Dave Cornford started writing a local street newspaper at age ten, and edited an irreverent and irregular high school magazine in Perth. He moved to Sydney to study mathematics and economics and to pursue a career as an actuary.
Dave has published a collection of short stories (Cracks in the Ceiling), a short book of humorous travel tips (Nanna’s Travel Tips) and is currently working on two series of novellas, one set in a bank (15 Civic Square) and one in a smash repair business “that knows too much” (Advanced Smash Repairs). He has written and directed the annual production of a contemporary Passion Play (The Turramurra Passion) since 1999.
Dave lives in the northern suburbs of Sydney, with his wife and three children. He is currently dividing his time between writing and working for a small IT consulting firm.
For more info: www.davecornford.com
Steve McAlpine’s first written piece at the age of seven was the quite prescient tale of a shark that terrorised a family of mice on a Western Australian beach. Since then he has studied Journalism and Creative Writing, worked in a radio news room, gained a Theology degree, taught and lectured at a variety of seminaries, and worked as a church pastor both in Perth and in the UK. In 2010 he was short-listed for the $5000 biennial Nature Conservancy Australia Essay Writing Award for his piece Living on the Edge: Observations from the Darling Scarp.
Steve lives in Perth’s eastern hills with his wife Jill and their two children, Sophie and Declan. When not writing he can often be seen running the trails and pathways of the John Forrest National Park. As an Irishman his writing heroes include CS Lewis and James Joyce.
For more info: www.stephenmcalpine.com
Dave and Steve are currently working on their next collaboration, a sweeping family saga set in Perth WA, with the working title “Warm Honey.”