Jacquie Svenson is a litigation solicitor and Clinical Teacher at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre. Her clifi thriller Direct Action, was published by Lacuna in September 2019. The book draws on a youth spent in environmental activism in the forests of south west Western Australia, forest campaigns nationally, volunteer campaigning with the Wilderness Society, and then employment as Environment Advisor to WA Greens Senator Christabel Chamarette, lobbyist for seven peak environment groups in NSW State Parliament, and solicitor with the NSW Environmental Defenders Office. Set in both the Lower Hunter and Sydney, the book explores questions of means and ends in a time of climate crisis, as well as misuse of the law by the state and the extent of personal action called forth from us by the times in which we live. Jacquie is also a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle and the Convenor and founder of Newcastle Climate Change Response (https://www.facebook.com/groups/newcastleclimatechangeresponse/ and http://www.newcastleclimatechangeresponse.org.au/). As part of her PhD she is working on her second novel, exploring questions of intergenerational equity and motherhood in relation to climate change.