Bridgette Chilly (Davis) is born of Mooloolah's Dhdugga Kabi Kai people. Bridgette is passionate in her work to preserve her family's culture and to educate Australians about her Sunshine Coast Aboriginal heritage and culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.