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Libby Harkness - Ghostwriting

LIBBY HARKNESS PHOTONew Zealand-born Libby Harkness has lived and worked in Australia as a journalist, editor and writer for more than forty years. She has published more than 35 books including the internationally acclaimed Looking for Lisa (Random House 1992).

Today Libby is a specialist ghostwriter and her most recently published works include Turia Pitt’s best-selling story Everything to Live For (Random House 2013), Owen Beddall’s tell-all Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant (Random House 2013) and Simon’s Gillard’s poignant memoir Life Sentence: A Police Officer’s Battle with PTSD (Penguin Random House 2017). Libby lives in Sydney.

Alison Stuart - Romance

ALISON STEWART 317 x 338Award winning Australian author Alison Stuart has been writing stories since her teenage years. A past president of the Romance Writers of Australia, Alison has published eight full length historical romances, both independently and through Harlequin Australia and innumerable short stories have appeared in anthologies. 

Alison is presently working on two full length Australian historical romances for Harlequin MIRA and, writing as A.M. Stuart, will be releasing her first historical mystery in 2019 for Berkley Publishing (USA).

Lee Mylne - Travel Writing

LEE MYLNE 300 x 338Lee Mylne is an award-winning Brisbane-based travel journalist who has written for a wide range of Australian and international publications over her 30-year career. She is a contributor to a wide range of newspaper travel sections, consumer and trade magazines, inflight magazines, and websites.

Lee is a former president and a Life Member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and is regularly invited to speak at writers’ festivals and travel writing seminars and workshops around Australia. 

 Meg Vann

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Meg Vann is a crime thriller writer who is published in literary journals and interactive platforms, including The Review of Australian Fiction, Story City, The Writing Platform, and Australia Literary Studies Journal. Meg regularly appears at writing events around Australia.
 
Meg is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland, where she is also publisher of the innovative Corella Press, specialising in recovered nineteenth-century Australian crime and mystery stories. Meg won the 2018 Dr Melanie McKenzie Teaching Award, and is an a research assistant with ‘Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century.
 

Dr Sarah Gardner - Forensic Pathology (Fact v Fiction)

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Dr Sarah Gardner is a Forensic Scientist who hails from the UK. She has a PhD in chemistry and 20 years’ experience working for UK Police Forces (fingerprint laboratories), the Home Office  (research into fingerprint detection methods) the Forensic Science Service (court reporting forensic biologist) and teaching forensic science at Kingston University, London and Bond and Griffith Universities, Queensland. 

Her areas of expertise are body fluid & blood pattern analysis, DNA profiling, mixtures & statistics, fingerprints, case assessment & interpretation, expert witness testimony, statement writing and forensic chemistry. Interestingly, ten years ago, forensic DNA profiling helped Sarah to discover that she is an indentical rather than a fraternal twin! Sarah lives in Brisbane with her husband.

Lynne Stringer - Editing


LyLynne1 225 x 338nne Stringer began writing professionally as a journalist and was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, before turning her hand to screenplay writing and novels.

Lynne has been editing non-fiction for twenty years and fiction for seven years. She currently works as a professional editor and proofreader and has worked for both traditional and self-publishing companies. She is the author of the Verindon Trilogy, a young adult science fiction series, and Once Confronted, a contemporary drama.