Nicholas Carah is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts are The University of Queensland. His research examines our experience with the participatory and algorithmic cultre of digital media. He's particularly interested in how brands use digital media to shape our cultural spaces and practices. He is the author of Brand Machines, Sensory Media and Calculative Culture (2016), Media & Society: production, content and participation (2015) and Pop Brands: branding, popular music and young people (2010), and co-editor of Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media (2018).
Peggy Frew’s work has appeared in New Australian Stories 2, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, and The Big Issue. Islands is her third novel. Her first, House of Sticks, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and was shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing. Hope Farm, her second, won the Barbara Jefferis Award, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.