Alison Evans is the author of the YA novel Ida. Ida is the story of a girl who doesn’t know where she wants to go, and she struggles more than other young people to work this out: she can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.
Ida is Alison’s first YA novel and the bookwon the Victorian Premier’s People’s Choice award, was shortlisted in the Aurealis awards and is longlisted in the Gold Inkys.
Their second YA novel, Highway Bodies, will be released in early 2019. Highway Bodies is a story set during a zombie apocalypse featuring queer teens who find themselves adrift and must rely upon each other to survive.
Alison also co-edits the zine Concrete Queers with Katherine Back, a zine featuring the work of queer artists. So far, CQ has published 10 editions and over 50 queer artists.
Alison writes about queer people, magic, weird stuff and plants. They have some short stories available for free on their website, including the short story that became the full-length Highway Bodies.
Cat Sparks is a multi-award-winning Australian author, editor and artist. She was fiction editor of Cosmos Magazine from 2010-2016 and has previously worked as a media monitor, political and archaeological photographer, graphic designer and manager of Agog! Press, an Australian independent press that produced ten anthologies of new speculative fiction from 2002-2008.
Cat directed speculative fiction festivals at the NSW Writers’ Centre in 2015 and 2017 and was a panelist/speaker at literary events including NSWWC’s Quantum Words, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Write Around the Murray, Thirroul Readers and Writers Festival, ANU Student Research Conference, Melbourne University’s ThoughtLab, State Library of QLD’s Our Digital Future – Paradise Lost or Paradise Found? and Worldcon 75 Helsinki as well as being a regular panelist at Australian speculative fiction conventions including Conflux, Swancon and Continuum.
Cat’s debut novel, Lotus Blue (Skyhorse 2017) was shortlisted for the Compton Crook, Aurealis and Ditmar Awards. Her short story collection The Bride Price was published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2013. Seventy of her short stories have been published since the turn of the millennium and her 22 awards for writing, editing and art include the Peter McNamara Conveners Award (2004) for services to Australia’s speculative fiction industry.
She is currently studying for a Doctorate of Philosophy – Media, Culture and Creative Arts through Curtin University.