Emily Philip is a former indie bookseller and book reviewer who now works at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. From her earliest years, Emily has loved stories – in books, on screen, performed, spoken, overheard. Emily’s own story is rather small and set entirely in Brisbane, but if books have taught her anything (and of course they have), she knows that even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
Hilde Hinton avoided being a writer for many years, but finally succumbed earlier this year with the release of her debut novel 'The Loudness of Unsaid Things'. She lives in a boisterous house in Melbourne with a revolving door for the temporarily defeated, and she takes great pride in people leaving slightly better than when they arrived.
Bem Le Hunte is the author of several short stories and four novels. 'The Seduction of Silence' and 'There, Where the Pepper Grows', have become number one bestsellers and been published internationally to critical acclaim. 'Elephants with Headlights' is her latest novel, published in 2020 just before COVID struck!
She is also a Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, where she’s the founding Director of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, a transdisciplinary, future-facing degree that teaches creativity across 25 different disciplines and explores the porous boundaries between fields, disciplines and industries. She has a BA and MA in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University and a Creative Doctorate from the University of Sydney (where she wrote an exegesis on the relationship between creativity and transcendence). Bem has also worked through three decades in the creative industries, and is currently researching creativity in education. Writing has always been her elemental passion, and the gift of this calling has allowed her to flourish in many ways and worlds – well beyond the written word.
Favel Parrett's career was launched with her acclaimed debut PAST THE SHALLOWS. It was shortlisted in the Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. THERE WAS STILL LOVE, Favel's third novel, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and won Book of the Year - The Indie Book Awards 2020. She lives in Victoria and is passionate about surfing and dingoes. You can find out more about Favel Parrett at www.favelparrett.com.au