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CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

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Penny Walter

Genres: Childrens,

Availability: Mentoring, Readings, School Visits, Speaking Engagements,

Born and raised in the Adelaide Hills, and currently residing there with my family. With a background in early childhood education, I have always been passionate about infant mental health and wellbeing. An Unexpected Outcome is my first published book, and whilst it is written from my personal experience, it’s […]

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Jake Dean

Genres: Adventure, Contemporary, Essays/Articles, Humour, Internet/Web, Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Travel,

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Jake Dean is a writer and waverider living on Kaurna land in Maslin Beach. His nonfiction has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Crikey, Surfing World, Slam Skateboarding Magazine, VICE, Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Junkee, Broadsheet, Great Ocean Quarterly, Mindful Parenting, White Horses and others. He also writes short […]

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Lana Guineay

Genres: Literary Fiction, Murder Mystery/Detective, Non-fiction,

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Lana Guineay is a writer who lives by the sea in Adelaide. Her debut Dark Wave won the 2020 Viva La Novella prize. Her non-fiction has been published widely, and her award-winning fiction has appeared in Going Down Swinging, Anthology of Australasian Stories, and the 2019 Swinburne Microfiction award. She […]

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Bronwyn Tilley (Bronwyn Stuart)

Genres: Genre Fiction, Romance, Women's,

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Bronwyn is an author of historical and contemporary romance. She lives in the Adelaide hills with her family and menagerie – www.bronwynstuart.com Her side hustle includes blurb help for self-publishing authors and contest style feedback on submissions packages for those looking at the traditional markets – www.iblurbed.com

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Karen J Carlisle

Genres: Fantasy, Genre Fiction, Murder Mystery/Detective, Paranormal, Science Fiction,

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Karen J Carlisle was short-listed in Australian Literature Review’s 2013 Murder/Mystery Short Story Competition. Her first novella, Doctor Jack & Other Tales, was published in 2015 and her short stories have featured in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe, ‘A Trail of Tales’, and the ‘Where’s Holmes’ and ‘Deadsteam’ anthologies. Karen lives […]

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Matthew Tait

Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction,

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A vociferous horror columnist since 2005, Matthew Tait published his first collection of dark fiction in 2011. Since then, he has twice been nominated for the Australian Shadows Award. Described as writing ‘the sort of horror Clive Barker must read on his days off’ Matthew’s fiction often treads the line […]

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Heather Taylor Johnson

Genres: Auto/Biography, Essays/Articles, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Women's,

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Heather Taylor-Johnson’s second literary fiction novel, Jean Harley was Here, was short-listed for the Readings Prize for New Fiction, discussed on ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club and reviewed in the New York Times. It’s been optioned for a 7-part TV series, and she’s co-writing the screenplay. Her fifth poetry book […]

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Melvin Fechner

Genres: Essays/Articles, Non-fiction, Poetry,

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Melvin co-wrote two books with their ex-spouse for Wakefield Press. They are also a former newspaper library researcher for News Ltd in Adelaide. Currently Melvin is a citizen journalist for the Independent Australia news website and recently won a residency from ArtMusicDesign Barossa for their writing. Melvin is prolific on […]

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Aislinn Kearns

Genres: Romance,

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Aislinn is a successful self-published author of more than 12 novels, and multiple novellas and short stories. She writes across multiple romance sub-genres, most particularly in romantic suspense and contemporary romance.

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Kate Loveday

Genres: Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Women's,

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Kate Loveday grew up in the seaside suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia with a love of books, and always wanted to write. She has worked in real estate and building, as an office manager, and finally as a natural/ beauty therapist, running her own natural therapy business with husband Peter. […]

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Tricia Stringer

Genres: Australiana, Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Women's,

Availability: Speaking Engagements,

Tricia Stringer is a bestselling and award-winning Australian author. She writes rural romance, historical saga and women’s fiction. Tricia lives in the beautiful Copper Coast region of South Australia her base for exploring Australia’s diverse communities and landscapes, and sharing her passion for the country and its people through her […]

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Ian Gibbins

Genres: Experimental, Film/TV, Internet/Web, Poetry,

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Ian Gibbins is a widely published poet, video artist and electronic musician with four collections of poetry, all in collaboration with artists. His video and audio work has featured in gallery exhibitions, public art commissions, performances and international festivals. He previously was a neuroscientist and professor of anatomy.

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Samantha Battams

Genres: Australiana, Auto/Biography, Crime, Historical, Non-fiction, Short Stories,

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Dr Samantha Battams is a non-fiction author and has published a true crime tale on a 19th C serial murderess (The Secret Art of Poisoning, 2019) and an upcoming book (with Les Parsons) on Pioneer Aviator Captain Harry Butler (The Red Devil, 2019). Samantha is also an Associate Professor in […]

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Gina Dawson

Genres: Auto/Biography, Essays/Articles, Junior Fiction, Literary Fiction, Middle Childhood, Non-fiction, Picture Books, Short Stories, Young Adult,

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Gina is a qualified teacher and counsellor with a passion for writing books for children and young adults that educate on personal growth and social issues. She also works part-time as a ghost writer, proof reader and assisting folk to write memoirs. Her sixth and seventh books, New Holland Publishers, were released in January […]

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Liz Harfull

Genres: Australiana, Essays/Articles, Food, Historical, Non-fiction, Women's,

Availability: Readings, Speaking Engagements,

Liz is an award-winning journalist and author specialising in biography, popular and social history, with a particular focus on food history, farming and rural communities. A Churchill Fellow in rural communications, she has also worked as a journalist and freelance writer for more than 30 years, and is a former […]

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