Sarah Malik is a Walkley Award winning journalist and author working on Bediagal and Dharug land. Her first book Desi Girl: On Feminism, Race, Faith and Belonging is a collection of memoir stories published by UQP. Her second book Safar: Muslim women’s stories of travel and transformation is published by Hardie Grant. Her journalism focuses on gender inequality, immigration and domestic violence. She is passionate about storytelling and voice and believes there is power and freedom in women and culturally diverse people taking control of, and telling their own stories.
Mary Ryllis Clark is a writer and historian. The author of several books, she also wrote a fortnightly column for The Age, ‘Historic Victoria’, from 1992 to 2005. Mary migrated from London to Australia in 1974, lives in a historic factory in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy and enjoys her city’s rich and diverse cultural life. Her most recent book is A Tear in the Glass (Anchor Books, 2018), a biography of the Australian director and curator Nina Stanton.
Joy Lawn reviews fiction for the Australian newspaper. Her reviews and interviews have also appeared in Australian Book Review, Magpies magazine, SMH/The Age, Books+Publishing and professional journals.
Joy is currently judging fiction for the Queensland Literary Awards and women’s crime writing for the Davitt Awards. She has judged the Prime Minister’s and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Russell Prize for Humour Writing and other awards; blogs about literary fiction, young adult and children’s literature as ‘Joy in Books’ at ‘PaperbarkWords’ blog https://paperbarkwords.blog/ and loves moderating sessions at writers’ festivals.
Joy is fascinated by ideas and images and how authors and illustrators express these with truth and originality.