Frances is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. She was born in England and spent her childhood pinballed across continents before settling near the beach in Sydney. A journalist by trade, she now works freelance. Her work has been published in a range of online and print outlets. Her debut novel, YA Stars Like Us, was published in 2020, and previously won the Hardie Grant Egmont Ampersand Prize in 2018 and the Varuna-Black Inc Publisher Introduction Program in 2017.
Sophie Gonzales was born and raised in Whyalla, South Australia, where the Outback Meets the Sea, and has now moved halfway across the state to settle in Adelaide. Sophie loves punk music, frilly pink skirts, and juxtapositions. She writes young adult queer contemporary fiction with memorable characters, biting wit and endless heart.
Gary Lonesborough is a Yuin man, who grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW as part of a large and proud Aboriginal family. Growing up a massive Kylie Minogue and North Queensland Cowboys fan, Gary was always writing as a child, and continued his creative journey when he moved to Sydney to study at film school. Gary has experience working in Aboriginal health, the disability sector (including experience working in the Youth Justice System), and the film industry. The Boy from the Mish is Gary's debut YA novel.
My essay in this anthology is titled 'Noisy Silence'. One in five Australians has a disability. And disability presents itself in many ways. Yet disabled people are still underrepresented in the media and in literature. Growing Up Disabled in Australia is the fifth book in the highly acclaimed, bestselling Growing Up series. It includes interviews with prominent Australians such as Senator Jordon Steele-John and Paralympian Isis Holt, poetry and graphic art, as well as more than 40 original pieces by writers with a disability or chronic illness. Contributors include Dion Beasley, Astrid Edwards, Jessica Walton, Carly-Jay Metcalfe, Gayle Kennedy and El Gibbs.
Rhiannon Wilde was a high school English teacher before devoting herself to writing full-time in Brisbane cafes whilst listening to Cub Sport. Her debut YA novel, 'Henry Hamlet's Heart', will be released in July 2021.