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Steph is a 23-year-old YA author whose novels include Girl Saves Boy, All This Could End and Night Swimming. She grew up just outside Melbourne and now lives in South-East Queensland. She was one of triple j’s inaugural 25 Under 25 and won Express Media’s award for Outstanding Achievement By A Writer Under 25 in 2010. Steph is a Stella Schools Ambassador.
Candy is an award-winning theatre-maker, playwright, actor, poet, speaker, activist and producer. The co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of multidisciplinary hip-hop theatre that produces work that stills hearts and provokes minds.
Claire Christian is a novelist and playwright who lives in Brisbane. She has had three plays published by Playlab, and her play Bloom was shortlisted for the Griffin Award in 2009. She was one of the YWCA Queensland 125 leading women in 2013. Beautiful Mess won the Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing in 2016.
Sam is a Brisbane writer, editor, and musician. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in Voiceworks, Bumf, Stilts, Overland, Kill Your Darlings and The Lifted Brow. She has published a collection of essays and short stories on witches and witchcraft called I Put A Spell On You, and is currently working on a new collection of essays focused on communities of women.
Nayuka is a Gunai/Jurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman. She is passionate about climate justice, the rights of women, and the self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Nayuka works across the youth sector as a program manager, facilitator and consultant.
Brodie is an author, editor and critic. She founded Filmme Fatales, a zine about women in film, and has contributed to Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Rookie, Jezebel and Vulture. She has spoken at TEDxYouth, Big Sound, and the EMP Pop Conference. Her first book, a pop culture memoir called No Way! Okay, Fine., was published in 2017.
Michelle is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, theatre and film & TV. She is the co-author of the comedy book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, and her writing has appeared in numerous books, as well as publications including Frankie magazine and the Sydney Morning Herald. Last year, she was a recipient of the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. This year, her debut play Single Asian Female was staged at La Boite Theatre Company to sold-out audiences.
Bri is a Brisbane-based writer and the Founding Editor of Hot Chicks with Big Brains. Bri is qualified to practice law, but doesn’t, and her first book, Eggshell Skull, a memoir about sexism in the justice system, will be published by Allen & Unwin next year.
Emily Maguire is the author of five novels, including An Isolated Incident, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize. Emily enjoys a high-profile in Australia as a social commentator, and her articles and essays on sex, religion and culture have been published widely. She is a Stella Schools Ambassador and was a judge of the 2016 Stella Prize.
Yen-Rong is a Brisbane-based writer, and the founding editor of Pencilled In. Her work has been published in the Guardian, the Lifted Brow, Overland, Feminartsy, and more. She is currently working on a non-fiction manuscript which explores the impacts of growing up Christian and Chinese on her attitudes towards sex, drugs, and music.