Kiran Millwood Hargrave (b. 1990) is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. Her bestselling works for children include The Girl of Ink & Stars, and have won numerous awards including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, and the Blackwell's Children's Book of the Year, and been shortlisted for prizes such as the Costa Children's Book Award and the Blue Peter Best Story Award. The Merciesis her first novel for adults. Kiran lives by the river in Oxford, with her husband, artist Tom de Freston, and their rescue cat, Luna.
Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer and facilitator. She regularly interviews and conducts panel discussions at writers and ideas festivals. She's presented radio programs & conducted interviews on ABC RN, Local Radio and Classic FM. Recent interviews include Margaret Atwood, Trent Dalton, Holly Ringland and Tim Flannery.