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Judith Bandidt

Judith Bandidt is a founding member of Sunshine Coast's The Pente Poets which launched in Flaxton in 2006. "Having spent much of my life in country areas of Queensland, my writing often reflects my rural roots and love of the land and its people. This life experience—along with other landscapes, seascapes and mindscapes encountered in my travels—provides the settings for my literary efforts. Living now in the serenity of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, I have found a new ambience for my creative pursuits and I enjoy exploring a variety of genre—adult fiction, children’s stories, historical non-fiction, song lyrics, poetry. Wherever I find myself, I draw inspiration from my surroundings.

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Barry Charles

Barry Charles is a seasoned and respected singer-songwriter. He offers up some powerful and jaw dropping vocals, mixed in with harmonica and a punchy percussive style of guitar playing. His captivating performances encompass deep grooves, digging into the soul and message of a song and leaving that original number or a selective cover he's just played with you, with his own interpretation and mesmerising energy.

Alister Bartholomew

Torres Strait Islander Alister Bartholomew grew up in Brisbane, where there is a strong TSI community attached to the Anglican Church, and attended Kelvin Grove State High School. His mother was born on Saibai Island in the Torres Strait. Alister is a Learning Skills Mentor with Indigenous Services at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is passionate about strengthening partnerships between educational institutions and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

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Hugh O'Brien

Hugh O’Brien has twice won both the Noosa National One Act Playwriting Competition and the Dogwood National Playwriting Competition. He has had 14 plays produced, nine of which are published by Maverick Musicals and Plays. His one-act comedies have been staged throughout Australia as well as in New Zealand and the UK and have proved very popular on the festival circuit. His most recent play is Western Downs Western Front, a modern day story about the ghost of a First War soldier helping a Gen-Y girl sort out her troubled life. Hugh wrote the screenplay for the thriller feature film The Pact (2002) which starred Sigrid Thornton and Essie Davis. He has worked as a radio announcer, football commentator, news editor, advertising creative director, government media advisor and political speechwriter.

Leigh Warneminde

Leigh Warneminde has been involved in the Coolum and North Shore Coast Care as a volunteer since its inception in 1998, and as President for many of the following 18 years. She continues to undertake an array of practical activities to preserve and protect the area with like-minded people. Leigh was born in Brisbane, moving to Coolum in 1985 to pursue her nursing and midwifery career. Her interest in the environment was fostered at an early age, having grown up exploring and enjoying South East Queensland’s many natural surroundings, but her passion for native coastal flora and fauna was unleashed when she moved to Yaroomba with her family in the 1990s. 

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James B. Clifton

James B. Clifton was born in Derby, Australia and now lives at Golden Beach. He has lived in the United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea and worked as a psychiatric nurse, photographer, labourer, hotelier, trainer, acupuncturist, natural therapist, and director of human resources for an international hotel chain. James earned a degree in Communications, Journalism, and Creative Writing in 2013. His latest novel, My Brother Gun, is an action adventure tale about two brothers growing up amid 1950s Australia who create a bond with Aboriginals while on a journey of self-discovery enhanced by tribal folklore and magic. 

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Professor Ian Lowe

Professor Ian Lowe AO is an outstanding Mudjimba-based writer, academic and environmentalist. Apart from the following, he is also Queensland’s fastest Over 60s cricket bowler and a member of the Noosa Chorale. Prof Lowe is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University in Brisbane, as well as being an adjunct professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University.

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Casey Ardron

Casey Ardron has been writing for over 25 years – and this year celebrates the launch of his first published full-length work – the young-adolescent book, Xavier Wintersbee and the Book of Virtues. It is a story that had its beginnings in the imagination of young author in the making – around 37 years ago.

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Julie Hyndman

Julie is an award-winning poet based at Ninderry, on the Sunshine Coast. Her poem A Place won first prize in the Australian Writers (Queensland) 2011 Annual Poetry Competition. 

