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 In 2017 Koraly was awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship for her unpublished novel which was also longlisted previously for the Hachette manuscript program.
Barry Hill, award winning poet, non-fiction author and essayist, was short listed for the 2009 Melbourne prize for literature. Barry's upcoming book, Reason and Lovelessness, Essays, Encounters, Reviews 1980-2017 will be published in March 2018 by Monash University Press. His most recent prose 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.
Barry Hill's Broken Song: TGH Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession , first published in 2002, is the seminal love story of the Centre of Australia - a tale of cultural and personal heartbreak, of obsession and possession with regard to the past and the future. This story of Ted Strehlow has been described as 'one of the great Australian books.' A complex, brilliant man in three languages (German, English, Aranda), a lover of women and 'his' Aboriginal country, he grew up on the Hermannsburg Mission at a time of bloody frontier settlement. He devoted his life to collecting the secret sacred songs and the sacred objects (which held the ancestor spirits of the songs). Like no one else in Australian history he could claim such inside knowledge as to declare himself 'the last of the Aranda'. Yet having done so much to win trust, he was to betray it in our modern period. Broken Song won numerous prestigious prizes, including Premier's Awards (Vic 2003, NSW 2004), the National Biography Award 2004 and the Tasmania Pacific Bicentenary History Prize 2004; and it's been proudly kept in print by its publishers, Penguin Random House (link: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/broken-song-9781740512299 ) as a classic.
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. 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.
Kevin Hart's latest book of poetry. Barefoot, will be published in February 2018 by Notre Dame Press.
Children’s Author and Poet
Janine 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.
Janine’s most recent novel for children, Sarindi’s Dragon Kite, was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premiers' Book Award, 2010. It was published in September 2010 by HarperCollins.
Robert 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.
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.