Hani Abdile

Hani Abdile is a writer, student and spoken word poet based in the country of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, in Sydney. Hani was forced to leave her home country of Somalia and came to Australia seeking protection in 2014. During her 11 months in immigration detention, she found healing in poetry and […]

Sasha Kutabah Sarago

Sasha Kutabah Sarago is a Wadjanbarra Yidinji, Jirrbal and African-American woman. A former model, Sasha grew frustrated by the invisibility of multicultural women in fashion and media. In 2011, she founded Ascension, Australia’s first digital lifestyle platform for women of colour. As a speaker, Sasha raises awareness around culture, diversity and equity in the business, […]

Tim Baker

Tim Baker is an award-winning author and journalist specialising in surfing history and culture.  He is the best-selling author of The Rip Curl Story, Occy, High Surf, Bustin’ Down The Door, Surf For Your Life, Century of Surf and Surfari.  He is a former editor of Tracks, Surfing Life and Slow Living magazines, and a […]

Omid Tofighian

Omid Tofighian is an award-winning lecturer, researcher and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in citizen media, popular culture, displacement and discrimination. He is adjunct lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales; and honorary research fellow at Birkbeck Law, University of London. His publications include Myth and Philosophy […]

Jessie Cole

Jessie Cole is the author of four books. Her first novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town, was shortlisted for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal and longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award. Her second novel, Deeper Water, was released in 2014 to much critical acclaim. Jessie’s memoir, Staying, was released in 2018, and was shortlisted […]

Dr Sally Breen

Dr Sally Breen is an Australian writer, editor and academic. Author of the iconic grunge memoir The Casuals (2011) winner of the Varuna Harper Collins Manuscript Prize and Atomic City (2013) shortlisted for the QLD Premiers People’s Choice Book of the Year. Sally’s short form creative and non-fiction work has been published widely both nationally […]

Mohammad Ali-Maleki

Mohammad Ali-Maleki is a tailor and prop-maker by trade. He spent seven years in detention in Manus Island for no reason other than requesting asylum, seeking safety away from his homeland of Iran.  In 2016 Mohammad’s poem ‘The Strong Sunflower’ was the impetus for, and first work published on, Verity La’s  Discoursing Diaspora project. It […]

Jarrah Dundler

Jarrah Dundler was raised on Bundjalung country in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. His debut novel Hey Brother, about the challenges faced by a teenage boy when his brother returns from war in Afghanistan, was selected for a Byron Writers Festival Residential Mentorship, a Varuna fellowship and shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Jarrah […]

Aunty Loretta Ethel Parsley

Aunty Loretta Ethel Parsley is a Walbunja Yuin Elder and custodian of country. She is a direct descendant of Jimmy and Ethel Governor and the Governor family historian. She is a prolific artist and storyteller. She is the creator of the work Blood On His Hands, Cleansed By Saltwater which is referenced in The Last Outlaws podcast animation. Loretta […]

Kaitlyn Sawrey

Kaitlyn Sawrey is an award-winning journalist and the host of ‘2022 Podcast of the Year’ winner The Last Outlaws and Who is Daniel Johns? for Spotify. Previously she co-founded Science Vs and was the Executive Producer of Hack on triple j.