Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney, Australia. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar. She is currently writing a biography of Queen Victoria for Random House, New York. Her books include Media Tarts: How the Australian Press Frames Female Politicians published in 2004.
Delia Falconer is the author of two novels, The Service of Clouds and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers. Her 2010 nonfiction work, Sydney, a personal history of her home town, won the CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature and was shortlisted for other major national prizes including the New South Wales Premier's History and National Biography awards. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at University of Technology, Sydney.
Jane Gleeson-White is the author of Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have – or can accountants save the planet? (2014) and Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world (2011). Double Entry won the 2012 Nib Literary Award for excellence in writing and research and was shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the 2012 Age Book of the Year and the 2012 Queensland Literary Awards. Jane has also written two books about literature: Australian Classics (2007) and Classics (2005).
Richard Glover has written a number of bestselling books, including In Bed with Jocasta, The Mud House, and George Clooney’s Haircut and Other Cries for Help. His recent book, the acclaimed memoir Flesh Wounds (published in 2015), was voted by viewers of ABC Televisions’ ‘The Book Club’ as one of their Top 5 favourite books of the year. Richard also writes a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald and presents the Drive show on ABC 702.
Eleanor Hall is the voice of ABC Radio at lunchtime, hosting The World Today, and filling in as host on ABC TV’s The Drum. She has two decades of reporting experience with ABC TV News, the 7.30 Report, Lateline and Foreign Correspondent. She was the ABC's Washington correspondent in the late 1990s and she worked for five years in the Canberra parliamentary press gallery. She has a masters in journalism from Columbia University in New York. Eleanor was born in the UK but brought up in Australia.
Lex Hirst is an editor at Penguin Random House, working across titles on Random House's print and digital lists, from memoir to true crime to literary fiction. She is on the committee of the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group (SAMAG) and in 2014-15 she co-directed the National Young Writers' Festival. She has moderated and spoken on panels at The Emerging Writers' Festival, Giant Dwarf, The NSW Writers' Centre, Noted Festival, The Australian Society of Authors Conference and the Romance Writers of Australia Conference. In between she reads as much as she can, usually at the beach, preferably with a margarita in hand.
Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia’s foremost researchers on social and consumer trends. For nearly a decade Rebecca was the Director of The Mind & Mood Report. She is the author of numerous books - The World According to Y: Inside the New Adult Generation, Eating Between the Lines: Food and Equality in Australia, The Italian Girl and Does Cooking Matter?. She was a feature writer for Australian Vogue, a columnist for BRW and the presenter of RN Drive on a Friday.
Jessica Irvine is one of Australia's leading economics journalists. She is a senior economics reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and previously worked for various major news publications. She has an honours degree in Economics (Social Sciences) from Sydney University and is a regular commentator on television and radio. Irvine is the author of two books, Zombies, Bananas and Why There Are No Economists in Heaven and The Bottom Line Diet.
Suzanne Leal started her career as a criminal lawyer and has since had appointments to several tribunals including the Refugee Review Tribunal. A former legal commentator on ABC radio, Suzanne is an experienced interviewer at literary functions and events. She is the author of the novels Border Street and The Teacher’s Secret.
David Marr has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners, presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch and now writes for the Guardian. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson) and three Quarterly Essays: His Master’s Voice, Power Trip and Political Animal. His latest book is Faction Man: Bill Shorten’s Rise to Power (2015).
Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney, and has degrees in English from Sydney University and Cambridge University, and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her work has been published in Best Australian Stories and the New Yorker, and she has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Phillips Exeter Academy and the Australia Council for the Arts. The Night Guest, her debut novel, has sold into fifteen territories around the world. Her latest work is The High Places (February 2016), a collection of short stories.
Julian Morrow is a co-founder of The Chaser, a satirical media empire which rivals Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability. He was previously the host of the Friday edition of RN Drive and regularly presents the ABC consumer affairs show The Checkout.
Zoe Norton Lodge
Zoe Norton Lodge is a comedian, writer and performer. Originally from a theatre background, since 2012 she has been working with The Chaser on their various TV shows including The Checkout and The Media Circus. She is co-creator of Story Club, Sydney’s favourite storytelling night and now TV series. Her stories have been published in Going Down Swinging and Seizure as well as in Best Australian Stories. Zoe is a lover of rhetoric, the absurd, her family, her Annandale, wickedness and the prospect of a good shunning, and she hopes you love all these things in her book Almost Sincerely.
James O'Loghlin is the author of three children’s books including The Adventures of Sir Roderick the Not-Very-Brave which won the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year for 8 to 10 years olds, and Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone. He has also been a comedian, a criminal lawyer, a radio presenter, and the host of The New Inventors on ABC TV.
Chris Taylor is a writer, broadcaster and performer who's best known as a member of The Chaser. His television credits include The Hamster Wheel, CNNNN and The Chaser’s War on Everything. Chris has also presented radio shows on ABC Local Radio and on triple j, including the drive program Today Today and the ARIA Award winning comedy series The Blow Parade. He is one of the few Australian comedians who doesn't have a podcast.
Kirsten Tranter's latest novel Hold (2016) is a haunting story of love and desire. Her first novel, The Legacy (2010), was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Debut, shortlisted for the ABIA Literary Fiction award, the ALS Gold Medal, the Indie Debut Fiction Award and longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Her second novel A Common Loss was published in 2012. Kirsten was born and educated in Sydney and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Judith has almost 30 years experience as a journalist, both in Australia and overseas. She currently oversees all the content that runs across the SMH's many platforms - its daily and weekend newspapers, mobile and desktop sites, its tablet editions and social media posts. She is also the manager of the masthead's newsroom. Judith was previously the editor of the flagship Saturday edition of The Sydney Morning Herald, a job she took after more than seven years as the editor of Good Weekend, Australia's premier weekend colour magazine.
Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, author of Life In His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist, and contributing editor of My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent.