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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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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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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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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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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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