Phillip Adams is one of Australia’s best-known broadcasters and a highly popular columnist for The Australian’s weekend magazine. Bedtime Stories is his 19th book.
Ali Alizadeh is a writer of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama and literary criticism. Ashes in the Air is his sixth book.
Margaret Allen is the CEO and State Librarian of the State Library of Western Australia.
Brian Armstrong is an Australian journalist, filmmaker and the author of The Exotic Booze Club .
Margaret Atwood is a giant of modern literature, and the recipient of numerous awards including the Man Booker Prize. She is best known for classics such as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood.
Sean E Avery is a writer and illustrator of children’s picture books, graphic designer and sculptor. All Monkeys Love Bananas is his first picture book.
Dr Dawn Barker is a Child Psychiatrist. She grew up in Scotland, and studied Medicine at Aberdeen University. In 2001 she moved to Australia, completed her psychiatric training and began writing.
Myke Bartlett is a journalist who writes about politics, movies, pop culture and rock music. Fire in the Sea is his novel for young adults.
Kunal Basu was born in Calcutta and is the author of four novels, The Yellow Emperor’s Cure, The Opium Clerk, The Miniaturist and Racists, in addition to a book of short stories called The Japanese Wife.
Parker Bilal is the pen name of Jamal Mahjoub and has published seven critically acclaimed literary novels, which have been widely translated. His most recent book, Dogstar Rising, is part of his Detective Makana series.
Delys Bird is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities, UWA. She is a long-time co-editor of Westerly, and Chair of the Board of writingWA.
Jesse Blackadder is an award-winning short-story writer and freelance journalist, fascinated by landscapes and belonging. Chasing the Light, her latest novel, is about the first woman to reach Antarctica.
Karen Blair works part time as a primary school art teacher whilst continuing her career in picture book illustration. Granny Grommet and Me is her most recent book.
Wayne Blair's debut feature film The Sapphires had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival and became the highest grossing Australian film of 2012.
Julian Bolleter is an awarded landscape architect who lectures and researches at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC). His latest work is Made in Australia.
Frank Bongiorno is the author of The Sex Lives of Australians. He is Associate Professor of History at the Australian National University and has been a regular contributor to The Canberra Times.
James Bradley is the author of three novels, Wrack, The Deep Field and The Resurrectionist, and a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus. He is also the editor of The Penguin Book of the Ocean. In 2012 he was awarded the Pascall Prize for Criticism.
Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for The Guardian. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Elle, GQ, The Observer and The New Republic. The Antidote is his latest book.
Deborah Burrows is a lawyer and writer. A Stranger in My Street was her first novel. She lives in Perth.
James Button worked as a speechwriter to former prime minister, Kevin Rudd, and has also been a journalist for Fairfax. Speechless is a highly personal account of his time in Canberra.
John Cantwell is former deputy chief of the army. He retired from the Australian Army in 2012 after a 38-year career. Exit Wounds is his personal account of life in the Army.
Isobelle Carmody has written some of our greatest works of fantasy and is best known for The Obernewtyn Chronicles. Short story collections Green Monkey Dreams and Metro Winds are her latest books.
Alan Carter’s is the author of crime novel, PRIME CUT, and an established director of TV documentaries including the SBS series WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? His second novel is due out late 2013.
Antonio Casella's body of work includes the novels: Southfalia, The Sensualist, Men and Fathers. An Olive Branch for Sante, his new novel, is due to be published in early 2013.
Belinda Castles works as an editor and is the author of Falling Woman and The River Baptists. Hannah and Emil is her newest book.
Michael Champion (PhD, London) teaches classics and medieval and early modern studies at the University of Western Australia. He is an expert on the intellectual and cultural history of late antiquity.
Lily Chan was born in Kyoto and now resides in Melbourne. Toyo is her debut novel and is part memoir, part fiction.
Emma Chapman currently lives in Perth. How to be a Good Wife is her debut novel.
David Cohen reports on crime, Claremont, and Cottesloe for POST Newspapers, and tutors journalism students at Curtin University. His novels and short stories have been rejected by many publishers.
