Robyn Arianrhod has lectured for many years at Monash University where she is an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Mathematical Sciences.
Her first book, EINSTEIN’S HEROES: IMAGINING THE WORLD THROUGH THE LANGUAGE OF MATHEMATICS has been sold into the UK, USA, Japan, France and Turkey. It was shortlisted for the 2004 Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Prize (first book of history).
Robyn’s latest book, SEDUCED BY LOGIC, is published by University of QLD Press. She lives in the hills outside Melbourne.
Charlotte Wood grew up in a large family in country New South Wales. She is the author of three critically acclaimed novels. The first, Pieces of a Girl, won the Jim Hamilton Award for an unpublished manuscript and in 2000 was shortlisted for several other prizes. Her second book, The Submerged Cathedral, was shortlisted for the 2005 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, South East Asia/South Pacific region the same year. The Children, Charlotte’s third novel, was published in 2007 to resounding praise. Animal People was published in October 2011 by Allen & Unwin. Love and Hunger, published in 2012, explores the solitary and shared pleasures of cooking and eating in an ode to good food, prepared and presented with minimum fuss and maximum love.
Charlotte has worked as a journalist and editor for many years, and lives in Sydney with her husband.
The pre-eminent Australian novelist of his generation, Tim’s literary reputation was established early when his first novel, AN OPEN SWIMMER, won the 1981 Australian Vogel Award; his second novel SHALLOWS won the Miles Franklin Award in 1984; and his third book, SCISSION, a collection of short stories, won the West Australian Council Literary Award in 1985.
THAT EYE THE SKY was adapted for the stage by Justin Monjo and Richard Roxburgh, and also made into a film. A film was made of IN THE WINTER DARK, starring Brenda Blethyn and Richard Roxburgh.
Tim’s fifth novel, CLOUDSTREET, the story of two working-class families rebuilding their lives was, and continues to be, a huge literary and commercial success. Its awards include National Book Council Banjo Award for Fiction, 1991; West Australian Fiction Award 1991; Deo Gloria Award (UK), 1991; and the 1992 Miles Franklin Award.
CLOUDSTREET was adapted for the stage by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo and has played to sell-out houses around Australia and in Zurich, London, Dublin, New York and Washington. A mini-series based on the book, written by Tim Winton and Ellen Erwin, was released in 2011.
Tim’s next novel was THE RIDERS. Published in 1995, it was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize and has been translated into numerous languages including French, German, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Greek and Hebrew.
Winton’s books for children and teenagers include the series of three books about the 13 year old Lockie Leonard. The first book in the series, LOCKIE LEONARD HUMAN TORPEDO won the Western Australia Premier’s Award for Children’s Fiction. It was adapted for the stage by Paige Gibbs and toured nationally with great success. LOCKIE LEONARD LEGEND, the most recent in the series, won the Family Award for Children’s Literature. Goalpost Pictures have made two television series based on the books.
In 2001 Tim’s novel, DIRT MUSIC, was published to considerable critical acclaim and impressive reviews. The book was shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize and won the 2002 Miles Franklin Award, the West Australian Fiction Award and the Christina Stead Award for Fiction.
THE TURNING a collection of stories, was published in 2004. It was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and in Australia won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the Queensland Fiction Book Award and the Colin Roderick Award. The film was produced as 17 short films, with 17 different teams writing, directing and producing, including Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh. Robert Connolly and Maggie Miles from Arenamedia were the producers.
Tim Winton’s novel BREATH won the 2009 Miles Franklin Award, making him the only Australian writer to have won this award four times. BREATH was published by Penguin Group Australia in 2008 and went on to be published in USA, Canada, UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Romania and Slovenia and other countries. Film rights have been optioned by Simon Baker (The Mentalist) and Mark Johnston.
Three original plays – RISING WATER (2011), SIGNS OF LIFE (2012) and SHRINE (2013) were produced by Black Swan State Theatre in Perth. RISING WATER had a successful Melbourne season and SIGNS OF LIFE played for six weeks at the Opera House in 2012.
Tim’s new novel, EYRIE, was published by Hamish Hamilton (Australia) in October 2013. EYRIE will be published in the UK, USA and Canada mid-2014.
Tim Winton is patron of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers sponsored by the City of Subiaco, Western Australia. Active in the environmental movement in Australia, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to literature and the community. He is the Patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Stop the Toad Foundation. He lives in Western Australia.
John Tait owns and runs a Melbourne second-hand record and bookshop and writes when not being interrupted by customers. He is an avid collector of Australian music, particularly Easybeats rarities, John Paul Young B-sides and the Vanda and Young Flash and the Pan records. John Tait is old enough to remember ‘Easyfever’ and young enough to enjoy ‘Australian Idol’. He compiled the discography for John Bois’ new book THE DINGOES’ LAMENT.
Jeremy Stoljar has been a barrister for over fifteen years, with a commercial law practice. He took silk in 2008. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children. His book THE AUSTRALIAN BOOK OF GREAT TRIALS was published by Murdoch Books.
Tim Sinclair is a Sydney-based poet, novelist, and occasional sound creator. His publications include the poetry collections RE:READING THE DICTIONARY, and VAPOUR TRAILS, the verse novel NINE HOURS NORTH, and the poetry concept album BROTHERS OF THE HEAD. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide, examining young adult post-apocalyptic fiction.
His latest book, RUN, a YA parkour thriller, was released by Penguin in April 2013.