Dr Julia Baird is a globally renowned author and award-winning journalist. She hosts The Drum on ABC TV and writes columns for The New York Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. After the publication of her first book, Media Tarts – based on her history PhD on the portrayal of female politicians – she moved to the United States to take up a fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2007, she became senior editor of Newsweek in New York. Her work has earned her four Walkley Our Watch awards, a Walkley Award for team election reporting, and two further Walkley nominations. Julia’s bestselling biography of Queen Victoria was published in several countries to critical acclaim and was one of The New York Times' top ten books of 2016. She lives near the sea with two children, a tyrannical cat and an abnormally large dog.
Juliet Rieden has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working between the UK and Australia for a variety of magazines and newspapers as a writer and editor. She is currently Editor-at-Large at The Australian Women's Weekly, where she also works as the Books Editor and Royal Correspondent. Juliet is also a non-fiction author. Her books include The Writing on the Wall, a personal memoir and investigation into what happened to her father and his family during the Holocaust Rising Heart, a memoir which Juliet ghost wrote with Aminata Conteh-Biger, a Sierra Leonean refugee who was brutally kidnapped by rebels during the war and escaped to Australia in the nation’s first intake of refugees from the Sierra Leone civil war and , The Royals in Australia, an illustrated investigation behind the scenes of almost 150 years of royal visits for which she was granted access to the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle.