Writing Consultants


Helen Barnes-Bulley


Helen Barnes-Bulley is a graduate of Sydney University and The National Institute of Dramatic Art. She has written drama for theatre, radio and television and is the recipient of an Australian Writers’ Guild Award. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in prominent Australian literary journals, and she has now completed two related novels. She has worked with writers at Varuna for several years.

Tegan Bennett Daylight


Tegan Bennett Daylight is a novelist and short story writer with more than twenty years experience as a teacher, critic and publishers’ reader. Her novels include Bombora (1996), What Falls Away (2001) and Safety (2006), and her short stories are collected in many anthologies and journals. She has been teaching in the writing program at the University of Technology since 1996.

(not available in 2017)

Margaret Hamilton


Margaret Hamilton AM has had a long and esteemed career in children's book publishing. Initially a librarian and then the Publishing Director at Hodder & Stoughton, Margaret and her husband Max set up their own independent children's book publishing company Margaret Hamilton Books, which eventually became a division of Scholastic Australia. She is a manager of the CBCA Awards Foundation and was a Director of the Children's Book Council of Australia and for her services to children's literature has received The CBCA NSW Lady Cutler Award, The ABPA Pixie O'Harris Award, The Dromkeen Medal, the CBCA Nan Chauncy Award, a CBCA Distinguished Service Citation, the APA George Robertson Award for services to the book industry and on Australia Day 2008 was honoured with an AM.

Kim Kelly


Kim is the author of six works of fiction: the novels, Black Diamonds (2007), This Red Earth (2013), The Blue Mile (2014), Paper Daisies (2015), Jewel Sea (2016), and the acclaimed novella, Wild Chicory (2016). She is a well-regarded book editor, also known there as Kim Swivel, and has worked in the traditional book publishing industry for over twenty years. Her special interests include Australian political and social history, historical and regional fiction, and looking at ways authors can harness new disruptive publishing models and technologies in our ever-changing literary world.



Vanessa Kirkpatrick is a poet, teacher and creative writing mentor. Vanessa completed a PhD in English Literature (Poetry) at the University of Sydney in 2002. Her first poetry collection, To Catch the Light, won the inaugural John Knight Poetry Manuscript Prize and was Commended for the 2013 Anne Elder Award for best debut collection. Her second collection, The Conversation of Trees, was published in 2017 by Hope Street Press. Vanessa’s poetry has been broadcast on national radio, and has been published in prominent journals both in Australia and overseas. She lives in the Blue Mountains.

Small Woodcut

Jody LEE

Jody Lee has worked as an associate publisher (Simon & Schuster), commissioning editor and project editor (Random House and ABC Books). For the last nine years she has worked as a freelance editor working with all the major trade publishing houses. Her editing experience covers a broad range of genres for children and adults, including both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from biography, memoir, health and lifestyle, self-help, travel narrative, history and popular culture. Jody’s editorial work includes developmental and structural editing (encompassing manuscript development, rewriting and ghostwriting), copyediting and coordinating publishing projects from concept to finished book.

Carol Major


Carol Major holds a Doctorate of Arts Degree in creative writing from the University of Technology in Sydney. She has taught creative writing at undergraduate and post graduate university levels and to the wider community through the Sydney Community College. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Australian and Canadian literary journals and anthologies. She completed two novels as part of her thesis research and is author of ‘Closed Adoption Policy in the 1960s: Exploring the Construction of Motive Through Fiction’.

Stephen Measday


Stephen Measday is the author of seventeen young adult and junior fiction novels. Two novels, The News They Didn’t Use and A Pig Called Francis Bacon have been commended as Notable Books by the CBCA. He has been published in Australia, the UK, Germany, Indonesia, France, the US, and South Korea. Stephen is also an award winning scriptwriter in children’s and adult television. His awards include a UN Media Peace Award and an Australian Writers Guild Award, and he has edited television programs that have been nominated for three US Emmy Awards. He lectured in Scriptwriting at UWS from 1988-2004, and has mentored six writers under programs run by the ASA and the NSW Writers' Centre. He is currently writing the novel series, Send Simon Savage.


Craig Munro


Craig is a biographer, book historian and publishing editor as well as the founding chair of the Queensland Writers Centre. He was UQP's inaugural fiction editor (1973-80) and then publishing manager (1983 to 2000). As well as mentoring editors and writers, he has been a freelance literary journalist for 40 years. His award-winning biography Wild Man of Letters explored the stormy life of editor, publisher and political activist PR Stephensen, and in 1985 Craig won the Barbara Ramsden Award for Editing and later studied book publishing in Canada and the US on a Churchill Fellowship. He co-edited the landmark volume Paper Empires: A History of the Book in Australia 1946-2005 and in 2010 received the Johnno Award for his outstanding contribution to writers and writing. Craig now divides his time between Sydney, where he sails regularly on the Harbour, and Bundanoon village in the Southern Highlands where he cycles and bushwalks.

cons OFLYNN Mark105


Born in Melbourne Mark O'Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains where he writes across a range of forms. After working for a number of years in the theatre where several plays were produced, Mark turned to fiction and also poetry. His poetry collections include The Too Bright Sun (1996), The Good Oil (2000), What Can Be Proven (2007), Untested Cures (2011), The Soup's Song (2015), and Shared Breath (2017). A second novel Grassdogs was published in 2006, followed by The Forgotten World, (2013), and also a collection of short stories White Light, (2013). He has also published a memoir, False Start, (2013). His most recent novel The Last Days of Ava Langdon, (UQP, 2016) was short listed for both the Miles Franklin Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction, as well as winning the Voss Literary Award 2017.

Babette Smith

Babette SMITH

Babette Smith is a freelance historian & writer. Her latest book, Australia's Birthstain, published in 2008, traces the country's shame about its convict foundations and the distorted history that resulted.

Australia's Birthstain follows the success of her earlier work, A Cargo of Women: Susannah Watson & the Convicts of the Princess Royal, a 2nd edition of which was also published in 2008. The fictional version of Cargo of Women was published in a new edition in 2010 by Macmillan Australia.

Babette is the author of two other full-length histories. Firstly, a social history of the NSW Asthma Foundation titled Coming Up For Air. Secondly, Mothers & Sons, an analysis of the relationship between women and their male children in the context of feminism which was published by Allen & Unwin in 1995 and will shortly be available again as an e-book.



MARK TREDINNICK is a celebrated poet, essayist, writing teacher, and mentor. His many books include Almost Everything I Know, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book, and his honours include the Montreal International Poetry Prize and two Premiers' Prizes. Mark worked for ten years in book publishing (with Allen & Unwin and HarperCollins). For two decades since then, he's mentored many aspiring writers (across all literary forms, from children's books to memoir) and taught creative writing, grammar, poetry and professional writing at the University of Sydney and in workshops all over the place.

Mark's much-loved books on the writing craft (The Little Red Writing Book, The Little Green Grammar Book, The Little Black Book of Business Writing) are widely read in schools and universities and relied on by aspiring and practising writers. He teaches poetics and writing in the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation at UTS.

For seven years Mark lived with his family in the Katoomba; his landscape memoir The Blue Plateau (winner of the Queensland Premier's Literary Prize and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Prize) celebrates the mountains and divines their natural and social history. Judith Beveridge has called Mark "one of our great poets of place." He lives these days in Picton, but travels widely as a speaker, teacher, mentor and poet.