David Malouf was born in Brisbane in 1934. Since 'Interiors' in Four Poets, 1962, he has published poetry, novels and short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated. In 2000 he was the sixteenth Neustadt Laureate. His last volume of new poetry was Typewriter Music (UQP, 2007) and his selected poems, Revolving Days, was published in 2008. He lives in Sydney.
David Marr has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Monthly, and has served as editor of the National Times, reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson), Panic and six bestselling Quarterly Essays: His Master’s Voice, Power Trip, Political Animal, The Prince, Faction Man and The White Queen.
Sarah Kanowski studied English at the University of Oxford, where she wrote a thesis on the Mosley family.
Sarah then spent a year in South America before settling back in Australia. In Hobart she edited the literary magazine Island, until sun and grandparents beckoned her back to Brisbane where she now lives with her husband and three young children.
She presented Books and Arts on ABC RN and looked after Conversations when Richard Fidler was away.
In 2018 Sarah joined the Conversations team permanently, and presents the program on Thursdays and Fridays.
Riverbend Books opened its doors in 1998 on the corner of Oxford and Cambridge Streets. The name Riverbend harkens back to the early days in Bulimba when Indigenous Australians called the area Tugulawah, which translates as Riverbend.
The bookshop runs an extensive program of author events, poetry evenings, workshops for children and bookclubs.
In 2004 Riverbend launched a project within the local community that was aimed at raising funds to support literacy in remote Indigenous communities where literacy levels are very low. This project has grown enormously since then, becoming a national foundation that does important work in remote communities. You can find out all about it or make a donation at: www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au
Recognition by peers in the publishing industry has provided some highlights along the way. Riverbend has won Queensland Independent Bookshop of the Year 8 times and Australian Independent Bookshop of the Year twice. In 2014, the owner Suzy Wilson was recognised in the Australia Day Awards when she won the Queensland Local Hero Award. The annual Johnno Prize was awarded to Suzy in 2015, named after founding QWC Patron David Malouf, and in 2018 Suzy Wilson was honoured to be inducted into the Australian Book Industry Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Lloyd O'Neil award, which recognises a significant contribution to the Australian Book Industry.