Emerging Writer Book 2013 – all the writers, all the links

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  • Thinking of buying the EWF13 Book and want to read about the writers first?
  • Or perhaps your name is listed below, and google brought you here?
    (it’s OK, you’re among friends)

I’ve tried to gather as many useful links as I could find about each writer featured in the book.
(Found an error? Got extra info/links to contribute?  Leave them in the comments below.)

Michael Mohammed Ahmad has contributed short stories and novellas to HEAT Literary Journal, The Lifted Brow and Seizure. His latest personal essay, ‘On Being Michael and Mohammed’ will appear in the Allen & Unwin anthology, Coming of Age. Mohammed’s first short novel, Be Here When I’m Back, is forthcoming in 2013.

Adolfo Aranjuez is the in-house editor at independent publisher Melbourne Books, whose anthology Award Winning Australian Writing is released annually. Adolfo is also the deputy editor of the literary magazine Voiceworks.

Alex Adsett is a consultant offering publishing contract advice to authors, publishers and booksellers, and has more recently expanded into the more traditional role of literary agent.  Alex is actively seeking great works of genre fiction, including science fiction and fantasy, crime and mystery, and paranormal romance.

Khairani Barokka  is an Indonesian writer, performer, artist, and advocate/researcher, raised in Jakarta, the US, and Melbourne, with a masters from ITP at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Khairani writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She teaches & performs spoken word and performance art; promotes arts, tech, and disability activism.

John Birmingham is an Australian author, known for the 1994 memoir, He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, and his Axis of Time trilogy.  Blogs for Fairfax Media under the title ‘Blunt Instrument’. John has written a number of other novels and contributed pieces to Quarterly Essay, The Monthly and The Australian.

Zoe Dattner is the Creative Director and co-founder of Sleepers Publishing and the President of the Small Press Network. In 2009 she became the General Manager of SPUNC (the Small Press Underground Networking Community), a peak organisation that represents, advocates, and promotes more than 70 small publishers around Australia. Zoe is also a graphic designer, and sometimes writer.

Melissa Fagan is a freelance writer and editor currently based in Brisbane. She writes fiction and non-fiction, some of which has been published. Her MPhil project is in the area of creative non-fiction;  writing about Brisbane social history in the 1940s and 50s. Melissa has been working as a copywriter and editor for about 10 years. 

Sanjay Fernandes is a freelance writer and music journalist whose work has appeared in Crikey.com.au, Resident Adviser, Voiceworks, The Australian & International Traveller.

Stephanie Guest became well-known in 2011 when Melbourne Uni dumped its literature course – and she started an unofficial one. She helped set up the Haplax School of Reading.

Anna Heyward works as an advertising and publicity copywriter and journalistic writer. She translates from French to English, and ran the Haplax School of Reading in 2012. Her work has appeared in Higher Arc magazine.

Michelle Heeter works as a technical writer and has sold many short stories to women’s magazines. Riggs Crossing is her first novel. Michelle talks to teenagers and adults about making a career out of writing, writing for different genres, and how to overcome writer’s block.

Kelly-Lee Hickey  is an accomplished writer and performer, and the national winner of the 2010 Australian Poetry Slam. Her poetry has been published in Australia, China and New Zealand, and she launched her verse memoir Thicker than Water  at the 2012 Wordstorm Festival of Australasian Writing.  

Andrea Hoff  is a Canadian writer and artist of comics and teller of tall tales. Her work includes fiction, non-fiction and “all the bits in between”.   

Pssst… are you one of the EWF Book writers? Want to show your followers the amazing company you’ve written with? How about pressing the ‘click to tweet’ below?

I’m in the 2013 @EmergingWriters book! Info/links for all 37 writers here: http://wp.me/p3mjAG-r via @gabemcgrath #ewf13   <click to tweet this>

Holly Hutchinson is a writer and broadcaster, based in Melbourne. Her work has appeared in Uppercase magazine and The Punch.com.au.

Michelle Li  is a Melbourne-based young writer, on the editorial committee for Voiceworks. She subedits creative writing for Lot’s Wife and runs a quarterly medical student publication. Her work has been published online and in print, including a digital anthology by Penguin, and she was recently the joint recipient of the inaugural Monash Prize.

Claire Low is the Deputy Editor of Total Girl magazine, and previously worked for Fairfax Media. She’s a keen follower of all things fashion.

Walter Mason is a travel writer and speaker with a special interest in spirituality.  His first book, Destination Saigon, was named one of the 10 best travel books of 2010.

Gabe McGrath is a radio creative and freelance writer. He blogs about indie videogames at JustOneMoreGame and his work has appeared in Wired.co.uk, My Child, Retro Gamer, Crikey.com.au and Huggies.com.au.

Nikki McWatters is the author of One Way or Another: The Story of a Girl who Loved Rock Stars. She has appeared in television commercials and films.       

Lefa Singleton-Norton is the Program Manager at Express Media and one of the writers at LimitedNews.com.au. She produced First Dog on the Moon’s first live stage show.  

Eiley Ormsby is a Melbourne-based writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Age and Kill Your Darlings. She blogs about the darker side of the web at All Things Vice.

Connor Tomas O’Brien is a writer, graphic designer, researcher, & creative type based in Adelaide, Australia. He edits The Bright Young and is the author of Quiet City, an illustrated collection of short stories.

