Ondine is a life-long animal advocate, and is passionate about promoting respect and compassion for all creatures. In 2004, she and her father, Brian Sherman AM, founded Voiceless; the organisation is now one of Australia’s leading animal protection groups. And Ondine’s social-media platform, Franimals, has become a popular community for animal-loving teens across the globe.
KELLY BROOKE NICHOLLS
Kelly Brooke Nicholls’ fascination with other cultures was instilled in her early years growing up on a boat in the south pacific islands. She’s been passionate about human rights from an early age and following a stint as a journalist at Australian Associated Press she moved to Latin America when she was 23. From there she was compelled to make a difference and help people affected by conflict, abuse and extreme poverty. She has over 15 years’ senior leadership experience working for NGOs ranging from Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders to a small indigenous-led organisation in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Susy’s first passion is her family, her husband and their three young children. Her second passion is helping her 9-year-old daughter, Sarah*, to live, love and laugh with ADHD.
In her first book Saving Sarah: Learning to Live, Love and Laugh with ADHD
Susy shares in raw, painful and honest detail, the dark side of parenting a child with ADHD but also paints the positive picture that people often don’t see or understand.
It’s the people traditionally left out of the frame who interest Laura the most, as well as what happens after what would be the climax in many stories. A couple reuniting after the war, in IN THE MOOD; a woman who has changed her name and started a new life, only to find her old life catching up with her, in THE CLEANSKIN; what happens when you break up with the perfect person, in CHOOSING ZOE.
In 1998, Linda Buchan was a victim of a devastating house fire that claimed the life of her sister Kim and changed her own life forever. Since that day Linda has fought her way, Step by Step towards a new life. A life full of purpose and an unwavering desire to share her experience to inspire others to live a life of their own making.
Fast-forwarding to now, Linda is an Author, motivational speaker and avid sailor, proving that it is possible to rewrite your own future.
Writer and photographer Michael Katakis has been writing about and photographing a wide range of cultures and geographic locations for the past thirty five years. He has traveled extensively throughout the People’s Republic of China, West Africa, Cuba, Hungary, Morocco, Turkey, the United States, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Italy, Greece, England, France and Spain to name a few.
Kim Kelly is the author of four novels and one novella about Australia, its heritage and its people that are loved by readers all over the world. Her stories shine a bright light on forgotten corners of our past and the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. A striking characteristic of Kim’s writing is her ability to lead readers gently and lyrically into difficult terrain, exploring themes of bigotry, class conflict, disadvantage and violence in our shared history, which still plague the world today.
Kim is an editor and literary consultant by trade so stories fill her everyday – and most nights too.
Polly McGee is one part writer, and many parts assorted thinker, do-er, talker, eater, drinker, explorer and dog wrangler. She has worked in kitchens, bars and restaurants from frantic to fancy, managed multi-million dollar innovation grants programs, worked with hundreds of start-ups to refine their business ideas and source funding, and championed causes from a variety of soapboxes, lecturns and stages.
Adrian Simon, 38, is the son of Warren Fellows, the infamous heroin trafficker who was imprisoned in Bangkwang Prison in Bangkok and later published the bestselling memoir “The Damage Done”. But Warren wasn’t the only one affected by the experience; while he languished behind bars for 12 years, back home in suburban Australia lived a young boy who was forced to grow up fast, dealing with the consequences of his father’s terrible decisions at every turn and witnessing the harrowing ripple effects they had on his entire family.