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Illustrators & Authors

Below are the Authors & Illustrators available to run Workshops.
Our workshops are run in-school and where possible, interstate visits can be arranged.
Enquire about our new Online Program we anticipate can reach even more students, more often and more cost effectively.

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Simon Mitchell
Simon writes stories for young people that are fast-paced, funny and a little bit quirky.
ACT - Preferred Audience - Primary Students
Simon Mitchell
Author
ACT - Preferred Audience - Primary Students
Simon writes stories for young people that are fast-paced, funny and a little bit quirky.
His books include the historical adventure Do You dare? Tough Times 1931, the mouth-watering picture book Louie the Pirate Chef and the hilarity-packed Baked Bean Bandit series.
Simon’s funny and inspiring author talks are guaranteed to get kids writing.
He’ll talk about his journey to becoming an author, how to come up with new ideas for stories, and why writers are a bit like superheroes.
Simon can also show older students how to use research to add depth to their writing.
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Author & Artist
Stephanie Owen Reeder
Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder is the author of two books for adults and seven books for children, three of which she also illustrated.
ACT - Preferred Audience - Pre-school, Primary Students and Adults
Stephanie Owen Reeder
Author & Artist
ACT - Preferred Audience - Pre-school, Primary Students and Adults
Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder is the author of two books for adults and seven books for children, three of which she also illustrated. Her books include the historical novel Lost! A True Tale from the Bush (Shortlisted and Notable Book, CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2010) and the picture book I’ve Got a Feeling! (IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities 2011).
Stephanie is also an award-winning book reviewer and experienced editor. She has taught at both secondary and tertiary levels, and has given talks at primary and secondary schools, libraries and conferences.
Stephanie is interested in exploring with her audiences the stories behind her books, how a picture can launch a thousand words, finding your illustrative voice, the pitfalls and pleasures of writing creative non-fiction, and the role of the editor in the creative process.
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Tracey Hawkins
Tracey is the author of children’s picture books, novels and adult nonfiction.
ACT - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Year 2, Years 5/6, Years 11/12, Adults
Tracey Hawkins
Author
ACT - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Year 2, Years 5/6, Years 11/12, Adults
Tracey is the author of children’s picture books, novels and adult nonfiction. Her children’s publications include Nancy Bentley, The First Australian Female Sailor and Max Meets a Monster.
Tracey is an experienced columnist, crime writing advisor, consultant, freelance writer and has written and created works for an international literacy website. Her police articles can be sourced in the ACJ Crime Writing Course and varying websites.
Tracey has spoken at many public events, presented to community groups, primary, secondary and tertiary students. Her presentations are interactive and energetic. Presentations include story writing and design, murder/mystery workshops for senior primary, crime and creative writing workshops for secondary students.
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Tania McCartney
Tania is an award-winning author of adult non-fiction and children’s books.
ACT - Preferred Audience - Primary aged children
Tania McCartney
Author
ACT - Primary aged children
Tania is an award-winning author of adult non-fiction and children’s books.
She is the creator of the Riley the Little Aviator series of travelogue picture books. Her latest Riley book – Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo: A journey around Canberra – was the ACT Government’s official gift to welcome little Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Her latest books include This is Captain Cook, Australian Kids Through the Years and Smile Cry.
An ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012) and an ambassador for the ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge (2016), Tania is passionate about juvenile literacy. Tania is an inclusive and interactive speaker, and her presentations and workshops include story writing and history for children, and publishing, marketing and author/book promotion for adults.
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Author
Sue Whiting
Sue Whiting is a children’s book editor and award-winning author who has written numerous books in a variety of genres.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten through to Year 10 and Adults
Sue Whiting
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten through to Year 10 and Adults
Sue Whiting is a children’s book editor and award-winning author who has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA.
Her published works include the best-selling The Firefighters, illustrated by Donna Rawlins. Her latest book is Platypus, illustrated by Mark Jackson.
A former primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature, Sue is a highly experienced speaker. She loves sharing her passion for reading, writing, story and storytelling with people of all ages.
Sue presents writing workshops and author talks that are interactive, entertaining, inspiring and informative.
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Dawn Meredith
Dawn writes for children and young adults, fiction and non-fiction. Formerly a high school art/English teacher, she has been a Specialist Literacy Teacher for over 20 years.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Middle Primary to Lower Secondary
Dawn Meredith
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Middle Primary to Lower Secondary
Dawn writes for children and young adults, fiction and non-fiction. Formerly a high school art/English teacher, she has been a Specialist Literacy Teacher for over 20 years.
Dawn loves the quirky and the heroic, often writes about animal companions and has a small robot collection
She has conducted writing workshops for children and adults all over Australia, focusing upon whatever the client needs, for both primary and secondary students.
Dawn specialises in encouraging reluctant writers. Kids and adults alike always come away excited and keen to further develop what they started.
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Author & Artist
Gaye Chapman
Gaye Chapman is a visual artist of international standing, and a multi award-winning author/illustrator of 14 globally published children's books.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Senior secondary, Young adult and Adult
Gaye Chapman
Author & Artist
NSW - Preferred Audience - Senior secondary, Young adult and Adult
Gaye Chapman is a visual artist of international standing, and a multi award-winning author/illustrator of 14 globally published children's books. She has recently illustrated Incredibilia by Libby Hathorn and published Sweet Green with Little Hare Books.
Gaye has over two decades of experience as a public speaker and facilitating art and writing workshops at libraries, galleries, festivals, conferences, writers’ groups and schools across Australia.
Gaye’s dynamic, experimental and fun workshops explore creativity, how it works and how we perceive the world. Her passion is for exploring the use of drama as a teaching tool, combined with ‘right-left brain exercises’, inspiring us to explore our own potential through unconventional methods that are simple, inclusive and easy to understand.
She lives in Sydney and is available to travel. .
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Author & Artist
Cathy Lane
Cathy has written and/or illustrated six picture books including Butterfly Kisses and Knock Knock Who’s There?, written by Mary Small.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Year 1 to Year 12
Cathy Lane
Author & Artist
NSW - Preferred Audience - Year 1 to Year 12
Cathy has written and/or illustrated six picture books including Butterfly Kisses and Knock Knock Who’s There?, written by Mary Small. Recently she redesigned and illustrated Butterfly Kisses as a picture book app for the iPad.
She has worked part time as specialist primary art teacher and design teacher at TAFE. She has presented four solo art exhibitions of her work.
During Cathy’s workshops she will explain the stages of writing and illustrating a picture book and picture book app, from early concept to the published book/app. She demonstrates the process of character design. With class participation she creates a pastel illustration of an imaginary character. The school gets to keep this illustration. The students then design and create their own imaginary character.
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Author
Candida Baker
Candida started her career in the theatre, and she brings a high level of energy and interaction to her workshops and talks for all ages.
NSW - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Candida Baker
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Candida is the author of the critically acclaimed Yacker – Australian Writers Talk About Their Work Series; two novels, Women and Horses and The Hidden; a prize-winning book of short stories, The Powerful Owl; and three children’s books, including Belinda the Ninja Ballerina, (illustrated by Mitch Vane).
Candida started her career in the theatre, and she brings a high level of energy and interaction to her workshops and talks for all ages. An engaging speaker, Candida – whose interests also include photography and natural horsemanship – is adept at encouraging people’s creativity through their writing.
She believes writing (and life) should be joyful and fun.
Candida lives in Northern New South Wales and is available to travel
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Artist
Houston Dunleavy
Houston Dunleavy is a composer, conductor, Adjunct Fellow at the Australian National University.
NSW - Preferred Audience - High School Students & Adults
Houston Dunleavy
Artist
NSW - Preferred Audience - High School Students & Adults
Houston Dunleavy is a composer, conductor, Adjunct Fellow at the Australian National University, Musical Director of the Sydney Male Choir, and Lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music.
His music has been performed around the world, is published by Wirripang, and has been recorded on the Wirripang and Move labels.
Houston works with Laura E Goodin in collaboration with schools' teaching staff to form creative teams of musicians, writers, and performers who will create short music-theatre works that tell their own original stories.
The format is flexible and can range from one-day intensives to visits over an extended time, between which students work with their teachers on the musicals.
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Author
Laura E Goodin
Laura E. Goodin's stories have appeared in numerous publications and her plays, libretti, and poems have been performed on three continents.
NSW - Preferred Audience - High School Students & Adults
Laura E Goodin
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - High School Students & Adults
Laura E. Goodin's stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Michael Moorcock's New Worlds, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Daily Science Fiction, and several anthologies. Her plays, libretti, and poems have been performed on three continents.
She is pursuing a PhD in creative writing from the University of Western Australia.
Laura works with Houston Dunleavy in collaboration with schools' teaching staff to form creative teams of musicians, writers, and performers who will create short music-theatre works that tell their own original stories.
The format is flexible, and can range from one-day intensives to visits over an extended time, between which students work with their teachers on the musicals.
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DC Green
DC’s five funny fantasy books motivate even the most reluctant of readers.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Year 10
DC Green
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Year 10
DC Green has won multiple awards, had thousands of articles published in over 50 countries and, as a surf journalist, has roamed the world’s greatest surf spots with Kelly Slater.
DC’s five funny fantasy books motivate even the most reluctant of readers.
Every year, he performs over 100 school shows around Australia.
DC’s school shows are interactive, informative, inspiring and feature the world’s worst rap! Packed with great writing tips, his hilarious performances have been hailed as ‘bizarre, egotistical, enthralling, funny and not to be missed’.
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Author
Paul Stafford
Paul specialises in writing workshops for Stage 3-4 reluctant/disengaged boys.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Year 12
Paul Stafford
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Year 12
Paul specialises in writing workshops for Stage 3-4 reluctant/disengaged boys, with 15 years experience in schools across Australia. He is the author of comedy-horror series Horror High, non-fiction You’re History, Mate! and Ned Kelly's Helmet.
Paul’s writing workshops scaffold the creative process from A-Z using students’ ideas to write narratives, modeling & demystifying the process, and instilling in students a strong sense of creative confidence to own and develop their original ideas. The model is fun, easily replicated and inclusive, ensuring boys are no longer the hurdle to positive class involvement in writing.
Workshops in persuasive text & script writing (short films/school plays) are also available.
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Author
Wai Ping Chim
Wai has written a number of books for young primary readers, including Chook Chook: Mei's Secret Pets.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary and Adults
Wai Ping Chim
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary and Adults
Wai has written a number of books for young primary readers, including Chook Chook: Mei's Secret Pets and spent 18 months teaching English to children in Japan. Born in New York to immigrant parents who didn't speak much English, Wai is deeply interested in exploring other cultures and speaking to audiences young and old.
She has also spent over 5 years working in online marketing, across a range of digital technology and social media channels.
Wai can speak to young audiences about exploring other cultures as well as present age-appropriate writing exercises and workshops (eg 'Writing Action Sequences' and 'Introducing Onomatopoeia'). She can also speak to adult audiences on social media and online marketing, such as 'How to Promote Yourself Online'.
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Author
Melaina Faranda
Author, English teacher, and compulsive storyteller, Melaina Faranda has written 29 young adult and children’s books
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary and Secondary
Melaina Faranda
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary and Secondary
Author, English teacher, and compulsive storyteller, Melaina Faranda has written 29 young adult and children’s books (published in Australia and internationally), worked in hundreds of schools, and has the almost supernatural ability of getting the most reading-averse kids to turn off their mobiles, totally engage and beg for her return.
A versatile speaker, Melaina can specifically tailor creative writing and self-editing workshops to your primary or secondary curriculum and staff development needs.
Popular workshops include 'How to Write a Story Without Having to Think', 'Making Bad Writing Better and Good Writing Great', 'Generating Great Stories for the HSC', 'Enrichment Writing', and 'Duelling with Dragons'.
She’ll be happy to work with you to deliver to your students what they need most.
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Author
Michelle Heeter
Michelle has a master’s degree in English and has been a technical writer and a copywriter throughout her career.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary and Secondary
Michelle Heeter
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Secondary and Adult
Michelle has a master’s degree in English and has been a technical writer and a copywriter throughout her career.
She has also sold many short stories to women’s magazines, including That's Life's 'Fast Fiction' and Family Circle.
Riggs Crossing was her first novel, published in 2012 by Ford Street.
Michelle talks to teenagers and adults about making a career out of writing, writing for different genres, and how to overcome writer’s block.
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Author
Charlotte Calder
Charlotte enjoys giving fun, interactive talks to all ages, tailoring the content and delivery appropriately.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Students of all ages and Adults
Charlotte Calder
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Students of all ages and Adults
Charlotte has written a number of successful novels for children and young adults. Her titles include The Ghost at the Point, Stuck!, Settling Storms, Cupid Painted Blind, Surviving Amber and Paper Alice.
Charlotte enjoys giving fun, interactive talks to all ages, tailoring the content and delivery appropriately.
The key word here is interactive! Charlotte engages her audience, leading to a really collaborative, absorbing experience.
The learning comes from sharing snippets of stories and writing produced by the participants in a relaxed, accepting and creative atmosphere.
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Author
Jess Black
Jess Black is the author of the popular children's series, Keeper of the Crystals.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Primary
Jess Black
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Primary
Jess Black is the author of the popular children's series, Keeper of the Crystals, and has co-written several others including the Bindi Wildlife Adventures series and the Kaboom Kid series with David Warner.
Her first picture books, Moon Dance and The Bold Australian Girl launched in 2016.
Jess regularly presents in schools on a range of topics including the stages of narrative, story planning, the creation of characters and setting, and her own writing process. She also runs creative writing workshops.
Jess holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film with Honours in Theatre Directing.
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Author
Nathan Luff
Nathan has trained as both a playwright and a screenwriter and has had various plays, short films and television programs produced.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Nathan Luff
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Nathan has trained as both a playwright and a screenwriter and has had various plays, short films and television programs produced.
Nathan’s debut novel, Chicken Stu, was inspired by the crazy antics he and his brothers got up to as kids on their farm. His next novel, Bad Grammar is set in an outback boarding school for bad boys.
Nathan’s talks and workshops are funny and engaging and can be tailor-made to suit a school’s needs. He is particularly good at engaging boys in the joys of reading and storytelling. Nathan spent many years working alongside teachers and students as Festival Director of the Wakakirri National Story Festival.
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Author and Artist
Jill Carter-Hansen
Jill is an author and illustrator, having published a number of her own children's books and collaborated with authors.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Adults, but will work with children 7 and over.
Jill Carter-Hansen
Author and Artist
NSW - Preferred Audience - Adults, but will work with children 7 and over.
Jill is an author and illustrator, having published a number of her own children's books and collaborated with authors on several others, including Bearly There with Aleesah Darlison.
Jill's talks for adults take 1-1.5 hours and focus on her own original and/or screened work. She shares the often amusing stories behind the creation of her works and invites the audience to examine the originals. She also gives advice and encouragement to attendees on their own creative pursuits.
Her workshops for children range from simple experimental creative exercises with text and illustration to creating a simple illustrated story. Additional investigation into storyboarding and progressive exercises are available for older students interested in visual narrative for both still series (books) and/or animation.
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Author
Deborah Abela
Deborah trained as a teacher before producing and writing children’s TV at Network TEN.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Deborah Abela
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Deborah trained as a teacher before producing and writing children’s TV at Network TEN. She has written over 20 novels including the series Grimsdon and New City. Her latest novel Teresa: A New Australian, was inspired by her dad, who made the journey from Europe to Australia after the devastation of WW2.
Deb’s presentations are informative, interactive and fun. As a trained teacher, she is comfortable giving author talks and writing workshops for both the reluctant writer and the gifted and talented. She also presents at staff development days, sharing ideas on activities to get kids excited about writing.
Deb gives author talks, writing workshops for kids and adults, PD session for teachers, and workshops on speaking in schools.
Deborah is a proud writer ambassador for Room to Read and Role Model for Books in Homes.
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Author
Pip Harry
Pip is a freelance journalist and author of I'll Tell You Mine. With over 14 years experience as a writer and editor.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Pip Harry
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Pip is a freelance journalist and author of I'll Tell You Mine. With over 14 years experience as a writer and editor, Pip has worked as Entertainment Editor for NW and Deputy Editor for TV Week before turning herself into a yoga-loving frequent flyer as Health & Travel Editor for Woman’s Day. She is the co-founder of realitychick.com.au and teaches writing at university level.
Her talks on journalism teach how to write a great feature story; sources and leads; finding the right style and tone; getting work experience; blogging and new media; and the future of magazines in the digital age.
Her talks on young adult fiction focus on finding a great character and voice; how to workshop and find inspiration; researching; getting published and finding an agent; hands-on, fun writing exercises to get started; and the future of books in the digital age.
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Author
Louise Park
Louise writes books for children under her own name and as several secret identities, including H. I. Larry, Mac Park and Poppy Rose.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Louise Park
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Louise writes books for children under her own name and as several secret identities, including H. I. Larry, Mac Park and Poppy Rose. She is the author of the best-selling series Zac Power Test Drive, Bella Dancerella and Star Girl—soon to be a television series for children. Her writing aims to entertain, inform, aid the acquisition of literacy skills and most of all, inspire! Inside her books, you’ll travel to magical lands, battle beasts, attend a space boarding school where students save space from environmental threats, and even thwart the plans of the evil spy agency, BIG — whilst exploring the important issues of bullying, global citizenship, conflict resolution, self-esteem and more.
Louise loves nothing better than taking students on huge adventures and helping them to craft actionpacked stories of their own.
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Author & Artist
Stephen Axelsen
Stephen Axelsen taught himself to draw and has been writing and illustrating humorous works for children since 1975.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Stephen Axelsen
Author & Artist
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Stephen Axelsen, while studying sociology at university, taught himself to draw and has been writing and illustrating humorous works for children since 1975.
Stephen has illustrated many books including a graphic novel, The Mostly True Story of Matthew and Trim. He wrote and illustrated the Piccolo and Annabelle series of novels, which were shortlisted three times for the Aurealis Awards and won once.
He has worked as a monthly contributor of illustrations for The School Magazine since 1985.
His presentations focus on the process of creating pictures and words, and answering the difficult question, ‘where do ideas come from’. Workshops encourage children to understand how text and pictures work together, and how to draw using a wide variety of simple expressions.
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Author
Nette Hilton
Nette Hilton is a multi-award winning author of many short-listed and translated books.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary, Secondary and Adult
Nette Hilton
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary, Secondary and Adult
Nette Hilton is a multi-award winning author of many short-listed and translated books, including Proper Little Lady, The Web, Sprite Downberry and The Innocents. Her work is available throughout the world. She is a sought-after mentor with the ASA and primary and secondary schools where she runs workshops, talks, and information sessions for children, young adults and adults.
Nette Hilton’s school sessions deal with the structure of narrative. From this base, students are able to develop questions and language that allow them to edit their work and develop stories. Their awareness of character, setting, plot lines and audience awareness are positive outcomes from their narrative experiences.
She enables her students to meet NAPLAN expectations, including persuasive text for which she has developed new workshops.
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Author
Lewis Morley
Lewis has 30 years experience in the Australian film industry working in miniature effects, special props and art department design.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Secondary and Adult
Lewis Morley
Artist
NSW - Preferred Audience - Secondary and Adult
Lewis has 30 years experience in the Australian film industry working in miniature effects, special props and art department design. Films he has worked on include Razorback, Dark City, The Matrix Trilogy, Star Wars Episode 2 and Epsiode 3, and Superman Returns.
He also lectures on design and character creation for tertiary and high school students.
Lewis' workshops cover drawing skills for comics and storyboards; character design and character through posture; what is creativity and where does inspiration come from; the ethics of research; originiality versus plagiarism; sculpture as a quick design tool.
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Author
Jeni Mawter
Jeni Mawter is the author of the hilarious So series: So Gross!, So Feral!, So Sick!, So Festy!, So Grotty! and So Stinky!
NSW - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Jeni Mawter
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Jeni Mawter is the author of the hilarious So series: So Gross!, So Feral!, So Sick!, So Festy!, So Grotty! and So Stinky! and Freewheelers series: Unleashed!, Launched! and Extreme!
Jeni has published picture books as well as non-fiction, poetry, verse narrative, songs and scripts.
With over ten years of experience, Jeni’s workshops are both fun and informative. Students will learn how to: write persuasive texts for NAPLAN; develop interesting characters; write adventure/comedy/picture books; edit and improve their stories; write poetry; and lots more!
As well as face-to-face, Jeni is experienced in virtual classroom workshops.
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Artist
Lesley Vamos
Lesley studied at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, receiving a Distinction in the Bachelor of Digital Media with Honours in animation.
NSW - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Lesley Vamos
Artist
NSW - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Lesley studied at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, receiving a Distinction in the Bachelor of Digital Media with Honours in animation.
She spent the next year in LA getting experience and is now working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, spending time both here and abroad to ensure growth in both her skill and her creativity.
Lesley has four years of experience in teaching people to draw and motivating them to pursue what they're truly passionate about.
Workshops range from an hour-long drawing lesson focusing on how to see your world differently, to 300+ crowds in 4-6 hour sessions talking about self motivation and making your own comic.
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Author
Russell Blackford
Russell Blackford is a philosopher, literary critic and novelist based in Newcastle.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Secondary and Adult
Russell Blackford
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Secondary and Adult
Russell Blackford is a philosopher, literary critic and novelist based in Newcastle. He is a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology.
Russell is the author of many books, articles, and short stories. His most recent book is The Issue of Moral Authority, published by Palgrave Pivot.
Russell’s special topics include freedom of speech, current debates over the ‘New Atheism’, the religion/science debate, human enhancement and transhumanism, and the history and current state of the science fiction genre. He has written media tie-in novels for the Terminator franchise, and can talk about the craft of writing science fiction and fantasy. He can also lead workshops on creative writing, especially in the science fiction field.
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Author
Jenny Blackford
Jenny's poems, fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction have appeared in magazines and anthologies for people of all ages.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Older Primary and Secondary
Jenny Blackford
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Older Primary and Secondary
Jenny Blackford’s YA-crossover novel set in ancient Delphi and Athens, The Priestess and the Slave, was described by bestseller Alison Goodman as ‘a compelling blend of vivid storytelling and meticulous research’.
Her poems, fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction have appeared in magazines and anthologies for people of all ages.
Jenny can talk about what it was like to be a slave girl in 5th century BCE Greece, or a Bronze Age princess in the Homeric world; how the Pythia of Apollo prophesied at Delphi, or how ancient magicworked; and ancient food, clothes and more.
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Author
Laurine Croasdale
Laurine Croasdale has published over 15 fiction and non-fiction titles and written TV scripts for Hi5.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Older Primary and Secondary
Laurine Croasdale
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Older Primary and Secondary
Laurine Croasdale has published over 15 fiction and non-fiction titles and written TV scripts for Hi5.
Her popular books, Surf School and Surf Sisters, celebrate the strong bonds of friendship between four girls with the ever-popular surf culture as a backdrop. Her most recent release, iHarry (Aussie Chomps), is a humorous take on our obsession with mobile phones.
Laurine presents at writing festivals, and holds author talks and workshops for students in year 3 through to year 12. With a focus on fun and interactivity, Laurine covers the basics of creative writing. Her popular workshops include: 'Superheroes and villains', 'The story game', and 'From idea to story'.
Workshops can be delivered onsite or via video conference.
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Author
Jan Latta
Jan came face-to-face with a mountain gorilla in Rwanda and the experience changed her life.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Jan Latta
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Jan came face-to-face with a mountain gorilla in Rwanda and the experience changed her life. When she realised there were fewer than 600 mountain gorillas left in the world, she wanted to do something to help, so decided to publish books for children on endangered animals to help their survival.
To create the 14 True to Life Books, Jan travelled to China, Borneo, India, Sri Lanka, Uganda and 10 times to Africa. She follows wild animals, taking photographs and writing about their survival. She is the ‘voice’ of the endangered animals to tell their true to life story.
12 exciting educational videos add fun to her inspirational presentations and creative workshops. Jan is a popular speaker at schools and festivals for both adults and children in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout Australia.
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Author
Christopher Cheng
Christopher has been writing children’s picture books, fiction and non-fiction for over 20 years.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary and Lower Secondary
Christopher Cheng
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary and Lower Secondary
Christopher has been writing children’s picture books, fiction and non-fiction for over 20 years. His titles include New Gold Mountain (My Australian Story), 30 Amazing Australian Animals, and the picture book Sounds Spooky.
A primary teacher by profession (including 8 years at Taronga Zoo developing the first Australian Zoomobile), Chris tailors presentations to his audience’s needs. He is a popular presenter, regularly appearing at primary and lower secondary schools, in libraries, and at festivals in Australia and internationally.
Chris talks about his writing journey, conducts writing workshops and shares his love of books.
He also talks with adults about the importance of books. For four years Chris was ambassador for the Federal Government’s National Literacy Week initiative.
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Author
Sophie Masson
Sophie is the author of over 50 novels published in Australia and internationally.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Upper Primary and Secondary
Sophie Masson
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Upper Primary and Secondary
Sophie is the author of over 50 novels published in Australia and internationally. She was born in Indonesia to French parents, and moved to Australia as a child.
Her books range from historical fiction to mystery novels, family epics to fantasy, and wartime dramas to graphic novels.
Sophie offers talks and workshops for adults, as well as students from middle primary to upper secondary. She is very experienced in school presesntations, festivals, libraries, conferences, as well as online presentations.
Her presentations are varied, focusing on fantasy writing, creating book trailers, the story of Ned Kelly, and how to write prose with edge-of-your-seat suspense.
Sophie lives in regional NSW.
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Author
Susanne Gervay
Susanne Gervay’s books include the best selling rite-of-passage book I Am Jack, adapted into a play.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Susanne Gervay
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary
Susanne Gervay’s books include the best selling rite-of-passage book I Am Jack, adapted into a play by MonkeyBaa Theatre for Young People.
Super Jack makes blended families okay while Always Jack, which carries the Cancer Council’s yellow daffodil, is a celebration of kids, family and community.
Susanne’s young adult novels include Butterflies recognised by IBBY as outstanding youth literature on disability. She was recently flown to New York to speak at the World Burn Congress about the power of Butterflies to inspire and work towards embracing difference, tolerance and peace.
Her first picture book is Ships in the Field, illustrated by Crichton Award winner Anna Pignataro.
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Patricia Bernard
Patricia left Australia when she was nineteen. During the next twenty years she sailed up the Nile.....
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adults
Patricia Bernard
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adults
Patricia left Australia when she was nineteen. During the next twenty years she sailed up the Nile, worked in Berlin during the closing of the Wall, met Mohammed V of Morocco in the Sahara Desert, travelled through Alaska in a sports car in winter, fell in love with a Spanish matador, married in Jamaica, hitch-hiked with her one-yearolddaughter around Japan and Korea just after the Korean War, became stranded on the Niagara Falls Bridge without a passport, visited Lhasa in Tibet, was among the first Australians to visit China in the 70s, and was the first NSW resident given a visa for Cuba.
