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.
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 In 2017 Koraly was awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship for her unpublished novel which was also longlisted previously for the Hachette manuscript program.
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. Golvan Arts Management is working with Gordon, assisting him in managing rights in all his works that have been published up until and including his crossover, Young Adult/ Adult thriller, MICE. 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 latest book, Border Districts, was published by Giramondo in November 2017, and by FSG in the USA in March 2018.
In June 2018 Gerald was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary award for Border Districts. The winner will be announced on August 26 2018.
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 book, The Real-Life Salon, was co-written with Kerry Cue (https://kerrycue.com) and will be published in July 2019 by Pan Macmillan in Australia. For International rights outside of Australia and New Zealand contact Golvan Arts Management (https://www.golvanarts.com.au/contact-us). For four years, Doris Brett and Kerry Cue have been running Salons – places where people, many of whom have never met before, come together to talk, laugh and think about their lives. The stories that emerge in these Salons – courageous, hysterical, moving, inspiring, large and small - are the ones that we have all lived but rarely get to share. In this book some of these stories are shared, along with the inside knowledge on how to run a salon.