Simmone Howell’s YA novels include Notes from the Teenage Underground, Girl Defective and Take Three Girls (with Fiona Wood and Cath Crowley). Her non-fiction on houses, pop-culture, maps and memories, has features in various Fairfax publications, Overland, Kill Your Darlings and Dumbo Feather. She is currently undertaking a PhD at LaTrobe University on life-writing and coming of age narratives
Lorin Elizabeth is a spoken word poet, organiser and teaching artist from Thirroul, who co-founded Enough Said Poetry Slam and is published widely including in the Solid Air anthology.
Lorin has performed at Yours & Owls Music Festival, Sydney Opera House and on tour in the USA. She was commissioned for Wollongong Art Gallery’s ‘Future Feminist Archive’ exhibition and leads workshops & panels for The Stella Prize’s Girls Write Up.
Proudly Gamilaroi, Racheal Oak Butler is a writer, musician, performer, self-defence teacher and jack of a few other trades. Racheal has been writing for many years and has amassed a significant body of work including songs, short stories and poetry. Most recently Racheal performed one of these stories, ‘My Calling’ in regional centres and selected cities across Australia as part of the Queestories theatre production. In May 2019 Racheal performed in a reading of Stolen at Hothouse Theatre Company and in October 2019 will embark on a performance tour with Ilbijerri Theatre Company, one of Australia’s leading theatre companies creating innovative works by First Nations artists.
Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Her first book, a memoir called Say Hello, was released in January 2019. .Carly is currently working on editing the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia with Black Inc Books. She writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for news outlets including the ABC, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and SBS and was named one of Australia’s most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She has appeared on ABC TV’s You Can’t Ask That and Cyberhate with Tara Moss, and has been a regular on various ABC radio programs. She has spoken at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the University of Western England and Melbourne University – to name a few. She organised the history-making Access to Fashion – a Melbourne Fashion Week event featuring disabled models. She has a Masters of Communication and Bachelor of eCommerce. Carly identifies as a proud disabled woman – she lives with a rare, severe skin condition, ichthyosis. She also co-hosts a funny podcast called Refreshments Provided that could do with a few more listeners.
Mandy Ord is a Melbourne based illustrator and cartoonist with a long history of self
publishing as well as having a number of published books including Brickdog & Other Stories with Pluto Press, NY and Rooftops with Finlay Lloyd, Galapogos with Glom Press, Sensitive Creatures with Allen & Unwin and When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over with Brow Books. In 2012 Sensitive Creatures received a White Ravens award at the Bologna Book Fair. Mandy’s illustrated children’s book Chalk Boy, published by Allen &Unwin and written by Margaret Wild was shortlisted in 2019 by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.