Sarah has worked in writing for more than 20 years as a literary curator, a screenwriter and arts producer for the ABC, and as the co-director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Sarah also sits on many peer assessment panels and arts advisory committees, including the Adelaide Writers’ Week Committee and the 2017 Australian Short Story Festival Committee. She is the fiction convener for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature judging panel. Sarah received an Australia Council Artistic Leadership Grant to explore literary communities in Malaysia and Singapore and is part of the Australia Council’s 2017 Arts Leaders Program.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) from Flinders University, and worked as a freelance filmmaker before settling on his passion for writing.
Matthew’s fiction has been published in Dimension6 and Sword and Sorcery Magazine. He’s received three Honourable Mentions in the Writers of the Future contest, and he’s an article writer, reviewer and first reader for Grimdark Magazine. He also writes for bestfantasybooks.com and creates adventure modules for Heroes’ Tears, an upcoming tabletop role playing game.
He wrote and directed his debut stage-work, the dramatic play Linger, in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe festival, and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for the play by the Flinders University Young Playwrights Award.
He’s somewhat allergic to reality and so escapes into fiction more often than is probably healthy.
Aimee writes cultural criticism and creative non-fiction. Her words appear on and in The Big Issue, Little White Lies, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, Daily Life and more. She’s also managed the digital faces of SA Writers Centre, Adelaide Film Festival, Mercury Cinema, The Media Resource Centre and Adelaide Festival of Arts. In 2016, she was chosen for Melbourne International Film Festival’s prestigious Critics Campus. Currently, she’s a Writer in Residence at arts incubator The Mill. Dancing on stage with Bruce Springsteen didn’t cure her anxiety, but it sure did help.
Ali Cobby Eckermann
Ali’s first collection little bit long time was written in the desert and launched her literary career in 2009. Her works have been published in various languages, and she has travelled widely to showcase Aboriginal poetry overseas. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Australian Poetry’s Ambassador, won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. She was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers’ Week, and is the first Aboriginal Australian author invited to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa in 2014. Her memoir Too Afraid To Cry was launched in New Delhi India in 2015, on her way to Jaipur Literature Festival. In 2016 Ali presented a Keynote at the Active Aesthetics conference in Berkeley California. She regularly appears in the SA Writers Centre program, as well as appearing as a feature writer at Pirrku Warrapinna as part of the TARNANTHI Festival.