Jessica is an Australian researcher and freelance writer based in the Netherlands. She loves travelling, petting strangers’ dogs on the train, and taking naps, and her creative work can be found in Voiceworks Magazine, NeedleInTheHay, and Meniscus. She also has a PhD in YA fiction and she’s a member of the executive board for the Australasian Association of Writing Programs.
Denise is a freelance writer and lecturer based on the Sunshine Coast – the perfect place for her to indulge her passion for the beach, and also writing. Denise holds a Master Degree in Creative Writing, with a research component that explores YA fiction. She was selected for the Hachette Manuscript Development Program and is currently completing a related novel. Her research articles and creative works can be viewed in a variety of publications, including Cambridge University Press, TEXT, M/C Journal and PopCAANZ.
Eugen Bacon MA, MSc, PhD, is a computer graduate mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She has published over 100 stories and articles, and has a book out with Palgrave MacMillan in 2018. Four of her creative articles were nominated for the 2017 Aurealis Convenors Award For Excellence. Eugen’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Award Winning Australian Writing, AntipodeanSF, Andromeda, Aurealis, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Breach, Bukker Tillibul, Every Day Fiction, Farther Stars Than These, Horrified Press anthologies, 4 Star Stories, Mascara Literary Review, Meniscus, TEXT, Parentheses, The Victorian Writer and through Routledge in New Writing.
Emily is a creative writing student PhD student from the University of Winchester with a focus on young adult literature. She enjoys all genres, but her main passion is fantasy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross stitching, and video games.
Kit MacFarlane is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing in the school of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia and has published literary criticism, pop culture analysis, and short fiction in publications such as Metro, Senses of Cinema, The Australian, The Weekend Australian Review, The Punch, New Matilda, and New Writing, as well as a regular column on pop culture history for a number of years for online magazine PopMatters. Kit’s main cultural interests lie in exploring resonances between traditional literature and popular culture, as well as talking about 1950s TV Westerns far too much.