Mostly writes novels and poetry. Has been a merchant seaman, scriptwriter and journalist, and owned
newspapers, advertising agencies and a coconut plantation. He has lived and worked in London, Paris,
Tangier, Johannesburg and the South Sea islands.
His first novel The Tangier Script was published by Simon & Schuster and was picked as a book of the
year by the Weekend Australian; so was his second novel The Truth Of Everything.  A novel based on the
life of French explorer Nicolas Baudin awaits publication. Some of his work has also been published in
Victor Barker has participated in many Australian and international literary festivals and run writing
workshops in Australia and Europe. He also reviews books for publications such as The Weekend

Vanessa Bates began writing and performing with the Newcastle University Revue and Footlice Comedy
Theatre, until an earthquake destroyed the RSL Club they called home. In 1990 she received a Writer In
Residency with Freewheels Theatre. She worked as a writer and actor with  the company until 1994.
In 1993 “Darling Oscar” was workshopped at the Australian National Playwrights Conference and
subsequently premiered by the Sydney Theatre Company’s New Stages, followed by productions in
Tasmania, Newcastle, Brisbane and Perth and public readings in London and Paris. “Darling Oscar” was
published as part of the STC anthology Plays One in 1999 (Five Islands Press, Signature Series).
Vanessa was an Affiliate Playwright with STC’s New Stages in 1994 and 1995. She is  a graduate of the NIDA
Playwrights Studio.
She received a Literature Fund development grant in 1990 and was resident in the Nancy Keesing Studio
at the Cite Internationale des Arts from August 1990 to the end of January 2000 where she completed the
first draft of her play “Sketches Of A Shrinking Woman”.
Other plays include: Wishful Thinking, Here Is The Beehive, The Blessing, WolfBite and Dancing With
Birds In A Bamboo Trap.


Robert has been a full-time writer since 1986, when his first novel, The Sugar Factory, won the Angus &
Robertson Fellowship.  Since then he has published two other novels; Prints in the Valley, and The
Collectors, as well as a collection of short stories, The Pleasure Within.

After co-writing the screenplay for the feature film Traps, he wrote and directed the short film, Kid in a
Bin.  In 1997, Robert wrote and directed his first feature film adapted from his own novel (The Sugar

Robert’s work has been published and screened around the world and has won numerous awards,
including Best Film Award at the Hollywood International Film Festival (1998).


Brian is the author of six novels and a volume of essays. His works include the prize-winning Birds of
Passage, Double-Wolf, After China
and Stepper. Born into a cosmopolitan family which had its origins in
Shanghai, he has lived in Paris, in Hong Kong and, for many years, in the Blue Mountains outside of
Sydney. Like his familial forbears, he leads an increasingly nomadic life and currently resides in the
Dandenog Ranges outside Melbourne.
Shanghai Dancing, a fictional autobiography, will appear next year.
His latest work,
The Lingerie Catalogue, is a collaboration with the photomonteur Peter Lyssiotis.

Gary Catalano was born in Brisbane and educated in Sydney. As a poet he has published five books:
Remembering the Rural Life (1978); Heaven of Rags: Forty Poems 1978-1981 (1982);  Slow Tennis (1984);
Fresh Linen (1988); The Empire of Grass (1991) ; Selected Poems (1973-1992); Jigsaw: Poems and Prose
Poems (1998)

Catalano also published The Woman Who Lives Here and Other Stories (1983), a book of five short stories
and sixteen ‘sketches’.

He was art critic for the Age 1985-1990 and has written several books on Australian art and art criticism
including The Years of Hope: Australian Art and Criticism 1959-1968 (1981); The Bandaged Image: A Study
of Australian Artists’ Books (1983) and An Intimate Australia: The Landscape and Recent Australian Art

Awards include Senior Writers’ Fellowship, Literature Board (1983); Grace Leven Prize for Poetry (shared
with Kevin Hart in 1992); Residency at the Keesing Studio, Paris (1997) and Established Writer’s Grant,
Literature Fund (2000)

He has contributed poetry to most of the literary pages and magazines in Australia and also to
publications in the U.K., Canada, the U.S., France and Switzerland. He is the author of numerous essays,
reviews, introductions and catalogues on both poetry and art.

Bernard Cohen is the author of three novels: Tourism, The Blindman’s Hat and Snowdome. The Blindman’
s Hat won the 1996 Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Bernard was named among the Sydney Morning
Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Bernard is currently completing a novel,
Hardly Beach Weather (which will be published by HarperCollins Australia later in 2001) and collaborating
with multimedia artist David Bickerstaff on a CD Rom project based on Tourism.


Robyn Ferrell teaches in the philosophy and creative arts programs at
Macquarie University. Her literary essays have recently appeared in
<Southerly>,<W/Edge> and the <UTS Review>.

