Peter Polites is a Greek-Australian writer from Bankstown. He is the Associate Director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and the editor of Ornaments from Two Countries, an anthology of LGBTIQ literature from Western Sydney and regional NSW. Peter’s short stories and essays have been published in Overland, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, Westside and The Big Black Thing. He is also the co-writer of the award-winning web-series, ILUVUBUT, http://iluvubut.tv/episodes/, and cowriter of Urban Theatre Projects’ production, Home Country, which premiered in the 2017 Sydney Festival. Peter’s debut novel, Down the Hume, was published by Hachette in 2017.
Jill Eddington joined University of Queensland Press in March this year as CE0. Jill has a long association with the literary sector nationally. She is particularly known for her seven years as Director at Byron Bay Writers Festival and, most recently, as the Director, Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts.
Melissa Lucashenko is a multi-award winning Goorie writer. Her 2013 novel Mullumbimby was awarded the Deloitte Queensland Literary Award for Fiction, won the Victorian Premier's Prize for Indigenous Writing, and was longlisted for both the Stella and Miles Franklin awards as well as the Dublin IMPAC Literary Prize 2015. Melissa was awarded the 2016 CAL Fellowship to work on her new novel, Too Much Lip, out in 2018.
Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, as well as a founding member of the prisoner’s human rights group, Sisters Inside. She writes passionately about ordinary people and the extraordinary lives they lead.