Mirandi Riwoe is the author of The Fish Girl and She be Damned. She holds a PhD from Queensland University of Technology. Her novel The Fish Girl was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. At the Shanghai Writers' Centre Mirandi researched and developed her new novel Gold Mountain Woman exploring women and Chinese gold diggers in 19th century North Queensland.

Josephine Wilson is an acclaimed author. Her novel Extinctions, won the 2017 Miles Franklin Award and the 2017 Colin Roderick Award. In 2018 Wilson's first novel, Cusp (2005), will be re-released, and her non-fiction essay exploring international adoption, forthcoming in The Dangerous Book of Mothers. During her exchange Josephine wrote a new work of non-fiction that begins with the adoption of a child.