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Jan Latta

Jan Latta is a Sydney-based author, wildlife photographer and publisher of 15 True to Life books. To create her many beautiful books and videos she follows animals in their natural habitats to tell their story in both photographs and words. She is the “voice’ of endangered animals to help their survival.

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Jay Bishoff

The music of American-born songwriter Jay Bishoff features impacting lyrics that connect deeply with audiences, combined with diverse guitar styles and smart arrangements. Jay’s eclectic sound is coloured by rock, folk, blues & roots, funky rhythms and world music influences. His songs often tell stories – of travel, love and loss, and heart-fueled dreams. 

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Craig Macintyre

Craig Macintyre is the president of the Sunshine Coast branch of Surfriders Foundation Australia. The Sunshine Coast branch looks after an extensive stretch of pristine coastline from Caloundra to Noosa and on to Double Island Point. The foundation's Sunny Coast branch is a group of active volunteers dedicated to the protection and enhancement of local waves and beaches. Craig, a keen surfer, has been a volunteer with the group since 2008.

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Cam Young

Cam is a long-time Sunshine Coast resident and radio broadcaster who has worked throughout Queensand in his distinguished career including radio stations at Mt Isa, Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba. He is currently the Drive Time presenter for 104.9 Sunshine FM. He first worked on the Sunshine Coast with Radio 4SS Nambour as a broadcaster and music director from 1985 to 1989. He spent 18 years as a current affairs broadcaster with ABC Coast FM, having started with the then brand-new station in December 1992.

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Annah Faulkner

The award-winning author was born in Melbourne and grew up in New Guinea. Her years there during the 1950s and 1960s provide the background for her first novel, The Beloved. Annah started writing when she was 14, with bursts of poetry and short stories.

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Mettaphor

Angelika Heinrich and Kaeleen Hunter are Mettaphor - 100 percent independent original Australian artists freestyling live over home-grown beats with funky riffs and lyrical food for thought. Mettaphor are nu-jazz soul-infused groove, vocal, sax, guitar and chillbeatz.

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Aleesah Darlison

Aleesah Darlison is an award-winning Australian children’s author who writes picture books, chapter books and novels. Her much-loved stories promote courage, understanding, anti-bullying, self-belief, friendship, teamwork and environmental themes.

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Julie Chizzoni

Artist and graphic artist Julie paints the beaches that she loves. She hand paints original, vibrant, acrylic beach culture on canvas. Julie has a history of graphic design, layout and advertising amongst other creative business ventures. Painting has always been Julie's passion

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Mary-Lou Stephens

Mary-Lou Stephens is a musician, radio announcer, author and interviewer who has happily retired from her radio job to become a full-time writer on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and an in-demand author interviewer at festivals and events. Mary-Lou began her music career playing in bands, touring and releasing CDs. She then studied acting at the Victorian College of the Arts and played in bands in Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney – and then the doorway to radio opened – a career that spanned 18 years.

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Sue Sewell

Sue Sewell is an award-winning Sunshine Coast playwright and director who has tread the boards to great acclaim. She started on the stage at nine years old with the usual school production, singing a song which she can still remember, and she so enjoyed that experience! In her later teenage years she was encouraged by a very theatrical aunt and uncle to take the lead in “The Chalk Garden” and she has been involved in amateur theatre ever since.

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Simon Denver

Simon Denver has been a writer for nearly 40 years and although he is regarded by his peer group as a professional writer he still regards himself as a journeyman. His list of publications include plays, musicals and educational books. He is currently the Artistic Director of S.R.T. Inc.(Suncoast Repertory Theatre). In 2012 Simon was one of the inaugural inductees into the Queensland Cultural Champions Hall of Fame.

Steven Lang

Steven Lang is the author of two novels: his most recent one, 88 Lines About 44 Women (Penguin, Viking) is a contemporary story set in both Scotland and Australia. It is narrated by Lawrence Martin, sometime keyboard player in one of Australia’s more successful rock bands from the ‘80s. The novel was short-listed for two major fiction awards in 2010. Steven’s first novel, An Accidental Terrorist (UQP, 2005), won two prestigious awards: the UTS Award for New Writing in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author. It was also longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for best first novel.

