Meet Our Authors
Luke Jones is an architect by profession and an experienced equestrian competitor in the sport of Eventing; however, a life’s passion for collecting antique toys preceded both of these pursuits. The first item in his collection was purchased in 1983 when Luke was aged nine. His long-term commitment to the subject has led to the assembly of a comprehensive and considered collection of Australian manufactured vintage toys that is without peer. Luke’s collecting instinct also extends to Australian furniture and art, including colonial furniture from the Barossa Valley as well as South Australian historical documents and ephemera. He is the author of Australian Toys.
Luke Jones is an architect by profession and an experienced elite level equestrian competitor in the sport of Eventing; however a life’s passion for collecting antique toys preceded both of these pursuits. The first item in his collection was purchased in 1983 when Luke was aged nine. His long term commitment to the subject has led to the assembly of a comprehensive and considered collection of Australian manufactured vintage toys that is without peer.
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.
Eileen is quite possibly the longest working dancer and choreographer in Australia, if not the world. At 103 years young, she continues to take to the stage and dance and create every day and is showing no signs of stopping any time soon. Eileen has lived an extraordinary life. She was born on 8 November 1914 and grew up in Sydney. Eileen came to dance relatively late in life, joining the Bodenwieser Ballet company, Australia’s first professional modern dance company, in 1940. She left Australia in the 1950s, performing around the world and meeting contemporary artists who have gone down in history as legends. Among the many artists she met, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Chico Marx, she loved Louis Armstrong the best. Eileen is her autobiography.
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.