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Linda Funnell is a publisher and editor specialising in fiction and memoir. She has taught courses in publishing, editing and writing for UTS, the ASA and Writing NSW. For ten years she was a publisher with HarperCollins, where she worked with authors including Janette Turner Hospital, Steven Carroll, Colleen McCullough, Jon Cleary, Belinda Alexandra, Diane Armstrong, Jill Roe and Geraldine Brooks. She also ran the annual HarperCollins/Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development in conjunction with Varuna, the Writers’ House.
Prior to joining HarperCollins she was Fiction Publisher at Random House, and prior to that, Managing Editor at Pan Macmillan. For seven years she worked with legendary literary agent, the late Rosemary Creswell. In March 2012 she and Jean Bedford founded the free online book review the Newtown Review of Books. In 2014 and 2017 Linda was a mentor for the Residential Editorial Program, a week-long intensive for mid-career editors funded by the Australia Council and the Australian Publishers Association.
Emily Maguire is the author of three novels and two non-fiction books. Her articles and essays have been published widely including in The Monthly, Sunday Life and The Sydney Morning Herald. Emily has been twice highly commended for the Kathleen Mitchell Award for novelists under 30 and was a finalist for the 2006 International Dylan Thomas Prize. In 2010, she was named as a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year. Emily has an MA in literature, teaches creative writing to children and teenagers and frequently mentors beginning and emerging writers.