Russell Eldridge is a journalist and author, whose debut novel, Harry Mac, was published by Allen and Unwin in July 2015. Russell worked on his novel during a Varuna Fellowship in 2013, the same year he undertook a residential mentorship run by the Northern Rivers Writers' Centre. He lives in Ocean Shores and is a founding member of the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Russell worked as a journalist in South Africa before emigrating to Australia in 1979. He wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald before moving north and working on The Northern Star newspaper, where he retired recently as editor. As well as writing and working as a media consultant, Russell has chaired festival panels at Byron Bay and at Ubud.