Margaret began writing at high school, and wrote on and off while working to attain a Master of Science degree. After working as an analytical chemist for ten years, participating in activities with the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and raising a family, she moved on to study writing and editing, and achieve a Diploma in Library and Information services. She entered her first novel The Wild One in the Fellowship of Australian Writers Jim Hamilton Award (2011) and received a highly commended, this award being for an unpublished novel of sustained quality. Now with her boys grown up, she has begun to rewrite her early novels. Editor in Chief and Science Editor for The Australia Times, she lives with her three men in Melbourne, Australia, in a house with a metal roof that is used as a runway by possums.
Studying Journalism at RMIT, Alayna is passionate about highlighting marginalised issues both in social and environmental contexts and aspires to write for National Geographic. If you can't find her at an observatory, zoo or museum, she's probably watching David Attenborough documentaries, reading classic literature and devising a plan to travel the world as an international science reporter.
I'm a mother, writer and editor currently located on the coast of Western Australia.Becoming a mother was perhaps the most inspiring, motivating event that has ever happened to me. I’ve been writing for years – writing my first thriller novel at 12 years of age – but after I gave birth to my son, my creativity skyrocketed. Now I am so fortunate to spend every day with my two favourite things: my son, and my writing.I write about anything that comes into my mind. I’ve written novels, novellas, poems, articles, blog posts, prose, songs, and the odd haiku. I write fiction and non-fiction, serious and humorous, science and spiritual. I love contrast (because I’m a Gemini).I adore the outdoors. Being close to nature grounds me in a way that nothing else does, and even though I’m the first to complain about the bugs, I secretly don’t mind them. One of my goals in life is to become a polyglot, and I'm starting with Russian. I love yoga, I am a voracious reader, and I do my best to choose happiness every day.
I hold a Bachelor of Environmental Science where I majored in Environmental Management and Biology from Macquarie University. I am currently completing a Masters in Bioethics from the University of Sydney focusing on clinical research and health law. I am interested in international affairs and peace, this encouraged me to join the UNAA peace program where I became the event coordinator since 2014. In this role, I became an integral part of the organisation and development of the international day of peace events such as salute to the sun and the synchronisation of ringing of peace bells worldwide. This not only gave me the opportunity to grow as an individual however helped me see that no matter where you are in this world, something can bring you closer to one another.
A communicator by profession and vocation. I worked as a high school science teacher in the UK for four years before moving to Australia to try something new. Communicating new ideas is not a vocation I could ignore, and I completed my Masters of Journalism at QUT in 2015. Since then I have written science articles for my blog, and I have worked for a not-for-profit organisation, writing articles for their website. I learned a great deal about the barriers to employment faced by people with disability. I worked hard to source and create articles for that organisation, which would help to break down those barriers. Science communication has always been at the core of what I do. My experience as a teacher taught me how to summarise complex research into more accessible, jargon-free language. Now I continue to do some casual work in the not-for-profit sector, but I also work as a freelance journalist.
Sam is a biomedical researcher and science communicator who investigates epigenetics and gene regulation in diseases including diabetes and heart disease. He writes about advances in cell biology and genome research, with a focus on emerging concepts and technologies.