She has worked and travelled all over the world, and intends to see all the other countries she hasn’t yet seen before she falls off the planet.
Patricia lives in Paddington in a convict-built house. She loves travel, science fiction, children and cinema.
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Moya Simons
Patricia left Australia when she was nineteen. During the next twenty years she sailed up the Nile.....
NSW - Preferred Audience - Lower Secondary
Moya Simons
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Lower Secondary
Moya Simons has written over 35 books for upper primary/lower secondary school children.
Her current book Let me Whisper You My Story is already being used in various schools as an informative and moving story on a child in hiding in World War II. Moya's books have been shortlisted for the Young Australian Best Books Awards three times. Hello God was a notable book in the 2008 CBC Awards, and Moya's detective series, The Walk Right In Detective Agency books, were shortlisted two years running for the prestigious Davitt Crime Awards.
Many of Moya's books have travelled overseas and been translated into six European and Asian languages. Moya enjoys talking to children about the writing process and can also give creative writing lessons to primary and lower secondary school students.
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Author
Felicity Pulman
Felicity is the author of the time-slip novel Ghost Boy, which the Quarantine Station in Sydney based their Ghost Boy tour on.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adults
Felicity Pulman
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Felicity is the author of the time-slip novel Ghost Boy, which the Quarantine Station in Sydney based their Ghost Boy tour on. The Shalott trilogy explores and re-interprets Arthurian legend. The Janna Mysteries is a medieval crime/romance series for teenagers set in England in the 12th century at a time of civil war.
Felicity’s new novel, A Ring Through Time, is a time slip historical romance for YA that explores the dark convict past of Norfolk Island.
Felicity Pulman has many years experience talking to students and adults about researching and writing her novels (with powerpoint presentations), and conducting workshops in a variety of genres including fantasy, crime and writing from history.
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Author
Shane Thamm
Shane Thamm wrote My Private Pectus while studying masculinities at Queensland University of Technology.
NSW - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Shane Thamm
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Shane Thamm wrote My Private Pectus while studying masculinities at Queensland University of Technology.
After six years working in high school outdoor education and the masculinised outdoor adventure industry, he became intimately interested in what makes young men tick.
The emotional challenges they negotiate each day, often in silence, are of great significance to Shane.
He likes to give these boys a voice.
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Author
Kim Miller
Kim Miller grew up freewheeling the backstreets of country NSW but now lives on coastal Lake Macquarie.
NSW - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Kim Miller
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Kim Miller grew up freewheeling the backstreets of country NSW but now lives on coastal Lake Macquarie.
Though he first studied engineering, he holds a PhD blending theology and Jungian psychology.
Kim was a prison chaplain for many years and now works with men coming out of prison.
His YA book is They Told Me I Had To Write This, published in 2009.
His most recent book is the children's eBook Who's who - Poo in the Zoo: Disgusting Poems for Gross Boys.
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Author
Dianne Bates
Di has published 100 books for young readers, including two YA novels, The Last Refuge and Crossing the Line.
NSW - Preferred Audience - Festivals and Conference Groups
Dianne Bates
Author
NSW - Preferred Audience - Festivals and Conference Groups
Di has published 100 books for young readers, including two YA novels, The Last Refuge and Crossing the Line, both published by Ford Street.
Most of Di’s books are for the 7 to 12 age group. Di’s best known books are the Grandma Cadbury and the Bushranger series. The latter includes Desert Dan, the Dunnyman, which won the Kids’ Own Australian Literature Award (KOALA).
Grandma Cadbury’s Trucking Tales also won the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award, while her picture book Big Bad Bruce is in the KOALA Hall of Fame for multiple nominations. Di’s I Am An Australian non-fiction title won a special award in the Multicultural Australian Literature Awards.
Di is happy to talk at festivals and conferences alongside her husband and author, Bill Condon.
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Author
Leonie Norrington
Leonie Norrington grew up in southern Arnhem Land in a mixed cultural environment.
NT - Preferred Audience - Primary
Leonie Norrington
Author
NT - Preferred Audience - Primary
Leonie Norrington grew up in southern Arnhem Land in a mixed cultural environment.
‘I am interested in the places where cultures and languages meet,’ she says. Her books have won prestigious children's book awards and been shortlisted for most of the major Australian awards. She loves fishing, gathering and gardening.
Leonie is a passionate supporter of Aboriginal people and demonstrates enormous respect for her neighbours within her writing. She is married, lives on a farm at Noonamah, has three sons and one grandson.
Her award-winning books include: the picture book Look See, Look at me, the novel, The Devil You Know and her children's book The Barrumbi Kids.
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Author
Kathy Stewart
Kathy produces non-fiction books on writing and editing, and loves writing crime, mystery and children’s books.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Kathy Stewart
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Kathy was born in South Africa, and she and her husband now live on the Gold Coast, Australia. She produces non-fiction books on writing and editing, and loves writing crime, mystery and children’s books.
She gives children’s talks on empowerment and encourages a love and understanding of nature.
Kathy gives talks to younger and middle readers that encourage an understanding of all living creatures, their role in the universe plus how to interact with them.
She also gives talks that empower children, teach them right from wrong and give them skills to deal with problems they encounter.
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Author
Eileen O'Hely
Eileen is an erstwhile astrophysicist, journalist, teacher and barrista who writes for children and young adults.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Eileen O'Hely
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Eileen is an erstwhile astrophysicist, journalist, teacher and barrista who writes for children and young adults.
Her work has been shortlisted for and won several awards, and is published in countries as diverse as Ireland, Korea, Turkey and China.
Eileen’s workshops include craft activities based on her novels From Idea to Book, Eschewing Adjectives, Actions Speak Louder (characters communicating through body language), Writing as a Career and Q&A’s with older students.
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Author
Kyle Mewburn
Kyle is one of New Zealand’s most eclectic and prolific writers. His 50+ titles have been published in 27 countries.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Kyle Mewburn
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Kyle is one of New Zealand’s most eclectic and prolific writers. His 50+ titles have been published in 27 countries and won numerous awards including NZ Children’s Book of the Year.
His work ranges from multi-layered picture books (Old Hu-hu, Hill & Hole) to gross, laugh-out-loud junior fiction (Dinosaur Rescue series).
Kyle’s high-energy, inspirational and downright funny presentations gallop across a vast terrain taking in such highlights as childhood dramas, his journey towards a writing career, and setbacks and successes, with loads of writing tips and insights into the publishing process along the way.
His lively and engaging workshops focus on adding value to stories.
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Author
Karen Tyrrell
Karen is an award-winning author, senior school teacher, and survivor of bullying.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Karen Tyrrell
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Karen is an award-winning author, senior school teacher, and survivor of bullying. She writes picture books and junior fiction for children about wellness, resilience and personal development.
Her published works include STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember empower kids to live their strongest, and are aligned with Kids Matter: Australian curriculum.
Her interactive story-telling sessions always include costumes, wigs, audience interaction and humour. As a speaker, she talks about well-being, bully prevention and coping skills to inform and empower teachers and students. Karen also runs and coaches dynamic creative writing workshops for kids and adults.
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Author
Gary Crew
Dr Gary Crew is one of Australia’s most awarded authors for youth, winning the Australian Children’s Book of the Year four times.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Adult
Gary Crew
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Adult
Dr Gary Crew is one of Australia’s most awarded authors for youth, winning the Australian Children’s Book of the Year four times; twice for his novels, twice for his illustrated books.
Gary has previously published Finding Home, In the Beech Forest and Voicing the Dead with Ford Street.
He is Associate Professor, Creative Writing, at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Queensland.
Gary is available for talks at conferences and teacher/librarian inservice.
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Author
Charmaine Clancy
Charmaine is a high school English teacher and writing workshop presenter.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Upper Primry Secondary and Adult
Charmaine Clancy
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Upper Primary Secondary and Adult
Charmaine is a high school English teacher and writing workshop presenter. Her published works include My Zombie Dog, Dognapped? and Undead Kev.
Her workshop style is fun, enthusiastic and high energy, and can be tailored to suit children, teens or adults.
Her workshops are always quite interactive as she encourages audience participation, writing prompts and exercises. Some popular topics include: how to write scary stories; zooming in – adding detail to description; how to write funny; capturing story ideas, and many more.
Charmaine's workshops are suitable for schools, libraries and writing groups.
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Author
JR Poulter
JR writes diverse, award-winning fiction, poetry, articles for children and educational materials.
QLD - Preferred Audience - All Ages
JR Poulter
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - All Ages
JR writes diverse, award-winning fiction, poetry, articles for children and educational materials, including junior novels, chapter books and picture books.
Under the pseudonym JR McRae, she writes novels, short stories, YA novels and award-winning poetry.
JR is an experienced presenter/workshop convenor with all ages, a former reference librarian, and she once worked in a circus.
JR tailors workshops and presentations to suit the needs of individual groups, and includes interactive exercises and dramatic readings. Her presentations focus on story writing; creating drama and humour; fleshing-out characters; showing, not telling; generating ideas; workshopping poetry from lyrical to dramatic free verse; and drama workshops.
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Author
Josie Montano
From age nine, Josie shelved homemade books in the school library.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Josie Montano
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
From age nine, Josie shelved homemade books in the school library. She received her first rejection letter from Golden Books at age thirteen.
Decades later, Josie has fifteen published books on those shelves, including Wogaluccis,Chickenpox Yuck, Pop Starlets, Snot Funny,The Bubble, CBC shortlisted Little Penguin and more.
Josie is able to cater to class requirements with an author talk, workshop or masterclass.
Subjects can also be applied to the curriculum. For example, she can focus on penguins, Australian history, multi-culturism, and differing writing genres and topics such as planning, ideas, research, humour, picture books, chapter books, fiction, non-fiction and YA.
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Author
Pamela Rushby
Pamela has worked in advertising, as a pre-school teacher, and as a producer of educational television, audio and multimedia.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Pamela Rushby
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Pamela Rushby was born in Queensland more years ago than she cares to divulge. She has worked in advertising, as a pre-school teacher, and as a producer of educational television, audio and multimedia. She now writes full-time for children and young adults.
Pam is passionately interested in children's books and television, ancient history and Middle Eastern food.
Pam presents workshops and talks for young people and adults. Talks for young people include how her novels were researched and written and how to write your name in hieroglyphs – and other Egyptian activities. Talks for adults include how to write killer first sentences, how to pitch (effectively!) to publishers, how to write a first page that will keep readers hooked, and those pesky synopses: a formula for writing and selling synopses.
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Author & Artist
Katherine Battersby
Katherine Battersby is the critically acclaimed children’s author and illustrator of Squish Rabbit,
QLD - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten Primary and Secondary
Katherine Battersby
Author & Artist
QLD - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten Primary and Secondary
Katherine Battersby is the critically acclaimed children’s author and illustrator of Squish Rabbit, shortlisted for the 2012 Crichton Award and named a Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards.
Her second picture book is Brave Squish Rabbit and she has also had many short stories published in magazines and anthologies for young people.
Katherine is an experienced children's presenter, whose talks and workshops are interactive and fun. She regularly presents book talks (where she fosters a love of reading through stories and activities), writing workshops (which include writing tasks that help young people create vivid stories), and illustration workshops (where participants learn how to create their own characters and capture them on the page).
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Author
Royce Bond
Royce Bond is an award-winning teacher and author. He loves to create different worlds in his stories.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Secondary and Adults
Royce Bond
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Secondary and Adults
Royce Bond is an award-winning teacher and author. He loves to create different worlds in his stories where the reader is invited to join in the adventures.
He has conducted writing and creative workshops and teacher inservice throughout Central Queensland, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
His workshops and talks for students are about planning and building a fantasy world; descriptive writing within a story; and how to enthuse children to write.
His workshops for teachers are about using drama to create insight into narrative writing; creating a writing atmosphere in a classroom using the internet and unusual props; creation of individual student magazines; motivational storytelling, even up to grade 12; and the use of questioning skills to develop deep thinking skills (based on Royce's books).
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Author
Emily Craven
Emily is an author of fantasy and YA fiction. Her latest novel, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain, is set in Facebook.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Secondary and Adults
Emily Craven
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Secondary and Adults
Emily is an author of fantasy and YA fiction. Her latest novel, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain, is set in Facebook.
She’s the Digital Producer at If:Book Australia and has run workshops for adults and teens on marketing, ebooks and creating transmedia events for the ASA (Australian Society of Authors), the World Fantasy Convention and the National Young Writers’ Festival.
Emily can conduct lectures, talks, or full and half-day workshops for adults and teens on ebook creation and marketing; online book marketing; building an author platform; building and using a social media platform; crowd-funding; blogging; the incorporation of transmedia and interactivity in storytelling; and the potential for social media and mixed-format books to tell relevant, modern day stories for teens.
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Author
Dimity Powell
Dimity writes picture books, chapter books and short stories for children.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adults
Dimity Powell
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adults
Dimity writes picture books, chapter books and short stories for children. Her work has been published in the School Magazine and online, and has either won or been shortlisted in numerous writing competitions. PS Who Stole Santa’s Mail? is her debut junior novel. To read, write and inspire are Dimity’s main passions in life.
Her 35 – 60 minute workshops involve and include: why writing is important & how to get kids to write more; idea creation and development; character development – examining what works, why, and how; picture Books – the elements of the art form; story creation and structure – the elements of a good read; and 'Tool Time' – tools, tricks and tips authors use to build a story and sell it. All presentations include an interactive writing exercise (the fun bit!) and/or book readings.
Dimity also conducts seminars for librarians and writers' groups.
