John Birmingham has published lots of books. So many that he sort of loses track of them. He wrote features for magazines in a decade before publishing He Died With A Falafel In His Hand, working for Rolling Stone, Playboy and the Long Bay Prison News amongst others. He won the National Award For Non-Fiction with Leviathan: an unauthorised biography of Sydney. He started writing airport novels because they were more fun. His most recent series of books that improve with altitude are the Girl in Time novels. He blogs at the and can be found on Twitter as @JohnBirmingham.




Guest of Honour yet to be announced. Watch this space…

Born and raised in Canberra, Daniel O’Malley graduated from Michigan State University and earned a Master’s Degree in medieval history from Ohio State University. He then returned to his childhood home. He is the author of the Checquy novels The Rook and Stiletto (and those yet to come). The Rook was the winner of the 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and was released in 2019 as a mini-series on STAN.

Tom Buckland is an Australian visual artist who deals in a correspondence of imaginary worlds. With sculpture, performance, and video he creates work heavily influenced by his own fascination with science fiction and fantasy, topped off with a refined joyful absurdism. He enjoys playing with audience interaction, taking much enjoyment in transporting his audience to other worlds across space and time.

Tom graduated from the Australian National University School of Art in 2015 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours in 2015 and was the recipient of the John and Elizabeth Baker Honours scholarship and the Canberra Contemporary Art Space graduate award. Buckland has undertaken residencies at Cementa (NSW, 2018, 2021), Fremantle Arts Centre (WA, 2017) and CCAS (ACT, 2016). His work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in numerous exhibitions internationally and across Australia. Throughout September and October 2021, Tom will be artist in residence at Belconnen Arts Centre embarking on a project recreating Stanley Kubrick’s  “2001 A Space Odyssey” using found objects and DIY techniques.

Master of Ceremonies

Australian author, artist, and award-winning filmmaker Aaron Dries “helps lead a new generation of Splatterpunk for a new dark age” (Brian Keene, author of The Rising). His debut novel House of Sighs was written whilst back-packing through South East Asia, including Thailand, where inspiration struck for his book A Place for Sinners. Aaron won the Leisure Books/ChiZine/Rue Morgue Magazine Fresh Blood contest, and later released The Fallen Boys, described by filmmaker Mick Garris (director of Stephen King’s The Stand and Masters of Horror) as “beautiful and brutal”. He collaborated with Mark Allan Gunnells on the apocalyptic thriller Where the Dead Go to Die, and recently published the novellas 

And the Night Growled Back (Cemetery Dance) and The Sound of His Bones Breaking (Crystal Lake Publishing). His short fiction has appeared in numerous horror anthologies. He is currently at work on a new novel and multiple screenplays. For more information visit or contact him on Twitter @AaronDries 

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Cat Sparks is a multi-award-winning Australian author, editor and artist. Career highlights include a PhD in science fiction and climate fiction, five years as Fiction Editor of Cosmos Magazine, running Agog! Press, working as an archaeological dig photographer in Jordan, studying with Margaret Atwood, 78 published short stories, two collections – The Bride Price (2013) and Dark Harvest (2020) and a far future novel, Lotus Blue. She directed two speculative fiction festivals for WritingNSW and is a regular panellist & speaker at speculative fiction and other literary events.