Graham Akhurst is an Aboriginal writer and academic hailing from the Kokomini of northern Queensland. His creative non-fiction and poetry have been published widely. Graham received an Australia Council grant for the creation of new work to complete his debut novel, Borderland, which will be published with Hachette. Graham was valedictorian of his graduating year and completed his writing honours with a first class result. He is currently enrolled in an MPhil of Creative Writing at the University of Queensland with an Australian Publishers Association scholarship, where he is also an Associate Lecturer in Indigenous Studies.