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Author
Kathryn Apel
Kathryn is a children’s author/poet who writes too much. Her goal is to find the perfect word for every situation.
QLD - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Kathryn Apel
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Kathryn is a children’s author/poet who writes too much. Her goal is to find the perfect word for every situation. Sometimes that’s tricky! Kat co-ordinates the worldwide January Month of Poetry for kids and adults. Her picture book, This is the Mud!, has been read on PlaySchool.
Kathryn engages children and adults with her passion for story and wordplay. She offers assorted poetry workshops for rhymed/unrhymed poetry, using her stunning photographs as inspiration. Kat also employs props and pictures in an interactive session from plan to picture book.
A classroom teacher/literacy co-ordinator, Kat has an extensive genre toolkit. Kathryn’s classroom workshops are also excellent professional development opportunities for teachers.
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Author
Michelle Worthington
Michelle is an internationally published, award-winning author.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Secondary
Michelle Worthington
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Secondary
Michelle is an internationally published, award-winning author.
Her many books include The Bedtime Band, Practically Single, The Pink Pirate and Yellow Dress Day.
Each the Same won the 2014 International Book Award for best hardcover fiction picture book.
In her workshops, Michelle breaks down the process of how a children’s picture book is created, from inception to point of sale, including how to collaborate.
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Author
Elaine Ouston
Elaine teaches writing to adults, and writes books and short stories for children and young adults.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten Primary and Adult
Elaine Ouston
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten Primary and Adult
Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. She teaches writing to adults, and writes books and short stories for children and young adults. Her published works include Lost in a Strange Land, The Mystery of Nida Valley, and its sequel, Captured.
She is experienced at delivering workshops to school and library groups. Her workshops can be adapted to any age group. Her writing workshops cover all aspects of a story's creation, from an idea right through to publication.
Author talks include: 'The book: Lost in a Strange Land - chapter book for early readers', 'The animals: The native animals of Australia and Britain', 'The book: The Mystery of Nida Valley a novel for 9+', 'The animals: Megafauna and dinosaurs of Australia', and 'Becoming an author'.
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Author & Artist
Angela Sunde
Children’s author and illustrator, Angela Sunde writes novels, picture books and short stories.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Angela Sunde
Author & Artist
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary Secondary and Adult
Children’s author and illustrator, Angela Sunde writes novels, picture books and short stories.
Awarded 3rd place in the CYA Conference 'Illustrated Picture Book' competition and short-listed (twice) for the Charlotte Duncan Award, Angela hopes to inspire the dreams of children everywhere.
Formerly an award-winning language and literacy teacher with a broad range of experience in primary, secondary and tertiary education, Angela delivers engaging presentations and inspiring workshops for children and adults at festivals, conferences, writers’ groups, libraries and schools.
Whatever your needs, Angela can tailor a talk or workshop to suit.
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Author
Brian Falkner
Every year Brian visits a number of schools in New Zealand, Australia, the US and in other countries around the world.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Brian Falkner
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Every year Brian visits a number of schools in New Zealand, Australia, the US and in other countries around the world.
Brian’s best-selling titles include Brainjack, The Project, The Super Freak and The Tomorrow Code.
His talk ‘The Life of Brian’ is a fun interactive session that Introduces students to Brian and his books while encouraging them to read and to write.
Brian’s sessions are entertaining, humorous, motivating, and will keep kids of all ages thoroughly engaged. Topics covered include how he became an author, his current and upcoming books, where he gets his story ideas, the structure of a story, the importance of emotion in stories, and the Taste Test competition.
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Author
Sheryl Gwyther
Sheryl writes novels, chapter books, school plays and magazine articles for young people.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Sheryl Gwyther
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Sheryl writes novels, chapter books, school plays and magazine articles for young people. Her published works include Secrets of Eromanga, an adventure novel (and e-book) for middle school readers; and the chapter books, Princess Clown, and Charlie and the Red Hot Chilli Pepper. Sheryl has also had a number of short stories published, including Corn Dolly Dead, a horror story in Black Dog Books’ Short and Scary anthology.
Sheryl is a former primary school teacher and adult literacy educator. She lives in Brisbane and is available to present author talks or workshops at primary schools, libraries or festivals. All of her presentations can be adapted to suit any age group.
Topics include: creating and building your characters; getting ideas for story-telling: bringing Australia’s past to life through the magic of children’s fiction; and researching for story-telling.
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Author
Marianne de Pierres
Marianne is an award-winning and internationally published author.
QLD - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Marianne de Pierres
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Marianne is an award-winning and internationally published author.
She writes crime, science fiction and dark fantasy, and has been public speaking for fifteen years in classrooms, at conventions and expos.
Marianne is available for seminars, lectures, talks and individual consultations. Special areas of speaking interest are: ‘How to Find Your Story’, ‘How to Become a Professional Writer’ and ‘Using Social Media as a Marketing tool’.
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Author & Artist
Peter Carnavas
Peter Carnavas creates picture books for children and grown-ups to enjoy.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Peter Carnavas
Author & Artist
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Peter Carnavas creates picture books for children and grown-ups to enjoy. He writes simple yet poignant tales, accompanied by whimsical illustrations, that combine to create layers of meaning for the reader. His books include Jessica’s Box (shortlisted CBCA Crichton Award and CBCA Notable Book 2009), Sarah’s Heavy Heart, The Important Things and Last Tree in the City.
Peter is available to present talks or workshops at festivals, libraries and primary schools. He can present on the following topics: illustration – learn to tell stories with pictures using colour, space, perspective and other techniques; characters – create your own cartoon characters that will have you giggling for hours; writing – get ideas, plan a story and make every word count; making a picture book – bringing words and pictures together to make meaning.
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Author
JE Fison
Julie is a former television reporter and travel writer and has lived and worked in Australia, Asia and Europe.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
JE Fison
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Julie is a former television reporter and travel writer and has lived and worked in Australia, Asia and Europe. She is also the author of Hazard River, a series of adventure stories for primary school children. The emphasis in the series is on fun and action, but each story has an environmental theme. The first book in the series, Shark Frenzy, was inspired by a troubling fact: one hundred million sharks are slaughtered each year, mostly for their fins.
Julie is available for workshops on turning real events into really great adventure stories. As an author, she is particularly interested in how a snippet of information can be built into a whole story, with the help of believable characters, a good plot and a bit of imagination. Julie can also speak at events and festivals on the real issues that inspire the Hazard River stories.
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Author
Phil Kettle
Phil is best known for his various series including the ever-popular Toocool series published by Ford Street, Boyz Rule and Get Real.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Phil Kettle
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Phil is best known for his various series including the ever-popular Toocool series (including the Marcy series by Susan Halliday) published by Ford Street, Boyz Rule and Get Real.
Phil's successful 'The Writer's Shirt Workshop' is two hours long, for boys or mixed groups in years 3-6.
The 'shirt' worn by Phil is key to the writing experience during this workshop. Having explored with participants why he writes, and why children should write, a step by step story plan is mapped covering idea selection and 'the shirt', setting the scene, character development, powerful introductions, the writing adventure, destination and detours, and story & ownership and titles.
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Author
Aleesah Darlison
Aleesah writes picture books and novels for children. She also reviews books for The Sun Herald.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Aleesah Darlison
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Primary
Aleesah writes picture books and novels for children. She also reviews books for The Sun Herald. Aleesah’s publications include her picture book, Puggle’s Problem, and her series for children aged 7 and up, Totally Twins.
Aleesah has experience presenting author talks to large school groups and community clubs.
Her storytime sessions at libraries and children’s festivals are fun, interactive and educational and include puppets, soft toys and colouring-in activities.
Aleesah also presents at writers festivals, and runs workshops for children and adults on creative writing, making picture books, and self-promotion.
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Author
Isobelle Carmody
Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed children’s authors.
QLD - Preferred Audience - Festivals and Libraries
Isobelle Carmody
Author
QLD - Preferred Audience - Festivals and Libraries
Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed children’s authors.
She started writing her first book, Obernewtyn, when she was 14 years old. Since then she has written many books, including The Gathering (joint winner of the 1993 Children's Literature Peace Prize and the 1994 CBC Book of the Year Award); Greylands, (joint winner of the 1997 Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction – Young Adult Division, and was named a White Raven at the 1998 Bologna Children's Book Fair), and The Legend of Little Fur trilogy.
The final Obernewtyn instalment, Red Queen was released in November, 2015.
Isobelle presents regularly at festivals and public libraries.
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Author
Heather Taylor Johnson
Heather is the author of two poetry collections: Exit Wounds and Letters to my Lover from a Small Mountain Town.
SA - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Heather Taylor Johnson
Author
SA - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Heather is the author of two poetry collections: Exit Wounds and Letters to my Lover from a Small Mountain Town. She is a poetry editor for Wet Ink magazine and reviews poetry for literary journals in Australia and America. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide.
‘The Business of Writing’ – I have a black folder which tells me what journals I am submitting to, which grants and fellowships I am applying for, what I am reviewing, which awards and competitions I want to enter, a list of events where I will be reading, etc. This workshop involves my notebook and a discussion of the business of writing. It’s not all about the pen and the paper!
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Author
Kristin Weidenbach
Kristin Weidenbach writes non-fiction focused on Australian history.
SA - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Kristin Weidenbach
Author
SA - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Kristin Weidenbach writes non-fiction focused on Australian history. She is the author of Tom the Outback Mailman, which is a picture book for junior primary readers based on her Australian bestseller, Mailman of the Birdsville Track: the Story of Tom Kruse. She is the author of Rock Star: the Story of Reg Sprigg, and has written for Outback magazine and Australian Geographic. Her book Tom the Outback Mailman won the CBC's 2013 Information Book Award.
Kristin is a PhD immunologist who specialised in forensic science and worked at Stanford University, USA, before she switched to a writing career.
Kristin offers talks and workshops on themes such as bringing true stories to life, and the journey from idea to publication, as well as science-focused themes such as DNA fingerprinting, and alternative careers in science.
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Author & Artist
Sally Heinrich
Sally has illustrated more then twenty books as well as writing and illustrating her own picture books....
SA - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Sally Heinrich
Author & Artist
SA - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Sally has illustrated more then twenty books as well as writing and illustrating her own picture books, novels and a series of information and activity books on various Asian countries. Besides books, other clients include the world-acclaimed Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. Sally’s work has been recognised through fellowships from the Asialink Foundation, The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, Varuna – the Writers’ Centre and Arts SA, and her original artwork and lino-prints have been exhibited in Australia and Asia.
Searching for connections and relationships between people, communities, cultures and the environment, and for a sense of place and of belonging, are recurring themes in both her writing and artwork.
Sally offers ‘Meet the Author/Illustrator’ sessions with students of all ages, sharing the process of writing and illustrating picture books. She also offers a range of hands on workshops for both children and adults and is happy to discuss options to suit a particular age or focus.
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Artist
Claire Richards
Claire is a young cartoonist and illustrator. She has illustrated half a dozen picture books for young children
SA - Preferred Audience - Primary
Claire Richards
Artist
SA - Preferred Audience - Primary
Claire is a young cartoonist and illustrator. She has illustrated half a dozen picture books for young children including Goldilocks and the three Koalas and A Little Bit by Peter and Christine Maniaty which was a CBCA Notable Book. She works mostly in watercolour but also plays with digital art, animation and collage.
Claire presents on her process of creating book illustrations and runs workshops for all ages but particularly for primary school groups. Her most popular workshops are on cartooning from drawing animals, and creating characters to creating a personal style. She also does workshops on simple watercolour, printmaking and portraits.
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Author
Ben Chandler
Ben holds a PhD in Creative Writing and spends most of his time reading or writing about heroes, both old and new.
SA - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Ben Chandler
Author
SA - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Ben holds a PhD in Creative Writing and spends most of his time reading or writing about heroes (both old and new) from various cultures and mythologies around the world, including Japan and Europe.
Ben’s books include:
v Quillblade: Volume One of the Voyages of the Flying Dragon, Random House 2010 (a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy adventure for young teens)
v Beast Child: Volume Two of the Voyages of the Flying Dragon, Random House 2011 (to be published in September)
Ben is currently working on Abraham & The Mongrel, a young adult urban fantasy novel set between Adelaide and several different Underworlds. He blogs at http://benchandler1983.wordpress.com, and you can follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DoctorBenny and on Facebook at “Ben Chandler’s Author Page”.
Ben has lectured and run workshops in Creative Writing, English, and Media Studies at Flinders University and the University of Adelaide. He is an experienced public speaker and loves sharing his work (and his love of heroes, villains, comic books, and video games) with secondary students.
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Author
Katrina Germein
Katrina Germein writes picture books that delight primary school children, preschoolers and adults alike.
SA - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten, Primary and Parents
Katrina Germein
Author
SA - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten, Primary and Parents
Katrina Germein writes picture books that delight primary school children, preschoolers and adults alike. Her stories have won CBCA Notable Book Commendations and her titles include Big Rain Coming and My Dad Thinks He’s Funny.
Through the use of anecdotes, props and visual media Katrina engages children in story readings and fun presentations. She invites children to consider how stories move from ideas to books and offers motivational writing tips.
Katrina enjoys working with adults at festivals and workshops. She freely shares personal experiences of mistakes and successes and reflects on the writing process and being published.
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Author
Carol Ann Martin
Carol lives in Cygnet, southern Tasmania and has been published by Omnibus/Scholastic and Penguin Australia.
TAS - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten and Primary
Carol Ann Martin
Author
TAS - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten and Primary
Carol lives in Cygnet, southern Tasmania and has been published by Omnibus/Scholastic and Penguin Australia.