Ian Cook teaches Australian politics, political philosophy and media politics at Murdoch University and is the co-author/editor of three texts on Australian politics.
Jane is an award-winning wordsmith and magazine editor with more than 20 years' experience as a features writer, writing teacher and journalist.
Anne de Courcy is a revered writer and journalist. In the 1970s she was Woman’s Editor on the London Evening News and is also a former featurewriter for both the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail. The Fishing Fleet is her new book.
Robin de Crespigny is a filmmaker. She spent three years working with Ali Al Jenabi to write his story for her first book, The People Smuggler.
Andrew Croome is a writer and reviewer. His first work of fiction was Document Z, a historical novel about the Cold War. His new book is the intriguing spy thriller Midnight Empire.
Amanda Curtin is a writer and freelance book editor who has won many Australian literary awards.
Bonnie Davies, a comedian from Perth, performed her first solo show in Edinburgh 2011 and can be seen regularly at local venues, festivals and occasionally her parents kitchen.
Justin runs Comedy at Lime Pictures, which is the UK's largest regional indie and producer of Hollyoaks, Geordie Shore and the smash hit The Only Way is Essex. He also works closely with Australian producers.
Janet teaches Indonesian cooking at her Casa Luna cooking school and is the author of Fragrant Rice, Bali: The Food of My Island Home and To Stir With Love: Musings on Living, Loving and Cooking in Bali.
Robert Dessaix is a writer, translator, broadcaster and occasional essayist. As I Was Saying, a collection of musings, is his latest work.
Jared Diamond is the author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, and international bestseller Collapse. His writing has been influential in the fields of anthropology, biology, ornithology, ecology and history.
Alan R Dodge is an art advisor and the former director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Jon Doust is a writer, professional speaker, big ideas inspirer and community projects facilitator. His latest novel is To the Highlands.
Meri Fatin is a presenter on RTRFM, producer at 720 ABC Perth and host of the Fremantle Arts Centre’s annual Fashion Talks series.
Shamini Flint lives in Singapore and is a writer, part-time lecturer and environmental activist. A Curious Indian Cadaver is the latest in her Inspector Singh Investigates series.
James Foley is an illustrator best known for The Last Viking. In the Lion is his latest picture book.
Sara Foster divides her time between writing, book editing and being a mum. Her passions include the natural world, photography and travel. She is the author of three novels.
Zoë Foster has been an editor, columnist and magazine beauty director. She is the author of three novels, the most recent being, The Younger Man.
John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal. He is the Editor-In-Chief of Granta and lives in New York.
Anna Funder is the author of the international bestsellers Stasiland and All That I Am. She is widely considered one of Australia’s brightest literary stars.
Geoff Gallop was the premier of Western Australia from 2001 to 2006 and is currently the Director of the Graduate School of Government at The University of Sydney. Politics, Society, Self is his latest work.
Vivienne is a poet and a playwright. Her poetry collections are A Simple Rain and The Softness of Water and her poems are published in anthologies and journals. Her plays have been produced in Australia and overseas.
Gus Gordon is an illustrator and author. His first picture book, Wendy, is about a motorcycle-riding stunt chicken. Herman and Rosie is his second picture book.
Jenny Gregory is a Professor of History at The University of Western Australia.
Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s finest writers. Sarah Thornhill is the sequel to her bestselling novel, The Secret River.
Andy Griffiths is the author of over 20 books, including nonsense verse, short stories, comic novels and plays. The 26-Storey Treehouse is his latest hilarious children’s book.
With multiple awards to his credit, Greg Haddrick is one of Australia’s leading writer/producers.
Gideon Haigh has been writing about sport and business for more than 20 years. He wrote regularly for The Guardian during the 2006–07 Ashes series. His latest books are The Office and On Warne.
Jacinta Halloran works as a GP in Melbourne. She is the author of two novels, Dissection and Pilgrimage, and her short stories have been published in numerous publications.
John Harman is a novelist, journalist, film and television scriptwriter, and is frequently commissioned as a ghost-writer.
