About Marcus: Listener, thinker, writer & reluctant occasional speaker
Marcus Baumgart loves writing in cafés, and has been doing so in Melbourne and elsewhere in the world for a good many years. While in his favourite haunts, he has been known to write prose fiction, poetry and critical reviews of architecture, design and art. The latter have been published in various journals, including Artichoke magazine, The Journal of the Design Institute of Australia, Architecture Australia, Monument, Landscape Architecture Australia and Houses Magazine. In 2011 he was selected to mentor a young and aspiring design journalist during the Victorian State of Design Festival.
Marcus has practised in architecture and urban design, lectured in cultural studies and film studies, and taught design at RMIT and the University of Melbourne. Marcus also runs his own architecture studio in Melbourne with business partner John A. Clark, focusing on housing the homeless, housing the moderately wealthy, multiple residential buildings, educational buildings, and strategic thinking and master planning relating to property. You can visit their architecture website here.
A Member of Writers Victoria, the innovative Long Now Foundation and the Australian Journalists Association, Marcus also supports the work of the UNHCR, Reporters Sans Frontiére and the Australian Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
About Felix: Just a Writer
Felix Orchard is a shy, somewhat obstinate writer who has published precisely nothing at this stage, despite having penned many hundreds of thousands of words. So far. His interests are in the genre of fantasy, science fiction and weird fiction. He has spent his life collecting random facts and overheard fragments solely for the purposes of informing his writing career.
Felix adores the fiction of Stanislaw Lem, in particular The Cyberiad, and also many of the classics of the various genres that interest him. Jeff Noon is another strong influence, the author of Vurt. Off-genre, Felix has enjoyed the work of Baroness Karen Blixen, who wrote as Isak Dinesen, and created such mesmerising memoir fiction as Out of Africa (the book is much better than the overly romantic movie). She was also an enigmatic and fascinating character in herself, and suffered a great deal of hardship in her life.