Meet Our Authors
Kelvin Kerkow is arguably Australia’s most recognizable and successful lawn bowler and author of Rolled Gold. When Kelvin won the Commonwealth Games Gold medal in the men’s singles tournament in Melbourne, 2006, he created one of the enduring images of Australian sport when he ripped off his shirt and was chaired around the ‘green’. To get to this point was a remarkable achievement as Kelvin was crippled as a child with the life threatening, rare Guillain Barre syndrome which attacks the nervous system. Kelvin was in a coma, paralysed and spent years undergoing surgery and being wheelchair bound. To this day, Kelvin bowls with the aid of a stick. It was only a mother’s love that enabled him to regain movement in his hands. She would sit by his bedside day and night massaging his fingers until movement returned.
Nellie Kerrison is a highly regarded food enthusiast and cooking teacher and the founder of the acclaimed Relish Mama cooking school. Nellie grew up with a strong love and appreciation of cooking real food with real ingredients and places enormous priority on family and the coming together at a table. She is a well-loved member of the culinary community, also working as a food writer and leading culinary tours to Europe each year. She is the author of Relish Mama Family.
Jimi Kritzler graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Journalism Degree and an Honours Degree in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology. He has been a feature writer, reviewer and contributor to Vice Magazine, The Courier-Mail Newspaper (News Ltd, QLD), Time Off Magazine and New York's 'SUP Magazine. He currently is Head of Record Labels at Fuse Group. He plays in White Hex with Tara Green and lives in Brunswick, Melbourne. Kritzler is the author of Noise in My Head: Voices from the Ugly Australian Underground.
Louise Laurens’s animal career began at the age of twelve when she started five years of volunteering with Horse Riding for the Disabled. She then helped out at the Toowoomba & District Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and took on the position of Junior Branch Convenor at the society at fifteen. Later, she was placed at the Fairfield branch of the RSPCA and soon worked as a volunteer Veterinary Nurse on weekends and school holidays at various veterinary practices in Toowoomba.
A well-behaved pooch creates a calmer home environment: a Happy Puppy equals a happy parent! She began Veterinary Nursing studies in 1993 and became a Certified Veterinary Nurse in 1995, at which time she gained further experience by working as a locum throughout Brisbane and surrounding areas and speaking at Veterinary Nursing workshops. She was taken on by Ferny Hills Veterinary Surgery as Senior Veterinary Nurse (and eventually Nurse Manager) in 1996, where she was nominated for the 1997 Excellence in Nursing Practice Award. In April 1996, she completed Craig A. Murray’s Dog Trainer Course and became Chief Dog Trainer for Craig in Brisbane, running courses at Mitchelton, The Gap and Albany Creek. She also completed Craig A. Murray’s Puppy Trainer Course later that year. In 1998, she qualified as an Enrolled Veterinary Nurse, and followed this by completing her Advanced Veterinary Nursing Certificate in 1999. In early 2004 she received her accreditation in Veterinary Nursing, followed by her Diploma later that year.
Paws x 4 is Lauren’s foray into the world of small business. It started in 1997, and under this banner she educates both puppy and dog owners at various venues throughout greater Brisbane.
Michael Lawrence, an English/Music teacher by profession, first saw Cold Chisel play as an underage punter in 1979 and kept a close record of their achievements ever since. In the mid-1990s he started documenting his collection of recordings and reviews and Melbourne DJ Billy Pinnell put him in contact with the band’s manager Rod Willis. Willis was impressed and gave Michael unprecedented access to his business records, diaries, band members and dozens of associated employees, family, producers and record company. The first biography on Cold Chisel, written by Michael, Showtime, was released in 1998 and his passion for Chisel has continued, resulting in this book, the most extensive ever published on an Australian act. He is also the author of Midnight Oil: The Power and the Passion.
Denise Luboff is a Sydney high school English teacher with a family of three sons. She is passionate about sharing her experiences in communicating with her children to the wider community. Geez Mum, What Planet Are You From? is her first book.
Kristen Manning is a journalist specializing in thoroughbred racing and breeding. Kristen Manning has been involved in the world of horse racing since she was fifteen. Hooked when her father took a share in a horse who was to win nine races, she embarked on her racing career as a cadet journalist at Truth Newspaper. After three years at that infamous Melbourne paper, Kristen became a freelance writer, working for the racing publications Winning Post, Racetrack, Australian Bloodhorse Review, Breeding&Racing, Pacemaker (UK) Turf Monthly, Inside Racing, Sunspeed, On Course (editor) and Owner/Breeder (US). She has also worked for Racing Victoria, the Moonee Valley Racing Club, the Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Association, the Victorian Bookmakers Association, on community radio and she contributed four chapters to the book Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World. An enthusiastic racehorse owner and breeder, Kristen also works as a pedigree analyst, providing advice to individual breeders and studs. She has always held the ambition to write a book and is thrilled to document the life of Fields of Omagh, a horse she has long admired.
Bruce McBrien has enjoyed a virtual love affair with Melbourne and its environs almost since the day he was born. Bruce experienced first-hand life at the top of Melbourne's social strata in the early 20th century. In rich detail, he describes his childhood years living at the Harrison House in Spring Street, and paints a vivid picture of inner-city Melbourne in the early-to-mid-1900s. His family's social standing gave Bruce a rare perspective on Melbourne life, as is illustrated through his many brushes with iconic politicians and celebrities over the years. Bruce McBriend spent much of his life working as a musical theatre actor and is a passionate supporter and long-serving volunteer of the National Trust of Victoria. Marvellous Melbourne and Me details not only the varied life of the man, but also that of his city. Over the years Bruce has made a collection of newspaper clippings, photographs, invitations, artefacts and memorabilia, some of which have found their way into this publication.