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Cecelia Hopkins (Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer)

Genres: Australiana, Essays/Articles, Fantasy, Genre Fiction, Historical, Horror, Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Paranormal, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Women's, Young Adult,

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Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer is the hyphenation of Cecelia’s birth and former married name. Cecelia writes poetry, fiction and literary criticism. Her MA project focused on H.P. Lovecraft while her M. Lett project investigated fairy tale motifs in 19th-Century literature. Cecelia has contributed to a number of anthologies and journals with various […]

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verity laughton

Genres: Childrens, Essays/Articles, Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Radio, Short Stories, Theatre, Young Adult,

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Dr Verity Laughton is an award-winning Adelaide-based poet and playwright of more than 30 professionally produced works. Her work has been produced locally, nationally and internationally. Her most recent works are the verbatim theatre piece Long Tan, (Brink Productions, April 2017), published by Currency Press, and The Red Cross Letters, […]

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Melanie Pryor

Genres: Auto/Biography, Contemporary, Essays/Articles, Experimental, Non-fiction, Travel,

Melanie Pryor is a literary nonfiction writer living and working on Kaurna land. Her short memoir has been published in Meanjin, Southerly, and Lip, and her fiction on wine bottles as part of the Overland/Short Story Prize in 2015. In 2017 she received the inaugural highly commended award in the […]

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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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Heather Millar

Genres: Auto/Biography, Non-fiction,

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Freelance journalist/accredited editor/ghostwriter. Former managing editor at Hardie Grant Publishing, Melbourne, and John Brown Publishing, London. Ghostwriter of an award-winning memoir, and a range of life stories. Published in Health Agenda, Vital Health, medicSA, Country Style, Fleurieu Living, Sydney Morning Herald and more.

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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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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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Jo Case

Genres: Essays/Articles, Non-fiction,

Availability: Mentoring,

Jo Case is a writer, editor and the author of a memoir, Boomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood, and Asperger’s. She’s had two personal essays published in anthologies (Mothermorphosis, edited by Monica Dux, published by MUP, and Rebellious Daughters, edited by Lee Kofman and Maria Katsonis, published by Ventura […]

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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,

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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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Teresa Podemska – Abt

Genres: Australiana, Essays/Articles, Literary Fiction, Multicultural, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Stories,

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Teresa Podemska – Abt is a philologist/poet-writer/translator and a researcher-member of AIATSIS. She holds PhD, BEd, MEd – course/w. and MA degrees from Unis of South Australia, Adelaide and Wrocław. She creates in many genres, won a range of literary and academic prizes and has been published in Poland, Australia […]

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Eddy Pengelly

Genres: Non-fiction,

Eddy grew up in Adelaide. He is a self-published author, and the second researcher to investigate the claim that physical proof of Evidence of Time Travel Back to the Past has been Found in many Ancient Texts. Conducting comprehensive research since 2003, Eddy confirmed this claim, and now presents his […]

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Lauren Foley

Genres: Australiana, Auto/Biography, Contemporary, Essays/Articles, Experimental, Film/TV, Internet/Web, Literary Fiction, Multicultural, Non-fiction, Poetry, Radio, Short Stories, Theatre, Travel, Women's,

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Lauren Foley is Irish/Australian. Her stories are published internationally. Credits include: Overland, The Irish Times, Award Winning Australian Writing, Lighthouse, Gorse and No Alibis. Her first publication was the short story ‘Squiggly Arse Crack’ in the 2014 Margaret River Anthology, following its shortlisting for the Margaret River Short Story Competition. She […]

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Karen Wyld

Genres: Contemporary, Essays/Articles, Experimental, Indigenous, Internet/Web, Literary Fiction, Non-fiction,

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Karen Wyld is an author and freelance writing living on the coast south of Adelaide. Her debut novel When Rosa Came Home (2013) was shortlisted in the 2015 South Australian Readers and Writers People’s Choice Award. Her second novel Where the Fruit Falls (2020) was published by UWA Publishing. This […]

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