Our Alumni

Julia Baird

Julia Baird

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.


Meredith Curnow

Meredith Curnow

Meredith Curnow has been a publisher at Penguin Random House for 14 years where she publishes fiction and non-fiction from a stellar array of writers including Tom Keneally, Gail Jones, David Malouf, Kate Forsyth, Don Watson, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Frank Moorhouse. Prior to joining PRH, Meredith ran the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Meredith is the chair of the Australia Council/APA Residential Editorial Program and is on the board of youth arts organisation Express Media.


Delia Falconer

Delia Falconer

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.


Richard Glover

Richard Glover

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.


Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia's most celebrated writers. Her most recent book, The Case Against Fragrance, is an accessible and personal investigation into the science of scent and the power of the fragrance industry. Her earlier books include The Secret River, One Life: My Mother's Story, The Idea of Perfection which won the Orange Prize, Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant and Lillian's Story.


Lex Hirst

Lex Hirst

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.


Rebecca Huntley

Rebecca Huntley

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.


Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins is a writer, comedian and television presenter on the ABC. His work has been featured in The Monthly, The Guardian Australia, People of Letters and The Best Australian Comedy Writing.


Sarrah Le Marquand

Sarrah Le Marquand

Sarrah Le Marquand got her first start in journalism on a magazine about daytime soaps (yes, seriously) and later joined The Daily Telegraph where she became features editor and opinion editor. She is a columnist and social commentator who is a weekly panellist on the Today show and a regular co-host of The Project. She is also the editor-in-chief of Stellar, the highest circulating magazine in Australia with a readership of 2.9 million.


Jack Manning Bancroft

Jack Manning Bancroft

Jack Manning Bancroft is the founder of AIME, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience. In recognition of AIME’s impact, in 2015 AIME was voted ninth in the BRW Best Places to Work list. Jack is a graduate of the University of Sydney and Stanford University, a board member of the Advertising Standards Bureau and the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled board. He is also a published children’s author.


David Marr

David Marr

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).


Kate McClymont

Kate McClymont

Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a five-time Walkley Award-winner. She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the Health Services Union and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid. Kate is also the recipient of numerous other awards including six Kennedy awards and the George Munster Award. She is a member of the Senate of Sydney University.


Fiona McFarlane

Fiona McFarlane

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.


James O'Loghlin

James O

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.


Margot Saville

Margot Saville

Freelance writer and editor (and Twitter addict), Margot Saville graduated in arts/law from the University of Sydney and practised as a lawyer for a year before entering journalism. Since then she has worked for The Australian, the ABC, the Nine Network and The Sydney Morning Herald, writing about business and politics. In 2007, Margot wrote The Battle for Bennelong, about about Maxine McKew's political coup.


Anne Summers

Anne Summers

Anne Summers is a journalist and author of eight books, including the classic Damned Whores and God's Police first published in 1975 and reissued in a new edition in 2016.


Holly Throsby

Holly Throsby

Holly Throsby is a songwriter and novelist. She has released five solo records, a children's album, and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper. She's been nominated for four ARIA Awards. Holly's debut novel, Goodwood, was published in 2016. It was #7 on ABC's The Book Club's Top Ten; and #3 on Dymocks' list of the Best Books of 2016. Goodwood was shortlisted for an Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction.


Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

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.


Ashleigh Wilson

Ashleigh Wilson

Ashleigh Wilson has been a journalist for almost two decades. He began his career at The Australian in Sydney before spending several years in Brisbane. He moved north in 2004 to become the paper’s Darwin correspondent, during which time he won a Walkley Award for reports on unethical behaviour in the Aboriginal art industry. He has been the paper’s arts editor since 2011. The Brett Whiteley biography is his first book.


Sue Woolfe

Sue Woolfe

Sue Woolfe is an acclaimed novelist and teacher of the creative thinking that stories depend on. Her fiction includes Do You Love Me or What?, The Oldest Song in the World, The Secret Cure, Leaning Towards Infinity, Painted Woman. Her works for people interested in writing and learning how to write includes The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: A Writer Looks at Creativity and Neuroscience, and with Kate Grenville, Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written.


Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham

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.