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 Her debut novel, Burial Rites (Picador; Little, Brown, 2013), won the 2011 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award and the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.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 writing has appeared in Australian Book Review, The Big Issue, Voiceworks, Books+Publishing, Readings Monthly and on the websites for the Wheeler Centre and Overland.
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.
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.
Connor Tomas O’Brien is a writer and web designer interested in the culture and philosophy of technological change. Connor is the co-director of the Digital Writers’ Festival, co-founder of ebookstore platform Tomely, tweets as @mrconnorobrien, and has constructed his digital nest over at connortomas.com
Online Editorial Assistant Jessica Alice presents and produces Spoken Word and Women on the Line for 3CR 855AM community radio, and co-hosts the feminist podcast Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am. She writes for Cordite Poetry Review, Lip, Scum, The Peach, among others.
Social Media Coordinator Veronica Sullivan is a writer and bookseller, and is currently studying a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at University of Melbourne. She was a Digital Reporter for the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival, and has written for Lip, Broadsheet Melbourne and Books+Publishing.
Editorial assistant 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.
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.