Justin Heazlewood is an award-winning triple-threat of writer, musician & comedian. As The Bedroom Philosopher he has appeared on Triple J & ABC TV, releasing three albums including the ARIA-nominated Songs From The 86 Tram. The video for Northcote (So Hungover) earning nearly half a million hits. In 2014 his first non-fiction book Funemployed, about being an artist in Australia, was an indie-hit, earning praise from artists and industry alike. In 2015 an 8-part series was commissioned for Radio National.» Read more about Justin Heazlewood
Anne Edmonds is one of Australia’s most exciting new stand up, character and banjo-playing comedians. From naughty kid at school to performing at the New York Comedy Festival, Anne has a story to tell about a winding road to success.» Read more about Anne Edmonds
Sian Prior is probably best known as an ABC radio presenter, a columnist and critic for The Age, and a musician. But this accomplished public performer is also the author of an acclaimed memoir, Shy. Her book solves the riddle of how someone who has grappled for decades with debilitating social anxiety has nevertheless managed to carve out a series of successful careers in the public eye.» Read more about Sian Prior
Jesse Fink has worked in journalism and publishing for over 20 years in various capacities: editor, writer, columnist, author.
Jesse is the author of four books: Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back In Black, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, Laid Bare and 15 Days in June.» Read more about Jesse Fink
Maria’s career has spanned the private, public and non-government sectors. She began her career in the arts where she held a number of roles as a general manager, producer and arts management consultant before joining the Victorian public service where she was responsible for arts policy and industry development.
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Entrepreneur, TV personality and mental health advocate
Growing up the eldest son of a prominent politician, Melbourne-based Nick Bracks was already accustomed to the spotlight when he was offered a contract with American Crew in 2009. His profile grew quickly and before long, Nick branched out from modelling to become a prime time television favourite.» Read more about Nick Bracks
Kate McLennan is an award-winning comedian, actress and writer. Her recent projects include co-writing and starring in The Katering Show and Bleak: The Web Series, which launched on YouTube in 2014. Bleak is currently in development with the ABC.» Read more about Kate McLennan
Esther Mckay is a retired Forensic Investigator, bestselling author and social justice campaigner. She is a passionate and long-standing mental health advocate dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the stigma around mental health issues, improving conditions and creating better support services for first responders.» Read more about Esther McKay
Ruth Clare is a Melbourne-based author and speaker. Her memoir Enemy: A Daughter’s Story of How Her Father Brought the Vietnam War Home is about growing up with a violent father and an alcoholic mother, and the way Ruth faced these trials with courage and strength. Her book is also a compassionate unraveling of the psychological impact of war on veterans and their families.» Read more about Ruth Clare
Kate James is an author, coach and mindfulness teacher who helps her clients discover authentic, creative and purposeful lives.» Read more about Kate James
Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV documentary presenter, speaker, human rights advocate and anti-cyberbullying campaigner. She is currently host, co-executive producer and co-writer of Cyberhate with Tara Moss on the ABC, examining the phenomenon of online abuse.» Read more about Tara Moss