Our Contributors Read about More Gold Coast’s contributors, who live and breathe the Gold Coast lifestyle to bring you their local knowledge and experience. Marj Osborne Marj has been reviewing restaurants for about 17 years, formerly for Mietta’s Eating & Drinking in Australia; now for her own blog, Good Food Gold Coast. Her work has also been published in Cafe Culture, and in the street newspaper Blank Gold Coast. A researcher, teacher, and former Hospitality educator trained in vegetarian cuisine and wine appreciation, she believes in positive living and thinking, spending time enriching the body, mind and soul. She values the generosity of spirit, the ability to listen to others, to reflect, learn and contribute that are essential to the food industry. Jolie Clifford Jolie is a creative producer hailing from the Gold Coast, Australia. Whilst working across a broad array of projects, the thread that weaves her craft together is placemaking, funmaking, community building and creative production. Jolie produces independent projects and consults on projects including; public art, festivals, art incubators and cultural development. Her notable projects have included co-founding creative precinct, rabbit+cocoon and developing the inaugural Surfers Paradise Festival. Jolie has written about all things art, music and culture for street press and online publications since 2006. In 2011 she was awarded in Gold Coast’s Australia Day awards for ‘Young Citizen of the Year’ and spent 2013 living and working in the UK gaining professional development and mentoring in festivals under her British Council Realise Your Dream award. Emily Toxward Cutting her teeth on a daily newspaper in New Zealand, Emily moved to Sydney in 2004 where she continued to work as a journalist before making the move to the Gold Coast with her husband. She became chief-sub-editor for the Sun Newspaper before she left to have children in 2007. Writing is her passion and she started to work from home for various publications, websites and companies drafting press releases, features and website content. When she’s not wrangling her three children or juggling work demands she manages her company Write Styling on the Gold Coast. Gené Stephan After a career at the cutting edge of newspaper journalism in Australia, England and South Africa, Gené settled on the Gold Coast in 2013. With more than 30 years experience as a senior sports writer, including 25 years with The West Australian Newspaper, she has covered prestigious events like the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, golf’s President’s Cup and Davis and Federation Cups in tennis. Gené has written about a wide range of sport but most recently focussed on golf, athletics and hockey. Her love for writing is exceeded only by her love for competing having participated internationally in gymnastics and squash. As a golfer she plays off single figures and still competes seriously at squash.The mother of two boys holds the distinction of being the first women to write sport in her native South Africa after completing a law degree. Tim Baker Tim Baker is an author, journalist and storyteller specializing in surfing history and culture, working across a wide variety of media from books and magazines to film, video, and theatre. He is a former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines, a best-selling author (Bustin’ Down The Door, High Surf, Occy, Surfari, Century of Surf), public speaker, and a three-time winner of the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Culture Award. He has appeared at the Sydney, Byron Bay, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Writers’ Festivals and regularly speaks to school groups on writing and surf culture. He is editor of the quarterly magazine, Slow Living. Kate Veling Kate Veling moved to the Gold Coast for six months and loved it so much she’s still here 12 years later. With extensive experience in online and print publishing she loves the written word. Her favourite subjects include interiors, travel, music, ordinary people doing extraordinary things and creative folk living their dreams. Kate has worked on numerous magazines, dabbled in events management and PR and spent a couple of seasons behind the scenes of reality TV. In 2012 she followed a whim and become qualified as a Civil Marriage Celebrant; she now divides her time between freelance writing, her family and Inner Circle Ceremonies. Samantha Morris Sam went to primary school, high school and university here on the Gold Coast; an avid culture vulture since her teenage years. She’s seen bands like Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Sonic Youth here and witnessed the rebirth of the city’s own live and original music scene in recent years. Sam put her money where her mouth is, launching the city’s only street press, Blank GC in 2013 and re-launching the Gold Coast Music Awards in 2015. She’s a freelance writer for More Gold Coast, Gold Coast Tourism and other publications, near and far. She’s only new to writing and publishing though. Sam has a 20-year career in rural land management and conservation and has worked with some of the country’s longest running and most influential NGOs and movements. In 2001 she was Queensland’s Young Australian of the Year for the environment and in 2013 she was named one of Queensland’s Champions of Conservation. She still consults to the land management and conservation sectors, predominantly around communication and engagement. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring the city’s waterways and bush trails or talking about vampires and dinosaurs with her 3 year old son. Natalie O’Driscoll Natalie O’Driscoll is a freelance writer, musician and cheerful half-hippy from Brisbane who is currently residing on the Gold Coast and refusing to leave until she’s eaten at every good restaurant, partaken of every cultural adventure and seen every good live band the region has to offer. Needless to say she’s putting down roots. Natalie is also the cultural editor and senior writer for the Gold Coast’s major street press publication and adores uncovering all of the incredible talent on offer in the city. Sarka Hill Sarka Hill is a story teller and lover of literature. It is her passion to be a voice for the eccentric, talented and extraordinary who provide something special to the Australian arts culture; a culture that she says is oftentimes overlooked and underestimated for its power to move and inspire humanity. Sarka hopes that through her articles, she will tell stories in a way that will uplift and motivate others to chase their own dreams and never stop believing in themselves – to remind readers that anything is possible, if we want it bad enough. Jane Saunders Jane Saunders is a creative producer using video, photography and writing to share stories from across Australia. She has worked extensively on environmental projects and also across the film and entertainment industries including several years in marketing roles for national broadcaster ABC including on ABC Open collecting and distributing stories from across regional Australia. Standout projects include managing the construction of Australia’s first commercial strawbale building in Sydney in 1999 and producing the Sustainability Film Challenge for Young Victorians in 2009. Jane worked in film production and distribution in the UK, promoting the UK film industry at international events such as Cannes, Berlin and London Film Festivals. Jane’s family first arrived in Palm Beach in the 1950’s and with half of her extended family residing here, and after a lifetime travelling for work, Jane returned to the region with her family in 2015. Marshall Hall Marshall is a former award-winning journalist who specialised in writing about corporate Australia for some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious newspapers. He now owns and manages Gold Coast-based public relations and events company Consulting Hall. Marshall is also an event director of the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards, the Gold Coast’s leading business honours scheme, and lectures at university in the areas of event management, public relations and marketing.