Carol’s sessions are interactive. She reads and tells stories that she invites the children to respond to and discuss. With older children, she brainstorms ideas and the creation of a story.
Her husband, Paul Martin, is a professional jazz musician and they can include themed music and song at no extra cost.
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Author
Anne Morgan
Carol lives in Cygnet, southern Tasmania and has been published by Omnibus/Scholastic and Penguin Australia.
TAS - Preferred Audience - Primary and Lower Secondary
Anne Morgan
Author
TAS - Preferred Audience - Primary and Lower Secondary
Carol lives in Cygnet, southern Tasmania and has been published by Omnibus/Scholastic and Penguin Australia.
Carol’s sessions are interactive. She reads and tells stories that she invites the children to respond to and discuss. With older children, she brainstorms ideas and the creation of a story.
Her husband, Paul Martin, is a professional jazz musician and they can include themed music and song at no extra cost.
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Author & Artist
Steve Isham
Step by step, draw an Australian animal or write a riddle in Steve Isham's workshops.
TAS - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten, Primary, Adults and Parents
Steve Isham
Author & Artist
TAS - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten, Primary, Adults and Parents
Step by step, draw an Australian animal or write a riddle in Steve Isham's workshops. Steve unpacks original art and the process of writing from idea to frustration and finish. Steve takes students and/or teachers through their book of choice and uncovers layers of meaning, engagement and the fun that awaits.
Steve collaborates with wife Marion, creating picture books including Penguin, ‘how-to’ books like Draw Aussie Animals . . . and most recently a graphic novel, Digger's Code.
Q: ‘Who draws and who writes?’ A: ‘We both do both.’
They've a studio in rural Tasmania near three contented sheep and a perpetually wingey cat.
Steve was a teacher. As writer and illustrator he has visited schools throughout Australia, USA, Thailand and China.
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Author
Kate Gordon
Kate grew up in a very bookish house, with two librarian parents, in a small town by the sea on the north-west coast of Tasmania.
TAS - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Kate Gordon
Author
TAS - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Kate grew up in a very bookish house, with two librarian parents, in a small town by the sea on the north-west coast of Tasmania. She now lives in Launceston with her husband and her very strange cat, Mephy Danger Gordon.
Kate’s books include: Three Things About Daisy Blue (a young adult novel about travel, love, self-acceptance and letting go), Thyla (a story of Tasmania: of darkness, of devils and tigers, and of promises that stay true through the centuries) and Vulpi, a sequel to Thyla.
Currently Kate is working on Sarco, a sequel to Vulpi. She also writes teacher notes for several publishers and blogs at http://www.kategordon.com.au/blog. You can follow her on Twitter.
Kate is a trained actor, an ex-librarian, an experienced public speaker and workshop presenter and she loves sharing her work with secondary students.
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Author
Sally Odgers
Tasmanian Sally Odgers’ first story was published in 1970, in the ‘School Magazine’. Since then, she has written just about everything.....
TAS - Preferred Audience - Primary, Secondary & Adult
Sally Odgers
Author
TAS - Preferred Audience - Primary, Secondary & Adult
Tasmanian Sally Odgers’ first story was published in 1970, in the ‘School Magazine’. Since then, she has written just about everything from picture books to reading scheme titles and from historical saga to graphic novels to poetry, YA, SF and fantasy. With her husband, Sally co-authors the popular Jack Russell: Dog Detective and Pet Vet series.
Sally Odgers did her first author talk at the age of seventeen, with no preparation beyond a request from an editor to ‘show these kids that not all authors have long white beards’. That was the day she discovered her talent for off-the-cuff talks, which makes her a natural for Q&A, panels and motivational writing sessions.
Since then, Sally has held talks and workshops in every state of Australia, the NT, ACT and on four islands. Because Sally writes for all ages and in most genres, she offers a wide range of topics for talks. Workshops range from 30 minute meet-the-author or interactive storytelling to a full day ‘Magazine Boot Camp’ in which attendees produce content for a school/community magazine and follow it from idea to screen and/or print.
Since Sally began writing seriously while in primary school, she takes writing by and for children seriously, but never forgets it should also be fun.
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Author & Artist
Christina Booth
Christina Booth grew up on the East coast of Tasmania and works in Launceston as an illustrator and writer from her ‘picture book house’ studio.
TAS - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Christina Booth
Author & Artist
TAS - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Christina Booth grew up on the East coast of Tasmania and works in Launceston as an illustrator and writer from her ‘picture book house’ studio. Christina’s books include:
  • Purinina, A Devil’s Tale, Lothian 2007 (CBCA Notable Book 2008)
  • In The Deep Blue Sea, written by Angie Lionetto-Civa, Windy Hollow 2007 (CBCA Notable Book 2008)
  • In The Deep Green Jungle, written by Angie Lionetto-Civa, Windy Hollow 2007(CBCA Notable Book 2008)
  • No Noise at Our House, written by Meredith Costain, Windy Hollow 2008
  • Kip, Windy Hollow 2009 (Shortlisted CBCA 2010)
  • In The Deep Red Desert, written by Angie Lionetto-Civa, Windy Hollow 2010
  • Potato Music, illustrated by Pete Groves, Omnibus Books 2010

Christina is passionate about art and stories – fictional ones and true – and enjoys sharing her passion and her craft with students. She demonstrates how we can learn about the world around us and remember the important bits through story. She shares why she wants to write about animals (and people) how she does it and what she learns along the way. She shares her work in progress with children, giving them a preview of books to come, and conducts inspiring illustration workshops.
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Author
Catherine Bateson
Catherine is a poet and award-winning writer for both children and young adults.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary to Adults
Catherine Bateson
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary to Adult
Catherine is a poet and award-winning writer for both children and young adults. She introduces poetry into her novels for younger readers whenever possible. Secretly, she longs to write a fantasy trilogy, but in the meantime she writes romance; her romance for young adults will be released in 2017 by Allen & Unwin.
Catherine regularly runs poetry workshops but also enjoys teaching fiction writing. As a long-time TAFE teacher of Professional Writing and Editing, Catherine has a lot of experience teaching adults.
She loves leading professional development workshops for teachers and runs structural editing and revision workshops as well.
Catherine has taught across the board – primary to adults – and enjoys that diversity.
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Author & Artist
Anna Ciddor
Anna has made her name as a versatile writer and illustrator of fiction, travel and historical books.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Years 3-7
Anna Ciddor
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Years 3-7
Anna has made her name as a versatile writer and illustrator of fiction, travel and historical books. Her Viking Magic series earned her fans throughout the world. Her latest children’s book, The Family with Two Front Doors, is based on her grandmother’s childhood in Poland in the 1920s – a heart-warming Jewish story that is not a holocaust story.
Anna inspires students with her enthusiasm. Hear the incredible stories behind the four-year research quest for her latest book. See drafts, editing samples and illustrating demonstrations. Taste food from the story. Learn how to braid ‘challah’ bread or how to write your own chapter.
Teachers’ notes are available for the book.
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Author
Patrick Guest
A born storyteller-come-overnight success, Patrick has had five picture books signed with Little Hare over the past two years.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary, Secondary & Adult
Patrick Guest
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary, Secondary & Adult
A born storyteller-come-overnight success, Patrick has had five picture books signed with Little Hare over the past two years. His stories are heartfelt explorations of courage, kindness and the joys of being a kid.
Patrick’s visits are interactive and fun, but he is always willing to bare his soul and discuss the deeper motivations behind his books. His first book, the best-selling That’s What Wings Are For, was inspired by his son’s battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and provides a perfect vehicle for celebrating diversity. His heart-onsleeve Q&A session was very well received at the Eltham New Voices Festival last year.
With his latest book, Patrick challenges the audience to feats of daring and kindness en route to joining The Ricker Racker Club.
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Author
Phillip Gwynne
Phillip Gwynne has written books for kids, young readers, teenagers and adults.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary, Secondary & Adult
Phillip Gwynne
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary, Secondary & Adult
Phillip Gwynne has written books for kids, young readers, teenagers and adults.
He also developed the screenplay for the feature film Australian Rules, based on his highly awarded first novel Deadly, Unna?
Phillip is also the author of The Debt, a six-part high-octane thriller series for young adult readers, first released by Allen and Unwin in January 2013.
Phillip's talks focus on his own story: how one of eight children, who grew up in a house that had no books, managed to become a multi-award winning writer.
His talks are funny, moving and absolutely inspirational.
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Author
Deryn Mansell
While working and studying in Indonesia, Deryn drew on her incountry experiences and historical research to write Tiger Stone.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Years 5-12
Deryn Mansell
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Years 5-12
While working and studying in Indonesia, Deryn drew on her incountry experiences and historical research to write Tiger Stone, a mystery adventure set in fourteenth-century Java. Tiger Stone was selected for the International Youth Library’s 2015 White Ravens Catalogue.
Deryn is also a journalist and former editor of Inside Indonesia’s bilingual education supplement.
Deryn’s fiction writing presentations show how learning about different cultures and studying other languages can give a writer special storytelling powers.
In her magazine writing workshops, participants learn writing, editing and design skills as they tell their own stories to a target audience through the medium of a self-published mini-magazine.
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Author
Cheree Peters
Ever since her cousin introduced her to the world of reading when she was ten, Cheree hasn’t been without a book to read.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Cheree Peters
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Ever since her cousin introduced her to the world of reading when she was ten, Cheree hasn’t been without a book to read. With stories and ideas always in her head, she decided to pursue her passion with a degree in creative writing.
A love of sports has kept her busy in between her writing frenzies.
Cheree talks about her various writing processes and how she turns her ideas into works of fiction, by focusing on the techniques she uses to develop an idea and build on a concept.
Cheree also workshops a specific technique so that participants can have an example of how to build on a concept.
Cheree's first YA novel is Time Catcher, released in 2016.
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Author & Artist
Renee Treml
Renees' titles include One Very Tired Wombat (shortlisted for the 2013 CBCA Crichton Award), The Great Garden Mystery and Once I Heard a Little Wombat.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary and Art Students of Any Age
Renee Treml
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary and Art Students of Any Age
Renee writes and illustrates books for young children. Her titles include One Very Tired Wombat (shortlisted for the 2013 CBCA Crichton Award), The Great Garden Mystery and Once I Heard a Little Wombat.
Renee’s illustrations have been featured in galleries, magazines, fine art prints and stationery.
Renee’s workshops and talks are tailored and adjusted to best suite the age group and the needs of each class.
Topics previously covered include: character development (writing and illustrating); the parts of a story; what makes a mystery; and illustration techniques (digital or traditional).
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Singer & Song Writer
Lucy Wise
Singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia, New Zealand and the UK with her masterful storytelling.....
VIC - Preferred Audience - Secondary & Adults
Lucy Wise
Singer & Songwriter
VIC - Preferred Audience - Secondary & Adults
Singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia, New Zealand and the UK with her masterful storytelling, intricate ukulele and guitar playing and soulful voice. Drawing inspiration from her background in Appalachian and Celtic folk music, Lucy’s songs traverse the landscapes of memory, travel, and human relationships to place.
Lucy has released four albums. Her current release is A Painting of the Universe.
Workshops include the interactive 'Storytelling through songwriting'; songs can be a powerful way to tell stories, and can begin from the smallest idea. Responding to our surroundings using brainstorming techniques and improvisation, Lucy will guide the group through writing a song together.
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Author
Michael Hyde
Michael Hyde has been writing for over 30 years, mainly for adolescents and YA.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Secondary
Michael Hyde
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Secondary
Michael Hyde has been writing for over 30 years, mainly for adolescents and YA. All along the Watchtower is his memoir of his life in the sixties.
After 25 years as an English teacher, Michael now lectures in writing and literature at Victoria University and conducts writing workshops across Australia.
Michael gives both short and long talks that focus on writing in general, his writing life, and the evolution of his novels. Writing workshops cover memoir, sports, life writing, description and imagery, characterisation, dialogue, story development, and drafting. Exercises are delivered in digestible portions for those already engaged as well as the disengaged.
Engagement, rather than ‘motivation’ is Michael’s driving force.
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Artist
Kim Fleming
Kim has illustrated many books for children including True Blue Santa and Mummy You’re Special To Me.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Art Classes for All Ages
Kim Fleming
Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Art Classes for All Ages
Kim has illustrated many books for children including True Blue Santa and Mummy You’re Special To Me. She recently completed the animation for the children’s app I Learn (Bizzibrains).
Kim’s art has been exhibited in the US, Canada, Italy and Australia, and her illustrations have featured in children’s books and games, greeting cards, rubber stamps, newspapers, magazines, posters and websites.
Kim is passionate about visual storytelling and loves sharing this with students. Presentations are tailored to the environment and age group, and may include insights into the life of a working illustrator, transforming illustrations into animations, techniques for drawing and watercolour painting, or creating a visual story.Kim’s workshops will bring out the inner creativity in all students and they will leave feeling inspired, energised and with lots of drawings!
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Author
Victoria Lane
Victoria is an award-winning journalist and writer who has worked in New York, London and Sydney and now calls Melbourne home.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Victoria Lane
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Victoria is an award-winning journalist and writer who has worked in New York, London and Sydney and now calls Melbourne home.
She spent 17 years as a correspondent for Reuters, the international news wire. Victoria writes picture books and chapter books for kids aged 3 to 8.
Workshops can include any or most of these topics: fiction vs nonfiction, drawing on her background in journalism; her background as a writer and journalist; how children’s books are made: and the publishing process. Writing workshops focus on character, problem and resolution.
Victoria's current book is Celia and Nonna illustrated by Kayleen West.