Dennis Haskell is an Emeritus Professor of English in the School of Humanities at The University of Western Australia
Anita Heiss is a writer, poet, activist, social commentator and academic. She is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales. Am I Black Enough for You? is her latest book.
Peter Heller is an award-winning adventure writer and author of several nonfiction books. The Dog Stars is his debut novel.
David Hill has been chairman then managing director of the ABC and is the author of the bestsellers The Forgotten Children and 1788. He lives in Sydney.
Andrea Hirata was born in Indonesia. In 2004, Hirata was a tsunami disaster relief volunteer in Aceh, seeing the devastation prompted him to write an autobiographic novel about his childhood, The Rainbow Troops.
Carina Oanh Hoang - Author/Editor of Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus and Special Representative for UNHCR in Australia
Tom Holland is the author of Rubicon, Persian Fire and the highly acclaimed Millennium in addition to his latest novel, In the Shadow of the Sword. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio and writes both fiction and nonfiction.
Kyle Hughes-Odgers is a painter, illustrator and installation artist. He illustrated the picture book Ten Tiny Things.
From marathons to minnows, sheep dogs to Snoop Dogg, Ara Jansen’s writing history is extremely diverse. A journalist for more than two decades she’s fascinated by people’s stories.
Scott Johnson covered the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa, as a journalist, reporting on politics and current affairs. The Wolf and the Watchman tells of his CIA childhood.
Susan Johnson is a novelist and memoirist. Her books include A Better Woman, Hungry Ghosts, Women Love Sex, Life in Seven Mistakes, The Broken Book and most recently My Hundred Lovers.
Toni Jordan’s debut novel was the award-winning Addition. Her most recent novel is the highly acclaimed Nine Days.
Kooshyar Karimi was born in Teheran, Iran. I Confess is his story of survival after being kidnapped by the Islamic Secret Service.
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is the editor of Best Australian Essays and was the presenter of ABC Radio National’s The Book Show. Her most recent book is By the Book.
Michelle de Kretser is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, The Lost Dog and most recently Questions of Travel.
Ambelin Kwaymullina teaches law and illustrates picture books. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is her first novel.
LA Larkin divides her time between writing thrillers, public speaking engagements and running thriller-writing courses. Thirst is her latest novel.
Iris Lavell is a playwright, author, actor and psychologist. Elsewhere in Success is her first novel.
Benjamin Law is the author of Gaysia and The Family Law. He is a contributor to Frankie magazine and his writing has also appeared in The Monthly, The Big Issue and The Courier-Mail.
Julia Lawrinson is currently Principal Research Officer attached to the Committees of the Legislative Assembly in Perth. Her Young Adult books include: Obsession, Bye, Beautiful, The Push, and most recently Losing It.
Perth-born Bevan has been a central figure in Australian commercial television writing for over thirty years.
Lynne Leonhardt was born in the South West of Western Australia and grew up on an orchard in a small rural community. Finding Jasper is her first book.
Alison Lester is current Children’s Laureate and is best known for her picture books: Are We There Yet?, Running with the Horses, One Small Island and most recently Sophie Scott Goes South.
Natasha Lester’s short stories and poems have been widely published in journals such as Overland, Indigo Journal and Wet Ink. Her second novel is If I Should Lose You.
Michael Leunig has been drawing and writing for Australian newspapers since 1965. His most recent book is The Essential Leunig: Cartoons from a Winding Path.
Steve Lewis has been reporting politics since 1992 and has survived the near collapse of the Fairfax media group and three prime ministers. The Marmalade Files is his first book, co-written with colleague Chris Uhlmann.
Zane Lovitt was a documentary filmmaker before turning his hand to crime fiction. The Midnight Promise is his latest book.
James has presented Saturday Breakfast on 720ABC Perth for the past 5 years with the aim of bringing challenging and inspirational guests to a large weekend audience.
Tony Malkovic is a freelance writer/journalist, presenter and runs Hyde Park Media, a company that helps people improve their writing and communication skills.
David Marr is an author, journalist, editor, reporter and presenter. Quarterly Essay 47:Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott is his latest work.
Chris Masters is Australia’s best-known investigative reporter and is the author of the bestselling book, Jonestown. His latest book is Uncommon Soldier.
