KIM WILKINS also writing as KIMBERLEY FREEMAN
Dark Fantasy / Contemporary Fiction
Kim Wilkins was born in London, and grew up at the seaside north of Brisbane, Australia. She has degrees in literature and creative writing, and teaches at the University of Queensland and in the community. Her first novel, The Infernal, a supernatural thriller was published in 1997. Since then, she has published across many genres and for many different age groups. Her recent books, contemporary epic romances, are published under the pseudonym Kimberley Freeman. Kim has won many awards and is published all over the world. She lives in Brisbane with a bunch of lovable people and pets.
Josephine Moon is Australia’s first best-selling foodie fiction author. She describes her novels as ‘books like chocolate brownies’—rich, inviting, a treat for soul but with chunky nuts to chew on and a dash of sea salt that lingers on the tongue. She has three novels published internationally, something that surprises and delights her in equal measure. She is still getting used to this success, probably because it took so long to get there.
She is the author of The Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise and The Beekeeper’s Secret, with The Tuscan Feast due out in April 2018. She lives in Cooroy, near Noosa, in Queensland, with her husband, young son and a tribe of animals that, despite her best intentions, seems to expand every year.
Children’s / Young Adult
Rosanne Hawke is an author who lives in the Mid North of South Australia who has written almost 30 books for children and young adults. She has been a teacher and an aid worker in Pakistan and the UAE. Now she is an adjunct lecturer in creative writing at Tabor Adelaide.
Rosanne’s interests include cultural identity, faith, relationships, history, country, mystery, music and cats. She often writes of displacement, moving between countries (Beyond Borders), from city to country (Zenna Dare), or facing a challenge (The Messenger Bird). She also tells stories of voiceless children, living in war zones (Shahana: Through my Eyes), trafficked (Mountain Wolf) or forced to marry (Marrying Ameera).
Many of her books have been shortlisted or Notable in Australian awards. Taj and the Great Camel Trek won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Award for Children’s Literature; The Messenger Bird won the 2013 Cornish Holyer an Gof award for YA and Children’s Literature. Rosanne is a Bard of Cornwall, a Carclew and Asialink fellow and the recipient of the 2015 Nance Donkin Award.
Cameron Raynes grew up in Perth, the most remote capital city in the world. At 25, armed with a degree in Philosophy and Anthropology, he was sent to the edge of the Great Western Desert as a welfare worker. Three years later Cameron was in Darwin, doing a PhD. Since then he has worked as an anthropologist, house dad, archivist, editor, copywriter and academic. The author of The Last Protector, The Colour of Kerosene and his latest novel, First Person Shooter. Cameron now lives in Semaphore, a place more like a small coastal town than a suburb of Adelaide, and teaches Aboriginal history at the University of South Australia.
In 2008, Cameron won the Josephine Ulrick Literary Prize, at the time the richest in the world for a single short story. That story — ‘The Colour of Kerosene’ — became a short film in 2012. It was shown at the St Kilda Film Festival, the Shorts Film Festival, and the Barossa Film Festival, where it won Best Australian Film. First Person Shooter (released February 2016) takes up where the short film left off, on the outskirts of a small country town in decline. An Australian gothic tale.
Literary Agent – The Nash Agency
Haylee Nash is an Australian publishing industry professional with years of experience acquiring, editing, publishing and marketing bestselling fiction and non-fiction in the print and digital markets. Haylee has published some of Australia’s highest selling books from authors such as Rachael Johns, Fiona McCallum, Sally Hepworth and Kylie Scott, and has worked for Pan Macmillan Australia, Harlequin Enterprises Australia and Booktopia.
In 2016, Haylee started The Nash Agency, a literary and editorial agency that offers representation, manuscript appraisal and editing services for aspiring, self-published and traditionally published authors.
Meredith Appleyard lives in the Clare Valley wine-growing region of South Australia, two hours north of Adelaide. As a registered nurse and midwife, she has worked in a wide range of country health practice settings, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service. She has done agency nursing in London and volunteer work in Vietnam.
After her first manuscript was rejected, she joined a writers’ group, attended workshops and successfully completed an Advanced Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing with the Adelaide College of the Arts. And she kept working. When she isn’t writing, Meredith is giving author talks, workshops, reading, helping organise the annual Clare Writers’ Festival, or at home with her husband and her border collie puppy Lily.
Meredith has had three novels published by Penguin Random House, A Country Practice, The Doctor Calling and No Job for a Girl (released in March 2017).
Journalist & Writer
Nan Berrett is an award winning former rural journalist who now runs her own media and marketing consultancy.
She is an occasional blogger (both for herself and her clients), editor, experienced public speaker, workshop and meeting facilitator and has a passion for creating visibility for her clients, who have included local government, artists, authors, musicians and small business owners.
Nan is a co-founder and Director of the Clare Readers & Writers Festival where she has also presented on and hosted panel discussions. She has been a guest speaker at the 2016 Gawler Festival of Words and a number of writers’ groups, often on topics of author marketing through social media and other avenues, research techniques and other useful information for those who write.
She has contributed to various anthologies of poetry and prose, presented poetry workshops and has been a performance poet. She is the author of a series of novellas through an online publisher in the genre of erotica and, when she has time, works on her fiction novel.
A book of helpful bits and pieces ‘A-Z Book of Stuff for People Who Write’ will be launched at the 2017 Clare Readers & Writers Festival.