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Artist
Mitch Vane
Mitch works in a variety of mediums but her favourite is a good oldfashioned messy dip pen and India ink.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Mitch Vane
Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Mitch works in a variety of mediums but her favourite is a good oldfashioned messy dip pen and India ink. She often collaborates with partner and The Age writer Danny Katz & they are best known for the YABBA Award-winning Little Lunch series (which was made into a mockumentary series by the ABC).
Mitch has created many other children's books including The Patch by Justina Chen Headly, Bed Tails by Meredith Costain and many books in the Aussie Nibbles series including CBCA short-listed The Deep End by Ursula Dubosarsky.
Mitch concentrates on character development and laughter. She likes to brainstorm with the students to create a funny scenario on the whiteboard, giving a few drawing tricks of the trade, then gets them to create a character of their own. The emphasis is on ideas, encouraging them to loosen up and think outside the box.
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Author
Scot Gardner
Scot’s books and talks could be broadly categorised as social realism and are suitable for upper primary to upper secondary.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Secondary
Scot Gardner
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Secondary
Scot was born in suburban Melbourne but has lived most of his life near the small rural town of Yinnar in Gippsland, Victoria.
He got his big break in writing in 2001 after attending a writers’ conference with Australia’s grand master of realist young adult fiction, John Marsden.
His books include Burning Eddy, short-listed for both the CBCA and NSW Premier's Literary awards.
Scot’s books and talks could be broadly categorised as social realism and are suitable for upper primary to upper secondary aged audiences.
He is both funny and thought-provoking and his workshops lean heavily on personal narrative – the stories that make us who we are.
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Author
Stephen Whiteside
Stephen has been writing rhyming verse for over thirty years. He writes for both adults and children.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Stephen Whiteside
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Stephen has been writing rhyming verse for over thirty years.
He writes for both adults and children, and many of his poems have been published or won awards. In May 2014, Walker Books published his collection of poetry for children, The Billy that Died with its Boots On and Other Australian Verse.
Stephen offers a 45 – 60 minute performance of poetry and song to a large group of children.
Alternatively, he can give workshops to smaller groups. In these, he provides guidance to encourage children to write poetry during the session, and then perform it to the rest of the class.
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Author
Susan Berran
Author/illustrator of the FREAKY series, Susan is passionate about encouraging kids to read and write.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Susan Berran
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Author/illustrator of the FREAKY series, Susan is passionate about encouraging kids to read and write, particularly those reluctant readers so close to moving on to high school. Her stories are largely gross but hilarious, so the series is striking a chord with many young readers.
Susan has been heavily involved with the Write Around the Murray Writers Festival in Albury for a number of years, workshopping and judging, among other things.
Her most popular workshop, 'From imagination to the shelf', has children writing a story about their holidays and then 'blowing it up' to see what they can really do with it. Susan also uses cartooning to discuss finding that first idea, hints towards better writing, character building Q&A/tricks'n'tips, and bringing your story/character to life.
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Author
Michelle Hamer
Michelle is a prolific freelance journalist who writes for a broad cross-section of Australian media.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Secondary
Michelle Hamer
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Secondary
Michelle is a prolific freelance journalist who writes for a broad cross-section of Australian media, from daily newspapers and national magazines to news websites. She was previously an editor at The Age.
She is a widely-published author for adults, and her first four books for children were published 2014 as part of the Our Australian Girl series.
Michelle is an experienced and dynamic presenter who has taught writing to children and adults for many years. She has a passion for inspiring children to ignite their imagination and embrace reading.
She can also present workshops on the media, drawing from her 25 years of experience in the industry.
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Author & Artist
Kayleen West
Kayleen is an internationally renowned artist and illustrator. Her most recent picture books are Without Me? and Adoptive Father.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten, Primary & Secondary
Kayleen West
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten, Primary & Secondary
Kayleen is an internationally renowned artist and illustrator. Her most recent picture books are Without Me? and Adoptive Father.
Her art has won many awards and hangs in private and corporate collections in France, United States, Italy, in the Australian Embassy in Ireland and in government collections in Australia.
When Kayleen is not painting in her studio or typing in her office, she enjoys presenting to schools, libraries, churches and various societies. She works with both secular and Christian audiences, virtually or in person.
She always arrives full of contagious enthusiasm.
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Author
Coral Vass
Coral is a childrens' author with a passion for storytelling. She had her first children’s picture book published in 2011.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten & Primary
Coral Vass
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten & Primary
Coral is a childrens' author with a passion for storytelling. She had her first children’s picture book published in 2011.
With bestsellers under her belt, her titles include The Great Bird Poo War, Goodnight Possum, Good Morning Possum, and The Hottest Dingo.
Known as a writer of amusing rhyming text, Coral is an engaging and entertaining presenter for kindergarten and primary school children.
Coral loves sharing her passion for picture books with storytelling and writing workshops that ignite imagination and help children create their very own stories.
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Author
Robyn Bavati
Robyn Bavati’s latest novel is Within these Walls, released April 2016.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Robyn Bavati
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Robyn Bavati’s latest novel is Within these Walls, released April 2016. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Dancing in the Dark – a CBCA Notable Book and set text for Year 8 English at a number of schools, and the novel Pirouette.
Robyn is a great champion of personal choice and writes about characters that go to extraordinary lengths to achieve their dreams.
Robyn is passionate about giving students the tools that empower them to write with confidence. Her school sessions are best suited to students in Years 6-9, and while her books target a primarily female readership, her workshops are suitable for both boys and girls, as well as for adults aspiring to publication and for teachers wishing to acquire the tools to teach creative writing in the classroom.
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Author & Artist
Sarah Howell
Sarah is a founding member of Squishface Comics Studio. She self-publishes zines and mini-comics.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Later Primary, Secondary & Adult
Sarah Howell
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Later Primary, Secondary & Adult
Sarah is a founding member of Squishface Comics Studio. She self-publishes zines and mini-comics and is currently working on a graphic novel about Dame Enid Lyons. Sarah is the cartooning tutor at Box Hill Community Arts Centre and the graphic novels tutor at the Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne.
Sarah’s workshops are inspired by improvised theatre story generating exercises, combined with strong drawing principles to prompt the creation of comics that build on the individual’s strengths. Sarah's workshops include: 'Make a Mini-Comic' and 'Introduction to Graphic Novels'. She also does interactive live drawing performances.
Sarah is also open to collaborating with student wellbeing coordinators and youth workers.
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Author & Artist
Andrew Plant
An Author & Illustrator, Andrew has presented sessions in schools and libraries from Alice Springs to Beijing and France.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Year 9
Andrew Plant
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Year 9
Andrew is an author and illustrator of picture books. He has presented sessions in schools and libraries from Alice Springs to Beijing and France. He also paints murals, and designs and builds theatre sets for schools and amateur theatre groups.
Andrew's latest book, The Poppy, is a story of Australian soldiers in France in World War 1. It was released in March 2014 by Ford Street Publishing.
Andrew explores the creation of a picture book through fun, rambunctious sessions drawing (literally) on the students' imagination. Early primary students learn about the basics of character and plot, whilst older students develop ideas on point of view and design.
All students leave the session with their own book in hand. Andrew’s presentations range from an hour to longer artist-in-residence programs.
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Author
Matt Porter
Matt is passionate about sharing writing tips with students through fun and interactive activities.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Adult
Matt Porter
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Adult
Matt is passionate about sharing writing tips with students through fun and interactive activities.
With 10 years of primary teaching experience he runs engaging sessions such as his 'gameshow hour' or a full classroom court case, both incorporating writing tips and activities.
Matt wants to show his students that writing can be enjoyed by everyone.
Matt is an author of hilarious children’s books. His first two books were published simultaneously in 2010. He has since published three stories in his Crazy Relief Teacher series as well as stories in Challenge magazine.
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Author & Artist
Nicky Johnston
Nicky is a mum to four boys, a primary educator, an artist, a public speaker, and author and illustrator of children’s books.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Adult
Nicky Johnston
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Adult
Nicky is a mum to four boys, a primary educator, an artist, a public speaker, and author and illustrator of children’s books. She is passionate about the importance of teaching resilience and positive emotional well-being in children, and provides teacher and parent professional development seminars demonstrating opportunities to do this through literature and the arts.
Her books include Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts, Happythoughts are Everywhere and Actually, I Can.
Nicky’s workshops focus on the fun of both writing and illustrating. Sharing her own experiences of publishing her books, Nicky instils confidence in children to explore and develop their own creativity. She displays examples of her own works from her childhood to now, noting her development and skills developed, leaving the children feeling encouraged and inspired.
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Author & Artist
Mark Carthew
Mark is an award winning children’s author, musician, educator and editor, and is well known for his books and series exploring wordplay.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Mark Carthew
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Mark is an award winning children’s author, musician, educator and editor, and is well known for his books and series exploring wordplay. His books have involved collaboration with some of the world’s leading authors and illustrators.
Mark’s The Gobbling Tree, illustrated by Susy Boyer, won the Speech Pathology Australia’s 2009 Book of the Year. The Moose is Loose!, is illustrated by Matt Stanton and published by HarperCollins/ABC Books.
Mark presents interactive sessions for primary age levels as well as fun read aloud, musical story-time sessions for kinder and younger primary groups. Students have fun with stories, jokes, illustration styles, visual puns, puppets, songs, play-scripts, movement and gain insights into book creation & design. Mark also conducts talks to parents about literacy learning, adult writing groups, conference panels and keynotes.
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Author
Gabrielle Wang
Gabrielle’s stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary (girls only), Parents & Teachers
Gabrielle Wang
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary (girls only), Parents & Teachers
Gabrielle’s stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy. Her books are about ghost hunters and enchanted gardens, hidden monasteries and fox spirits. They are about belonging and home and finding strength from within. Her latest books are The Wishbird and the Our Australian Girl Pearlie books.
Gabrielle’s primary school talks are a combined talk and drawing workshop. She discusses inspiration and shares stories and pictures then finishes with an illustration. The children come away buzzing with excitement at their own drawings.
Gabrielle also conducts Chinese painting workshops for students years 3-10 and teachers; creative writing workshops for years 3-10 with fun exercises to expand the imagination; talks to year 9 girls studying Little Paradise; and talks to prep-2 students using her picture book The Race for the Chinese Zodiac.
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Author
Maureen McCarthy
Maureen has written twelve character-based novels for young adults, her most popular being Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Age 15+
Maureen McCarthy
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Age 15+
Maureen has written twelve character-based novels for young adults, her most popular being Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude which was made into a television series for the ABC.
The most recent is The Convent, has been reviewed widely and positively. Adolescents and adults alike read her novels.
Maureen’s popular workshop is titled ‘Making it Real’. Using a number of short exercises, workshop participants are encouraged to delve deeper into their own experiences as a source for their writing.
She offers hints on subject, style, storytelling and finding the confidence to express one's own unique inner 'voice'. Participants should come to the workshops prepared to work hard and have fun!
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Julie Perrin
Julie Perrin has 20 years experience as an oral storyteller and arts educator.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Secondary
Julie Perrin
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary (storytelling) Primary & Secondary (Workshops)
Julie Perrin has 20 years experience as an oral storyteller and arts educator. Recently she has performed traditional tales for Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Program and offered professional development for the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association. Her stories bring delight, wonder and laughter to her listeners. Julie is the winner of the 2011 Pat Glover Memorial Storytelling Award at Port Fairy Folk Festival.
Julie tells folktales from around the world, building cultural connection through stories from the Middle East, Africa and Europe. She tells participatory stories, chants, rhymes and trickster tales for primary students. Wonder tales, lived experience stories and poetry are woven together for secondary students.
Maureen’s popular workshop is titled ‘Making it Real’. Using a number of short exercises, workshop participants are encouraged to delve deeper into their own experiences as a source for their writing.
Julie offers workshops in re-telling traditional stories and biographical storytelling.
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Ian Trevaskis
Ian is an award-winning children’s author who writes picture story books, novels for older readers, short stories and feature articles for magazines.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Years 3-8
Ian Trevaskis
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Years 3-8
Ian is an award-winning children’s author who writes picture story books, novels for older readers, short stories and feature articles for magazines.
Recently retired from teaching, he now writes full time. He has over 20 years experience presenting writing workshops and author talks to a range of audiences.
Ian’s presentations and workshops include readings and book talks, ‘fun, fast and furious’ writing workshops for children in years 3 and beyond, writing and creating simple picture story books, general discussions about what writers do and how they do it, and tackling specific writing skills such as description, dialogue and character.
(Ian also has over 40 years experience as a primary school teacher and over 20 years experience presenting workshops for preps to year 12 students.)
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Author & Artist
Bernard Caleo
Bernard writes, draws, edits, publishes, broadcasts and teaches comic books. He made his first comic in 1990, and has been making them ever since.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Secondary
Bernard Caleo
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary & Secondary
Bernard writes, draws, edits, publishes, broadcasts and teaches comic books. He made his first comic in 1990, and has been making them ever since.
He also writes and performs shows, in recent years using the Japanese form of storytelling called kamishibai, or 'paper theatre'.
His talks focus on the story of the evolution of comics, from comic strips to comic books to graphic novels. They can include some discussion about the language of comics and a demonstration of kamishibai storytelling (Japanese 'paper theatre' from the 1930s), a precursor to manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese animation).
His workshops are: 'make a comic strip' (30-40 minutes); 'make a page of comics' (50 - 90 minutes);and make a kamishibai story (50 -90 minutes).
