Helen Bersten has been writing sporadically for over 50 years – mostly poetry and short stories with an odd play. She had a short story published in a recent ABC Grandstand collection and one was highly recommended by the Australian Republican Movement in its short story competition. She has lived in Roseville, Sydney for the past forty-five years where she and her husband raised their three daughters and ran a coffee business. She worked part-time as Honorary Archivist for the Australian Jewish Historical Society for thirty-two years. She received an OAM in 2005 for her volunteer services as Archivist.
Dawn Bruce is a widely published Australian poet, living in Sydney.
She was coordinator of the awarding winning group Somerset Poets and leader of Harbourside Poets, both free verse poetry groups. Dawn is now the leader of Ozku (haiku, haiga and haibun poetry) and Moonrise (tanka poetry), both small master classes. Her free verse and haiku collections, Stinging the Silence,Tangible Shadows and Sketching Light (the latter containing tanka and haibun too) were published by Ginninderra Press.She is not sure if free verse gave her up or she gave up free verse...she only writes haiku, tanka and haibun now...but with a passion.