Conflux 14 Guest of Honour
This year’s Conflux Conference Guest of Honour is Ambelin Kwaymullina. Dr Kwaymullina is an Indigenous Australian novelist, illustrator, and assistant professor of law at the University of Western Australia. She is of the Palyku people (Pilbara region of Western Australia). As well as beautifully illustrated picture books, she is the author of The Tribe series of novels: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (Walker Books, Australia, 2012. Shortlisted for Aurealis Awards); The Disappearance of Ember Crow (Walker Books, Australia, 2013); and The Foretelling of Georgie Spider (Walker Books, Australia, 2015). She has a new speculative fiction novel due out in September: Catching Teller Crow (Allen and Unwin).
Conflux 14 Local Guest of Honour
Rob Hood has published over 200 short stories, novellas, articles and short books for kids, in the genres of Horror, SF, Fantasy, Crime and other generally Weird mutations of these categories. His stories have appeared in Australian and overseas magazines and anthologies, as well as in several personal collections and in various Year’s Best anthologies.
He has also written novels, including the award-winning epic fantasy Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead (Wildside Press, 2013). His most recent book is Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories (IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015), a career defining tome that gained him the Australian Shadows Award for Best Collection. His latest short stories include a Lovecraftian weird tale, “Time and Tide”, which appears in the newly released anthology Cthulhu Deep Down Under, Vol. 2 (ed. Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens, IFWG Publishing Australia) and a Halloween tale, “A Man Totally Alone”, to be published in The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories (ed. Stephen Jones, Skyhorse Publishing) later in the year.
He is currently writing (and is theoretically nearing completion of) several novels, which he would love to rant on about if you care to ask. He, his long-time partner, award-winning author Cat Sparks, and their 3 cats moved to Canberra nearly two years ago, after Rob decided working for the University of Wollongong for 27 years was quite enough. Now he writes full-time, which means his productivity has diminished. Weird.
You can track Rob down in the internet by starting at www.roberthood.net.
Picture by Cat Sparks.
Conflux 14 MC Dr Rob Porteous
Rob is a Canberra writer and editor who dreams of being an Evil Overlord. Completely ambidextrous, he’s working on a sprawling epic fantasy novel and a neon-sharp cyberpunk SF novel simultaneously. In between times, he runs the Canberra Spec-fic Guild’s Novel Writing Master class and writes the odd short story.