Winnie Dunn is a Tongan writer from Mount Druitt in Western Sydney. Winnie is currently the manager of Sweatshop — a Western Sydney Literacy Movement — and has just graduated from a Bachelor of Arts at Western Sydney University. Winnie’s work has been published in The Vocal, The Big Black Thing, Voiceworks and Griffith Review.
Erin Gough is the author of the Ampersand Prize-winning novel, The Flywheel, which was also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards (Older Readers) and the Gold Inky Awards. Her second novel, Amelia Westlake, was published in April this year.
Phoebe Phoebe Grainer is a Djungan woman from Far North Queensland. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2016. Phoebe is a member of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. She is currently developing a collection of short stories and essays for The Big Black Thing and SBS Life.
Jenna Guillaume is a journalist and author based in Sydney. She has a two-book deal with Pan Macmillan, with her debut Young Adult novel, Maisie, coming out in 2019. She is also Editor-at-Large for BuzzFeed Australia, where she writes about very important things like pop culture, identity, feminism, social media, and the Hemsworth brothers. Previously she worked in the features department of Girlfriend magazine.
Hawraa Kash uses the medium of spoken word poetry as a tool to explore areas of her identity, such as heritage and faith. She also endeavours to utilise her platform to create a safe space for conversations around issues such as mental health, bullying and social constructs. Hawraa strives to shatter stereotypes, her writing transcends the typical and ventures into the realms of her own trials and tribulations, hopes and aspirations in a way that regular dialogue can’t.
Michelle Law is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, theatre, film and 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 and at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney.
Creative partners in writing crimes, Georgia Lejeune and Sonya Gellert are co-editors of littlewren.com.au. They met while completing a masters degree in writing, editing and publishing, and bonded over a mutual love of printed things. They both work as editors and freelance writers in print and digital publishing in Sydney.
Amelia Lush was the recipient of the 2016 Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year Award and the 2014 Elizabeth Reilly Fellowship for Children’s Bookselling. Over her career, she has been on literary judging panels such as the ABIA Awards, Indie Awards and the Richell Prize. Amelia has a decade of frontline bookselling under her belt, and loves nothing more than delving into discussions with others who share a passion for literature.
Lizzie Nagy is a Sydney cartoonist and printmaker. She believes that graphic novels can do more than tell a great story – they dance your eyes through it.
She’s the organiser of a comics workshop day called Draw Make Say Think, and her comics are published in The Lifted Brow.
Zoya Patel founded Feminartsy in 2014, following four years as Editor-in-Chief of Lip Magazine. She has been writing about feminist issues since the age of 15, and has had work published in a number of publications. Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize in 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. Her debut book, No-Country Woman will be released by Hachette Australia in August 2017.
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman. She is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines has been selected for Bologna Book Fair 2018, and she was a runner up for the 2017 Nakata Brophy Prize.
Saman Shad is a freelance writer for a number of publications including The Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, SBS, news.com, and various newspapers in the UK. She also writes plays and makes radio programs. Saman used to be a scriptwriter for a BBC radio drama series and has made radio documentaries for the ABC. Her plays have been performed in Australia and the UK and her short stories have been published in British and Australian anthologies. She has recently received development funding from Screen Australia to develop her screenplay, One of Us.