Risson, Toni

University of Queensland
Toni Risson is a children’s author with a passion for Australian cultural history. She has published two mystery adventure novels for older readers with UQP, and in 2007 published the first book about the Greek cafe/milk bar. This Australian icon is a shared chapter in the histories of Greece and Australia, and it is fast disappearing from the landscape. Aphrodite and the Mixed Grill: Greek Cafes in Twentieth Century Australia celebrates the part it once played in the lives of Greek immigrants and the social fabric of Australia. Toni is nearing completion of a PhD thesis that maps a cultural history of Australian confectionery. This is the first research about the role lollies have played in the lives of Australian children’s lives during the course of the twentieth century.