Brad holds a Master of Publishing and Editing from Monash University and is currently developing his PhD thesis on Digital Publishing for the University of the Sunshine Coast. Trained as a typographer with over twenty five years industry experience, Brad has worked for a number of institutions including the AFL, Australian Red Cross, and Vision Victoria producing a range of print and digital related services from books and magazines to web sites and annual reports. Complementing his industry experience, Brad taught at Townsville’s James Cook University’s live work studio RossDesign; was a sessional lecturer at Melbourne’s RMIT School of Advertising; and currently lectures at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Writing and Publishing.
Chester took up a teaching appointment in Bairnsdale, in eastern Victoria, after attending Melbourne University. It was there that he came into contact with the writer-extraordinaire Hal Porter, and decided that writing was to be the centre of his life. After a move back to Melbourne he continued teaching, but managed to write as well as work, be a parent, and everything else. Chester Eagle took the state-given opportunity to retire at age fifty-five and was able at last to devote himself to writing full-time. This term is misleading, perhaps, because his habits, well set by now, involve writing after breakfast until mid-morning, by which time the day’s work is done. The rest of the day is given over to looking at the world around him, brooding, a little re-reading, correction and revising, and to music. We managed to lure Chester back out of ‘retirement’ by waving some pretty expensive bottles of red under his nose. The end results can be seen in his highly successful editing of Max Brown’s classic Australian Son: the story of Ned Kelly, originally published in 1948. Chester’s many novels, memoirs and librettos can be downloaded for free at Trojan Press.