All Events: Artists 2024

Costa Georgiadis

Costa Georgiadis, the beloved host of the ABC’s Logie and AACTA award winning ‘Gardening Australia,’ is a passionate landscape architect and environmental educator, who has an all‐consuming passion for plants and people.
Since his debut on SBS’s ‘Costa’s Garden Odyssey’ He has been a fixture on Australian TV, expanding in 2023, with the launch of ‘Gardening Australia Junior’ where he shares his love of nature and the joy of gardening for a new generation of gardeners.
His book, Costa’s World: Gardening for the soul, the soil and the suburbs published in 2021 continues to inspire. Young readers can look forward to his foray into the world of children’s books in 2024.

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a multi-award winning Bundjalung writer and a founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside. Too Much Lip won the 2019 Miles Franklin Award. Melissa’s most recent novel Edenglassie is set in colonial 1850s Moreton Bay – a time when Aboriginal people still outnumbered the British and other futures were possible.

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is a Mununjali writer. Ellen has authored two poetry collections, Comfort Food and Throat, one work of fiction, Heat and Light, and a hybrid sports memoir called Personal Score.

Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi Riwoe is the author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain, which won the 2020 Queensland Literary Award – Fiction Book Award and the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize and longlisted for the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her short story collection, The Burnished Sun, includes the novella, The Fish Girl, which won Seizure Viva la Novella and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her latest book is Sunbirds.

Phil Dudman

Phil Dudman is a horticulturist and garden designer with a passion for growing organic food and teaching others how to as well. When he’s not out in his patch, he’s hosting the Good Gardening radio program on ABC North Coast or busy in his role as Horticultural Editor of ABC Organic Gardener magazine. He’s also a regular contributor to ABC Gardening Australia Magazine, an author for ABC Books and, in a previous incarnation, a TV presenter on Channel 9’s Garden Gurus and Prime News.

Jessie Cole

Jessie Cole is the author of four books, two novels and two memoirs. Her work has been shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Her latest memoir, Desire, A Reckoning, was released in 2022.

Michael Burge

Journalist and author Michael Burge is based at Deepwater in the NSW New England region. His debut novel Tank Water (MidnightSun Publishing) is a coming-of-age crime novel exploring the taboo subject of homophobia in rural Australia. He has written for Guardian Australia, Fairfax Media and The Journal of Australian Studies.

Tim Baker

Tim Baker is an award-winning journalist and storyteller specialising in surfing history and culture and the best-selling author of numerous books on surfing. His latest book Patting The Shark documents his journey managing a stage 4, prostate cancer diagnosis. Tim wrote Patting The Shark as part of a creative writing PhD scholarship from Griffith University. He is a former editor of Tracks, Surfing Life and Slow Living magazines, and a two-time winner of the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Culture Award. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, the Sunday Age, the Bulletin, Inside Sport, GQ, Text Journal as well as surfing magazines around the world. In July 2015, Tim was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and nine years on remains in good health and spirits, till surfing, writing and travelling.

Corey Tutt

Corey is a Kamilaroi man from Nowra, NSW, and a STEM champion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He edits the DeadlyScience Australian Geographic series and has authored two books – the highly awarded The First Scientists, followed by This Book Thinks Ya Deadly. In 2020, Corey was named the NSW Young Australian of the Year and a Human Rights Hero by the Australian Human Rights Commission. In 2021, he received an Australian Museum Eureka Prize and in 2022 a medal of the Order of Australia. He is Adjunct Associate Professor of the School of Science at Western Sydney University.

Duane Hamacher

Duane Hamacher is Associate Professor of Cultural Astronomy in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne, where he examines humanity’s connection to the stars. He consulted on tourism programs, commemorative coins, and Aboriginal star names. A TEDx speaker, he appeared in films with Warwick Thornton, Werner Herzog, and Morgan Freeman and published the book The First Astronomers with elders.