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Author & Artist
Virginia Lowe
Virginia runs a manuscript assessment agency, Create a Kids’ Book, which has launched many successful writers and illustrators.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Virginia Lowe
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Virginia runs a manuscript assessment agency, Create a Kids’ Book, which has launched many successful writers and illustrators. She has been a municipal and school librarian, a judge for the CBCA Awards and an academic writer on children and books. Her published works include Stories, Pictures and Reality: Two Children Tell.
Virginia also has a PhD in children’s literature.
Virginia conducts workshops on making picture books (writing and illustrating; plot and character development; consistency of illustrations; locating and approaching publishers); history of children’s books; the children’s book publishing market; and writing autobiographies or biographies.
She also gives talks to parent groups, would-be writers and illustrators, creative-writing classes and writers’ groups.
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Margaret Clark
Margaret has written over 100 books about relationships, friendships, and social issues under the guise of humour.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Adults
Margaret Clark
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Adults
Margaret has written over 100 books about relationships, friendships, and social issues under the guise of humour.
Margaret’s books include Pugwall (1987), which was made into a TV series, and The Chickabees series. Her latest book is an Aussie Nibble called Blast Off!
Margaret has a Doctorate in Education, with a major in children's literature, which adds authenticity and understanding to her workshops.
Margaret mostly conducts workshops for teachers and parents to demonstrate fun and unique ways of getting kids to write and read. She also speaks at big conferences on controversial topics to parents and teachers. Margaret prefers festivals, conferences and teachers’ curriculum days to pass on her skills and knowledge to teachers.
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Julie Davey
Julie is a best-selling author and illustrator of positive attitude resources for children. She is also the CEO of the Attitude Books Foundation Inc.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Adults
Julie Davey
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Adults
Julie is a best-selling author and illustrator of positive attitude resources for children. She is also the CEO of the Attitude Books Foundation Inc.
As a former nurse she knows that of course prevention is better than cure, and loves to show people innovative ways to reduce anxiety and build resilience in their children.
Julie offers two presentations: 'Possibility thinking – how to focus on creating what you want in life, rather than what you don't want', which includes tips for parents and teachers that they can use in the home and in the classroom; and 'Positive thinking for health and happiness', an upflifting workshop for grown-ups of any age.
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Michael Connell
Michael began his comedy career after winning a comedy competition in high school. Since then he has appeared on TV shows such as Australia’s Got Talent....
VIC - Preferred Audience - Age 14+
Michael Connell
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Age 14+
Michael began his comedy career after winning a comedy competition in high school. Since then he has appeared on TV shows such as Australia’s Got Talent, given countless high school motivational talks, and performed in all of Australia’s best comedy clubs.
“… genuinely funny and not in need of bad language or shock tactics to raise laughs … – Herald Sun.
Michael Connell explains how his high school education helped him become a successful comedian.
Using hilarious stand-up comedy, Michael encourages students to not let the negative aspects of school such as bullying and peer pressure stop them from reaching their goals.
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Dave O'Neil
Dave does all sorts of gigs from footy clubs to corporate functions to community events. Dave’s laidback style lends itself to any function.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Dave O'Neil
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Dave does all sorts of gigs from footy clubs to corporate functions to community events. Dave’s laidback style lends itself to any function; Dave can write material specifically for an event, interact with the crowd and keep it G rated!
Dave is instantly recognisable from his TV work, having appeared on Spicks and Specks 49 times! He has also appeared on such shows as Good News Week, The Circle, Rove Live, The Panel, Adam Hills Tonight Show, Can of Worms, The Fat, Comedy Festival Gala, Channel Nine Grand Final Breakfast and Talking About Your Generation.
Dave has written several books including Unfit for Life and the more recently Everything Tastes Better Crumbed. Dave has also written children's books including Lies Your Parents Tell You and Raised by Frank.
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June Alexander
Former journalist and editor, June Alexander, is author of six nonfiction books on mental health (eating disorders), and six books on social history.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
June Alexander
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Former journalist and editor, June Alexander, is author of six nonfiction books on mental health (eating disorders), and six books on social history.
June won her first national essay competition at age nine, and has kept a personal diary since age 11. These diaries are a primary resource in her memoir, A Girl Called Tim, and feature in an upcoming book, The Diary Healer.
Workshops and talks include: 'life-writing' – keeping a diary encourages observation and reflection, improves writing skills and self-knowledge, and helps understand and express feelings and thoughts; 'social history' – everyone has a special story to tell, and this workshop helps people to discover skills and tools for preserving everyday life by uncovering the gem within; and 'story-telling as a tool to disseminate, and add value to, academic research findings and advocacy'.
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Adam Wallace
Adam Wallace is a qualified engineer and primary school teacher who discovered a talent for writing hilarious, horrendous and heartfelt books for children.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary School
Adam Wallace
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary School
Adam Wallace is a qualified engineer and primary school teacher who discovered a talent for writing hilarious, horrendous and heartfelt books for children.
With thirty published titles under his belt, including Better Out Than In and the Pete McGee series, Adam is fast becoming a well-known and well-loved name in the world of children’s writing.
Adam's cartooning and writing workshops for primary schools focus on having fun and letting the children explore their creativity without fear of failure. Question time is included, helping students discover what it's like to be an author . . . well, that and how old Adam is and whether he's married.
The workshops have proven to be fantastic for advanced and reluctant students alike.
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Sue Lawson
Sue Lawson has worked as a teacher, radio announcer, MCG attendant, swimming teacher and nightclub DJ. She now does what she’s passionate about – writing.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary to Adult
Sue Lawson
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary to Adult
Sue Lawson has worked as a teacher, radio announcer, MCG attendant, swimming teacher and nightclub DJ. She now does what she’s passionate about – writing, reading and encouraging young people to love both. An experienced teacher and presenter, Sue runs positive, fast-paced workshops for students, teachers and adults.
“Students were enthusiastic, engaged, motivated. They DEVOURED all that Sue was saying. Were disappointed when they had to stop!” - Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School.
When Sue’s not writing, she obsesses over football, plays Singstar badly and studies a Master of Arts, Writing and Literature.
Sue’s novels include Pan’s Whisper and The Diva series.
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Wendy Orr
Wendy Orr is the internationally published and award-winning author of Nim’s Island, and more than thirty other books ranging from picture books to adult novels.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary to Mid Secondary
Wendy Orr
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary to Mid Secondary
Wendy Orr is the internationally published and award-winning author of Nim’s Island, and more than thirty other books ranging from picture books to adult novels.
Wendy has presented to groups of 5 to 5000 and all ages. She also offers online and video conferencing.
Wendy offers writing workshops for ages 10 to adult where she talks about the writing process, as well as tailored school or keynote talks about specific books, page to screen, and motivational talks based on her own journey after the accident that inspired Peeling the Onion. One of her popular talks is a ‘kid-power’ focus on the Nim’s Island’s journey - from a story that began when she was nine to internationally published books and films.
Wendy’s next book is Dragonfly Song, a Bronze Age adventure told in a combination of verse and prose, published by Allen & Unwin in 2016.
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Author & Artist
Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson is an internationally acclaimed author/illustrator with 27 children’s books currently in print in Aust. North America, Canada, Southeast Asia and Europe.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Mark Wilson
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Mark Wilson is an internationally acclaimed author/illustrator with 27 children’s books currently in print in Aust. North America, Canada, Southeast Asia and Europe.
He has a passion for Australian history and the environment. Recent picture books include Angel of Kokoda (2011 CBCA Honor book and 3rd CJ Picture Book Award International, shortlist), Journey of the Sea Turtle (2010 Whitley Award) and My Mother’s Eyes – The Story of a Boy Soldier (2010 CBCA Book and CBCA Eve Pownall Honour book).
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Serena Geddes
Serena spent six years working for Walt Disney Studios in Sydney before diving head first into the world of publishing in 2009.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Preps & Primary
Serena Geddes
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Preps & Primary
Spending most of her childhood watching Saturday morning cartoons and flicking through her brothers comic collection, Serena was destined to spend her adult days hunched over a light box, scribbling illustrations for picture books and working for a mouse in trousers.
She spent six years working for Walt Disney Studios in Sydney before diving head first into the world of publishing in 2009. She’s the illustrator of the highly successful Lulu Bell series with Random House Australia and is currently working on a new US series called Misty Inn published by Simon & Schuster. She has illustrated over 30 books ranging from board books to picture books through to junior readers.
Serena offers a variety of talks and workshops for students wanting to learn about the illustration process, where ideas come from and the stages of illustrating a children’s book. Her workshops are hands-on with exercises on creating cartoon characters that will result in a finished creation by the students.
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Marc McBride
Marc McBride's first picture book was The Kraken in 2001 written by Gary Crew. Since then he has illustrated many books including the hugely successful Deltora Quest and Quentaris series.....
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary School
Marc McBride
Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary School
Marc McBride's first picture book was The Kraken in 2001 written by Gary Crew. Since then he has illustrated many books including the hugely successful Deltora Quest and Quentaris series, The Deltora Book of Monsters, Old Ridley, Journey From The Centre Of The Earth and Tales of Deltora. His latest book is called World of Monsters.
Marc demonstrates and discusses his airbrush techniques. Schools are thrilled to keep the paintings!
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Author & Artist
Judith Rossell
Judith worked as a government scientist, for a cotton spinning company, and studied textile design in Scotland before becoming a full-time illustrator.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary School
Judith Rossell
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary School
Judith worked as a government scientist, for a cotton spinning company, and studied textile design in Scotland before becoming a full-time illustrator.
Judith’s books include the sumptuously illustrated maze adventure books The Lost Treasure of the Green Iguana, The Haunted Castle of Count Viper, and The Mystery of the Golden Crocodile; the adventure hunt-and-find book Hector and the Mythical Creatures; and two puzzle books starring the ingenious rat detective, Inspector Stilton, I Spy with Inspector Stilton and Inspector Stilton and the Missing Jewels. These books have been published in many countries.
As well, she has illustrated many books by other authors, including Me and You (by Janet Holmes), Wrong Way (by Mark Macleod) and the Skoz the Dog series (by Andrew Daddo). She has written two novels, Jack Jones and the Pirate Curse, and Sam and the Killer Robot. Judith lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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Michael Panckridge
Inspired by his passion for sport and desire to get reluctant readers engaged in books, Michael Panckridge put his mind to finding out what it is kids want to read.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary to Mid Secondary
Michael Panckridge
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary to Mid Secondary
Inspired by his passion for sport and desire to get reluctant readers engaged in books, Michael Panckridge put his mind to finding out what it is kids want to read. Ten years later he finds himself the author of over 35 books
Ranging from the best-selling Legends and Anniversary Legends series, the Toby Jones series (a rich blend of cricket and fantasy), through to his latest novels including The Cursed, The Vanishings and The Immortal – adventure books with elements of mystery and intrigue that keep the reader guessing. His latest series is The Book of Gabrielle – a sinister tale about a girl without a past and an extraordinary ability to see things others can’t.
Michael is happy talking to small or large groups of children – yr 3s to yr 7s. He presents informative and engaging general author talks that focus especially on encouraging reluctant readers to read! Michael is also willing to run writing workshops with similar aged groups of students. As an experienced teacher, Michael is well able to motivate and entertain children.
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Tony Thompson
Tony Thompson is the author of two non fiction books for teenagers, Shakespeare:The Most Famous Man in London and Vampires: An Unhistory of the Undead.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Tony Thompson
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Secondary
Tony Thompson is the author of two non fiction books for teenagers, Shakespeare:The Most Famous Man in London and Vampires: An Unhistory of the Undead.
His articles and reviews have appeared in The Age and The Australian. Originally from Canada, he now lives in West Footscray where he works as a freelance writer and educational consultant.
His talk on Shakespeare is a wild ride through the backstreets of London circa 1595. If your students think that this playwright is all about ‘thee’ and ‘thou’, this talk will make them think again. ‘Not for faint of heart,’ commented one teacher after he had spoken to her Year 9 class.
The Vampire talk is a history of the creature and includes the five questions that must be answered by all aspiring writers seeking to put their stamp on this genre. Both talks are aimed at secondary students. Tony also offers lectures on a number of VCE texts and Shakespeare plays.
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Author & Artist
Jacqui Grantford
Jacqui Grantford is a Melbourne-based artist who has worked extensively as an artist, author and illustrator.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Jacqui Grantford
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Jacqui Grantford is a Melbourne-based artist who has worked extensively as an artist, author and illustrator.
Her book and DVD Simply Drawing have recently been released.
A True Person, illustrated by Grantford was a 2008 White Raven book. Only 250 books across the world are chosen in recognition of their artistic merit. This same book and another, Squeezy Cuddle Dangly Legs were listed as recommended books in the Family Therapist's Awards.
he is currently radio announcing on 3MBS fm, Classically Melbourne.
Jacqui conducts talks and workshops with students of all ages involving them in a number of activities in the areas of children's literature, illustration and the visual arts with projects such as creating picture books, murals, installations and sculptures.
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Author & Artist
Leigh Hobbs
Leigh Hobbs is the Australian Children’s Laureate, 2016-17. He is best known for his children's books.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Leigh Hobbs
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Leigh Hobbs is the Australian Children’s Laureate, 2016-17. He is best known for his children's books featuring his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and Fiona the Pig and Mr Chicken, as well as the Freaks and their teachers in 4F for Freaks and Freaks Ahoy.
Old Tom has been adapted into an extremely popular TV series. Leigh has three times been shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award (for Mr Chicken Goes to Paris, Horrible Harriet and Old Tom's Holiday) and his books have won every major children’s choice award in Australia. Leigh’s books are published by Allen & Unwin.
Leigh was born in Melbourne, grew up in Bairnsdale and has lived and worked in Sydney, Sale and London. He is an artist who works across a wide range of mediums, as well as writing and illustrating his children's books. Many of his cartoons have appeared in The Age newspaper.
