Helen EdwardsHelen Edwards is an author of children’s and young adult fiction, and non-fiction for adults. The research for her Psychology PhD thesis was about supporting pregnancy for women with type 1 diabetes. She is an award-winning health and sustainability writer and advocate, and has been blogging since 2001, after founding an online counselling service for people with diabetes, which she ran for 16 years. There are over 140,000 people following her on social media where her platforms are all about inspiring action for people and planet, with kindness and hope. In particular, focusing on our children's future. She has won a number of awards for her work, including being a South Australian State Finalist for Australian of the Year and Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2016; the bronze award winner for Sustainability in the 2018 AusMumpreneur awards; and the winner of the ZestFest short story competition in Adelaide in 2018.

As a freelance writer, she has written for numerous print and digital magazines, journals, blogs and websites. She is also an experienced speaker. With her background in health, mental health and sustainability, she is able to speak across a range of topics, to a variety of audiences, including schools, community groups, workplaces and conferences.

Jayne McIntyreJayne McIntyre is a writer and journalist living in Brisbane, Queensland. 

She is currently working on The Sleep Swimmers: a story for nine to twelve year olds, which blends myth and reality in a storm-washed island setting. The ticking-clock narrative follows the story of Bravo Bray, a 12-year-old boy on the verge of a rite of passage where he will become a Sleep Swimmer; a guardian of the island. Yet Bravo has much more to worry about than reading the tides, sketching the stars, and deciphering animal prints, after a villager is attacked while on duty. The Sleep Swimmers offers magical realism with a nautical twist.

Irma Gold 2307x2307Irma Gold’s debut novel is The Rules of Rescue. 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 use of elephants in the tourism industry.  The writing vividly elicits the authentic sounds, smells, colours, foods, you name it, of the streets, jungle and river settings of Thailand; and is passionate, and gutsy in terms of the portrayal of the two women – one explicitly and determinedly gay, the other still finding herself. The Rules of Rescue 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. 

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 three picture books, with a fourth in press with Walker 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 Ambassador for the Save Elephant Foundation.

Samantha Tidy Image 1Samantha Tidy has published in a range of fiction genres – adult, young adult and children's fiction. Currently she is focused on historical children’s writing and young adult ‘cli-fi’ (climate-fiction). In addition to her creative writing, she writes educational content for national institutions such as the National Library of Australia. Originally a high school English and French teacher, she has also enjoyed a passionate career in museums and libraries sharing cultural heritage with young people.

Her most recent illustrated children’s picture book, The Day We Built the Bridge (February 2019, MidnightSun Publishing) was featured in Scholastic Australia’s Teacher Essential Bookclub, and sold 4,500 copies (the whole of the first print run) in 3 days, requiring a reprint in its first week of release.

In 2019-2020 she is the recipient of funding from ArtsACT, to work on a historical children’s fiction about the 1934 Macrobertson AirRace.

Aidan Sun Flare Headshot Full SizePrewett completed his Master of Film & Television in 2009 and was presented with the coveted Victorian College of the Arts Best Achievement in Direction, as well as Best Documentary Script. His documentaries have won awards and honours at film festivals in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and has been distributed commercially in North America.

His debut non-fiction book, Woodstock at Fifty will be pubshed by Poiyical Animal Press in 2019. In the lead-up to the fiftieth anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Prewett found himself thinking back to the interviews he conducted when filming his 2016 film A Venue for the End of the World. In book form, Woodstock at Fifty: A Venue for the End of the World will fill the gaps left by the film’s limited timeframe. The discussions and interviews conducted for the film led to a multitude of stories that were both thoughtful and highly entertaining. So now, at the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock, Prewett has the perfect opportunity to tell these unique stories.

gail picGail 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.

mhtMichael Thornton has been a jackaroo, a journalist, a boarding school housemasteradvisory board member, a consultant, a columnist, a volunteer and a small acre farmer. After completing agricultural college, he became honorary director of the Glenormiston Foundation, which led to a career in raising money professionally for schools, colleges and tertiary institutions. In 2010, Michael volunteered for six months with a street kids’ charity in Hanoi, Vietnam -- Blue Dragon Children's Foundation -- through Australian Volunteers International (AVI), where he worked on communications and fundraising. The Foundation has supported nearly 2,000 kids and has more than 80 staff. Upon returning home from Vietnam, he became director of Advancement (alumni relations, events and philanthropic fundraising) at Melbourne Business School.

