Sofie Laguna’s many books for children have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, and in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. She has been published in the United States, the United Kingdom and in translation in Europe and Asia. In 2008 Sofie published her first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong. It was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. One Foot Wrong was published throughout Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom, and screen rights have been optioned.
Sofie Laguna won the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Eye of the Sheep.
Sofie lives in Melbourne with her husband and their young sons.-
After training as a research psychologist at the University of Western Australia and lecturing in a number of Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years. She was at various times W.A Minister for Education and Aboriginal affairs and was the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government. She shifted to Federal politics in 1994 when she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. She has held various portfolios in Opposition, including Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Industry and Innovation and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004. She retired from politics in 2007.
She is now Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia and Chair of the Australian Heritage Council.
Sean Leahy is the political cartoonist for The Courier-Mail in Brisbane. He began his cartooning career while still at high school on the suburban weekly The Darling Advertiser. The following year his cartoons also became a regular feature of The West Australian making him, at seventeen, the youngest metropolitan daily political cartoonist in Australia.
Joan London is the author of two prize-winning collections of stories, Sister Ships, which won the Age Book of the Year in 1986, and Letter to Constantine, which won the Steele Rudd Award in 1994 and the West Australian Premier's Award for Fiction. These stories have been published in one volume as The New Dark Age. Her first novel, Gilgameshwon the Age Book of the Year for Fiction in 2002 and was longlisted for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, The Good Parents won the 2009 Christina Stead Prize for fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary awards. Joan London's books have all been published internationally to critical acclaim. The Golden Age is her third novel.
Tory Loudon is the Head of Events and Programs for the Guardian Australia. She has worked with a number of Australia's leading cultural institutions such as Sydney Opera House, CarriageWorks and Australia Council on the Arts on audience development and engagement programs. Ironically, Tory is a luddite however she is learning fast about digital media platforms and finding new ways to engage readers.
Julian is a theatre director, curator and performerand currently the Artistic Director of NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts), a leading regionally based theatre company. He is passionate about creatingplayful, site specific and physical theatre works that engage communities into the creation and presentation of the work. For NORPA Julian has been responsible for the creation of Railway Wonderland (performed on Lismore’s disused railway station), My Radio Heart (a co-production with Urban Theatre Projects),Open House (a circus work performed in a residential house in Lismore),Engine, The Bloody Bride and Not Like Beckett (2007). Julian curates a contemporary program, made up of original productions (through NORPA’s Generator program), national and international touring works and community cultural events.
Julian is the director of The 13-Storey Treehouse(2013).
Photo by Kate Holmes
Zanni Louise is a children’s author living on the North Coast. She blogs at My Little Sunshine House.
Zanni connected with one of Australia’s biggest publishing houses through her blog community, which led to her first children’s book contract. Zanni runs blogging courses and private consultations around Byron Bay. She also hosts creative retreats on the North Coast. Her first book Too Busy Sleeping is released by Little Hare this September. Her website is http://zannilouise.com
Angelo Loukakis has written a variety of fiction, including The Memory of Tides and Houdini’s Flight. He is Executive Director of The Australian Society of Authors.