John Mateer is an award-winning poet. Southern Barbarians is his 17th collection of poems published in Australia.
Mardi McConnochie is the author of four novels, her most recent being The Voyagers. She has also written scripts for Home and Away, McLeod’s Daughters, Always Greener and Pacific Drive.
Hannah McGlade specialises in human rights law and her work has been the subject of many publications and test cases concerning Aboriginal human rights.
Maxine McKew’s 30-year career spans both politics and journalism. Her first book is Tales from the Political Trenches.
Meg McKinlay is a children’s writer and poet. Definitely No Ducks is the sequel to her bestselling Duck for a Day.
Ross McMullin is a historian and biographer whose latest work, Farewell, Dear People, is about Australia’s lost generation.
James Meek is the author of highly acclaimed novels, The People’s Act of Love and We are Now Beginning our Descent. His journalism has won a number of British and international awards. The Heart Broke In, his latest novel, is epic in scope and full of scandal, moral dilemmas and love.
Geraldine Mellet has worked as a radio and TV broadcaster, columnist, scriptwriter, MC and media coach. She is currently Western Australian coordinator of the Every Australian Counts campaign lobbying for a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Dr Helen Merrick is a critic and editor specialising in science fiction/fantasy and women’s fiction.
Angela Meyer is a Melbourne-based writer, reviewer and blogger at literaryminded.com.au.
Susan Midalia is a writer and freelance editor who conducts workshops on short story writing. Her latest collection of short stories is entitled An Unknown Sky.
China Miéville’s work has drawn comparison with the works of Kafka, Orwell and Philip K. Dick. Railsea, a wildly inventive fantasy, is his latest work.
Drusilla Modjeska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers and the author of bestselling Stravinsky’s Lunch. The Mountain is her first novel.
David Morley’s poetry, including his collection Enchantment, has won many awards. He coedited The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing in 2012.
Loretta Napoleoni is the bestselling author of Maonomics, Rogue Economics, Terror Incorporated, Insurgent Iraq and now 10 Years that Shook the World. She is an expert on terrorist financing and is a regular media commentator for CNN, Sky and BBC, as well as columnist for several European financial papers.
Rosemary Neill is a Walkley-Award winning journalist for The Australian. Her book, White Out: How Politics is Killing Black Australia, was shortlisted in the NSW and Premier’s Literary Awards.
Lawrence Norfolk is the bestselling author of Lemprière’s Dictionary, The Pope’s Rhinoceros, In the Shape of a Boar and most recently John Saturnall’s Feast. His journalism and reviews have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout Europe and America.
Caroline Overington has written four novels: Ghost Child, I Came to Say Goodbye, Matilda is Missing and most recently Sisters of Mercy.
Chris Owen is a former radio journalist and newsreader. My Superhero is his first book for children.
Rob Payne is the author of five comedic novels, including Sushi Daze and Working Class Zero. He has done one ill-advised comedy show, written sketch comedy and in 2012 covered the Perth International Comedy Festival for the West Australian.
David Petrarca is an American director and producer of theatre, television and film. His recent work as a director includes HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Big Love, Hung and True Blood.
Ailsa Piper has worked as a writer, theatre director, teacher, radio broadcaster, speaker and actor. Her book Sinning Across Spain follows her journey from Granada to Galicia.
Steven Poole is the author of Trigger Happy, Unspeak and now You Aren’t What You Eat. He has written extensively on books and culture for The Guardian and other publications, and has appeared on BBC television, BBC radio, NPR and ABC radio.
Kevin Powers served in the US Army in 2004 and 2005 in Iraq, where he was deployed as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar. The Yellow Birds is his debut novel.
Ian Reid is a widely published author of literary and historical nonfiction. He is a Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia and Emeritus Professor at Curtin University. That Untravelled World is his latest book.
Peter Robb is the author of Midnight in Sicily, M, A Death in Brazil and Streetfight in Naples. His latest book is Lives.
Rachel Robertson is the author of the memoir Reaching One Thousand and a lecturer in Professional Writing and Publishing at Curtin University.
