Profiles

Sonja Anderson has worked in communication for more than two decades; as a journalist, proprietor of her own media, marketing and communication company, and as a specialist for local and state governments, corporates and not-for-profit organisations. She spent 12 years as a freelance journalist in print, radio and television in Asia, Australia, North America and [...]
Authors Note – Patricia Barden Illustrator – Karen Gibson I’m the Boss of my Body is an innovative children’s book, designed to help young children develop an awareness of their rights to bodily privacy – and what they can do if they feel that someone is not respecting those rights. With its lively text and [...]
Daniel Bateman is a senior journalist at the Cairns Post, mainly covering science and the environment. As one of the few - perhaps only - Australian reporters with a degree in marine biology, Dan has extensively covered everything from the Reef to the rainforest, and interviewed leading natural history figures including Sir David Attenborough, David [...]
Craig Batty is an award-winning educator, researcher and PhD supervisor in the areas of screenwriting, creative writing, screen production and creative practice research. He is currently Associate Professor at RMIT University, and later this year will move to the University of Technology Sydney as Professor and Head of Creative Writing.  He has published over 70 [...]
Fiona Bell lives in tropical Cairns with her husband and four kids. When she’s not writing short stories or young adult fiction she can be found with a whiteboard marker in one hand and a classic novel in the other, trying to inspire teenagers to love English as much as she does. Fiona is currently [...]
A regular contributor of verse to the CSIRO children's science magazine Double Helix, and Australian Children’s Poetry, Celia Berrell artfully combines accurate science with rhyme. Science Rhymes are shared around the world, through school textbooks (Australia, Canada, Ireland, India & Malaysia), the Science Rhymes website (www.sciencerhymes.com.au) and via “The Science Rhymes Book – Second Edition” [...]
Anna Broinowski is a director and writer, known for Forbidden Lie$, Aim High in Creation and Helen’s War. Anna Broinowski is an author and filmmaker who has been tracking the illicit, subversive and bizarre since her 1995 film on the Japanese cultural underground, Hell Bento!! Her films include Aim High in Creation! (about the North [...]
Julian Burnside AO QC is celebrated nationally for his work as a barrister in Australia, as well as a human rights and refugee advocate, and author. His legal practice is principally in commercial litigation, trade practices, and administrative law. He is also well known for his strong opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers and [...]
Ian Byford's parents sent five-year-old Ian to the country to protect him from the Nazi blitz on wartime London, amusingly, to his sister's all girls' school, though he moved to a boys' school a year later. Hating the separation from his parents, it did, however, forge an independent spirit at an early age. Postwar, attending [...]