Andrew Y M Kwong

Andrew Y M Kwong practises as a family physician and enjoys writing. He is the author of Snake Business in an anthology of short stories, Fear Factor: Terror Incognito edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle, published by Picador India December 2009; and by Picador Australia March 2010. Finalist and commented, The Door Is Always Open, Australian Medical Association Writing Competition, July 2009. Author of six other short stories published in the Medical Observer: 1. Prescribing a Willing Ear 2. When Timing Is Everything 3. From Humble Beginnings 4. The Skill of A Spot Diagnosis 5. I Just Wanted A Referral 6. Finally Facing the Truth. Storyteller, member of the Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW) Married with three grown up children. He loves walking, thinking, gardening and is a retired martial artist.

Aruna Manuelrayan

Adelaide, South Australia.

Avril Carruthers

Author, therapist, educator, teacher of meditation and film reviewer, from Sydney, Australia.
Barbara Hunter

I write stories, poems, and travelogues, mainly for pleasure and sometimes for classes. I like to write historical family stories with a twist of fiction. I live at a popular surfing and swimming beach which is two hours north of Sydney. When I walk the beach, fresh poems and haikus pop up into my head. This poem was written, at home, in the heat of the moment and very quickly, although I found that the ending didn’t appear until 24 hours later.

Caroline Davies


Helen Whitehead

Helen Whitehead created the Peacock Mosaic and is one of the tutors of Season of Inspiration. She is a writer and editor who has been working with online media since 1985. She explores science, family and spirituality and is particularly interested in writing at the interstices where these themes meet and intertwine. She has led collaborative webwriting projects and has taught writing and the Internet to a variety of groups, from 6-year-olds to attendees at the Arvon Foundation residential writing courses in Yorkshire, UK. In 2000/2001 she was the recipient of a UK Year of the Artist Award to create a website Web Warp & Weft, based on stories from textile workers and the many correlations between textiles and computers from the Jacquard loom up to date. She studied Writing at The Nottingham Trent University, where she specialised in hypertext fiction on the web. She was website editor and project developer for the trAce Online Writing Centre, and Manager of the trAce Online Writing School from 2000-2005. Helen is based in Nottingham, UK, where she is an elearning specialist in the HE sector.

Joanna Howard

Joanna is based in Leicester, UK.

Julia Mackay-Koelen

Julia lives in Perth, WA, Australia

Lynne Barratt

Lynne comes from Spencer, NSW, Australia

Meenakshi Bharat

Meenakshi Bharat is a translator, reviewer and critic. Her special interests include children’s literature, women’s fiction and English studies – areas which she has researched extensively. Her published books are: ‘The Ultimate Colony’ (2003), ‘Desert in Bloom: Indian Women Writers of Fiction in English’ (2004), and the recently published editions entitled ‘Filming the Line of Contro’l, and ‘Salman Rushie The Novelist’, and an annotated edition of George Eliot’s ‘The Mill on the Floss’. Currently, she is engaged in translating a volume of Hindi short stories. She is also getting a volume of short fiction ready for publication. She teaches in the University of Delhi.

Nicki Hastie

Nicki Hastie writes poetry, personal narratives, and articles relating to sexuality and gender. She is interested in autobiographical story-telling and the ways in which reading/writing can become routes for exploring/building identity. She is a member of the Sapphist Writers’ group based in Nottingham, UK. Being both a lesbian and a writer, Nicki takes a certain pride in calling herself a lesbian writer. She also embraces the prerogative to write about anything she chooses.

Pauline Masurel

Pauline Masurel is a gardener who lives in the South West of England. She writes short and even shorter fiction. Her writing has been broadcast on radio, published in print and online and performed live at various venues. She’s a member of the Bristol-based storytelling group Heads & Tales and a reviewer for The Short Review website. She feels sure that there’s something else you should know about her, but she’s forgotten what it is.

Sharon Rundle

Sharon Rundle co-edited the Peacock Memosaic and is a co-tutor of the Season of Inspiration course; she is co-editor of Fear Factor Terror Incognito, a volume of short stories from Australia and the Indian sub-continent, published by Picador India (2009) and Picador Australia (2010). Her work is included in publications and new media projects around the globe, including Encounters – Modern Australian Short Stories; Desert in Bloom – Indian Women’s Fiction in English. As well as tutoring the Season of Inspiration course, Sharon lectures at the University of Technology Sydney; is Head of the UTS Alumni Writers’ Network and editor of Writers Connect. She assesses manuscripts, is a mentor for writers and leads a critique group at the NSW Writers Centre. She has taught writing courses, chaired literary events and given presentations in Australia, UK and India. Sharon’s visits to India are supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-India Council which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA), the Australian Society of Authors and the Creative Industries’ Career Fund of Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund.

Sujata Sankranti

Sujata Sankranti is a writer from New Delhi, India. She won the 1998 Commonwealth award for best short story. Sujata Sankranti is currently Reader in the Department of English, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi.

Susan Kafer

Susan lives on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia

Wendy Lohse

Wendy hails from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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