Leanne is the award-winning author of This Is Shyness and Queen of the Night. Her writing has appeared in Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin and Best Australian Stories.
Nicole is an author, speaker and writing teacher. Her first book, The Whole of My World, was longlisted for the 2014 Golden Inky Award; her second novel is One True Thing.
Simmone writes young adult fiction and screenplays. She is the author of Everything Beautiful, Girl Defective and Notes from the Teenage Underground, which won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Young Adult Fiction.
Bec Kavanagh is a writer, reviewer and educator. A YA specialist, she was the founder of A Thousand Words Festival, which celebrated young adult fiction. Bec is the Schools Manager for the Stella Prize.
Cate Kennedy is a prizewinning author of two short-story collections, Dark Roots and Like a House on Fire, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Stella Prize. She is also the author of a novel, The World Beneath; a travel memoir, Sing, and Don’t Cry; and the poetry collections Joyflight, Signs of Other Fires and The Taste of River Water.
Melissa’s first book, Life in Outer Space, was the winner of the inaugural Ampersand Project. Her second book is The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl.
Rebecca Lim is a writer, illustrator and lawyer based in Melbourne and the author of 16 books for children and young adult readers, which champion strong female protagonists and greater representations of diversity. Her most recent novels are The Astrologer’s Daughter (A Kirkus Best Book of 2015 and CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers) and Afterlight. Shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Davitt Award and Aurealis Award for YA, Rebecca’s work has also been longlisted for the Gold Inky and the David Gemmell Legend Award. Lim is the bestselling author of Mercy and her novels have been translated into German, French, Turkish, Portuguese and Polish.
Kirsty Murray is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Her many publications include the historical fiction quartet Children of the Wind, and also The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie, which won the 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Book and was longlisted for the 2014 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers.
Alice Pung is a writer and lawyer whose books include Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Laurinda. She is also the editor of the anthology Growing up Asian in Australia. Alice’s books are studied in secondary schools and universities in Australia as well as the United States, and she has taught writing workshops to students from the ages of 8 to 80 in Australia, China and the States.
Ellie Marney is a teacher and young adult author whose books include Every Breath, Every Word and Every Move. She has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards.
Lili is the award-winning author of ten books for young adults, including Pink, Scatterheart and Green Valentine. Lili established the insideadog.com.au website, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Her latest book is The Boundless Sublime.
CBCA-shortlisted Six Impossible Things was Fiona Wood’s first novel. Her second novel, Wildlife, won the 2014 CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers. It was also shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Award and the Victorian and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her third novel, Cloudwish, was published in 2015. Before writing YA fiction, Fiona worked as a television screenwriter.
Myke Bartlett’s Young Adult novel Fire In The Sea won the 2011 Text Prize. A trained journalist, Myke is culture writer for The Weekly Review and his work can often be found on magazine racks, newsstands and the internet. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and daughter.
Tony Birch was a judge of the Stella Prize in 2014 and 2015. He is the author of Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, The Promise, Blood, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award, and Ghost River, which was longlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Tony teaches writing at Victoria University.
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