Michael's first book, JACKAROO: A Memoir, was published in June 2011. His second book, 27 Days a Pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, is based on his experience walking the Spanish Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trek in October 2013.

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The Sunday Story Club, published in July 2019 by Pan Macmillan in Australia, is a heart-warming book, including some of the stories told by participants in salons run by the authors.The book also guides the reader through the process of running their own salon, so they too can experience the life-enhancing magic of the salons.

For International rights outside of Australia and New Zealand contact Golvan Arts Management (

Doris Brett is a clinical psychologist, award-winning poet and critically acclaimed memoirist. She has published seven books, ranging through a variety of genres.

Kerry Cue is the author of over 20 books and has written columns for every major Australian Newspaper. She is also a maths blogger and spoke at the International Congress of Mathematical Education in Hamburg in 2016.

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New Zealand based David Fa’auliuli Mamea completed the South Seas Film & Television production course, concentrating on screenwriting. Since 2002 he has worked on film, television, theatre and radio projects in genres ranging from sci-fi to soap, comedy to horror, and documentary to drama. He has also directed a feature and a short film, and produced two short films. His one-person-one-puppet play, Still Life With Chickens, won the 2017 Adam New Zealand Play Award in May. David has developed proposals for two separate TV series, and has written a pilot for each one.

john charalambousJohn 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.jpg 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,, Daily LifeRendezview, SBS, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Vocal,, New Matilda, ABC The Drum, Overland and MeanjinHer literary work has appeared in publications such as SoutherlyBlue 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. 

Screenwriter and Freelance Writer

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Jaine N Eira is a screenwriter and prose writer of fiction and non-fiction. She has had two short films picked up for production, plus a third short film and a six-part television series which she co-wrote. She has experience as a script editor and script consultant, and has written an animation for the Department of Education (through Briarbird and Co.) and a music video for Peep Tempel's Big Fish (through Truce Films).

Non-Fiction Writer

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Andrew Marmont was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and is a freelance sports journalist, ghostwriter and copywriter based in Melbourne, Australia. His work has appeared in Fairfax Media, Inside Sport, The New Daily and 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.

His first book, Their Finest Hour - A History of the Rugby League World Cup in 10 Matches was published by ABC Books in July 2017.


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Barry Hill, award winning poet, non-fiction author and essayist, was short listed for the 2009 Melbourne prize for literature. Barry's latest book, Reason and Lovelessness, Essays, Encounters, Reviews 1980-2017 was published in March 2018 by Monash University Press. 

"Barry Hill’s collection of essays from the last four decades is commanding and impressive. Few could match his range of subjects: from Tagore to John Berger, Lucian Freud to Christina Stead – all, for the most part, carried off with aplomb."

~ Patrick McCaughey, Australian Book Review

Visual Artist and Book Illustrator

voutilaRitva Voutila was born in 1946 in Nokia, Finland and now lives in Australia in country Victoria. She spent her first twenty two years in Finland, and came to Australia for the first time in 1968. After two and a half years working in Sydney she returned to Europe, and spent the next ten years in the Canary Islands, Spain. She moved to Australia for the second time in 1981, and since then Australia has been her permanent home. Before becoming a full time artist/illustrator/graphic designer in 1983, she worked as a garden designer, computer programmer/analyst and computer sales representative.

