Nominee Category – Writers
Editor & Writer
Lis Bastian as an editor and writer of The Big Fix, which is a registered charity that links storytellers, writers, photographers and cartoonists to the community. Lis’s mission for The Big Fix is to ‘change the story’ to grow a collaborative solutions-focussed culture. Lis has developed mentorship initiatives by also establishing Blackheath Community Farm and Edgy Blue Mountains. For over a year she has been mentoring a team of young people to co-design the Blue Mountains Pluriversity and to write and edit the Youth Edition of The Big Fix.
Margaret Hamilton AM
Writer & publisher
Margaret Hamilton AM is a recognised leader in children’s literature. She has had many years’ experience with children’s books, as a children’s librarian, bookseller, publisher and a parent. Margaret has been involved with the Children’s Book Council of Australia for many years and is a former Deputy Chair of the National Board. Margaret Hamilton Books philosophy is ‘that children have a right to the best of everything, especially books’. Margaret has continued to tirelessly promote and advance children’s literature, most recently through the program of Illustrator workshops at Pinerolo. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008 ‘for service to the arts through the promotion of children’s literature and literacy and through support for authors and illustrators’.
Dr Carol Major
Writer, teacher & mentor
Dr Carol Major has a distinguished career in creative writing leadership as an innovative creative writing teacher and has developed a community college course for non-English speaking background people to explore cross-cultural understandings of idioms and metaphor. Carol’s short stories and essays have been published in leading literary magazines in Australia and overseas. She has earned recognition, not just for her own writing, but for her long-standing and innovative commitment to mentorship and writer development. At Varuna, Australia’s National Writers House, Carol has mentored the executive teams to ensure that the vision of discovering and supporting fresh voices continues. Carol has also assisted Blue Mountain writers, musicians and artists in writing narratives for exhibitions and applying for grants.
Author & journalist
Sarah Mills is an author and her novel, GOM’s Gold, is the first in a series of seven. She started her career as a journalist on Australia’s leading metropolitan newspapers. Sarah is a board director on the Australian Society of Authors. Her passion for writing resulted in her along to publishing her first novel in 2014. In 2019, she continues to draft her second book in the series, while working on her YouTube series, Word of Mouth TV, with her best friend Kate Forsyth.