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Carolyn Cordon is a writer, blogger, poet and compassionate thinker. She lives in rural South Australia, editing her local town’s newsletter and she stays connected with poets and poetry. Carolyn has self-published books, three being amusing books featuring a dog named Buster the Dog, which were illustrated by a friend. Carolyn has also had published damaged children Precious Gems. This book is Carolyn’s first collection of poetry and was written as a therapeutic journey from victim to survivor of child sexual abuse. More recently still, Carolyn published a memoir related to her MS (multiple sclerosis). Carolyn was diagnosed with this disease early in the same year as she launched the poetry collection. She found the putting together of the collection to be another therapeutic thing to do. Even more recently was the publication by Ginninderra Press of her poetry collection, Tense and Still. Contact: email@example.com
Annie Ebzery lives in Kangaroo Island, South Australia. She is a committed plant based eater for moral reasons. She has a love of words, music and song-writing. She enjoys creating mosaics with the assemblage of antique cracked mirrors and has a deep appreciation for the arts in all its genres. Her interest in photography on Kangaroo Island is inspired by two elements, quirkiness and beauty. A Slide into the Invisible showcases Annie’s poetry and photography. It was written over a span of sixteen years while she lived in three different States in Australia. Annie and be contacted via her email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jo Gilpin has worked with parents and their babies for over thirty years. She is the mother of three breastfed children, a registered midwife, child and family health nurse and lactation consultant. Jo is a member of ILCA and LCANZ, and keeps in constant touch with lactation consultant colleagues. Brilliant Breastfeeding: A Sensible Guide is Jo’s second book. The first, printed in 2011 was On the Breast Handbook: Planning for Breastfeeding Success. Jo now lives and continues her work in a private practice on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
Suzanne Rogers was born in the 1960s. She is the eldest of three girls, brought up by an alcoholic father and a mother with serious mental health issues. In her family home she experienced horrendous abuse but was lucky to escape to a loving foster home. ‘The Soul Speaks Within’ is Suzanne’s survival story, but more than this it is a story of thriving against the odds. Suzanne demonstrates how she chose love, how she broke the cycle of abuse, and ultimately how these choices have benefited her family and everyone she meets. Please visit Suzanne’s Facebook page to buy her beautiful book.
Colin Herring has performed in every State of Australia, and with both convict and Indigenous heritage he is a true local of anywheresville, Oz. In his mid-sixties now and semi-retired from acrobacy, juggling, clowning and stilt-walking, Colin is completing a Master’s degree in Indigenous Studies. He has many poems published by Friendly Street and Poets at the Pub and two self-published books through Garron Publishing. He’s ornery, doesn’t like people much and stays home tending to his bees and permaculture garden. In the late 70’s, Colin achieved world fame as the first human to become a number as Sub-Paragraph Three. You can contact Colin via phone: 0438 522 005, email or through his website.
Ineke Hill had a short story It’s a Dog’s Life and poems published in Gateways, an Anthology (writings from SAWC, Writer-In-Residence Program, 2009) and received an Arts SA Grant (2011) funded by Richard Llewellyn Arts & Disability Trust for a mentorship to write faceless friends. The Times, in Victor Harbor published her profile A true voice shines through and Insight into the Condition of Dissociative Identity Disorder. She received another Arts SA Grant (2012) to create a collection of poetry. Ineke has won Awards and is involved in community poetry/writing groups. Poems and short stories are published in Positive Words and Mindshare. Ineke can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
Brett Merchant is an adventurer at heart with a strong passion for the environment and outdoors. From orienteering and rogaining to scuba diving and kayaking, he’s always looking for new challenges that allow him to explore this wonderful world. He undertook a 2400km source to sea kayaking expedition of the Murray River in 2013 and another 2500km source to sea kayaking ex-pedition of the Vaal and Orange Rivers in South Africa in 2015. His book Triwaters Tour describes his life’s biggest challenge and adventure, as he paddled a drought ravaged, but beautiful South Africa in the name of water conservation. Contact Brett via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oliver Mills is an artist and poet. Oliver has cerebral palsy with complex communication needs and uses AAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ie speech generating device with digital voice using audio scanning). He uses a PODD Communication Book (Pragmatic Organisational Dynamic Display) to write poetry. His artworks have been commissioned and sold, and his poems have been commended in writing competitions. He has self-published three books: My Gold Journey, Poetic Moments, and Snapshot. Oliver received a literary grant from Arts SA’s Richard Llewelyn Deaf and Disability Arts Trust to complete his latest book, ‘Snapshot’, which is a collection of poems about his life. Oliver has a business called Oliver’s Choice. You can contact him via Facebook, Twitter or by email at email@example.com
North Eastern Writers Inc. is a community writing group based in Tea Tree Gully which has been running since March, 2007. It was founded by local writers Ken Vincent and Sharon Kernot. Sadly, Ken passed away in 2013, but the group continues to grow and thrive. In 2011 Ken decided to organise a poetry festival for the local area. He took the idea to the Tea Tree Gully Library where a partnership was formed and the Tea Tree Gully Poetry Festival was born. The biennial Festival has many events including the Ken Vincent poetry competition, poetry workshops at local schools, and open mic and community readings. For the past two Festivals an anthology of selected poems has been published with the assistance of Garron Solo Publishing. If you would like to buy a copy of the anthology please contact Gordon McPherson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to know more about North Eastern Writers, please visit their Facebook page.
Daniel Palmer is an engineering surveyor by profession and a volunteer with the South Australian Country Fire Service, Paracombe Brigade. Daniel was heavily involved in fighting the Sampson Flat bushfire of 2015, of which he decided to write a book about the experience for historical purposes. He began writing about his experiences during the bushfire as a way of resolving a lot of anguish that came from the event. The volume of material quickly added up, and the idea of writing a local history book began. If you would like to contact Daniel about his book Sampson Flat Bushfire: A Paracombe Experience, you can phone him on 0408 834 886 or email email@example.com.
Scott Russell Hill is Australia’s best known psychic. Predictions that have proven to be accurate include: September 11, the Concorde crash, the deaths of John F Kennedy Junior and Princess Diana, and the Bali bombings. Scott had his first best-seller in 1995 and is the biggest selling author of spiritual books in Australia and New Zealand, having released six books to date. He speaks regularly on radio, features in magazine and newspaper articles, and starred in the popular psychic TV crime show Sensing Murder. Scott’s latest book Grateful revolves around his experience of facing a major health crisis, and his struggle to reclaim his life. You can contact Scott via Facebook or his website.
The Gawler Poets @ the Pub is a poetry reading which has been going for over twenty years at various hotels in Gawler. The event is held on the last Sunday of every month. It is a highly social event, where poets and people who love poetry get together to share their words and bring more words to life. There have been various anthologies of poems published over the years, and some of these wonderful volumes are still available. Collections such as these give a wonderful insight into what was being read at the time, as well as showcasing the many wonderful poets who have been involved. The current venue for this event is the Prince Albert Hotel. For more information contact Carolyn firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their Facebook page.