Publishing Director and Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Starford is an editor at Text Publishing. She is a former deputy editor at Australian Book Review and former associate publisher at Affirm Press. She was a founding member of the Stella Prize steering committee. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Age, and Weekend Australian. Her debut memoir will be published by Allen & Unwin in late 2014.
Publishing Director Hannah Kent is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Flinders University. Her debut novel, Burial Rites (Picador; Little, Brown, 2013), won the 2011 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award and the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. It was named Book of the Year by iTunes Australia. Translation rights have been sold to nineteen countries.
Editor Brigid Mullane is a bookseller. She has worked with the Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival and the National Young Writers Festival. She is a recent graduate of Masters of Publishing and Communications at Melbourne University.
Online Editor Emily Laidlaw studies postgraduate writing at the University of Melbourne. Her literary criticism and author interviews have appeared in Australian Book Review, The Big Issue, Voiceworks, Books+Publishing, Readings Monthly and on the websites for the Wheeler Centre and Overland.
Deputy Editor Hop Dac is currently studying Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. He has worked with the National Young Writers Festival, the Short+Sweet festival, RedBubble, ITCH Productions and Flood Projects. He very briefly ran Sunday Drivers Press, still contributes to Paroxysm Press and writes occasionally for Peril magazine.
Deputy Online Editor Veronica Sullivan is a writer, creative producer with the Emerging Writers’ Festival, and creative subeditor for Farrago. She is 2014 Stella Count coordinator with the Stella Prize, was a Digital Reporter for the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival and has written for Lip and Kanyezine.
Sales and Marketing Manager Claire Hielscher is an art writer and public relations consultant. She has represented numerous businesses as a copywriter, public relations professional and marketing consultant. Her work has been featured in many literary and art journals internationally and within Australia including Australian Art Collector and UN Magazine.
Interviews Editor Bethanie Blanchard is a freelance writer and critic based in Melbourne. She is a books writer for The Guardian Australia, the literary critic for Crikey with Liticism and a regular reviewer for The Australian. Her writing has also appeared in The Monthly, The Age, The Drum, The Big Issue, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and The Lifted Brow.
Editorial Assistant Meaghan Dew is a sales coordinator at Penguin Group Australia and a part-time bookseller at Dymocks. She also produces the Kill Your Darlings Podcast. Previously, Meaghan co-produced and hosted The Sunday Blurb for SYN.
Cover artist Guy Shield is a Melbourne-based illustrator and designer. Guy has drawn for publications from all over the globe, including WIRED, Rolling Stone, Men’s Health and Granta.