Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in 30 countries, and has been described as “a game-changer” (Shelf Awareness), “stylistically mesmerising” (Publishers Weekly) and “out-of-this-world awesome” (Kirkus). Her latest series, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, began in 2015 with the international bestseller Illuminae and continued with the international bestseller Gemina. Film rights have been acquired by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. The New York Times bestselling Starbound trilogy, co-authored with Meagan Spooner, began with These Broken Stars in 2013, and continued with This Shattered World and Their Fractured Light. Film rights have been acquired by Off The Grid and MGM. Raised in Australia and Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution, and once got to work as a storytelling consultant at NASA. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.
Jane Gilmore was the founding editor of The King’s Tribune. She is now a freelance journalist and author, with a particular interest in feminism, media and data journalism. Jane has a Master of Journalism from the University of Melbourne, and her book FixedIt: Violence and the Representation of Women in the Media was published by Penguin Random House in August 201
Two-time Walkley Award winner, Virginia Trioli is one of Australia’s best-known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. She is much sought-after as a speaker and MC, and combines a rigorous interviewing style with a wicked sense of humor. Virginia, is an honours graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and in 1996 published’Generation F”, her celebrated response to Helen Garner’s ‘First Stone’. In 1995 she won Australian journalism's highest honour, the Walkley Award for her business reporting and in 2001 Virginia won a second Walkley for her landmark interview with the former Defence Minister, Peter Reith, over the notorious Children Overboard issue. In 1999 she won the Melbourne Press Club's Best Columnist award, The Quill. In 2006 she won Broadcaster of the Year at the ABC Local Radio Awards. Virginia has held senior positions at the Age newspaper and the Bulletin magazine For eight years she hosted the Drive Program on 774 ABC Melbourne, and the Morning Program on 702 ABC Sydney. She has been the host of ABC TV's premiere news and current affairs programs, 7.30 and Lateline; also Artscape and Sunday Arts. She is a regular fill-in host on Q and A. She was the founding anchor of ABC News Breakfast on ABC TV, which she co-hosted for 11 years. In late 2019 she replaced Jon Faine as the host of the Morning program on ABC Radio Melbourne. Virginia is married with three step-children, an eight year old, and one chocolate Labrador.
Stephanie Wood is the author of Fake: A Startling True Story of Love in a World of Liars, Cheats, Narcissists, Fantasists and Phonies, and an award-winning former staff writer at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend magazine. She is now freelancing for publications including Good Weekend, Vogue magazine and The Guardian. She has worked internationally as an editor at London's The Independent and The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. She is a former Age Good Food Guide editor and restaurant reviewer.