Meet Our Authors

Rowan Reid

Rowan Reid is a forester amongst farmers. His passion for trees began as a child in the coastal eucalypt forests of southern Victoria and has led to a life teaching and working with farmers around the world. Rowan won the 2001 Australian Eureka Prize for Excellence in Environmental Education for his farmer course (The Australian Master TreeGrower), which he continues to deliver around Australia and internationally. A Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne for twenty years, Rowan continues his academic teaching and research as a Senior Fellow of the university and the managing director of the Australian Agroforestry Foundation (a not-for-profit organisation). Since the publication of Agroforestry in Australia and New Zealand

(1985), Rowan has written or co-authored eight other books and is an internationally recognised leader in farmer education and extension. Most importantly, Rowan is also a farmer and tree grower in his own right, with a family farm in the Otway Ranges of southern Victoria where he helped establish one of Australia’s most successful Landcare groups, the Otway Agroforestry Network. More than 10,000 visitors have toured his Bambra Agroforestry Farm, which is set up as a forty-two-hectare outdoor

classroom for farmers, scientists, students and tree lovers, and a living laboratory for his own learning. He is the author of Heartwood: the art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit.

Dolores San Miguel

Dolores San Miguel started Ballroom on a whim born of serendipity in 1978. Soon, she was booking the M bands, partying with the players, pursuing and being pursued by the musicians and movers and groovers of the era. She saw it all! San Miguel is the author of The Secret Love Letters: A Family History. 

Lorraine Secen

Lorraine holds a Certificate of Business Studies (Law), a Diploma of Financial Planning, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Specialist Accreditation 1998. Growing up in the country fostered a love of nature and the outdoors. With forebears who engendered great pride in their Irish/English heritage going back to the 1850s in Australia, followed by marriage to a post-war Italian migrant, she maintains an ongoing interest in, and love of, people, their lives and their stories. Woven throughout life has been a great love of family, of photography, of nature, of music and of learning. She is the co-author of Making Herstory.  

Bob Sedergreen

Bob Sedergreen’s impact and influence in performance, composition and education has secured his place as a national treasure. To play with Bob Sedergreen has been described as the ‘ultimate armchair ride’. Sedergreen is the author of Hear Me Talking to Ya. 

Will Swanton

The author, Will Swanton, is a cricket writer for News Ltd. He has been working as a journalist for over ten years, most recently for the Sydney Morning Herald. He has covered Test matches worldwide, as well as the Olympics and other major sporting events. He is the author of The Mighty Mullygrubber Malone. 

John Tait

John Tait runs a record and book shop in Essendon. He has a Science degree and a Masters in Theology, neither of which are at all relevant to his work as a rock historian. John has had a hand in a number of music books, notably Vanda & Young. He assisted Dingoes bass player John Bois in publishing his music memoir The Dingoes Lament (Melbourne Books). He has had music articles published in Shindig, Ugly Things, Rhythms and The Age. John once had a breakfast show on community radio, until he played an uncensored Nine Inch Nails song by mistake. Tait is the author of Tait's Modern Guide to Record Collecting and a co-author of Captain Matchbox and Beyond.

David Tenenbaum

Co-author David Tenenbaum has written several books including Wendi Choulai and Rolled Gold, and is the Publisher of Melbourne Books. He is also a keen lawn bowler who plays in the Pennant competition in Melbourne. 

Mick Thomas

Mick Thomas is an Australian music legend! Mick was born in the Latrobe Valley and spent his childhood travelling Victoria with an itinerant SEC family. By his early twenties he was living in Melbourne playing in bands ultimately forming the Weddings, Parties Anything group which disbanded in 1998. He is currently defying gravity with Squeezebox Wally and the Roving Commission and when not lugging his sorry arse down the highway is a card carrying member of the Old Fathers of Northcote Society. Like most guitarists his age he is looking for a lighter amplifier. He is the author of Mick Thomas: These are the days.