Jane Adams catalysed Australia’s farmers’ market movement and chairs the national association. An occasional food writer, she grows fruit trees on a Sydney balcony and agists chickens on a vineyard.
Abdi Aden was a teenager when he arrived in Melbourne as a refugee to begin a new life. Abdi's world fell apart when he was only fifteen and Somalia's vicious civil war hit Mogadishu. Unable to find his family and effectively an orphan, he fled with some sixty others, heading to Kenya. On the way, death squads hunted them and they daily faced violence, danger and starvation. After almost four months, they arrived in Kenya - of the group he'd set out with, only five had survived. After finding his way to Romania, then Germany, Abdi was eventually settled in Melbourne. Abdi went on to complete secondary education and later university. He became a youth worker, was acknowledged with the 2007 Victorian Refugee Recognition Award and was featured in SBS television’s second series of Go Back to Where You Came From.
Abdi’s memoir Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man has just been published by Harper Collins. He is married to the daughter of British immigrants and has three young sons.
Sessions: 8, 29, 44, 113
Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics—including Pirates of the Caribbean, Bush in Babylon, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and The Obama Syndrome—as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen.
Sarah Armstrong’s first novel Salt Rain was shortlisted for several awards including the Miles Franklin Award. His Other House (Pan Macmillan) is her second novel. Before moving to the Byron area to write, Sarah lived in Sydney and worked as a current affairs radio journalist at the ABC, where she won a Walkley Award. She lives in Mullumbimby with her partner, the writer Alan Close and their young daughter.
Sessions: 51, 111
Emma Ashmere’s short stories have won awards and appeared in various publications including The Age, Griffith Review, Sleepers Almanac and Etchings.
She has worked in arts and university administration, and as a researcher on several books about Australian gardening history, and women and empire. She has a PhD in English from La Trobe University investigating the use of marginalised histories in fiction, and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide.
These days she lives in northern New South Wales. Her first novel The Floating Garden is published this year.
Sessions: 19, 64, 115
Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning poet, international slam champion and spoken-word performer who has toured the world. She teaches poetry in schools and has been published widely.
Paul has produced countless stories over more than twenty years for an array of programs on virtually all ABC radio networks. From time to time you will see him appearing on ABC TV, and when circumstances permit, he has produced radio documentaries for ABC RN.
Sessions: 50, 63, 87
Caroline Baum is Editorial Director of Booktopia, Australia’s largest online bookseller, for which she writes the monthly newsletter The Buzz.
A respected journalist and broadcaster, Caroline has worked as Features Editor of Vogue Australia, Founding Editor of Good Reading magazine, Presenter at ABCTV and Foxtel and Executive Producer at ABC Radio National as well as contributing to major national media including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Monthly, The Hoopla, Slow magazine, etc.,
In 2014 her memoir fragment Waltzing the Jaguar , originally published in the anthology My Mother My Father (Allen and Unwin) was included in Best Australian Essays 2014.
In 2015 Caroline was awarded the Hazel Rowley Fellowship for Biography.
Sessions: 15, 77, 80