Meet Our Authors

Steve Harris

Steve Harris has thirty years' experience in journalism, media and high-performance organisations. He is the only person to have been editorial head of both of Melbourne’s major media groups: Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Age, and Editor-in-Chief of the Herald and Weekly Times Group. He was founding Editor of The Sunday Age, and has also been CEO of Melbourne FC and founding director of the Centre for Leadership and Public Interest, and served on the boards of the Australian Children's Television Foundation and Victorian Arts Centre. Solomon's Noose is his first book. He is also the author of The Prince and the Assassin.

Reviews

'Solomon’s Noose is a fascinating read' -  Ross Fitzgerald - The Australian 24/10/15

 'Gripping' - Steven Carroll - The Sydney Morning Herald 17/10/15

'Solomon Blay's story is remarkable‚Äč' - Tim Martain - The Dialy Telegraph 29/08/15

'Solomon’s Noose is an illuminating look at the difficult birth of a nation through its darkest, most dangerous period' -  Smith Journal 25/08/15

The story of Tasmania's longest serving hangman interview - Conversations with Richard Fidler - ABC Radio Podcast 15/09/15

Fiona Harrison

Fiona Harrison is a senior lecturer in landscape architecture at RMIT University. Her research explores the social, political and experiental dimensions of the design and education process. Her teaching offers a bridge between the institution of learning and the outside world, and her projects include designing and building private gardens for public display and generating ideas around food security for public discussion. Alongside teaching, she also practices as a design consultant on public projects and private gardens; many of these projects have been awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects. 

Tony Harrison

Tony Harrison has lived the life of a professional snake catcher for twenty years. He is one of the authors of Snake Catcher: True Stories and Reptile Facts. 

Phyllis Hoffman

Phyllis Hoffman has been teaching fashion and design for over thirty years. She is passionate about colour and texture. Five years ago she discovered felting and with a life-long love of wool she found an exciting new medium for expressing her creativity in fitted clothing. With her fast experience in sewing, fitting and felting, and having written books on sewing in the 90s, it was just a matter of time before she wrote Felted Vests: A Step-by-Step Guide. 

Mark S. Holsworth

Mark S. Holsworth is a writer, art critic and artist who lives in Melbourne, Australia. He has written plays, short stories and a long-running blog: Black Mark – Melbourne Art & Culture Critic. He studied philosophy and art history at Monash and LaTrobe universities and has exhibited in several Melbourne galleries. Mark is the author of Scultptures of Melbourne. 

Karl Hudousek

Karl Hudousek was born in Czechoslovakia from where, as a young boy, he escaped to freedom in dramatic circumstances with his parents. He was educated in Melbourne, where he now lives. Karl is an accomplished aviator, horseman, skier and artist. He is also an indefatigable traveler. Egypt and its legends have enchanted him since he first set foot there in 1949. After several privately funded expeditions into the Sahara and the Great Grand Sea, he set himself a new challenge ... to write a book about it. That book became Only Gods Never Die 

Bronté Dee Jackson

Award winning writer, Bronté Jackson, has had her stories on Rome published in The Age, and her blog about life in Rome was selected for the Top Ten Ultimate Rome Bloggers in 2011. Twenty years ago, Bronté Jackson won an airline ticket that thrust her into the heart of the Mediterranean. Recently separated, made redundant and evicted from her home, Bronté spent six months recovering in Greece and spending her redundancy package, before making her way to Rome. Her memoir, Roman Daze: La Dolce Vita for All Seasons, depicts her experiences. 

Len Johnson

Len Johnson has been The Melbourne Age athletics writer for over twenty years, covering five Olympics, ten world championships and five Commonwealth Games.

He is also a former national class distance runner (2.19.32 marathon), and trained with Chris Wardlaw and Robert de Castella. He is the author of The Landy Era