The Adas: 2017 Judges


The Adas: 2017 Judges

“It takes courage to write poems and stories and to expose them to the critical judgement of others.”  Elisabeth Grove, Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose judge

We are pleased to announce the following judges for The Ada Cambridge writing prizes:

Biographical Prose

Nick Gadd is a novelist, essayist and blogger. He is the author of the novel Ghostlines which won a Ned Kelly Award. He writes essays and articles about Melbourne, city wandering and history, and he won the Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize in 2015. His blog, Melbourne Circle, is about roaming the suburbs on foot. He lives in Yarraville. Website:

Lis Grove has extensive experience of teaching English language and literature in various secondary and tertiary settings, including Monash, Melbourne and Victoria Universities. She has worked as a researcher and consultant in language assessment and professional writing and, most recently, co-authored the centenary history of her old school, Coburg High.

Anna Brasier is a Melbourne writer and editor. Anna’s writing has been published in a variety of print publications such as: The Big Issue, The Victorian Writer, Melbourne’s Child, Hyde, The Westsider and The Ada Cambridge anthologies; and online articles in SBS, The Footy Almanac and Weekend Notes. Anna is the former Editor in Chief at Hyde magazine, Victoria University’s student publication, and the former Managing Editor of Offset Arts journal.


Helen Cerne is a Melbourne writer whose stories, poems and articles have appeared in many literary magazines and have won writing awards. Active in the local arts community and coordinator of Western Union Writers, Helen has published four books: Vision becomes Reality (a co-written local history), Just Heart Work, Those Who Can’t, and Shifting, a collaborative novel with her late partner, Serge. Her PhD novel Circling Lina, explored the art, life and relationships of Lina Bryans and several Victorian women artists.

Kevin Brophy is the author of fifteen books of poetry, fiction and essays. His latest books are Misericordia, This is What Gives Us Time, Walking: New and Selected Poems. He teaches mainly poetry and the art of the personal essay in the Creative writing program in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His poems, fiction and essays have been anthologised in Best Australian Poems, Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Stories. In 2009 he was awarded the Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay.

Chloe Wilson is the author of two poetry collections, The Mermaid Problem and Not Fox Nor Axe, which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. She was joint winner of the 2016 Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, and has been awarded the Lord Mayor´s Creative Writing Award for Poetry, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize and the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award.

Young Adas

Margaret Campbell is a writer of poetry and short stories, who has also published a young adult novel, Shadow Across the Sun and a children’s book, All Dressed Up. She has been a member of the Western Women Writers, served as a co-editor of Poetrix and coordinates a young writers’ group, Imagination Creation. Margaret’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and newspapers. She lives in Werribee, Victoria.

Chris Ringrose is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of English at Monash and a poetry reviewer for the Australian Poetry Journal. After an academic career in literature spanning The University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, The University of North Carolina and The University of Northampton, where he was Associate Dean of Arts and was awarded the University’s prize for teaching excellence, Chris relocated to Melbourne in 2012. His poetry and short fiction has won awards in England, Canada and Australia. He has published critical work on modern fiction, literary theory and children’s literature, and co-edits the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, the book series Studies in World Literature, and Sydney-based fashion magazine Papier Mâché.