Profiles

Jane Caro is a writer, speaker, social commentator and broadcaster. She is a feminist, an atheist and an advocate for public education. She has written co-authored and edited nine books, was an award-winning advertising copywriter and appears regularly on Australian television and radio. Her writing appears frequently in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The [...]
Michael Cathcart is best known as the longstanding and much loved host of ABC Radio RN’s popular Book and Arts Daily.  Michael joined ABC in 2000 as the presenter of Arts Today, later presenting the Famous Radio National Quiz, Rewind (for ABC TV), RN Bush Telegraph, and RN Books and  Arts.  His current shows include [...]
Brenton Clutterbuck is a writer and educator. He has been involved with poetry for nearly a decade, and enjoys putting the 'performance' in 'performance poetry.' He is also the author of the non-fiction epic 'Chasing Eris' and 'Spambot Lovesong'; a collection of poems. SESSIONS FINALE: POETRYDynamic spoken word and performance poetry from Simon Kindt, Helen [...]
Ken mainly writes plays, many of which have been produced all over Australia, in England and the United States of America. His most popular works are: Perfect Murder (a thriller set on the Gold Coast), Lee (the last half-hour in the life of Lee Harvey Oswald), Children of the Levant (an Israeli-Palestinian drama), Richard the [...]
Sathyabhama Daly, known to her friends as Bhama Daly (nee Gopal), was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. New horizons beckoned and, in the 1970s, she pursued a career in nursing in London. She migrated to Cairns with her husband Simon in 1978. She has two sons. In the 1980s, she worked as a Registered Nurse [...]
Aleesah Darlison is an internationally published, award-winning author who writes picture books, chapter books, novels and series. Her much-loved stories promote courage, understanding, anti-bullying, self-belief, friendship, teamwork and environmental themes. Aleesah has published over forty books. She has won numerous awards for her writing including an Australian Society of Authors (ASA) mentorship and the 2015 Environment [...]

“Ben is a keen member of the LGBT+ community in Cairns, and has worked at the Queensland AIDS Council for about a year.

Ben has lived Central Australia and the Top End of the NT, where he has worked with communities in remote, rural and urban settings working closely with community groups, state and federal MPs and Ministers and peak body business organisations

Robert Drewe is an Australian literary legend with more than 20 highly acclaimed books – novels, short stories and memoirs – that have won state, national and international prizes, been widely translated, and been adapted for film, television, theatre and radio.

Dr Liz Ellison is a Lecturer in Creative Industries at CQUniversity, based at the Noosa campus. Liz researches Australian beaches, beach culture, and how beaches are represented in our national literature and media. Liz's doctoral thesis explored representations of the Australian beach in literature and film and was awarded in 2013 from Queensland University of [...]