Visual Artist and Book Illustrator

bancroftBronwyn is a highly acclaimed Aboriginal artist and designer whose artworks have been collected by galleries and museums throughout Australia, in the USA and Germany. Exhibitions of her art have been shown in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, The USA, France and Germany. A descendant of the Bunjalung people of New South Wales, Bronwyn grew up in the small country town of Tenterfield. She now lives in Sydney with her three children. She holds a Master of Studio Practice and a Master of Visual Arts from the University of Sydney and currently serves on the boards of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, the Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) and the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). 


nimmoHeather was born in the UK and immigrated to Australia with her family as a child. She grew up and attended school and university in Adelaide and before settling in Perth, lived in several isolated places around Australia through her involvement in the mining industry. She is at present with her husband in London.


Kevin Nemeth is a popular and award winning scriptwriter with over 25 year experience in the industry. He has been awarded five Australian Writers' Guild Awards and has received another nine nominations. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Diploma in Dramatic Arts and has received an Australia Council Literature Board Fellowship.


Gilly McInnes is based in Melbourne and has spent over 20 years as a freelance writer, director and performer in the area of theatre for and by young people across Australia. She has also worked as a high school and university level drama teacher. Gilly has written 26 plays, which have been professionally produced in Australia by Polyglot Puppet Theatre, Patch Theatre, Company Skylark, Handspan Theatre and Arena Theatre in particular. Seventeen of her plays are puppetry specific. Her plays include adaptations of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Charlotte’s Web by EB White, The Hobbit By JRR Tolkien and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate by Margaret Mahy.

Scriptwriter and Actor

hopgoodAlan Hopgood is well known as a playwright, screenwriter, documentary writer and as an actor. Since 1997 Hopgood's HealthPlay performances have brought the worlds of drama and health together, offering a humorous outlook on challenging health issues. The narratives are inspired by true life stories. See

In March 2000, Alan's play The Carer premiered in Melbourne before two tours of Australia. It was highly praised for its sensitive treatment of Alzheimer's disease and its warmth and humour. Since then, Alan has written several plays addressing health issues, ranging from diabetes to geriatric sex, and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars. Recently, The Carer was performed in Cantonese in Hong Kong by 105 Drama Society in October 2015. In Early 2016, tours of The Carer are planned for country Victoria. 

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Alan Sunderland is married with three sons and lives in Sydney. He is an award winning journalist who now works in management at the ABC and is the author of seven children’s books. 

He won a Walkley Awards for covering an attack on the Iranian Embassy in Canberra in 1992, and for a series of exclusive reports from East Timor. He has also won the prestigious Council of the Deans of Education Award for education journalism three times in two years, which constitutes something of a record.

Children’s Author

wendy orr 0550Wendy 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. 

Children’s Author


Jayne Lyons is married and a full time working mother, with one daughter. She was born and raised in the UK. In 2004, while living in Aberdeen, she became very bored one day and applied for a job in Perth, Australia and four months later she was there. She has been living in Perth since January 2005. Jayne has worked for the Oil Industry as a geologist/geophysicist and most recently in management, for twenty years. She writes every day, on the bus, at lunchtime, in the evening and at weekends. She likes writing funny, irreverent stories for children, and especially having a very free hand with language. There is nothing she likes more than inventing new words. Jayne loves talking about books and writing to students and adults of all ages and is available as a speaker.

Adult and children’s non-fiction author


Vicki Bennett is a public speaker, training consultant to business, salesperson and author. Her Brisbane based consultancy, Vicki Bennett Training, has an impressive clientele which includes Government authorities and top corporations. She believes that success on a business level must first begin with success on a personal level.

Young Adult Author

RobynPhotoRobyn Bavati has taught dance and English and worked as a shiatsu therapist. She is an award winning fiction and short-story writer who grew up in Melbourne and as an adult has lived in both Australia and Israel. She is the author of three novels.



Her latest book, Within These Walls, won the Older Readers category of the WA Young Readers' Book Award 2018, and was short listed in the Younger Readers Category of the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

Based on true events, this work of historical fiction is for 11 to 14 year olds. 