Zane Pinner is a Tasmanian-based freelance writer and a producer of TV commercials. He writes microfiction and wrote the short horror film script Speak With Love. 

Alice Pung is a writer, editor and a practicing solicitor. She wrote the memoir Unpolished Gem and edited Growing Up Asian in Australia.  Alice’s latest book is Her Father’s Daughter.      

Elizabeth Redman is a Melbourne-based journalist, writer and editor. She writers for Insurance News and is a student media consultant.

Pssst… were you researching the EWF Book, and google led you to this page? If the information here’s been useful, maybe you could ‘click to tweet’ below?

I’m buying the @EmergingWriters book! Info/links for all 37 writers here: http://wp.me/p3mjAG-r via @gabemcgrath #ewf13   <click to tweet this>

Duncan Richardson is a Brisbane-based ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher and a writer of fiction and poetry for adults and children. Jason Chen and the Time Banana is Duncan’s first novel but his seventh book. He has had a radio play broadcast by ABC Radio National.

Sam Ryan is the reviews editor for Right Now.org.au. He tweets/blogs about anxiety, Politic, Musi, EFC & Yoga.

Penni Russon is an Australian writer of children’s literature and young-adult fiction.       Her first novel entitled Undine was a finalist in the 2004 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel.  Penni has taught Creative Writing at Melbourne University, conducts workshops at schools and is a public speaker for young people and adults.

Ellena Savage is a Melbourne-based writer and editor who specialises in literature, feminism, travel, culture and politics.   She writes a monthly culture column for Eureka Street, and has had essays and criticism published in OverlandArenaTharunkaRight Now, and The Australian Book Review.

Edwina Shaw is a writer of fiction and memoir.  Her novella Thrill Seekers was released in through Ransom Publishing in March 2012. It was shortlisted for the 2012 NSW Premier’s UTS/Glenda Adam’s award for new writing and rated an honourable mention in The Weekend Australian’s Best Summer Reading Guide.

Sarah Stanton works in Beijing as a freelance translator and editor specialising in contemporary literature. As a writer, she has been published in a variety of magazines and indie projects, including Clarkesworld, Voiceworks, Hunger Mountain, Cha and Conte.  

Laurie Steed is a New Zealand born, Australian raised writer, editor and reviewer. His writing has been published in various publications including The AgeMeanjinWesterly, Australian Book Review, The Big Issue, Kill Your Darlings  and The Sleepers Almanac.    

Chris Summers is a playright who won a development award from Melbourne University’s Union House Theatre, where his play, No Place Like had a sell-out season.

Shaun Tan is an Australian illustrator and author of children’s books and speculative fiction cover artist. He worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar’s WALL-E, and directed the Academy Award winning short film The Lost Thing.    

Phoebe Tay is a Singaporean living and working in Melbourne as a Teacher of the Deaf. Endeavours to ensure young Deaf children get access to good education so they have potential for success later in life.      Loves to write as a hobby and works as an online freelance columnist.  

Belinda Weaver works for both Austlit and the Queensland Cyber-Infrastructure Foundation. Her internet book Catch the Wave was published in 2003.       

Charlotte Wood is a Sydney-based author of four novels.  Animal People (2011) was longlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award. She has a background in journalism and has also taught writing at a variety of levels.  


Phew, 37 writers!  

I do hope I’ve whetted your appetite to grab a copy of the EWF13 Book.

If you’re a writer who’d like to appear in the next one, watch out for the ‘call for submissions’ in July/August each year.

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About Gabe McGrath

Freelance writer, radio creative, retro gamer and a dad. Gabe's writing has appeared in Wired.co.uk , My Child, Retro Gamer, Crikey.com.au , Huggies.com.au & more. Editor in Chief of JustOneMoreGame
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6 Responses to Emerging Writer Book 2013 – all the writers, all the links

  1. Once again, thank you so much for putting this together. On the one hand, it’s got me kicking myself that I can’t make the launch and meet all these wonderful people, but on the other hand, it’s got me so, so excited for the book.

    Just quickly: I also have a LinkedIn, if you’d like to add it: http://linkd.in/111WBxz. Also, my blog is now just a boring old website and can be found at http://www.theduckopera.com. I envy people with the stamina for consistent blogging!

    • Gabe McGrath says:

      Thanks Sarah!
      Hope you enjoy the book when it arrives in the mail.

      PS: I’ve added your links above now.

  2. Sam Ryan says:

    Nice work Gabe, you can add my LinkedIn, http://au.linkedin.com/pub/sam-ryan/35/904/5b9/ if you like. See you and many others tomorrow 🙂

    • Gabe McGrath says:

      Hi Sam,
      I’m sorry we didn’t meet on the night… maybe I should have word a flashing sign with “hey I’m that blogging guy”?
      Anyway, hope you had fun, and I look forward to reading everyone’s contribution soon.

      PS: I’ve added your LinkedIn above.

  3. andreaehoff says:

    This is great Gabe! Thank you for taking the time to create it. I too am sadly missing the festivities. Congrats to everyone involved. I’m thrilled to know I’m in such fine company.
    I’m toasting you all from across the Pacific. Andrea

    PS I’ll send you an updated mini-bio shortly.

    • Gabe McGrath says:

      Andrea, I hope you were able to follow things to some extent, via the #ewf13 hashtag.

      I see your site is coming together – yes, do send me a msg when it’s all up and running.

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