Kimberley Starr is an Australian novelist and teacher whose novels have won and been shortlisted for multiple literary awards, including the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the Text Publishing YA Prize. She lives with her sons and their labrador in semi-rural Victoria and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing. Kimberley’s latest novel, Torched, was published by Pantera Press in March 2020. Her debut novel, The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies, won the 2003 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author. She has a degree in mediaeval literature, and travelled through Turkey and Israel to research The Book of Whispers.
Garry Disher lives on the Mornington Peninsula and is one of Australia’s best-known authors. Born on a farm in South Australia, he decided in childhood to become a writer, influenced by a love of reading, his father’s creative bedtime storytelling, and the isolation of farm life. After gaining a BA from Adelaide University, he worked and travelled widely in the UK, Europe and Africa, before moving to Victoria and further study at Monash University. Meanwhile his short stories were winning awards and appearing in literary magazines, and on the strength of these he was awarded a creative-writing fellowship to Stanford University in California.
Back in Melbourne, Garry wrote and taught part time for many years before becoming a full-time writer. He’s now published over 50 books: fiction for adults and children, creative writing handbooks and history textbooks. His crime novels are highly regarded overseas, appearing on best-seller and best books of the year lists and winning the Deutsche Krimi Preis three times. He’s won Best Crime Novel twice in Australia, and in 2018 received the Australian Crime Writers Association Lifetime Achievement award. His latest novels are the third ‘Hirsch’ crime novel, Consolation (the first two were best sellers and won awards), and the literary novel, Her.
Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter whose projects include feature film Relic. The Nowhere Child is his first book and one of Australia’s bestselling debut novels ever. An early draft of this novel won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Since publication The Nowhere Child has been shortlisted for major awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards’ General Fiction Book of the Year and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and the Indie Book Awards’ Debut Fiction Book of the Year. Rights to The Nowhere Child have been sold in 17 international territories, and has been acquired for a major screen deal. Christian’s keenly awaited second book, The Wife and the Widow, was published by Affirm Press in 2019 and became an instant bestseller. Clickbait, a television series Christian co-created with Tony Ayres (The Slap) is currently in production for Netflix. Christian lives in Melbourne with his wife, filmmaker Summer DeRoche, and their adopted greyhound, Issy.