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Maggie Christensen

Maggie Christensen grew up in Scotland as an only child – thus spending a lot of time alone, she got lost in books or playing with imaginary friends. Attracted by advertisements to ‘Come and Teach in the Sun’, Maggie emigrated to Australia her mid-20s to teach primary school in Sydney. She has also lived in country and coastal New South Wales and worked in teaching and administration in colleges and universities.

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Phil Jarratt

Phil is a journalist, author and publisher. A former editor of Tracks, Surfer and Australian Surf Journal, he is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on surfing and has worked in surf publishing for over 40 years. Phil has written over 20 books covering largely sport-related biography, surfing and surf history including A Cup of Tea With God; Bali: Heaven and Hell; Salts and Suit; Kelly Slater: For the Love; Hottest 100 Surf Legends; Surfing Australia: A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia and That Summer at Boomerang. A three-time recipient of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Media Award, Phil lives between Noosa, Bali and Hawaii or wherever the surf's up! Phil is also the founder of the Noosa Festival of Surfing.

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Janice Smithers

Janice Smithers is a Coolum-based singer/songwriter and award-winning contemporary artist with a difference. Having a long and distinguished career in the Australian Music Industry, Janice has become well known as a passionate performer

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Andrea Kirwin

Andrea is a singer-songwriter from the Sunshine Coast with Australian Fijian roots. Andrea weaves melodies and storytelling together to create a rich tapestry, much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pandanus mats in the village.

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Gregg Dreise

Gregg Dreise is an award-winning author, illustrator, musician and teacher. He is a descendant of the Kamilaroi tribe, from south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales. Born and raised in St George, Queensland, he moved to Noosa during high school. The youngest of eight in a family that loved sport, music and poetry, his mum always inspired him to write.

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Eileen Herbert-Goodall

Eileen Herbert-Goodall is an author, editor and writing coach based on the Sunshine Coast. She is a writer of short fiction and non-fiction articles and presents workshops on the craft of creative writing and editing at universities, schools, community learning centres, adult colleges and libraries. 

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Scott Nicol

Author and writing teacher Scott Nicol got off to a great start in his writing career when continually passed English, but failed maths throughout his high school tenure. A 38-year journalistic career included stints with daily newspapers in Bundaberg and on the Sunshine Coast, 10 years with the RACQ as their Media Relations manager and two years editing corporate magazines in London. During his time in the UK Scott took on the role of foreign correspondent in Nigeria, Sweden, Dubai and the United States.

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Elaine Ouston

Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. She is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia and owns Gondor Writers' Centre which offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission to publishers or self-publishing. She organises literary festivals for Australian Literary Festivals and Book Fairs and travels throughout Australia delivering talks and workshops to children and adults at schools, libraries, bookstores, literary festivals and writers groups.

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Ken Fisher

Ken Fisher is a cultural anthropologist, surfer and writer. He lives at Yaroomba Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, with his wife, a daughter and an old fox terrier. Beach Spinifex is his first novel and was inspired by our local beaches, Ken's 50 years of surfing and his work with indigenous Australians who were taken from their parents. Beach Spinifex, a powerful tale of loss and longing, of love and joy, a story for those enchanted by the spirit of the sea. 

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Barbara Brewster

This spirited 71 year-old’s inspirational books embody a wealth of experience with challenge, change and comedy. As a young woman, Barbara Brewster hitchhiked across continents, hostessed a restaurant in Afghanistan, and at 22 immigrated, solo, from the USA to Australia. Her 1991 book, Down Under All Over, written with “a lover’s indulgence and passion”, has attracted salvos from such Aussie icons as John Williamson, Eric Bogle and Barbara’s gas-fitter. 

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Trina McLellan

Trina has spent more than three decades working in and with Australia’s news media as a journalist, journalism educator, researcher, corporate communication manager and, early on, as a community broadcaster.

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