The Romance Gauntlet – the Battle of the Sexes

Darcy Delany, Elizabeth Dunk, Donna Maree Hanson & Nicole Murphy vs Dave Versace, Rob Porteous & Chris Andrews moderated by Dr. Craig Cormick

Saturday 25 August 2018
4.00PM – 5.00PM
Conference Room
National Library of Australia

Join us for a MA15+ afternoon of romance plots, racy adjectives and risqué metaphors – as two teams battle it out by reading samples of their work, to discover if men or women write the best ‘romance’ scenes. Will the Romance Gauntlet trophy go to the men’s team of Robert Porteous, David Versace and Chris Andrews, or to the women’s team of Darcy Delany, Donna Maree Hanson and Nicole Murphy? Our host Dr. Craig Cormick and a panel of judges may need your help to decide.

Darcy Delany writes fiction with sassy heroines and heroes you love to love! Her writing repertoire includes the women’s fiction novel A List-Less Life; contemporary modern-day fairy tales I Don’t Date in December, The Go-Between and The Charm Offensive; as well as two short story collections, Love Gone Wrong: Short Stories About Love and All Its Debacles and Sweet Revenge. In her capacity as a coach, Darcy helps people overcome mindset challenges to find their voice in life, business and creativity. Darcy also assists people plan and publish their work with tailored writing plans that suit each client’s unique circumstances.

Elizabeth Dunk is the contemporary romance writing alter-ego of Nicole Murphy. As Nicole, she has dozens of short stories in print and published an urban fantasy trilogy, The Dream of Asarlai and a science fiction romance trilogy, The Jorda Series. As Elizabeth, she’s published six books – five full length novels, one novella and a collection of novellas as well as having some short stories published. One novel, The Lies We Tell, was recently re-published in print with Mira as part of a collection. Her most recent novel, The Importance of Ernestine, is a retelling of Oscar Wilde's famous play set in Parliament House.

Donna Maree Hanson is a traditionally and independently published author of fantasy, science fiction and horror. She also writes paranormal romance under the pseudonym of Dani Kristoff. In April 2015, she was awarded the A. Bertram Chandler Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction’. In 2016, Donna commenced her PhD candidature researching Feminism in Popular Romance at the University of Canberra. Her first Indie published book, Argenterra, was publishing in late April 2016. Argenterra is the first in an epic fantasy series (The Silverlands) suitable for adult and young adult readers.

David Versace writes fantasy and science fiction in Canberra, Australia. His story The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat was a finalist for Best Fantasy Short Story in the 2016 Aurealis Awards. He is a member of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, and is a voracious consumer of speculative fiction, comics, wine, and television drama.

Dr. Rob Porteous is a Canberra writer and editor who dreams of being an Evil Overlord. Completely ambidextrous, he's working on a sprawling epic fantasy novel and a neon-sharp cyberpunk SF novel simultaneously. In between times, he runs the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild's Novel Writing Master class and writes the odd short story.

Chris Andrews embarked on his writing career while under the blissful ignorance of youth when it seemed that writing a successful book was as simple as reading one. Over a time this led to a career as an editor, manuscript assessor, and workshop teacher.

His first novel, Divine Prey, was accepted by an agent and publisher, but true to Murphy's Law the publisher folded and the agent left the business.

Chris has since learned a lot about self-publishing.

Dr. Craig Cormick is an award-winning author and science communicator. He has worked for the CSIRO, Questacon and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. He has authored over 20 works of fiction and non-fiction, and published many dozens of articles in newspapers, magazines and in academic journals. He is especially interested in the intersection of history and science. In 2014 he edited, Ned Kelly under the Microscope: solving the forensic history of Ned Kelly’sremains.