Irma Gold’s debut novel The Breaking was published by Adelaide based MidnightSun Publishers in March 2021. The story centres on the magnetic and tangled relationship between two Australian young women involving questions of personal identity and sexuality. It is set in Thailand in the context of the abuse of elephants in the tourism industry. The writing vividly elicits the authentic sounds, smells, colours and foods of the streets, jungle and river settings of Thailand; and is passionate, and gutsy in terms of the portrayal of the two women – one sure of her sexuality, the other still finding herself. The Breaking won a manuscript award, the 2016 NSW Writers Centre Varuna Fellowship Award, and received two grants from artsACT and CAPO to undertake research trips to Thailand and develop the work. She has worked with rescued elephants in Chiang Mai, Surin and Kanchanaburi and is Ambassador for the Save Elephant Foundation.
Irma’s short fiction collection, Two Steps Forward was published with Affirm Press and her short fiction has been widely published in Australia’s literary journals. She is also the author of four children's books. She is an editor at Melbourne publisher Inkerman & Blunt, Convener of Editing at the University of Canberra, Ambassador for the ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge, and co-host of writing podcast, Secrets from the Green Room.
Gail Morgan was the first Australian writer to be published in Virago UK’s new fiction list with 'Promise of Rain'. It was reissued by Heinemann and is available today as an ebook.
Morgan’s career extends from the eighties to current projects including a novel with the working title ‘Friedrich Prince of Light’. It is the result of time spent in Berlin in Potsdamer Platz Film Library - researching an entirely different book from the one written. ‘Friedrich Prince of Light’ is set in Potsdam, serendipitously enough, but at the height of the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century.
Koraly Dimitriadis is a Cypriot-Australian poet, writer, actor and performer. She is the author of two books of poetry. The controversial Love and F**k Poems 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). Just Give Me The Pills was launched in December 2018. Her work deals with cultural norms and expectations and about growing up and living as an adult female Greek-Cypriot Australian.
Koraly is a freelance opinion writer and has contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, News.com.au, 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 been scrolled on Melbourne's Federation square wall.
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.
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 Sunday Story Club, 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 Story Clubs – 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 Story Clubs – 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 Story Club.