The Hon Tim Fischer AC has written seven books since retiring from politics in 2001 on a variety of subjects including titles like Seven Days in Tibet, Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century and Holy See, Unholy Me covering his time as the first resident Australian Ambassador to the Holy See. He has just completed his eagerly awaited biography Maestro John Monash; Australia’s Greatest Citizen General. Tim has diverse interests, from bushwalking in Bhutan and around Tumbarumba to drinking white wine and reading second hand olde railway books, in between swimming and writing He lives in rural Victoria with his wife Judy and two sons.
Paul Daley is an author, journalist, columnist and essayist. He also writes short stories and is working on the first of two related novels set partly in Canberra. He has been a political writer, a foreign affairs and defence correspondent and London correspondent for Fairfax, and national affairs editor for The Bulletin. He has won the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism and the Paul Lyneham Award for Press Gallery Journalism. His most recent book, Canberra, has just been released as part of UNSWP’s acclaimed ‘City Series’. His book Beersheba: A Journey Through Australia’s Forgotten War (2009), was shortlisted for the 2010/11 Prime Minister’s Australian History Prize and won special mention in the Manning Clark House Cultural Awards.
Sulari Gentill set out to study astrophysics, ended up graduating in law, and later abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. Sulari is author of award-winning Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, a series of six (to date) historical crime fiction novels set in the 1930s about Rowland Sinclair, the gentleman artist-cum-amateur-detective. Under the name S.D. Gentill, Sulari also writes a fantasy adventure series called The Hero Trilogy Chasing Odysseus, Trying War and The Blood of Wolves.
Jenny Glazebrook writes inspirational fiction for young adults and is now publishing her Aussie Sky series. Several of her novels have been finalists in the CALEB awards for faith inspired writing. Jenny grew up in Gundagai and lives there with her husband Rob and four children.
Gillian Ingall has worked in the Fashion and Executive Search industries in Hong Kong and Sydney and now lives with her partner on a mixed grazing property in the beautiful Muttama valley. Her first novel The Invitation – a Tale of Greed, Adultery and Political Turmoil was based in Hong Kong and China. She is currently writing another historical novel which is set in France from the time of the French Revolution, through the Napoleonic Wars to the Regency period in England and told through the eyes of a French noblewoman.
Rebecca James has started several university degrees but has yet to place any letters after her name. Despite her highly developed procrastinatory skills she has managed to write a book or two and plans to spend her forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties finishing several more. Her first novel Beautiful Malice became an International Bestseller, closely followed by her novel Sweet Damage. Her third Cooper Bartholomew is Dead was released last year.
Stevi James is a self-published author of ‘A Black Rose For The Angels’ Share is set in 1923 in eastern Canada, harking back to Stephanie’s home country, and deals with prohibition and the after effects of the Irish civil war.
Stevi has always had a love of writing and began with poetry while she was still young. During her university days she became involved with some political fundraising and her writing aspirations built from there.
Freda Nicholls recently published two biographies with Allen & Unwin, Love, Sweat & Tears about International Animal Trainer Zelie Bullen and Back of Beyond the story of outback shearer and pastoralist Hugh Tindall, two ordinary people with extraordinary lives. Freda is currently working with the Australian War Memorial on audio script for the permanent World War One Gallery, whilst researching two future non-fiction books and a possible historical fiction piece set in Gundagai.
Dr. Rochelle Nicholls has worked as a journalist, sports scientist, and medical researcher in Australia, the United States, and Europe. Her latest book, “Joe Quinn Among the Rowdies” [McFarland Inc.], revives the lost story of Australia’s earliest sporting hero, a man who braved the raucous and violent ballparks of nineteenth-century major league baseball to become one of its most beloved figures. She runs a writers’ group in Cootamundra and is presently working on a second Australian sporting biography.
A fifth-generation farmer, Margareta Osborn grew up on her family’s historic dairy farm in Gippsland, Victoria. She completed her HSC and left Gippsland for the bright lights of Melbourne only to jump on a home-bound country train three months later muttering, ‘You can take the girl from the country, but not the country from this girl.’ Now a full-time farmer and author, Marageta has written four rural novels with Random House and is about to launch her third Rose River.
Peter Rees has been a journalist for forty years, working as federal political correspondent for the Melbourne Sun, the West Australian and the Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer Story (2001), Tim Fischer’s Outback Heroes (2002), Killing Juanita: A true story of murder and corruption (2004), which was a winner of the 2004 Ned Kelly Award for Australian crime writing, Desert Boys and Lancaster Men (2013). His widely acclaimed book The Other Anzacs was recently made into a television mini-series Anzac Girls, and he has just released his biography on founder of the Australian War Memorial Charles Bean.
Vivien Thomson is a self-published author who wrote about the journey that firefighters go through after experiencing a major fire event. This is the first book of its kind documenting the trauma and the recovery that they experience. What makes this book so unique is its honesty in the stories they share. There have been very few books authored by a female firefighter.
Biff Ward has worked in radical secondary education, equal opportunity, Indigenous adult education, human resource development and mental illness education. She has had a peripatetic writing career, including writing Father-Daughter Rape, a feminist analysis of the literature from Freud to the early 80s about child sexual abuse (csa) before that term was invented. Her poetry and essays appeared in anthologies in the 80s and 90s. Her memoir, In My Mother’s Hands, is about her family’s experience of her mother’s mental illness at the same time that her father, Russel Ward, was writing The Australian Legend. Biff has three children and four grandchildren.