Andrew Taylor is the author of more than sixteen books of poems, the libretti of two operas, numerous essays, a pioneering study of Australian poetry, and translations from German and Italian. He has taught at universities in Australia, Germany and China and since leaving Perth in 2014 divides his time between Sydney and Wiesbaden in Germany.
Isabelle Li grew up in China and migrated to Australia in 1999. She received her Master of Arts and Master of Creative Arts from University of Technology Sydney, and is currently studying her Doctor of Creative Arts in Western Sydney University. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including The Best Australian Stories. Her poetry translation has been published by World Literature in China.
Portland Jones is both a writer and a horse trainer. She has a PhD in literature and runs her own horse-training business. She lives in Perth’s Swan Valley with her partner and three children
Danielle Costley, Beyond the Farm Gate. Danielle is an author, journalist and avid foodie. She has worked with many well-known chefs, who have inspired her to learn more about sourcing and buying locally-grown seasonal food. Her passion for exceptional regional food that speaks of its origins has driven her to write a book celebrating not only her ‘food finds’ but the wonderful growers whose dedication to quality has changed Western Australia’s food scene. Danielle lives in the South West with her young family and has spent the last two years travelling around this food lover’s paradise, discovering a bounty of local produce.
Rosemary Sayer, author of More to the Story - conversations with refugees. Rosemary is a writer, a former journalist and a business communications consultant. More to the Story is her third book, following two biographies: The Man who Turned the Lights On (2006, later translated into Chinese), on Sir Gordon Wu, chairman of Hopewell Holdings, Hong Kong; and The CEO, the Chairman and the Board (2008), on Trevor Eastwood, former chairman and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited. Rosemary teaches professional writing at Curtin University and occasionally publishes articles in magazines, journals and The West Australian newspaper. She currently lives in Perth with her husband, Terry Grose.
Caroline de Costa, author Double Madness is professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University School of Medicine, Cairns. Her publications include, “Hail Caesar”, which was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards (Science Writing) in 2008 and Diva and Doctor God – letters from Sarah Bernhardt to Dr Samuel Pozzi translated and published in 2013 by Glyphe won the 2013 Prix de l’Academie Nationale des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts de Bordeaux and the 2014 Prix de l’Academie des Arts et des Lettres du Perigord. Double Madness is her first crime novel.
Charles Hall, author Summer's Gone, was born and raised in Perth and studied at Mount Lawley High in the 60s and the University of Western Australia (UWA) in the 80s. He began writing fiction in 2001. He worked a vast variety of jobs as a labourer, recording studio engineer, biomedical engineer and teacher. He played the guitar in a band that had a top-5 hit record in Perth in the late 60s. He moved to Melbourne and spent the 90s as guitarist and songwriter for an independent alternative-country band in Melbourne. Charles currently lives in Melbourne and rural Victoria with his wife, singer Sue Richmond. Click here for Charles' personal website. Click here for interview with Charles Hall.
Lynne Leonhardt, author, Finding Jasper, was born in the South West of Western Australia and grew up on an orchard in a small rural community. As a young adult, she worked overseas, travelling extensively during and extended a six-year period. She later spent four years in the Riverina District of New South Wales. An affinity for creative arts saw her take up tertiary studies in music and English literature while raising four children. For many years she has lived in Perth, Western Australia, but enjoys retreating with her husband to the natural beauty of the South West whenever she can.
Sue-Lyn Aldrian-Moyle's author Chefs of the Margaret River Region and Surfing Down South. Sue's work has taken her to Hong Kong, Cambodia and throughout Europe. An interest in exploring different societies has seen Sue-Lyn go off-road solo through the outback of Western Australia to produce the photo-essay “Women of the West: Rural Women of Western Australia,” and cling on to the back of a dirt bike through isolated jungle villages and trek across burning landfill in Cambodia as a newswriter and exhibitor. She is also an arts grant recipient for the body of work titled “In Transition: China’s Hong Kong”, which focuses on the impact of the former colony’s return to communist China. She photographed and co-authored Chefs of the Margaret River Region, which showcases the beauty of the region through exquisite photographs. In Surfing Down South she conveys a characterful account of local surfing history in combination with bygone imagery. Read our interview with Sue-Lyn.
Lisa Hanley author, Chefs of the Margaret River Region. Lisa is a qualified chef who has been in the food and wine industry for 25 years. She spent six years on Rottnest Island, where she undertook an apprenticeship and pursued her passion for surfing. She has lived a varied life, from running her own restaurants to appearing on cooking shows to teaching cooking classes and representing Western Australia in major surfing competitions in the nineties.
Her love of surf, vineyards, great food and a close community saw her spend three years as the Restaurant and Function Manager of Watershed Premium Wines, which culminated in the award for Best Maître’d’ and Manager at the 2010 South West Regional Awards for Excellence. Read more about Lisa Hanley.