Nicolas Rothwell is the award-winning author of Heaven and Earth, Wings of the Kite-Hawk, Another Country, The Red Highway and Journeys to the Interior. Belomor is his latest novel.
Bruce Russell published his award-winning first novel, Jacob’s Air, in the 1990s. Two more novels followed: The Chelsea Manifesto (1999) and Channelling Henry (2003), set in New York. This year will see the launch of his new novel Reunion.
Rosemary Sayer is an international business communications professional and published author of two biographies. She has served on the board of writingWA for three years.
Dr Sarah Schladow is a businesswoman and an academic with a broad range of cultural and literary interests. She has taught at Curtin University, and presented Full Circle radio program on RTRFM for many years.
Stephen Scourfield is a writer who is passionate about travel, music and the wide brown land of Australia. His books include Other Country and most recently As the River Runs.
Bron Sibree is an Australian freelance journalist who has made a successful living writing for various publications in Australia and Asia for 20 years.
Graeme Simsion is an IT consultant and data analyst, and a Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne University. His novel The Rosie Project is based on his screenplay of the same name.
Annabel Smith’s first novel was A New Map of the Universe; her latest book is Whisky, Charlie, Foxtrot.
Ahdaf Soueif is one of the most respected voices in journalism and political commentary, as well as one of literature’s leading lights. She was born in Cairo and is the author of Aisha, Sandpiper, In the Eye of the Sun and the bestselling novel The Map of Love, as well as her latest work, Cairo.
Dr Tim Soutphommasane is a political theorist/philosopher and commentator, lecturer at Monash University, and columnist with The Age. Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From: Why Multiculturalism Works is his latest book.
Edward St Aubyn has been compared to literary greats such as Evelyn Waugh and Oscar Wilde. His superbly acclaimed Melrose novels are Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk and At Last.
Glenn B Swift is a distinctly West Australian Storyteller and performs regularly at Perth Zoo, community events, literary festivals and suburban and country libraries.
Madeleine Thien is the author of the collection of short stories Simple Recipes and the novels Certainty and Dogs at the Perimeter.
Karen Thompson Walker is a former book editor, who wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work. She lives in Brooklyn and is a fast-rising literary star.
Gene Tilbrook’s is a member of the board of PIAF and Bell Shakespeare; a councilor of Curtin University; a director of companies in infrastructure, transport, property and manufacturing; and an occasional speaker on economic and corporate trends.
Laura Tingle is political editor of The Australian Financial Review. She appears regularly on Radio National’s Late Night Live and ABC-TV’s Insiders. Her latest work is Quarterly Essay 46: Great Expectations.
Dianne Touchell is a Western Australian author whose hilarious and heartbreaking debut novel is Creepy & Maud.
Chris Uhlmann is one of Australia’s best-known and most respected political broadcasters. He has joined creative forces with Steve Lewis and written The Marmalade Files.
David Uren is the author of The Kingdom and the Quarry: China, Australia, Fear and Greed; and is the economics editor of The Australian.
Tineke Van der Eecken is a Belgian-born multilingual Australian writer and is the author of 'Cafe d'Afrique’. She writes and performs multilingual poetry, which won awards at the 2011 Ubud Readers and Writers Festival and the 2011 Karen W Treanor Poetry Prize.
Julienne van Loon is a Senior Lecturer in creative writing at Curtin University and author of several fiction and nonfiction works.
Vikki Wakefield’s first novel for Young Adults is All I Ever Wanted, her second novel is Friday Brown
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and former editor of The Monthly magazine. She is the author of Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia and is the host of the Wheeler Centre’s Fifth Estate series.
Geordie Williamson is Chief Literary Critic of The Australian newspaper. The Burning Library is his first book.
Josh Wilson is the Deputy Mayor of the City of Fremantle and has published travel writing, short fiction and literary journalism.
Dianne Wolfer is author of 12 books for teenagers and younger readers. She has two new books, Lighthorse Boy and Granny, Grommet and Me.
Steve Worland has worked extensively in film and television in Australia and America. Velocity is his latest book.
William Yeoman is Books Editor and Senior Arts Writer for The West Australian.