Meet Our Authors

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. 

Elaine Davies

Helen Downey

The career of non-fiction author Helen Downey mirrors the familiar pattern of work for many women. Helen's promising start, with four books in her History on Stage series, published in quick succession, was put on hold after the arrival of three children. Helen holds a Bachelor of Education and TSTC at Melbourne State College, with a major in Asian Fine Arts and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Letters (Honours) at Deakin University, with a major in Myth and Ideology. Helen has written feature stories for The Age, Canberra Times, Sunday Herald and The Weekly Times. Her History on Stage series includes the titles Ancient America; Ancient River Civilizations, Suma and Egypt; Ancient Greece; and Ancient Rome. She is the author of Wide World of English 2, and co-author of the Techne leaflet series for ACTA. She was an Editor and writer of 'Asthma Update' for the Asthma Foundations of Australia, and an Editor for the teachers' notes 'Challenge', 'Pursuit', 'Explore' and 'Comet'. This former secondary art, media studies, history and English teacher was also a member of the Secondary Art and Craft Standing Committee, is an experienced Queenscliffe Information Centre Volunteer Heritage Guide, and recently returned from a year living in France. Her most current work, a biography of Theodora Fitzpatrick, grew into Making Herstory.  

Timothy Doyle

Timothy Doyle is Professor of Politics and International Studies in the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide in Australia; and Chair of Politics and International Relations in SPIRE at Keele University, United Kingdom. He has been a dedicated environmental and human rights activist since the 1980s. He is currently serving as Chair of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre; and Director of Human and Environmental Security for the Indian Ocean Research Group. He lives in Adelaide, Australia; and Staffordshire, in the UK, and is the author of Dyandi

Harriet Edquist

Harriet Edquist is professor of Architectural History at RMIT University. She has published extensively on Australian architecture, art and design. Her books include: The Culture of Landscape Architecture (1994); Frederick Romberg:The Architecture of migration 1938 – 1975 (2000); Harold Desprowe-Annear: A Life in Architecture (2004); Pioneers of Modernism:The Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia (2008): George Baldessin; Paradox and Persuasion (2009): Designing Place: An Archaeoligy of the Western District (2010) and Michael O’Connell: The Lost Modernist.

Harriet is also director of the RMIT Design Archives, a facility that is focused on preserving and researching the heritage of design practices in Melbourne and its region from the twentieth century to the present.

Peter Evans

Peter Evans was involved in the staging of the Sunbury Festivals from day one and designed and operated the stage lighting for the first three festivals. He attended the fourth and final festival as a guest of the organisers. He currently works part-time for a large regional museum. The remainder of his time is taken up with the writing of books, magazine articles and heritage assessments. He is the author of Sunbury: Australia’s Greatest Rock Festival.


Paul Fleckney

Paul Fleckney is a writer, educator and researcher. He teaches urban planning at the University of Melbourne. Paul grew up in England and became fascinated in rave during 1988’s ‘Second Summer of Love’. He runs the website Techno Shuffle, which includes a gallery of images from Melbourne's raves and a map of all the venues.

Techno Shuffle: Rave Culture and the Melbourne Underground is his first book.