2017 Koraly was awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship for her unpublished novel which was also longlisted previously for the Hachette manuscript program.
Koraly is a trailblazing performance poet having performed nationally and internationally at theatres and festivals. She isan actor, screen and theatre writer. She made short films of her poems which were funded by Australia Council called The Good Greek Girl Film Project. Koraly has produced an unscripted feature KORALY: I wonder if they'll make the TV show which was screened on channel 31. In late 2016 Koraly staged her debut theatre show Koraly: "I say the wrong things all the time" at La Mama Theatre. Koraly is represented by Profile Creative for her acting and screenwriting. Golvan Arts Management is her literary agent managing her publishing and literary works. See her web site at www.koralydimitriadis.com.
Marg Vandeleur grew up in Brisbane and lives in Melbourne. She has worked as a festival director, advisor to Melbourne’s Olympic Bid, executive officer of a progressive philanthropic foundation and campaign manager. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in anthologies and literary magazines.
Author and Visual Artist
Gordon Reece was born in England in 1963. He studied English Literature at Oxford and worked as a teacher before requalifying as a lawyer. In 1999 he moved to Spain where he began to write and illustrate for children. He moved to Australia in 2005 and currently lives in Bendigo. His first book was The Crocodile and the Zebra (SM, Spain, 2002). Gordon has also published short stories, cartoons and a graphic novel. Gordon’s latest work, a crossover, Young Adult/ Adult thriller, MICE was first published in Australia by Allen and Unwin in August 2010. It has since been published throughout the world including the USA, UK, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Brazil, Poland, the Czech Republic and Taiwan.
Wendy Orr is an internationally published and award-winning author of more than thirty books, ranging from picture books to adult. She was born in Canada, and grew up in France, Canada and USA. After high school she studied occupational therapy in England, married an Australian farmer, and moved to Australia. They had a son and daughter, and now live on five acres of bush on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. Her books have won awards in Australia and around the world, and have been translated into twenty-seven languages.
When Wendy was nine, she wrote a story about an orphan girl living on an island. Many years later, she remembered the feeling of writing that story, and started writing Nim’s Island. In 2008 the book became the first Australian children’s book to become a Hollywood feature film.
Adult Fiction Author
Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939, spent part of his childhood in country districts of Victoria and moved back to Melbourne in 1949. In recent years he has been living in Western Victoria.
Gerald's book Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf is the winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. It was published by Text in September 2015. This unique and candid memoir tells the story of Gerald's life through the lens of horse racing, a fascination which began when he was a young boy.
Gerald's latest book, Border Districts, was published by Giramondo in November 2017.
Fiction and Non-Fiction Author
Terri Janke is an Indigenous Australian. She is a lawyer and has her own law firm that represents Indigenous artists and creators. She is the author of Our Culture: Our Future: A report on Australian Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights. She writes and speaks internationally. Her short stories have been published in Southerly and Island. She and her daughter co-authored a Picture Storybook for children which was published by Magabala Books in 2004.
Author and Poet
Doris Brett, born in 1950, is a Clinical Psychologist and writer who is married, has one daughter and lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has published seven books ranging from poetry to novels to therapeutic storytelling for children. Her latest, The Twelfth Raven was published in March 2014 by UWA Publishing (University of Western Australia). The Twelfth Raven is a literary journey through a series of life-threatening health crises involving two of the leading causes of death and disability in Australia - heart disease and stroke.