WINTON HIGGINS, born in Sydney in 1941, is a graduate of the Universities of Sydney, Stockholm and London. After a brief period at the NSW Bar he changed careers to research, write and teach in the politics discipline, mainly at Macquarie University. He has taught comparative genocide studies and has sat on the board of the Australian Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies since 2000.
Currently he is a visiting research fellow at the Transforming Cultures research centre, University of Technology, Sydney, and is working on a novel about the first Nuremberg trial. He lives in Sydney.
WAYNE GROGAN was born in Sydney in 1953. He was a member of the Waterside Workers Federation for sixteen years. He won a Deakin University Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for creative writing and was runner-up in the Henry Lawson Short Story Award. Junkie Pilgrim, his first novel, won the Ned Kelly award for First Crime Book. He lives with his wife and children in Sydney and works as an antiquarian book dealer while writing his next novel.
TIMOSHENKO ASLANIDES’s first book of poems, The Greek Connection won the British Commonwealth Poetry Prize for 1978. Australian Things won joint second prize for book-length poetry collections in the Australian Bicentennial Literary Awards in 1988. He lives in Canberra, where he writes full time.
SUZON FUKS was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1959 and migrated to Australia in 1996. She is co-artistic director of the multi-arts company Igneous. Since 1981, she has incorporated photography in her films and multimedia performances. She has had her photographs published in magazines, book covers and posters. Private collectors and museums have bought her work. The National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales have acquired her recent photographic portfolios.
Sydney born SUZANNE D. RUTLAND is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney. Her major history of Australian Jewry, Edge of the Diaspora: Two Centuries of Jewish Settlement in Australia, was published by Brandl & Schlesinger, 1997 and Holmes & Meier, New York, 2001. Her latest publication is The Jews in Australia published in 2005. She has held numerous leadership positions, including being immediate past president of the Australian Jewish Historical Society, and was convenor of the Australian Association of Jewish Studies 19th Annual Conference, February 2007.
Suzanne Rutland was awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) for service to Jewish education and history through a range of higher education development roles and as an author and academic, and to the promotion of interfaith relations.
STEVE K. KELEN was born in Sydney in 1956. Since winning the Poetry Australia Prize in 1973 his poems have been widely published. In 1996 he received an Australia Council Grant to travel and write in the US and was Visiting Professor of Writing at the University of South Dakota. In 1998 he was Asialink Writer in Residence in Vietnam and in 2000 was recipient of the ACT Creative Arts Fellowship. Goddess of Mercy is his fifth book of poetry. Brandl & Schlesinger will be publishing New and Selected Poems in 2011.
STEPHANIE BISHOP was born in Sydney in 1979. Her first novel, The Singing, was shortlisted for the Kathleen Mitchell Award in 2005 and in 2006 she was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists. Educated in Sydney and at Cambridge, where she has recently completed a doctorate, she is also a frequent reviewer and essayist with her work appearing in the Australian Literary Review, the Australian Book Review and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Bishop lives in Perth and is working on her next novel. The Singing is available as an audio book through Vision Australia.
WANDA SPATHOPOULOS was born Wanda Maxime Herbert in 1922, in Melbourne. Six months later, the Herbert family moved to Sydney, where, in 1924, they settled on the Griffins’ Castlecrag. During the forties Wanda graduated in Arts at the University of Sydney. In the early fifties she departed overseas, first to London then to Europe, where she spent a number of years in Paris and Italy. At last in Greece, she came in touch with the world of the Ancient Greek tragedies evoked by Marion Griffin and Lute Drummond’s open-air theatre productions on Castlecrag. Since 1960, her life with her Greek husband has been spent mainly in Sydney, with interludes in Greece.
SELWYN PRITCHARD was born in 1933, the third son of a Welsh carpenter. He left school at 16, was conscripted and served five years as a subaltern in The Royal Welch Fusiliers in Jamaica, Guyana, Dortmund and Berlin. He subsequently became a teacher before getting into Oxford to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics and graduating at the age of 35. He then taught philosophy for some years before moving to the Orkney Islands with his wife and three children. In 1980 they emigrated to New Zealand, then Australia. His last post was as professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Jinan University in Guanghou, People's Republic of China. He has four grandchildren and with his wife lived on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne.
He began to write poetry on leaving the United Kingdom and was awarded the Rome residency by the Literature Board of the Australia Council in 1999. Lunar Frost, translations from the Tang and Song dynasties was published by Brandl & Schlesinger, Sydney, 2000. Selwyn Pritchard died on 30 June 2005.
SCOTT MANN was born in 1952 in Manchester, England. He has taught philosophy and social theory at the Universities of Sussex, Sydney and NSW and is currently lecturing at the University of Western Sydney. His previous book was Psychoanalysis and Society: An Introduction.