On Writing

Writers, editors, agents, publishers and more share their thoughts, experiences and stories.

Carol Middleton is a Melbourne-based author and journalist. She is a book critic for ‘Australian Book Review’, and has been published in ‘The Age’, ‘Canberra Times’ and ‘Overland’. carolmiddleton.com.au

Thuy On is a freelance arts journalist, critic, and editor who's written for a range of publications including ‘The Saturday Paper’, ‘Sydney Review of Books’, ‘The Age/SMH’, ‘The Australian’, ‘Australian Book Review’, ‘ArtsHub’ and ‘Books+Publishing’. She's also the books editor of ‘The Big Issue’. Her first book, a collection of poetry, ‘Turbulence’, was published by UWAP in 2020.

Gayelene Carbis' first book of poetry, ‘Anecdotal Evidence’ (Five Islands Press) was awarded finalist – International Book Awards 2019. Gayelene was awarded the My Brother Jack Poetry Prize for Poetry in 2020, and was also a finalist in the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize and the Woorilla Poetry Award. Gayelene teaches Creative Writing; English/EAL; and is Poet-in-Residence in schools.

Dr Eugen Bacon is African Australian, a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She’s the author of 'Claiming T-Mo' (Meerkat Press) and 'Writing Speculative Fiction' (Macmillan). Her work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted or commended in national and international awards, including the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards, Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Australian Shadows Awards, Ditmar Awards and Nommo Award for Speculative Fiction by Africans.

By day, Tim Evans writes articles and web content. By night, he performs weird poems in front of strangers.

Alison J Barton is a Melbourne-based poet and non-fiction writer. She attended writing school in the 2000s but her best expression came from introspection and learning the relation of the internal to the external world. Themes of feminism and psychoanalysis are central to her work. Alison has been (or is to be) published in 'Otoliths', 'Westerly', 'Poethead' (Ireland), 'Under Bunjil', 'Blue Bottle Journal', 'Underground Writers', 'Perspektif' and 'The Night Heron Barks' (US). Alison also works as a social worker.

Idan Ben-Barak writes (mostly) science books for (mostly) children. Kids think they’re funny. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, his two boys and too many stringed instruments.

Alexandra O’Sullivan writes fiction, creative non-fiction, articles and reviews. Her work has appeared in publications such as ‘Kill Your Darlings’, ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ and ‘Meanjin’. She has been shortlisted for several awards including the Newcastle Short Story Award and the Profane Non-fiction Prize. She has received Highly Commended mentions in the Horne Prize for Creative Non-fiction and the Feminartsy Fiction Prize.

Josefina Huq is a woman of colour, a creative writer and a PhD candidate based in Melbourne. She is interested in crafting short stories about place, home, memory, nostalgia, and anything else that might make you upset. Her research attempts to justify this as a good thing.

Michael Morell is a writer and teacher living in Footscray.