Martin Edmond is that ubiquitous, sage taxi driver. Used to be that you’d flag him on the run home from a late night in the CBD. The swift pace with which he’d navigate Sydney’s byways belies the elegant hand of one of Australasia’s more nuanced biographers and essayists. If you’d managed to draw the erstwhile anthropologist into conversation, you might have heard the soft cadences of the people of NZ’s North Island. Martin Edmond writes of life through the work of artists, and other ordinary, great people in his purview. He paints their lives with a studied disregard for the strictures of realism, giving expression to Markus Gabriel’s philosophy of existence as fields of sense. In these fields of sense, life and thought and landscape have no borders. And yet anything can exist and surely does. Martin brings his fine mythographic capacities to By George & Co to enliven the great stories that have shaped western culture.
Martin Edmond’s works of memoir and biography about art and artists include Battarbee and Namatjira, Dark Night: Walking with McCahon, The Supply Party (on artist Ludwig Becker), Chronicle of the Unsung, winner of the 2005 Montana Book Award for Biography, and The Resurrection of Philip Clairmont. Other books include Luca Antara, Waimarino County and The Autobiography of My Father. In 2013 he received the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Non-Fiction, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to literature. Martin has numerous other nominations and awards.
Sydney Morning Herald Food Hall of Fame (2008) inductee, Lynne Tietzel is Australia’s foremost cheese expert and food industry leader. With a passion for artisan produce, Lynne has single handedly inspired the growth and development of some of Australia’s best artisan cheese producers. But that’s not where her expertise stops. Lynne’s 15 year directorship of Australia On a Plate gave her a breadth of appreciation for local and imported delicatessen product that is unrivalled. Lynne joins By George & Co as the curator of it’s signature meal packs. Check them out.
Craig Judd is curator of Detached, a privately funded, not-for-profit visual arts organisation in Hobart. He has been senior curator at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Director/CEO of Wollongong City Gallery, and has lectured art history and theory at the ANU, the VCA, UNSW and Sydney University. Craig is highly regarded as a commentator on contemporary art and related cultural issues, is the author of " Still Life: Stuart Black" (2013) a dissident Melbourne Pop artist, and has recently published feature articles and reviews on the work of Dani Marti, Roger Ballen and Anne Ferran. Craig is a well known public speaker, with recent lectures including " Archaeology and the tropes of Modernity", "A Taste for Scandal: Art in Regency England" and "Glamour, Dust and Mud: USA in the 1930's". In 2014 Craig was the Consultant Curator for "Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum of Kabul" at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Tim Brooke-Hunt is one of the world’s leading executive producers of children’s entertainment and animation. Renowned for the successful adaptation of Australian children’s literature to the screen, Tim’s past work includes the animated adapations of classic and contemporary titles including Dorothy Wall’s Blinky Bill, Leigh Hobb’s Old Tom, Wendy Harmer’s Pearlie and Feinberg and Gamble’s Tashi. Responsible for 200 hours of children’s screen entertainment, Tim began his career in 1983 as a producer for Burbank Films, producing thirteen animated specials including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Three Musketeers, Don Quixote of La Mancha, Robin Hood and Treasure Island. In 1990, Tim joined Australia’s then leading animation house, Yoram Gross Film Studios, where he executive produced the animated features The Magic Riddle and The Adventures of Blinky Bill, as well as several television series including Blinky Bill, Samuel and Nina, Tabaluga, Skippy in Bushtown, Dumb Bunnies, Flipper and Lopaka and Old Tom. In 2000, Tim established his own consultancy Pacific Vision and co-founded the production company Sticky Pictures. During this time he executive produced the puppetry and animated series’ Li’l Horrors, Yakkity Yak, Dennis and Gnasher, Pearlie and CJ the DJ. Appointed as the Executive Head of Children’s Content for ABC TV in 2007 and Controller of Children’s TV in 2010, during his tenure Tim led the launch of the digital school-age channel ABC3, the relaunch of ABC Kids in 2011 and was responsible for the network’s educational programs including the online content for children with two dedicated portals. Tim is a founding board member of the Asian Animation Summit – an annual event designed to showcase as well as stimulate the co-production and co-financing of the Asian-region’s strongest animation projects. Having contributed extensively to the children’s film and television industry over the last two decades, Tim now provides consultancy and executive producer services for children’s entertainment and animation projects.
Garth Knight works with and photographs rope and bodies as sculptural forms, creating allegorical installations that combine Zen concepts and pagan mythology with the traditions of kinbaku bondage. His tableaux of intricate, decorative networks connect ideas of strength and pleasure with those of surrender and abandonment. His installations and performance focus on the ritual of making, becoming an act of meditation and a process leading to illumination. He also creates complex digital montages, combining thousands of image fragments to produce scintillating new forms moulded into imagined creatures. His works have been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally and he has self published several books. He lives and works in Sydney.
Emilie Zoey Baker
Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning Australian poet, educator, slam nerd and spoken-word performer who has toured North America, Europe and Asia as a guest of international festivals such as Montréal’s Festival Voix d’Amériques, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali (2010, 13/14/15) and Ottawa’s VERSEfest. She was also the winner of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival’s poetry slam Slam!Review in which she competed as the first-ever Australian entrant among contestants from ten countries. At home, she performs regularly at arts and literature festivals, and has appeared at the Sydney Opera House and TEDx Melbourne. As well as co-producing and appearing in events such as Elemental: Poetry at the Planetarium for Melbourne’s International Arts Festival. Emilie is co-coordinator of Liner Notes, an annual literary cabaret celebrating a classic album, during the Melbourne Writers Festival. In 2013 she toured Indonesia with the renowned Woman Of Letters storytelling series, performing in Jakarta and Jogjakarta and later that year People Of Letters in NYC. She has received five Artist in schools grants through Arts Victoria well as two extended schools residencies most recently at Melbourne’s Harrisfield Primary School with renowned Australian hip hop artist Mantra MC. She has had visits in schools and universities all over the world and in 2014 she was the first ever Australian poet to be core Faculty at Canada’s Banff centre for the annual spoken word program.
Bernie Hobbs is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster with ABC Science Online. Best known as a regular judge on ABC TV’s The New Inventors, Bernie is also the brainchild behind the online science game ABC Zoom, where you zoom down to microscopic and molecular levels to make repairs in everything from a synchrotron to a retina. Bernie writes a regular column exploring science basics, and she can be heard talking science on radio each week, and hosting science events around the country. In previous lives she’s been a science teacher, medical researcher and one of the stars of the ABC kids’ science show the exexperimentals
Described by Judith Beveridge as a ‘Whitmanesque Emily Dickinson of the southern hemisphere,” Mark Tredinnick is a celebrated Australian poet, essayist and teacher who has written three much loved books on the writing craft and collects awards as one might pick up casual jackets.
"We need words and country more than we seem to remember; our futures may depend, now more than ever, on how well we use and how healthy we keep them both. My work often wanders the syntax of places and it tries the ecology of sentences; I want to hear and I’d like to say what the land seems to know—about us, I mean, and about itself and time and how we might use well what little we have." (Mark Tredinnick)
An ecocritic, Mark has written and spoken widely on Henry David Thoreau's theme: “in wildness is the preservation of the world.” His doctoral dissertation (2003), Writing the Wild: Place, Prose, and the Ecological Imagination became his second book, The Land’s Wild Music (2004), and with Professor Kate Rigby, he founded the Australian chapter of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Mark is the winner of The Blake and Newcastle Prizes and two Premier's Literature Prizes, as well as the Cardiff Poetry Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize—the most lucrative award for poetry in the world today. Mark is the author of fourteen books, including