Jennifer Mors lives in Berry NSW where she is creating a five-acre garden, writes book reviews for the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and volunteers in the Remedial Reading Program at Berry Public School.
Jennifer worked in visual art, craft and design sector for over thirty years - as a practicing artist, tutor, project co-ordinator and art centre manager. After completing a post-graduate degree in Arts Management Degree (UTS), Jennifer worked for a number of national arts organisations to promote and support Australian artist/designers and galleries both domestically and internationally. Jennifer was awarded the Australian Craft Leadership Award by the Australia Council of Australia in 2002 to investigate and create connections with the creative textile community in Como, Italy.
A passion for literature, a love of reading and a keen interest in writing, inspired Jennifer to undertake a post-graduate degree in Writing (UTS). Her 500-word stories have been published on ABC Open and read on ABC Radio Illawarra. Jennifer is a member of the highly-regarded Shoalhaven poetry group, the Kitchen Table Poets.
Jennifer shares her life with a good-humoured husband, a wombat, two elusive echidnas and three charming chooks – as well as a loving, much-loved family and a wonderful regional community.
Nicole Abadee is a literary critic who writes about books and contributes to the Two of Us for Good Weekend, and has a podcast, Books, Books, Books on which she interviews top Australian and international writers about their latest books. She appears regularly as a moderator at writers’ festivals and other literary events.
Louise is the founder and CEO of Walsh Capital a bespoke capital raising business whose clients are boutique investment managers. Louise began her career as a lawyer at Allens, was Head of Sponsorships for the 2000 Olympics, founded Artsupport Australia and most recently was the CEO of the Future Generation companies. Louise is passionate about the arts and growing philanthropy. She is from the South Coast and lives in Jaspers Brush.
Mick Elliott is an author, illustrator, TV producer, screenwriter, literacy ambassador and professional mischief-maker.
His hilarious adventure trilogy, The Turners, was nominated for an Aurealis Award and features on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. His illustrated middle grade series, Squidge Dibley has been sold into six international territories to date. He has contributed stories and illustrations to many bestselling anthologies.
Mick has written and produced acclaimed children’s programmes for Nickelodeon, the Sesame Workshop, Channel TEN and the ABC. He has run storytelling workshops at hundreds of schools around Australia.
Mick lives in Sydney with his wife, two kids and a cavoodle named Gypsy.
Ivy Ireland is the author of Incidental Complications (2007), Porch Light (2015) and The Owl Inside (2020). Ivy’s divergent career paths have included bookstore owner, magician’s assistant, harpist, cabaret performer, writer and lecturer in Creative Writing. Ivy’s literary awards include the Australian Young Poet Fellowship, the Harri Jones Memorial Prize, the Thunderbolt Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize local award, and she was the runner-up in the UC International Poetry Prize.
Ivy completed her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle and her poetry, essays and reviews have been widely published in journals and anthologies.
Perrie Croshaw’s first career was in journalism, working at The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Times in London, Westpac’s Private Bank magazine and Monash Graduate School’s, Monash Business Review. She wrote Money Matters: Financial Management for Women.
Perrie now writes about the environment and local birdlife for The Bugle, Kiama’s local Newspaper, Birdlife Shoalhaven and The New Bush Telegraph.
She previously worked as Secretary of the South Norfolk Friends of the Earth, and in 2018 and 2019 started and ran The Bird Haven Festival, a 3-day celebration of the magic, song and colour of birds. This festival took place in Shoalhaven Heads where small migratory Eastern Curlews flew overwinter before flying home, non-stop, to breed in Siberia and Alaska – magic!
Perrie lives in Gerroa (where endangered Pied Oyster Catchers still breed!)
Colleen O'Brien is an author liaison for Berry’s first writers’ festival. She has been a guest coordinator and author liaison for writing and film festivals on NSW’s east coast, and produced weekly radio programs interviewing authors, artists and entrepreneurs.
Colleen is an award-winning journalist with a background in communications, journalism and philosophy. She has worked in radio, television and documentary production along with writing and producing corporate training videos.
As a recent resident of the Shoalhaven, Colleen is enjoying exploring the region’s offerings while she continues her writing and research on astrology and the esoteric sciences.
Mary Cunnane was a vice-president and senior editor at W.W. Norton & Company before moving to Australia in 1998 where she became the non-fiction publisher at Transworld (now an imprint of Penguin Random House) in Sydney. In 1999 she founded The Mary Cunnane Agency, which represented some forty authors to publishers in Australia and around the world. Since closing the agency in 2013 she has been a free-lance editor and publishing consultant. A former vice-president of the Australian Literary Agents Association and the Sydney PEN Centre, she was awarded, with Nicholas Jose, a Special New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award in 2009.
Suzanne Burdon is a sociologist, research consultant, marketing and communication specialist. She is also the author of an award-winning novel, Almost Invincible, a biographical novel of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, and a collection of poetry Socio-Illogical.
Helen O'Neill has worked as a journalist for over 25 years winning awards in science and health journalism, a Walkley nomination and becoming the Australian Society of Travel Writers’ Travel Writer of the Year.
Helen is best known as author of Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives, which details the life and art of the famous wallpaper and fabric designer Florence Broadhurst, whose death remains a mystery.