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 novelist from Brisbane. Her work has been awarded the Miles Franklin Award, the Queensland Deloitte Literary Prize, the Nita B. Kibble Award, The Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing, and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Melissa has been short or longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, the Stella Award, the DUBLIN Impact Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and a founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside. Her most recent novel, Too Much Lip (UQP) won the 2019 Miles Franklin Award and 2019 Qld Literary Awards for Best Novel. She is currently working on a new novel.