Ann-Marie Priest grew up in country South Australia, but has lived most of her adult life in rural Queensland. She is the author of A Free Flame: Australian Women Writers and Vocation in the Twentieth Century, which was highly commended in the 2016 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and Great Writers, Great Loves: The Reinvention of Love in the Twentieth Century. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Australian Book Review, Meanjin, Southerly, The Weekend Australian and The Age.
In 2017, she won the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for a forthcoming biography of poet Gwen Harwood. She has a PhD in English literature and teaches at Central Queensland University.
Melissa Ashley is a writer, poet, birder and academic who tutors in poetry and creative writing at the University of Queensland. She has published a collection of poems, The Hospital for Dolls, short stories, essays and articles. What started out as research for a PhD dissertation on Elizabeth Gould became a labour of love and her first novel, The Birdman’s Wife, which has been printed in three formats. Melissa’s second novel, The Bee and the Orange Tree, was published in November 2019 with Affirm Press.