Poet, Non-Fiction Writer

hartKevin 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. An award winning poet, he is the Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He has written extensively on critical theory, modern poetry and eighteenth century literature. He is at present working on a memoir.

Kevin Hart's latest book of poetry. Barefoot, was published in 2018 by Notre Dame Press, and has been selected as a finalist in Poetry in the 2018 Foreword INDIES.

Children’s Author and Poet

fraser-smJanine Fraser lives on Phillip Island in Victoria for most of the year, and three months of the year in Manhattan, New York. She loves to travel and meet new people, and listen to their stories.  She found the story of Abdullah in Malaysia, and the Sarindi stories in Indonesia.

sarahs two nativities coverJanine's latest book, Sarah's two Nativities was published by the Black Dog Books Imprint of Walker Books in September 2019


adamsonRobert Adamson was appointed Professor of Poetry at University of technology Sydney (UTS) in February 2012. At the Sydney Writers' Festival in May 2016, Adamson launched the historic Australian issue of Poetry, which he edited, with Don Share, editor of Chicago’s Poetry Foundation. He edited Black Inc's Best Australian Poems 2010 and Best Australian Poems 2009. Adamson's latest collection of poetry, Net Needle, was published in May 2015 by Black Inc in Australia and by Flood Editions in the US, and by Bloodaxe Books in the UK in May 2016.  

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Kevin Walsh is known as a garden designer, horticulturist and writer. His latest book, Waterwise Plants and Gardening combines the contents of his best selling books Waterwise Gardening and Waterwise Plants. The new edition includes 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.

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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. He has also worked in private practice. He is at present writing an important new work: Heart of Violence: Understanding Violence and its Roots.


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.

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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.

Non-Fiction Writer

MicheleMichele 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. 

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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.

Non-Fiction Authors

The Encyclopaedia of Exercise and Sport Health by Dr Peter Brukner, Dr Karim Khan and John Kron was published in Australia in early 2004 by Allen & Unwin.

Whether you want to get the most out of training, your child has been injured playing sport, you are studying physical education at high school or tertiary level or want to know which exercise can improve your health, this book has the answers. It is clearly illustrated and has non-jargon explanations for thousands of questions about the health and fitness related aspects of exercise and sport. Photos include those of well known sports identities.

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Alison Broinowski is a graduate of Adelaide University and is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, where her PhD is on Asian Representations of Australia. The author of six books of fact and fiction on aspects of Asia, she worked alternately as an Australian diplomat and as a writer from 1963 to 1996. Her overseas assignments included Cultural Attaché in the Australian Embassy, Tokyo, Chargé d’Affaires in the Australian Embassy, Amman and Counsellor at the Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York.


David Bernstein is a freelance writer and journalist who works for The Melbourne Age. A former Israeli, he served as a paratrooper in the Israeli army before going on to complete a BA in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a PhD in English literature (T.S. Eliot) at the University of Cambridge. He has worked as an Israeli-based journalist for the Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem), the Times (London), the Economist (London) and Macleans magazine (Toronto). Since emigrating to Australia in 1989, he has written extensively for the Australian Jewish News, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, the Independent Monthly, and Generation Journal. He lives in Melbourne, is married and has two children.

bennettVicki Bennett is a public speaker, training consultant to business, salesperson and author. Her Brisbane based consultancy, Vicki Bennett Training, has an impressive clientele which includes Government authorities and top corporations. She believes that success on a business level must first begin with success on a personal level.

Poet and Author

adamsonAdamson’s beautifully written autobiography, Inside Out, first published in hardback in March 2004 by Text Publishing was released in soft cover in July 2006. In this wonderful book, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes funny, Robert tells the story of his childhood and early adulthood in fifties and sixties Australia. Having spent much of his adolescence in boys’ homes and prisons he is introduced to books and dreams of becoming a writer.

Author and Visual Artist

reeceGordon 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.

Fiction Author

wendy orr 0550Wendy 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. 

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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 ( 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 ( 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.