Will Davies (Author)
Will Davies spent 37 years working as an independent producer of mainly historical documentaries and series for the ABC and SBS. He retired in 2010. He began writing books with the first published in 2012 and to date has had ten books published. Somme Mud: The war experiences of an Australian infantryman in France 1916-1919, which he edited, has become a bestseller in Australia, the UK and The Netherlands. In The Footsteps of Private Lynch has also been published to acclaim in Australia and the UK. Beneath Hill 60 tells the true story of the Australian miners and soldiers who tunnelled under Hill 60 near Ypres and eventually broke through to create a new frontline.
He was a member of the NSW Anzac Council, leads battlefield tours to the Western Front and has served on a number of boards. In 2018 he was awarded a Ph.D from the ANU and among other projects, is working to build a war memorial school in the French village of Pozieres.
Steve Shanahan (Reader)
Steve Shanahan is an acting graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, arriving in Sydney in the 1990's. He started doing voiceovers when he wasn't acting and was lucky enough to establish a career which combines both crafts. He always loved doing animation. When he won the prize gig of B1 in the animated series of Bananas in Pyjamas, his children lost their minds. So audiobooks feel like a logical extension, and fit him like a glove. Narrating non-fiction also presents a different set of challenges, and he has come to enjoy that process too.
In 2019 Steve was nominated for Australian Audiobook of the Year at the ABIA Awards for his narration of Jane Harper's The Lost Man. Steve also operates his own recording studio. Which gives him free reign to record lots of his books there in solitary confinement - often at very odd hours. It's his happy place (a padded cell.ha!) He is also studying Psychology at UNE, and finds character development increasingly intriguing.
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