Non Fiction Writers
Andrew Marmont was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and fell in love with Rugby League when the Auckland Warriors joined the ARL competition in 1995. After graduating from the University of Auckland in 2007, Andrew moved to France before settling in Melbourne. A regular contributor to Big League, he also writes for Inside Sport, Rugby League World and Commentary Box Sports. Andrew has loved sport from an early age, frequently airing his views on NZ’s Radio Sport as a boy. His first interview was Sir Edmund Hillary at the age of 13.
Their Finest Hour - A History of the Rugby League World Cup in 10 Matches will be published by ABC Books in July 2017.
Barry’s latest work, Peacemongers, was published by University of Queensland Press in October 2014.
A combination of a travel book, a history book, and a ‘peace book’, this is Barry’s first major prose work since 2002.
Adult Non-Fiction Author
Kevin Walsh is best known as an expert on waterwise gardening and for his best selling books Waterwise Gardening and Waterwise Plants. Now out of print, the two books will be combined and published in a new edition later in 2017. The new edition will include many colour photographs, easy to follow text and diagrams so that you can pick up handy hints, plan changes to your garden's layout, get into the finer points of setting up a tank and using grey water as well as learn about waterwise plants suited to your gardening conditions. Kevin lives in Castlemaine with his wife and two children. He was a finalist in the 2006 Savewater Awards in the "Individual Action" category, for his contribution to the education of home gardeners and horticultural professionals on waterwise gardening. He has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Horticulture) from the VCAH Burnley, as well as a Trade Certificate in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in writing.
Paul Valent was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 1938. He survived the Holocaust in Hungary and in 1949 he and his parents migrated to Australia. Valent studied medicine in Melbourne (1956-1962). He graduated as a psychiatrist in London in 1966. 1967-70 he worked in Israel where he researched the psychological effects of the Six Day War. Back in Australia, from 1971 to 1996 Valent worked as a consultant psychiatrist, mostly in emergency departments at Prince Henry's Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.
Non-Fiction Author, Ute Man and Film/TV Maker
Best selling author Allan Nixon, the "Uteman", has toured throughout Australia writing stories about the interesting people and places he visits. Riverfolk: Life Along the Murray (2009) is his latest Penguin book. Every politician in the country has a view on how to fix the Murray, but Allan has sought out those who know it best - those who live and work beside it. Riverfolk is an uplifting tribute to an Australian icon.
Former SWAT team leader and Commando trainer, Shane Horsburgh, with Jason K Foster, had his first book Fighting Blind, published with Allen & Unwin in 2012. Fighting Blind details Shane’s time in Baghdad working for the US department of Defense, training commandos for the post-Saddam Iraqi police force. Shane must endure intense physical and mental stress brought on by rogue insurgents, mortar attacks, roadside bombs and fifty-degree heat, doing his best to survive while staying focused on the job. However it his brief encounter with an elderly Iraqi man, known as the Professor, that will prove to change his life.
Poet, Non-Fiction Writer
Kevin Hart was born in the UK in 1954, and grew up in London and Brisbane. He was educated at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne. He is married and lives with his wife and two daughters in Virginia, USA. An award winning poet, he teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and has written extensively on critical theory, modern poetry and eighteenth century literature.
Shirley Hardy-Rix began work in mainstream media as soon as she left school, spending eight years reporting crime and courts on television and radio.
Shirley’s first book, Cops, Crooks and Catastrophes, was published in 1992. She then published A History - The Tin Shed and Beyond, an anecdotal history that traces the growth of the Watsonia RSL Sub-branch from its humble beginnings. She co-authored True Blue: Stories of Bravery from Victorian Police with Chief Inspector Ralph Stavely.
Michele is a Melbourne based author and freelance writer whose feature articles have been published regularly in Eureka Street magazine since 2001 and also appear in the daily newspapers The Courier Mail (Brisbane), The Age (Melbourne) and The Australian (throughout Australia). She is an experienced public speaker who is booked regularly in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Rita Erlich is a Melbourne based journalist, writer, speaker and teacher with a special interest in all aspects of food, including nutrition, and wine. Dr Alice Murkies, MBBS, FRACGP, is a medical researcher and general practitioner in practice at the Brighton Medical Clinic in Melbourne. She held the Nadia Maffei Fellowship at the Jean Hailes Foundation, where she is a consultant.