Born in Sydney. He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law in Sydney, London and Dublin.
Justin's history of the common law, Barbarism to Verdict,  was published internationally by HarperCollins
in 1994, with a foreword by John Mortimer Q.C..  

Justin's first play, Hammer,  appeared in The Festival of Sydney, 1981, followed by Indian Summer  in 1982.
In 1983, The Cobra  premiered  at the Sydney Opera House, starring Sir Robert Helpmann, and toured in
1984, with sets and costumes designed by Tony Award winners Brian Thomson and  Roger Kirk. It was
published by Five Islands Press in Plays One.

In 1989, The Sydney Theatre Company  produced Justin's dance-drama, Harold In Italy, at The Sydney  
Opera House. It was subsequently produced at the Teatr Studyjny, Lodz, Poland, directed by Peter Barlow.
In 1991, The Deep Blue was seen at The Bush, London, and The Nonsense Boy (1992) was produced by
The Ensemble Rep Studios.  Justin has twice been awarded the Nancy Keesing Writer's Fellowship to the
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, where he wrote two plays, The Starry Messenger  and Burnt Piano
(Belvoir Company B/Melbourne Theatre Company 1999/Mainstage Hobart 2001.) 1999 saw the publication
of Burnt Piano and Other Plays,  by Five Islands Press.

For ABC Television, Justin wrote Part One of the history of cinema in Australia, The Celluloid Heroes, and
was the Inaugural Dr. Anne Clark Writer in Residence at St. Ignatius' College Riverview in 1997.

Justin has been lyricist on Accidental Miracles (directed by David Freeman), The Ninth Wonder , (both at
Sydney Theatre Company),  the English Tour and London season of Crystal Balls (Compact Opera/Sadler's
Wells) and TESS of the D'Urbervilles  which toured Britain before its run at The Savoy Theatre in London's
West End.

Burnt Piano  was short-listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Award, the Banff PlayRites  Workshop,
Canada, the Australian Writers' Guild Award and it won the New York New Dramatists' award for 2000.
Burnt Piano opened in New York City in March 2001.

Justin has been a Vice-President of The Australian Writers' Guild and a board member of The Australian
National Playwrights' Centre.  

Darrelyn Gunzburg is a film-maker and playwright based in Adelaide, Australia. She began her working life
as a fire-eater with a circus and spent the next five years working on feature film crews (including The
Last Wave, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and TV series Against The Wind.) Her early short films all won
local awards and screened at the Sydney and Adelaide Film Festivals in 1977-1979.  In 1980 she was
offered a position at Film Australia in Sydney (1980-1983) culminating in writing and directing three ½-hour
documentaries including "Judah Waten" which is still distributed by the AFI in its "Australia Writers

Darrelyn left Film Australia to train at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) and graduated from the
Director's Course in 1985. Her plays have been produced by State Theatre Co SA, WA Theatre Co, Doppio
Teatro, Salamanca Theatre Co, MYT, SYTE and Vitalstatistix, as well as on ABC Radio and have won
several awards, including a 1991 Awgie for Behind The Beat, a play about young people and alcohol. Four
of her plays have been published (Behind The Beat and Hiccup with Currency Press; A Touchy Subject
(1989) and Water From the Well (1992) by Tantrum Press). She has been the recipient of Australia Council
Grants and Fellowships, as well as a Writers Residency at the Keesing Studio in Paris in 1992.
“A Short Film About ...Snoring” (Round Tower Productions, 1997)- her first film since training at NIDA -
screened at a plethora of national and international film festivals, including the 29th Filmothek,
Oberhausen (GERMANY) and 11th Exground Das Filmfest, Wiesbaden (GERMANY), the latter by invitation.
It sold to the Comedy Channel and is distributed internationally by Cinenova and Maple Lake Releasing. It
screened in New York in January 2000 as part of Firewater Films' New Millennium Series, in London in
February 2000 in The Handbags and Hardware Festival of Women's Films and will be seen on Chicago
television in January 2001. "Concentration Games", a mini-documentary contrasting two women's
experiences of childhood trauma, was screened at Tropfest '98 and at 2nd Amnesty International Short
Film Festival, Brisbane.

