Alan Close has been writing for over forty years, during which time he has published fiction, poetry, short stories and creative non-fiction. He has written widely in the national print media, including a column on men and relationships for Good Weekend magazine.
His most recent book is Before You Met Me: A Memoir Of One Man’s Troubled Search For Love. He edited the anthology Men Love Sex, which remains a benchmark of men writing about love, sex and relationships. He lives in Mullumbimby and earns a living working on other people’s manuscripts and as a writing mentor and teacher, both face to face and online.
Antony Funnell is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and author. He presents the weekly podcast/radio program “Future Tense” on ABC Radio National. He has worked for many of Australia’s leading news and current affairs programs. Antony is co-author of the satirical novel So Far, So Good. His non-fiction work The Future and Related Nonsense was published by Harper Collins. He has contributed to numerous publications including Griffith Review, Australian House & Garden and the anthology Best Australian Science Writing.
Alex Adsett is a literary agent and publishing consultant. She has twenty years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry and has managed Alex Adsett Literary since 2008.
As an agent she specialises in genre and commercial fiction. She is focused on finding exceptional manuscripts for adults, young adults and children, including crime and mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, middle grade, picture books, and narrative non-fiction.
Alex represents a select stable of authors including Jodi McAlister, Marlee Jane Ward, Isobelle Carmody, Sasha Wasley, and Catherine Pelosi.
As a consultant, Alex offers strategic and commercial contract advice to authors and publishers, helping negotiate publishing contracts in line with industry standards.
She regularly speaks about copyright and contracts at conferences around Australia, and is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or via her website www.alexadsett.com.au.
Sarah Kanowski Sarah co-presents Conversations on ABC Radio and podcast. She previously presented Books and Arts on ABC RN and joined the ABC as a producer on Late Night Live.
Sarah won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study English at the University of Oxford, where she wrote a thesis on the Mosley family. She then spent a year in South America before settling back in Australia. In Hobart she edited the literary magazine Island, until sun and family beckoned her back to Brisbane where she now lives with her husband, three children, and three chooks.