Better known as Bazza the Bush Balladeer, Barry Betts is an iconic figure in the Sunshine Coast region as he performs at festivals, fairs and markets with his heart-felt renditions of Australian bush poetry classics from Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, Dorothea Mackellar and more.
Ex-military and airline pilot, Richard Marman is now a Sunshine Coast based illustrator and author. His work includes illustrating pamphlets, calendars and poster for the Australasian Ground Safety Council promoting workplace safety at airport terminals. He has also been a regular cartoonist for several magazines and designed the labels for Providence Vineyards in northern Tasmania.
Gondor Writers’ Centre’s Ron Day holds a PhD from Central Queensland University and is a published author of a series of computing text books for use in primary, secondary, and tertiary schools and colleges. He has had more than 30 years’ experience in teaching and writing. He has worked as a school teacher and with many organisations and companies, writing text books, user manuals, technical reference documents, and learning materials. He is working on his family history, writing it as historic fiction.
Allison Marlow Paterson grew up on a farm near Pyramid Hill, the small Victorian town where she was born. She travelled 24 miles to school at Kerang on an ancient bus – top speed 40mph - loved shearing time and collecting mushrooms in the winter. Allison now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast where she cannot tell if the wild mushrooms are safe to eat or not! "I am the author of Anzac Sons: The Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars and the children’s version, Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front, which made the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards longlist. My interest in the service of my ancestors began when I was studying to become a teacher. I used a selection of the letters they sent from the Western Front to complete an assignment. The dream to honour their courage and sacrifice was ignited.
Peter Carnavas is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. He grew up in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, with lovely parents, two brothers, one sister and, from the age of 13, a big white dog called Floyd. Peter was a quiet kid who did things slowly most of the time. He spent a lot of time drawing little pictures and writing stories. Things haven’t really changed.