outspoken is organised by Steven Lang and Chris Francis

Steven Lang is the author of two novels, An Accidental Terrorist, (UQP 2005) which won Premier’s Literary Awards in both Queensland and New South Wales, and, 88 Lines About 44 Women, (Penguin, 2009) short-listed for both the Christina Stead Award for Fiction and the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction 2010. He also wrote, designed and illustrated the non-fiction book A Strong Brown God, describing a walk beside the Mary River from its source to the sea. Visit Steven's website and blog here.

He directed the first Maleny Festival of Books and Writing and ran the events program at Rosetta Books from 2001-2007.

Chris Francis co-owns and runs Maleny Bookshop with Fi Hunter. Maleny Bookshop specialises in second-hand, out of print and antiquarian books, as well as cards and oddities.