Meet the Staff
The 2016 crew of Land of Madmen staff consists of 6 members, coming from almost the entirety of the eastern coast of Australia - Rockhampton, Grafton, Sydney, and Melbourne. This year's Guest of Honour is yet to be announced.
Guest of Honour
For more information on past and future Guests of Honour, please head to the Guests of Honour page.
Eleanor received an unusual introduction point to the world of The Wheel of Time - each evening after school, she would go to her best friend's house and play the PC game that had recently come out. With the knowledge of the game in her mind, she jumped upon the books when they were passed on to her by her grandfather at the age of 10. A keen bookworm even before this point, her ongoing love of the series was a cause of extreme concern to her mother.
Eleanor is active as Lupusdeusest or Myfwnwy on many fora, particularly Theoryland, where she met her husband Russell. The two live in Rockhampton, Queensland, with fellow Wheel of Time fan David. They share care of an elderly one-eyed Tenterfield Terrier named Gwennie, who continues to be unrelentingly loveable. Eleanor was once the runner of the regular digiMEETs (social meets for digital artists) for the deviantART group #Brisburnians, catering to the south-eastern corner of Queensland.
Nyn was first introduced to the Wheel of Time about 10 years ago and very quickly became a lover of all things WoT. She had been an avid reader during her teens of works produced by authors such as Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King and Anne McCaffery. Nyn delved into the depth of world creation produced by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and has not looked back.
Nyn is mother of three who enjoys painting with mixed media in her spare time. With a flare for abstract symbolism and incorporating all forms of texture into her work, she sees her canvases as a means of displaying images that literally pop out of the wall.
The most recent pieces she is creating centre on an interpretation of various scenes from each of the books. Setting about to generate an epic suite of 56 stylized pieces is typical of her Blue Ajah mission mentality.
Amanda discovered the Wheel of Time around 1992 and soon was committed to reread after reread until the series was completed.
In January 2010 Amanda discovered true fandom, in the form of Dragonmount. Under the username Amadine, Amanda became an active member of both the Role Play and Social sides of Dragonmount. Due to working full time managing a Coles Express service station in northern NSW, her participation from Dragonmount dropped in favour of the Wheel of Time groups on Facebook.
Amanda has been making jewellery from many mediums since she was a young girl. Chainmaille was discovered by Amanda in 2007. The intricate beauty made from just simple jump rings was intriguing, and continues to fascinate today.
Russell Dady has been a respected member of the online Wheel of Time fandom for five years, and was simply a member before that. He moved to Australia from the UK in 2013 and married Eleanor, who he met through the Wheel of Time forums at Theoryland, in 2014. He still posts from time to time as Zombie Sammael. His favourite Wheel of Time character is Egwene (and he'll fight anyone who disagrees).
Russell has experience of events management, having worked in professional theatre as a production manager on several touring shows. He also holds a diploma in law and has run his own business for the past 10 years. He lives in Rockhampton, Queensland, with his wife, Eleanor, their dog, Gwennie, and their best friend David.