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Keren Heenan has won a number of Australian short story awards and placed 2nd in the Fish Prize 2015. She has been published in Australian journals and anthologies, including: Overland, Island, Wet Ink, AWAW 2010, 2011, 2015, in Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual (UK) 2014 and the Fish Anthology (Ire.) 2015.

Rachel Smith delights in gardens, sunrises and story telling
a sister, lover and friend
she lives with a brown dog and a girl​

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Louise Honman engages with place through her professional work in heritage in Victoria. She has worked as an architect and is now a heritage consultant in Brunswick. Her work takes her around Victoria and interstate to work with people who are inspired by their places. For this poem she went back in time to a past love for the Barrabool Hills outside Geelong.

My name is TJ Wilkshire and I live in West End, Brisbane with my dog, Angel. I am a recent graduate of UQ in Arts/Communication with majors in English Literature, Writing, and Mass Communication and I am looking to continue my academic study in creative writing. I have always written poetry and done creative writing but have only recently focused my attention to concepts concerning Australia, native animals, and suburban life. I draw a lot of my inspiration from personal experience as well as poets like Robert Adamson and Judith Wright. I’m a vegan and a visual artist, and I enjoy travelling and snow globes.

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Su-Rose McIntyre, teacher, counselor and writer, was raised in Yallourn, Victoria, a town sacrificed for the coal under it. She developed an early awareness of the greater significance of ‘place’ due to loss. Since 2009, with the death of her only child, Carl, further explorations round loss and developing a language for its expression have informed her writings. She is currently working on her first book, ‘Metaphors for Grief”.
John McGlade has a country background and has only recently considered himself as a writer and poet. Most his life has been spent in making things from motorcycles to his main focus as a sculptor and painter in hiding. He has been a lecturer in fine art and design, avid reader of philosophy and an enthusiastic hang glider pilot.
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Ann Bolton: Lived in Newstead for 11 years, co-owner of the Lake Daylesford Book Barn for 22 years. Worked as an assistant producer in television. I’ve written scripts, newspaper pieces and poetry. Won the Hal Porter Prize for Literature at Ballarat Uni.

Cecilia Morris lives in Melbourne and has been writing poetry for 25 years and has seen publication widely including Quadrant, Poetry Monash, Reflection on Melbourne, Award Winning Australian Writing.  Cecilia has won first prize in Poetica Christi, Bayside Poetry and Positive Words. Cecilia has had 4 non fiction books on relationships published, and has facilitated a poetry group in bayside for a number of years. An anthology ‘CoastLines Poems from Bayside’ is published..  She has had two anthologies of her own poetry published.

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Barbara Curzon-Siggers: I write on faith, religion, social justice, human rights, the death penalty, place, belonging and bearing witness, how we live and survive – spasmodically and over some decades – publishing poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Currently chipping away on a novel and attempting to understand and practice the fine art of the short story. I’m delighted to participate in the notJack competition. Thank you for this opportunity.

Yvonne Deering moved to Central Victoria from Melbourne in 2001. She enjoys exploring and documenting and has had a smattering of things published. She has also worked as a visual artist, both practising and teaching. Yvonne is excited about the new wave of writing which draws on Nature and Place and was pleased to be part of the notJack project.