Meet our Authors
Jimi Kritzler graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Journalism Degree and an Honours Degree in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology. He has been a feature writer, reviewer and contributor to Vice Magazine, The Courier-Mail Newspaper (News Ltd, QLD), Time Off Magazine and New York's 'SUP Magazine. He currently is Head of Record Labels at Fuse Group. He plays in White Hex with Tara Green and lives in Brunswick, Melbourne. Kritzler is the author of Noise in My Head: Voices from the Ugly Australian Underground.
With a passion for cooking and an apprenticeship at Melbourne’s famed Florentino under his belt, Joe Vargetto travelled to Italy to work under one of the founders of modern Italian cuisine, Gualtiero Marchesi. Returning to Melbourne, he cooked with leading chefs, Jacques Reymond, Philippe Mouchel and Jeremy Strode at Langton’s and won the Bocuse D’Or competition in Australia. Joe opened Mister Bianco, his modern Sicilian restaurant in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs in 2010, and then Massi in the CBD in 2016. His cookbook Siciliano was published in 2020.
John Adams served for 28 years as the Executive Officer of the Australian Jumping Racing Association from its’ foundation in 1978, through to 2006. He was also the Secretary of the Australian Trainers Association (Victorian Branch) from 1979 to 1987. He maintains a strong interest in jumping racing and is a columnist with Winning Post. He is the author of Over the Hurdles: The History of Jumping Racing in Australia.
John Nieuwenhuysen AM is an emeritus professor of economics at Monash University in Melbourne, and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia. He holds the degrees of MA (Natal) and PhD (London School of Economics). Born in South Africa in 1937, he emigrated to Australia in 1963, where he began his academic career, working for twenty-six years at the University of Melbourne. Currently a board member of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, and chair of the board of the (Monash Prato) Bill Kent Foundation, his many earlier roles have included deputy chancellor of RMIT University; visiting professor at King’s College, London; chief executive of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA); foundation director of the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements; and foundation director of the Commonwealth Government’s Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural and Population Research. His book, Ngoanyana was released in 2016.
John Tait runs a record and book shop in Essendon. He has a Science degree and a Masters in Theology, neither of which are at all relevant to his work as a rock historian. John has had a hand in a number of music books, notably Vanda & Young. He assisted Dingoes bass player John Bois in publishing his music memoir The Dingoes Lament (Melbourne Books). He has had music articles published in Shindig, Ugly Things, Rhythms and The Age. John once had a breakfast show on community radio, until he played an uncensored Nine Inch Nails song by mistake. Tait is the author of Tait's Modern Guide to Record Collecting and a co-author of Captain Matchbox and Beyond.
Judith Buckrich is the author of Melbourne's Grand Boulevard: The Montefiore Homes: 150 Years of Care, George Turner: A Life and The Long and Perilous Journey: A History of Port Melbourne. She is currently the historian for the Melbourne Docklands Authority and an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University.
Julia turned to running relatively late in life after having three children.
She is uniquely qualified to write Passion for Distance, as one of the very few runners in the world to have completed a hundred marathons. She tells her story with an unbridled enthusiasm which is sure to inspire.
Julia has previously published six books on running, cycling and walking and has freelanced for many running, triathlon and cycling magazines in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.