Meet Our Authors

John Adams

John Adams served for 28 years as the Executive Officer of the Australian Jumping Racing Association from its’ foundation in 1978, through to 2006. He was also the Secretary of the Australian Trainers Association (Victorian Branch) from 1979 to 1987. He maintains a strong interest in jumping racing and is a columnist with Winning Post. He is the author of Over the Hurdles: The History of Jumping Racing in Australia

Paul Amy

Paul Amy is a sports journalist at Leader Newspapers and Inside Football. He spent most of his childhood in Fish Creek, South Gippsland, where his neighbour and former Richmond player, John Ryan, regaled him with tales about Captain Blood, Jack Dryer. He first watched football in the outer at Victoria Park, Collingwood, with his father, Bill, and can still remember the sight of big Len Thompson breasting the banner. He was also an avid viewer of VFA matches telecast on Channel 0. Paul is married with three daughters. He is the author of Fabulous Fred: The Strife and Times of Fred Cook

Hana Assafiri

Hana Assafiri, head cook and owner of iconic Melbourne institution Moroccan Soup Bar, describes the restaurant as, ‘a vision where everyone who visited felt their senses were stimulated. To share experiences and walk away a little changed as a consequence’. Hana is the author of Moroccan Soup Bar: Recipes of a Spoken Menu.

David Blissett

David Blisset is an award-winning Australian writer who has contributed three entries to the Award Winning Australian Writing series spanning from 2011-2013. He has served as a co-writer on Melbourne Books' titles including Snake Catcher (with Tony Harrison) and Our Primate Family (with Lou Grossfeldt). Currently, Blisset is serving as the writing coordinator for Reflections of Elephants (by Bobby-Jo Clow) which is due for release in 2016. 

John Bois

Author of The Dingoes' Lament, John Bois is the bass player of the Dingoes. He currently lives in Florida, USA, where he teaches high school biology. 

Norah Breekveldt

Norah Breekveldt has over twenty-five years' line and consulting experience in human resources, change management and organisational effectiveness across a broad range of sectors including government, oil and chemical industry, manufacturing, supply chain distribution and financial services. She has coordinated the delivery of career transition services internally during her corporate HR roles with top companies and has been directly involved in the provision of career transition services for senior executives and CEOs as a career transition coach since 2007. Norah has also held a number of directorships on board of not-for-profit organisations. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Management, a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and an associate certified coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation. She is a recipient of the Telstra Business Women's Award and author of Career Interrupted, and Sideways To The Top: 10 Stories Of Successful Women That Will Change Your Thinking About Careers Forever. Her newest book Me and My Mentor: How mentoring supercharged the careers of 11 extraordinary women was realsed in early 2018.

Anthony Breslin

Anthony Breslin is a prominent Australian visual and performance artist. He graduated with a Fine Art degree from RMIT University in 1999; completed a residency at New York’s exclusive and prestigious Point B Studios in 2007; and was the recipient of the International Award for Emerging Artists at the 2008 Shanghai Art Fair. Breslin’s work has been showcased in solo and group shows in Australia, the US, the UK, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and China, and his most famous works include Trybe: An Opera in Paint and a window- display installation commissioned by Myer on Bourke Street, Melbourne. Breslin has also worked as a designer/art director for music videos, of which one was awarded an Aria and another nominated for Best Design at the AFI Awards, and he has been featured in a number of art magazines and newspapers. Recently he has been working on large-scale performance and installation projects at schools in Victoria and NSW. Breslin is the author of Frantic Bloom and Brezania.

Judith Raphael Buckrich

Judith Buckrich is the author of Melbourne's Grand Boulevard: The Montefiore Homes: 150 Years of Care, George Turner: A Life and The Long and Perilous Journey: A History of Port Melbourne. She is currently the historian for the Melbourne Docklands Authority and an Honorary Fellow at Deaking University.