Martine Kropkowski is a writer and researcher based in Brisbane, Australia. Her writing has appeared across literary journals, magazines and anthologies. She was awarded the UQP Writing Mentorship for This Wretched Self, a novel exploring domestic abuse and female friendship. Previously a journalist, Martine now teaches professional and creative writing at The University of Queensland, where she also investigates fanatical language and its fictional representations as part of her post graduate research.
Dinuka McKenzie is an Australian writer and book addict. Her debut crime fiction novel, The Torrent, won the HarperCollins Australia 2020 Banjo Prize and will be published in February 2022. Her unpublished manuscript Taken was longlisted for the 2020 Richell Prize. When not writing, Dinuka works in the environmental sector and volunteers as part of the team behind the Writers Unleashed Festival. She lives in Southern Sydney with her husband, two kids and their pet chicken.