In early 1998 Glass Shadows was workshopped by State Theatre Company, SA with Rodney Fisher
directing and he continues to act as mentor. Darrelyn co-produced/co-directed The 1998 Premier's
Awards for Emerging Artists video for the SAAdelaide Festival Theatre/Arts /SAFC and was a recipient of a
1998 TropNest Development Initiative based at Fox Studios, Sydney. She is currently in post-production
on Sharing Space, Sharing Lives, a one-hour documentary about a blended family and their unique
housing solution.                                        


Marion Halligan was born in Newcastle on the east coast of Australia and grew up
by the sea.  She now lives in Canberra.  She is a novelist, essayist, short
story writer and reviewer whose work has been nominated for most of the major
literary prizes and has won some, including the Steele Rudd award, the Braille
Book of the Year, the Age Book of the Year, the ACT Book of the Year, the
inaugural Nita B.Kibble Award and the Geraldine Pascall Prize for critical

Her novels include Spider Cup, Lovers1 Knots ,Wishbone  and The Golden Dress.  
Eat My Words and Cockles of the Heart  are books of autobiography, travel and
food.  She has published over sixty stories in magazines and journals, as well
as in books like The Worry Box, and her Collected Stories was published in March
1997.  With Rosanne Fitzgibbon she edited an anthology, The Gift of Story, to
celebrate the 50th birthday of UQP in 1998.  A children1s book called The
Midwife’s Daughters  was published in August 1997.  Other works include Out of
the Picture, a set of stories and essays based on photographs from the Pictorial
Collection of the National Library, and Those Women who go to Hotels, co-written
with Lucy Frost.  Her most recent novel is The Fog Garden, Allen & Unwin, 2001..


Amirah Inglis, conceived in Tel Aviv, born in Belgium, arrived in Melbourne as a toddler. She was
educated in Melbourne schools and University. She has been a librarian and teacher and published
books on Papua New Guinea, Australians in the Spanish Civil War and two volumes of autobiography

Susan Johnson was born in 1956 and grew up in Sydney and Brisbane. She worked as a journalist on The
National Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and other publications before taking up fiction full-time in
1985. She has published four novels in Australia, Britain, the US and France, and most recently a memoir,
A Better Woman (shortlisted for the National Biography Award in Australia; also published in Britain, US
publication forthcoming). Her novel, A Big Life, was shortlisted in for the National Book Council's Banjo
Award; the novel, Flying Lessons, was shortlisted for the 1991 Victorian Premier's Awards.
Since 1999 she has been editor of Saturday Extra, The Age, Melbourne. She lives in Melbourne with her
second husband and their two sons.

Born in Chinchilla, Queensland, in 1951, and grew up in rural Queensland. Since 1971, she has alternated
between a writing life and paid employment in a variety of jobs, ranging from lift-driving and hand-
painting T-shirts to work as a psychologist, mainly in educational guidance of disabled children and
counselling in TAFE colleges. She has published three collections of poetry: Verandahs, Practising
Breathing and The Satin Bowerbird (all with Hale & Iremonger). Awards she has received include the
National Library Prize, the Josephine Ulrick Prize and runner-up for the Newcastle Poetry Prize for
individual poems; the Anne Elder Award and the Dame Mary Gilmore Award for Verandahs; and the Wesley
Michel Wright Prize for The Satin Bowerbird. She lived in the Keesing Studio from August, 1994 until
January, 1995. Her more usual home is at Lake Macquarie, in New South Wales.

The son of a Greek migrant father and an Australian mother, Tony Maniaty grew up in Brisbane corner
shops, and joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a cadet journalist in 1967.
He has since worked in Australia and Europe for ABC News, Radio Australia, Visnews film agency, the BBC
World Service, Monitor TV (Boston) and the Special Broadcasting Service.
His extensive journalism ranges from daily news and current affairs to features and international
reporting. He has worked extensively in the radio, television and print media. In 1975, he covered the war
in East Timor; and from 1991-92, was European Correspondent for SBS Television, based in Paris.
Tony Maniaty has published two novels, 'THE CHILDREN MUST DANCE' (Penguin, 1984); and 'SMYRNA'
(Penguin, 1989) which was short-listed for the 1990 Miles Franklin Award, Australia's leading literary prize.
He has been awarded several Senior Fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and
won the NSW Premiers Fellowship and the National Short Story of the Year Award.
In 1993, he attended the Australia Film, Radio and Television School and wrote the short film, 'MR
IKEGAMI'S FLIGHT', screened at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and on ABC TV. He wrote scripts for ABC
TV's 'G.P.' series, and also wrote the SBS drama 'LOULLA', the story of a Greek immigrant bride.
Since 1993, Tony Maniaty has written a weekly book review column for The Australian newspaper. His
most recent book was his memoir of Brisbane boyhood, 'ALL OVER THE SHOP' (Penguin, 1993).
In 1996, Tony Maniaty was appointed Executive Producer of ABC TV's The 7.30 Report, Australia's leading
nightly current affairs show. In 1997 he became Senior Adviser on Policy and Program Development with
ABC News and Current Affairs, and left the ABC in late 2000.

Gillian Mears has published six books, her most recent being Paradise Is A Place - a photo essay with
photographer Sandy Edwards, and Collected Stories published by University of Queensland Press.
Another collection of short stories In the Heat of the Sky will be published by Pan MacMillan in May 2002.  
She is currently working on a novel and another short story collection.
Novelist, poets, playwrights, essayists all contribute to book about a studio in Paris