Nicole Hayes is an award winning author, a writing instructor and podcaster. Her books include YA novels, The Whole of My World (Random House, 2013), One True Thing (Random House, 2015) -- winner of the Children’s Peace Literature Award, CBCA Notable Book, and shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Literary Award among others -- and her recent release, A Shadow’s Breath (Random House, 2017), which is already garnering acclaim.

Last year she co-edited an anthology of writing, From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It (2016) with Alicia Sometimes, both of whom form part of the ground-breaking all-female Australian football podcast, The Outer Sanctum (now on the ABC). Nicole and Alicia have also published a new football book about women’s AFL – A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017 (Nero Books, 2017). Nicole regularly speaks about writing, sport, politics and gender. Check out @nichmelbourne or nicolehayesauthor.com for more info.