Meet Our Authors

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. 

Max Carmichael

Max Carmichael was born in country Victoria and educated at The Geelong College. On leaving school he worked as a Jackeroo on his parent’s property and during this time joined the Citizen Military Force (later called the Army Reserve). In1996 he transferred to the Australian Regular Army and served in a variety of headquarter and staff appointments including three operational deployments. It was during his regular army service he met two of those who would join the ill-fated Black Cat Trek, Glen Reiss and Jon Hill. Max has published two other works,

In Kilted Company and With Skill and Fighting. These two publications led Glen Reiss to approach him to write Attack On The Black Cat Track.

 

Lyn Clarke

Lyn Clarke has been a writer for many decades, including working as an advertising copywriter and journalist. Lyn also lectures in a Bachelor of Applied Communications at RMIT University.

She is the author of Making A Difference: the legends and landmarks of Baptcare.

Mervyn E. Collins

Merv Collins is an experienced writer, educator and musician, who has been published in daily newspapers and a wide variety of magazines in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has written on subjects as diverse as sport, aviation history, motherhood and music, and has won national awards for intergenerational journalism and for magazine feature articles. Merv was a professional trumpeter, teacher, band conductor and adjudicator for more than thirty years.

He writes extensively on musical topics, particularly profiles, histories and reviews. His book The Remarkable Mr Morrison: The Virtuosity and Versatility of Australia’s Master Musician is a result of that undiminishing fascination.

Annette Cooper

Annette Cooper has had a lifelong interest in Melbourne's social and architectural history, especially the landscape of the city. She was a devoted client of Georges, enjoying its elegant and refined atmosphere. In Remembering Georges, she brings together these two interests, and hopes that the book will serve as a tribute to one of Melbourne's most-loved stores. 

Nicola Crichton-Brown

Nicola Crichton-Brown is the granddaughter of Samuel Wynn, one of Australia's most famous winemakers. She was born and educated in London where she obtained a degree in comparative law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Practising in the city for nine years as a solicitor specialising in marine and commercial litigation, she subsequently attained a Graduate Diploma in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and then embarked on a career in fundraising, notably at the Royal College of Art. Eager to develop her links with Australia, the author became a UK distributor for several Australian fashion and skincare brands before meeting her husband and settling with him and their daughter on their property, Deltroit, near Gundagai in New South Wales. Her book is entitled Deltroit and the Valley of Hillas Creek: A Social and Environmental History. 

Susan Cutsforth

Susan Cutsforth and her husband, Stuart, are ‘ordinary’ people living an extraordinary life. They both work full-time: one is a teacher librarian of thirty years, and the other, a middle-level clerk in the public service. But, as Susan recounts in Our House is Not in Paris (and the sequel, Our House is Certainly Not in Paris), they own a holiday house, Pied de la Croix, in Cuzance, a small village in the Lot in south-western France — the other side of the world. And not only that, this petite maison required significant renovating, which they accomplished almost singlehandedly during their working holidays.