Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. Of Chinese-Australian heritage, she was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne. Her short story collection Australia Day won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Book Award for debut fiction and the 2017 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Room for a Stranger is her second book.
Jessica White is the author of A Curious Intimacy (Viking, 2007), for which she was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist. The novel was shortlisted for the Dobbie prize and the Western Australia Premier’s awards, and longlisted for the international IMPAC award. Her second novel Entitlement was published in 2012 (Viking). Jessica’s short stories, essays and poems have appeared widely in Australian and international literary journals and have been shortlisted or longlisted for major prizes. Jessica is also the recipient of funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts and has undertaken residencies in Hobart and Rome. She currently researches and lectures at The University of Queensland, where she is writing an eco biography of Western Australia’s first female scientist, 19th century botanist Georgiana Molloy. Hearing Maud, her hybrid memoir about deafness, is her third book.