about me

Martin Shaw - I'm a literary professional with twenty-five years experience in Australian books and publishing. I’m passionate about bringing together fine writers with great publishers, both within Australia and internationally.

Currently with a home base in Germany, I regularly attend the world’s major annual book fairs (London, Frankfurt), as well as getting back to OZ as often as I can!


Jen Craig

Jen Craig’s short stories and microfiction pieces have appeared in literary magazines, in both Australia and the United States, and in anthologies, including most recently the microfiction collection Shuffle (Spineless Wonders, 2019). Her novels include Since the Accident (Ginninderra Press, 2009) and Panthers and the Museum of Fire (Spineless Wonders, 2015), which was longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. She has collaborated with composers, such as Stephen Adams (Australia) and Michael Schneider (Switzerland), whose opera, based on her libretto, A Dictionary of Maladies, was produced at the Lenzburg Festival of Music in 2005. Jen holds a PhD from the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University, and currently teaches English to migrants and refugees in Sydney, Australia.

Angela Meyer

Angela Meyer is a critically acclaimed author and editor. Her debut novel, A Superior Spectre (Ventura Press), was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, the MUD Literary Prize, an Australian Book Industry Award, the Readings Prize for New Australian Writing and a Saltire Literary Society Award (Scotland). She is also the author of a novella, Joan Smokes, which won the inaugural Mslexia Novella Award (UK), and a book of flash fiction, Captives. Her work has been widely published in magazines, journals and newspapers, including Island, The Big Issue, The Australian, The Lifted Brow and Kill Your Darlings. She has worked in bookstores, as a book reviewer, in a whisky bar, and as commissioning editor and then publisher at Echo Publishing. She now works as a freelance editor and consultant. She grew up in Northern NSW and lives in Melbourne.

Meg Mundell

Meg Mundell is a Melbourne-based author, academic and journalist from Aotearoa New Zealand. Her books include two critically acclaimed novels (The Trespassers, UQP 2019, and Black Glass, Scribe 2011), a short fiction collection (Things I Did For Money, Scribe 2013), and an edited collection of true tales written by people who've experienced homelessness (We Are Here: Stories of Home, Place & Belonging, Affirm Press 2019).

Photo Credit to Joanne Manariti Photography

Patrick Allington

Patrick Allington is a writer, editor and researcher. His novel Rise & Shine will be published by Scribe Publications in June 2020. His novel Figurehead (Black Inc.) was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and his short fiction, essays and criticism have appeared widely. A professional editor, Patrick is a previous Commissioning Editor for the University of Adelaide Press. He edited Griffith Review 55, which focused on South Australia. Patrick lives in the Adelaide foothills with his family.

Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall’s stories have appeared in Going Down Swinging, Kill Your Darlings, Island, Review of Australian Fiction, and other places. His story collection Shirl (then Frontier Sport) was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and was published in February 2020 by Affirm Press. He is the co-founder of the Peter Carey Short Story Award, and lives in regional Victoria with his partner and two daughters.

Ben Walter

Ben Walter's stories, essays and poems have appeared in Lithub, Meanjin, Guardian Australia, Overland, The Best Australian Science Writing and a wide variety of other publications. He has been the runner-up in both the Peter Carey Short Story Award and the VU Short Story Prize, and won the John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award. His latest book, Conglomerate, was shortlisted in the 2019 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes. He is the fiction editor at Island Magazine.

Tom Doig

Tom Doig is an author, academic and journalist. He has written two books about the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire disaster, Hazelwood (Penguin Random House, forthcoming 2020) and The Coal Face (Penguin, 2015, winner of the Oral History Victoria Education Innovation Award). He has also written a humorous travel memoir, Mörön to Mörön: Two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure (Allen & Unwin, 2013). Tom has written for The Big Issue, Crikey, Red Cross Australia, the Foundation for Young Australians, the Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology, New Matilda, Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Cordite Poetry Journal and the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Habitat magazine. Tom has a PhD in Literary Journalism from Monash University, and currently teaches creative writing at Massey University, Palmerston North (New Zealand).

Paul Dalgarno

Paul Dalgarno is a Melbourne-based author from Aberdeen, Scotland. His memoir, And You May Find Yourself, was published by Sleepers Publishing in 2015; and his debut novel, Poly, will be published by Ventura Press in 2020.

