Alice Campion began when a group of friends, Jenny Crocker, Jane Richards, Jane St Vincent Welch and Denise Tart* from an inner-city book club in Sydney, Australia, asked themselves why successful group-writing collaborations were the norm in television and film writing but were virtually unknown in novel writing. They took on the challenge of disproving this convention. The result was a three-book deal with Penguin Random House and two novels so far: The Painted Sky (2015)* and The Shifting Light (2017). The Painted Sky was published in Germany by Ullstein as Der Bunte Himmel. Jenny Crocker, Denise Tart and Jane Richards also wrote an e-book, How to Write Fiction as a Group, and have busily promoted the art of collaborative fiction to other groups. The Alices have spoken at many events and festivals including the Japan Writers’ Conference and the Sydney Writers’ Festival, and have also conducted group writing workshops.
Jenny Crocker began her career as a journalist and humour columnist. She has had a play, Hellfire, produced on the London fringe and written sketch comedy for radio and television. She has written two non-fiction books, Free and Low-Cost Sydney (Choice Books) and a commissioned biography, William McIlrath: A Life. Jenny has been public relations manager of several large organizations, created many public awareness campaigns on issues ranging from sun safety to problem gambling and is currently Communications and External Relations Manager at the Mental Health Commission NSW.
Jane Richards is a senior editor/journalist at Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age in Melbourne, and smh.com.au. In her more than 20 years at Fairfax Jane has worked extensively in news, health, education, opinion and now travel.
Jane St Vincent Welch has worked for the past 25 years as a freelance documentary editor, specialising in social documentary. Her work has received many awards and been screened in cinemas and on television in Australia and internationally. The films cover a wide range of topics and styles, but finding the best way to tell the story is Jane’s central focus. Fiction writing has been a recent adventure she would never have dared to go on without ‘'team Alice’’.
Denise Tart is a civil celebrant with a background in theatre and event management. She wrote collectively for community and pub theatre through her twenties and performed comedy bus tours in Sydney. Denise owned and ran a leading conference management business for some years, before becoming a celebrant. She continues to write unique and personal ceremonies
*with a fifth collaborator, Maddy Oliver