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Annie Raser-Rowland on ‘Let’s Eat Weeds!’ 

20 July 2021
Annie Raser-Rowland is a Melbourne-based horticulturalist and artist. She is the co-author (with Adam Grubb) of Let's Eat Weeds (Scribble, September), a guidebook for young readers on which weeds are...

Max Easton on ‘The Magpie Wing’  

14 July 2021
The Magpie Wing (Giramondo, September) is Max Easton's first book of fiction. Set in western Sydney, the novel follows the relationships between three young adults as they explore subcultures and identities. Reviewer...

Annie Smithers on ‘Recipe for a Kinder Life’

22 June 2021
Chef, cookbook author and writer Annie Smithers's Recipe for a Kinder Life (Thames & Hudson, August) blends memoir, philosophy and practical tips on sustainability based on the author's experience running...

Quiet achiever: Jessica Horrocks’ career journey

9 October 2019
Jessica Horrocks, designer and production coordinator at Text Publishing, was recently named Emerging Designer of the Year at the 2019 Australian Book Design Awards. She shares her career journey. Having...

Living the fantasy: Lynette Noni’s career path 

14 March 2019
Lynette Noni’s YA fantasy series ‘The Medoran Chronicles’ has cemented her status as one of Australia’s favourite writers. She shares her journey towards becoming a bestselling author. I never wanted...

Finding your centre: Megan Daley on her career journey 

Dromkeen Collection, Megan Daley with her mother, Robyn Dean, also a teacher librarian 27 June 2018
‘A school library is at the very centre of creative school communities,’ writes teacher-librarian and book blogger Megan Daley. She shares her career journey. I studied early childhood teaching, always...

Come together: Jemma Birrell’s career journey 

18 April 2018
Tablo creative director Jemma Birrell has spent her career connecting audiences with books, whether it be in bookshops, at festivals or online. She shares her career journey. I started working...

Natural appreciation: Lex Hirst’s career journey 

23 October 2017
‘In all my roles I search for talented people with fascinating work and find them new audiences,’ writes Penguin Random House commissioning editor, festival director and arts programmer Lex Hirst....

Digital driver: Joel Naoum shares his career journey

17 July 2017
Joel Naoum was the publisher at Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint Momentum for five years before starting up the publishing consultancy Critical Mass. He shares his career journey. I’ve always been...

All about Evi: Evi Oetomo shares her career journey

8 July 2016
Book designer Evi Oetomo spent eight years at Penguin before opening her own studio with business partner Daniel New. She shares her career journey. Spending hours a day admiring typefaces,...

Behind the Mike: Profile of Mike Shuttleworth

10 May 2016
Mike Shuttleworth is the campaign manager for the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance, which administers the Australian Children’s Laureateship. He has also worked as an events programmer, curator and reviewer. He...