As a journalist, Paul was one of the launch editors of The Conversation website in 2010. He was Deputy Editor of the site until 2016, as well as Science and Technology Editor (2010–2014) and the inaugural Arts and Culture Editor (2014–2016).

Prior to emigrating to Australia in 2010, Paul was Weekend Features Editor at The Herald and Sunday Herald newspapers in Scotland, where he was also a columnist, newswriter, and Senior Features Writer. His writing has been published in the Herald and Times group of newspapers and magazines, The Sunday Times Scotland, Australian Book Review, Guardian Australia, The Big Issue, and others.

In 2016, he was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship at Varuna, the National Writers' House.

Photo by Giulia McGauran

Peter Papathanasiou

Peter Papathanasiou was born in a small village in northern Greece and adopted as a baby to an Australian family. His debut book was published in 2019 as "Little One" by Allen & Unwin in Australia / New Zealand and as "Son of Mine" by Salt Publishing in the UK. Peter's book received immense media coverage from such outlets as The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC and SBS.

Peter's writing has otherwise been published internationally by The New York Times, New York Post, Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, Toronto Star, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Good Weekend, The Canberra Times, The Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, ABC, SBS, Vox, The Huffington Post, Big Issue North, Frankie, ArtsHub, The Pigeonhole, Caught by the River, Structo, 3:AM Magazine, Elsewhere Journal, Litro, Meanjin, Overland, Island Magazine, Going Down Swinging, and Verity La.

His short stories have won or been shortlisted for over twenty literary awards in Australia. He holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing from City, University of London, a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from The Australian National University (ANU), and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours 1) from ANU.

He is currently working on his next book.

Photo by Giulia McGauran

Rodney Hall

Rodney Hall’s novels have been published in Austalia, the USA, UK and Canada and in translation into German, French, Danish, Swedish, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese.

He has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award seven times, winning twice (for Just Relations in 1982 and The Grisly Wife in 1994). He has been three times nominated for the Booker Prize. He won the Canada-Australia Award in 1988 and the Victorian Premier’s prize for Captivity Captive in 1989. He was poetry editor of The Australian from 1967-1978. He has twice been presented with the gold medal of the Australian Literature Society (1992, 2001) and appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at Victoria University, 2005-2016.

His books include fourteen novels, collections of poems, two biographies, social commentary and a book on Australia for armchair travellers in the UK. His play A Return to the Brink was performed at the Melbourne International Festival in 2001. He was commissioned by the Seymour Group to write the libretto and scenario for a music-theatre piece, Whispers, with music by Andrew Ford. Also an opera libretto, Dry River Run, music by Paul Dean, for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, given its world premiere in 2018.

In 1990 he was awarded membership of the Order of Australia. In 1991 he was appointed for a three-year term as Chairman of the Australia Council. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal. His most recent novel, A Stolen Season, Picador 2019, has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award, the Miles Franklin Award, the Adelaide Festival Literary Prize and longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Prize.

The New York Times praised him as, ‘A thrillingly smart and juicy writer.’ The Saturday Review (USA) said, ‘He immediately establishes his place among the best writers of his time.’

Chris Raja

Christopher Raja is the author of the memoir, Into the Suburbs: A Migrant's Story forthcoming from UQP. He co-authored the play The First Garden with Natasha Raja, which was performed in botanical gardens throughout Australia and published by Currency Press in 2012. His debut novel, The Burning Elephant, was published in 2015 (Giramondo). It was written with the assistance of an Australia Council New Work grant. Christopher lived in the Northern Territory for 12 years and has been twice shortlisted for its Chief Minister’s Book of the Year award. Raja migrated from Calcutta to Melbourne in 1986.

Photo by Adam Smith

Nicholas Turner

Nicholas John Turner is a writer from Brisbane. His debut novel, Hang Him When He Is Not There, was published by the UK publisher Splice in 2018.


When submitting, please include a covering letter, synopsis, and a short bio. Although relatively catholic in terms of the genres we’ll consider, the agency does lean towards outstanding literary fiction, irresistible commercial fiction and strong non-fiction.

Please also advise if your manuscript is currently entered into a literary competition which has a publisher affiliation, or has been directly submitted to a publisher or literary agent, either currently or in the past.

For general information and advice about the publishing industry, including professional freelance editors who can help you develop/enhance your work, please contact your local state Writers’ Centre. For in-depth industry or contractual advice, I heartily recommend the services of Alex Adsett at www.alexadsett.com.au.

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