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Hazel Edwards A.O.M
Known for There’s a Hippo on our Roof ... Hazel Edwards O.A.M. writes fiction and fact. Recently co-authored Trail Magic and Walking 2184 Miles on the Appalachian Trail with her son.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary, Secondary and Adults
Hazel Edwards A.O.M
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary, Secondary and Adults
Known for There’s a Hippo on our Roof ... Hazel Edwards O.A.M. writes fiction and fact. Recently co-authored Trail Magic and Walking 2184 Miles on the Appalachian Trail with her son.
Adventurous novels include Antarctica's Frozen Chosen and Outback Ferals.
Samples of Hazel's e-book mysteries are on her website, including Sleuth Astrid, who rides a Harley.
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Krista Bell
Krista is an award winning author. Her most recent titles include Peeking Ducks, Warriors, Burning the Bails and Jack’s Bugle.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary School
Krista Bell
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary school
Krista is an award winning author. Her most recent titles include Peeking Ducks, Warriors, Burning the Bails, Jack’s Bugle and Bessie's War.
With 25 years of experience, Krista presents enthusiastic and engaging writing workshops and talks to both children and adults.
Krista shows her audience how to take real life experiences and turn them into what she aptly calls Fibtion: the mixing together of truth and fibs to make a much better story. She aims to empower each participant so that they gain the tools and the self-confidence to write their best story ever.
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Bernadette Kelly
Bernadette has written over 30 fiction and non-fiction books, including the Riding High and The Pony Patch series, which are all about her favourite animals, horses.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Bernadette Kelly
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Bernadette has written over 30 fiction and non-fiction books, including the Riding High and The Pony Patch series, which are all about her favourite animals, horses.
In 2010 Bernadette was awarded a fellowship from the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust. Bernadette loves visiting schools, doing workshops and talking to kids about her books and writing.
Bernadette offers tailored presentations and workshops for all ages, during which she shares valuable insights gleaned from her many years as a writer. Topics include writing short stories, building a chapter book, series writing, the publishing process and Bernadette’s own personal writing journey.
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Claire Saxby
Claire Saxby writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children. She has more than 35 books in print with more in production.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Claire Saxby
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Claire Saxby writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children. She has more than 35 books in print with more in production.
Her poetry appears in magazines, anthologies, on train walls and in museum resources.
Claire’s most recent picture book is There Was an Old Sailor, a nautical take on an old rhyme, illustrated by Cassandra Allen. She has also written for the immensely popular Go Girl! series.
She presents to pre- and primary-aged audiences and also conducts writing workshops for secondary and adult groups.
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Claire Saxby
Claire Saxby writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children. She has more than 35 books in print with more in production.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Claire Saxby
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Claire Saxby writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children. She has more than 35 books in print with more in production.
Her poetry appears in magazines, anthologies, on train walls and in museum resources.
Claire’s most recent picture book is There Was an Old Sailor, a nautical take on an old rhyme, illustrated by Cassandra Allen. She has also written for the immensely popular Go Girl! series.
She presents to pre- and primary-aged audiences and also conducts writing workshops for secondary and adult groups.
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Dee White
Dee White is the award-winning author of Letters to Leonardo, Hope for Hanna, A Duel of Words and Harry’s Goldfield Adventure.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Students 10+
Dee White
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Students 10+
Dee White is the award-winning author of Letters to Leonardo, Hope for Hanna, A Duel of Words and Harry’s Goldfield Adventure.
Her themed workshops for all ages include Heroes & Villains, and From Portrait to Prose (using paintings and photographs as symbols and story devices). Dee can also help students make book trailers, and develop anthologies.
She’s passionate about encouraging reading and writing, and her blog http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com has career and writing tips for students.
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Jackie Kerin
Jackie Kerin is primarily recognised as a storyteller working in the oral tradition. Visiting schools, kindergartens, folk and literary festivals and cultural institutions.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Tertiary
Jackie Kerin
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Tertiary
Jackie Kerin is primarily recognised as a storyteller working in the oral tradition. Visiting schools, kindergartens, folk and literary festivals and cultural institutions, she has awakened in thousands of children and adults the joy of spoken stories. Jackie was the recipient of the Pat Glover Memorial Storytelling Award at the Port Fairy Folk Festival 2002, 2007, 2009 and received the Spirit of Woodford Original Stories and Yarns Performance Award in 2007 and 2012.
Jackie will tailor sessions to suit the aims of a particular group. She has a special interest in traditional folk tales and Japanese kamishibai storytelling. She also has a collection of classic Australian Tales including Phar Lap, Ned Kelly, the gold rush, and immigration.
Jackie’s most recent picture book, Lyrebird! A True Story, illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe is a celebration of a beautiful, iconic Australian animal.
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Author
Lorraine Marwood
Lorraine brings her rural background and literacy training to her writing and workshops.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Creative Writing Classes
Lorraine Marwood
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten Creative Writing Classes
Lorraine brings her rural background and literacy training to her writing and workshops.
She has four collections of poetry published, the latest one: A Ute Picnic and other Australian poems with Walker Books. Lorraine also writes chapter books and novels – Star Jumps was recently short- listed in the Prime Minister's literary awards in the new category of children's writing.
Lorraine offers unique poetry workshops using her own techniques such as images, two word poem, conversation poems - from primary to secondary to adult workshops. She also loves taking creative writing, strategies to keep a writer away from writer's block and is available for talks, workshops conferences, writing residencies and readings.
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Author
Goldie Alexander
Goldie’s short stories, articles and 80 books for adults, young adults and children are published both here and overseas.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Secondary
Goldie Alexander
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten Secondary
Goldie’s short stories, articles and 80 books for adults, young adults and children are published both here and overseas. For children she best known for My Australian Story: Surviving Sydney Cove, now in its 11th edition.
Her most recent work for young adult readers includes The Youngest Cameleer, That Stranger Next Door and the verse novel In Hade. Goldie’s middle grade books include eSide: A Journey into Cyberspace, Cybertrix 2043, Neptunia, Cybertricks and My Holocaust Story: Hanna.
Goldie’s latest junior novel is Gallipoli Medals.
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Artist
Marjory Gardner
Marjory Gardner's presentations and workshops to your school, library or festival will excite, delight and inspire.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Tertiary
Marjory Gardner
Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten to Tertiary
Marjory Gardner's presentations and workshops to your school, library or festival will excite, delight and inspire.
She can tailor her presentation to any age group, prep to year six, as well as art students in their final year of high school. Marjory will deliver to students, in small or large groups, city or country, an insight into the life of a creative artist and the process of book making and design.
Her workshops inspire students to see beyond the ordinary and express their ideas in creative, dynamic ways, in a supportive, entertaining environment.
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Artist
Michael Salmon
Michael Salmon has been involved in graphics, Children’s literature, TV and Theatre since 1967.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Michael Salmon
Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Michael Salmon has been involved in graphics, Children’s literature, TV and Theatre since 1967.
Michael’s many credits include his ‘Alexander Bunyip show’ (ABC TV 1978-88), pantomimes, fabric and varied merchandise designs, toy and board game invention and the writing and illustrating of 162 books for children. The ACT Government has commissioned a bronze statue of Alexander Bunyip; it was placed outside the Gungahlin Public Library, Canberra in 2011.
His hourly sessions are lots of fun, with lightning fast cartoons, caricatures, silly prizes and general encouragement for Students to develop their own creativity. Suitable for all Primary Grades (fully mixed age-groups).
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Paul Collins
Paul has written many books for young adults. He is best known for his fantasy and science fiction titles in The Jelindel Chronicles and The Quentaris Chronicles.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Paul Collins
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Paul has written many books for young adults. He is best known for his fantasy and science fiction titles in The Jelindel Chronicles and The Quentaris Chronicles.
The Earthborn Wars trilogy was published by Tor in the US.
He has many strings to his bow. He’s been an agent, publisher, writer and editor.
Paul has been short-listed for many awards and has won the Inaugural Peter McNamara, A Bertram Chandler, Aurealis and William Atheling awards.
Paul gives 2-3 hour workshops to students and adults on fantasy writing and world creation, which includes plotting. He also specialises in one-hour writing and editing workshops, gives industry overview talks, and talks on getting published to adults.
His latest books are The Warlock’s Child, a six part series written in collaboration with Sean McMullen.
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Meredith Costain
Meredith Costain is a versatile writer whose work ranges from picture books through to novels, poetry and narrative non-fiction.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten and Primary
Meredith Costain
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Kindergarten and Primary
Meredith Costain is a versatile writer whose work ranges from picture books through to novels, poetry and narrative non-fiction.
Her books include CBCA Honour Book Doodledum Dancing, My First Day at School, Disaster Chef, A Year in Girl Hell, and novelisations of the TV show Dance Academy. Her latest series is the quirky Ella Diaries, with illustrations by Danielle McDonald.
Meredith is the commissioning editor for several literacy series, and edited and wrote for children’s magazines for many years. She regularly presents writing workshops for children and adults around Australia.
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Susan Halliday & Phil Kettle collaboration
Let's Go Fishing, TooCool and Marcy Story Workshops
VIC - Preferred Audience - Lower Primary
Susan Halliday & Phil Kettle collaboration
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Lower Primary
Let's Go Fishing, Toocool and Marcy Story Workshops
(1 hour Grades 1 & 2 boys and/or girls)
Based on the Toocool & Marcy fishing adventure books, the workshops set the scene for, and embarks upon an imaginative writing adventure that utilises 'visualisation' and 'first person writing' techniques.
A simple story-writing plan is mapped and children are tasked with developing a character and writing a short introduction.
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Author
Susan Halliday
Susan Halliday's - The Writers Hat Workshop. A 2 hour workshop for girls or mixed group - Grades 3 to 6.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Susan Halliday
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary
Susan Halliday's - The Writers Hat Workshop. A 2 hour workshop for girls or mixed group - Grades 3 to 6.
Susan uses a broad array of hats to enhance and focus children's writing experience in this workshop. The different types of people who wear a 'writer's hat' are identified, and a step by step story plan for a selected hat is mapped covering:
idea gathering and selection;
setting the scene;
character development;
powerful introductions;
the writing adventure;
destination and detours;
and story ownership and titles.
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Author & Artist
Felicity Marshall
Felicity Marshall is a children’s author and illustrator and has published three picture books - You and Me Murrawee, Sage’s Ark and most recently in 2010, The Star.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Year levels 5-12
Felicity Marshall
Author & Artist
VIC - Preferred Audience - Year levels 5-12
Felicity Marshall is a children’s author and illustrator and has published three picture books - You and Me Murrawee, Sage’s Ark and most recently in 2010, The Star.
Felicity grew up in the country, was educated in Western Australia, UK and USA. She has also lived for several years in France and UK. Apart from obtaining an honours degree in Fine Arts, she has studied ballet up to advanced/solo seal level, taken part in ballet performances and in children’s pantomimes. After moving to Melbourne she spent 17 years working in the film industry in production and post-production. She has done further studies in photography and is also a qualified teacher.
Felicity’s approach to art is a holistic one. She likes to do workshops with older children – Year 5 to Year 12 – based on embracing creativity in all its forms. She does illustration/painting workshops and also will discuss her books and the process of integrating text and images to create a picture book.
Since the publication of The Star, Felicity has been exploring contemporary notions of fame and celebrity culture with students.
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Author
Sue Bursztynski
Sue Bursztynski is a teacher-librarian and is a skilled talker to students.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Mid Primary to Secondary
Felicity Marshall
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Mid Primary to Secondary
Sue Bursztynski is a teacher-librarian and is a skilled talker to students.
For many years, she wrote fiction and non-fiction for small- press science fiction magazines before she won the Mary Grant Bruce Award for children’s literature and realised that what she enjoyed most was writing for young people.
She has written ten books, one of which, Potions to Pulsars: Women doing science, was a Notable Book in the Children’s Book Council Awards. Another, Starwalkers: Explorers of the unknown, was nominated for the NSW Premier’s History Award.
When not writing, Sue works in a school in Melbourne’s western suburbs. She enjoys reading, music, handcraft and old science fiction movies. Her current books are Crime Time and Wolfborn.
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Author
Corinne Fenton
Let’s Talk about Picture Books and Social History. Corinne Fenton is the author of more than 20 books for children but her passion is picture books, often with a social history.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary but experienced with older groups
Corinne Fenton
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Primary but experienced with older groups
Let’s Talk about Picture Books and Social History. Corinne Fenton is the author of more than 20 books for children but her passion is picture books, often with a social history.
Her classic picture book Queenie One Elephant’s Story illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, was named an Honour Book in the 2007 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.
The Dog on the Tuckerbox, also illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, was shortlisted in the Australian Publishers Association Awards and the Australian Book Industry Awards. It was named a Notable Book in two categories of the 2009 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. It was recently displayed by the Australian Publishers Association at the Bologna Book Fair in Italy.
Her latest picture book Flame Stands Waiting, illustrated by Sebastian Ciaffaglione, has just been released. Set in the time when a carousel ride was a highlight of a child’s life, this is the story of wanting something enough to make it real. All her picture books have been published by Black Dog Books.
When she is not writing, Corinne loves presenting to schools, libraries and adults about the writing and research behind her picture books. She talks about the differences and similarities between her non-fiction, faction and fiction titles. There is a huge amount of information behind each of these books and Corinne sees them as a starting point for students to research history for themselves. Corinne is also the Assistant Regional Adviser (Victoria) of the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators in Australia.
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Author
Foz Meadows
Foz Meadows lives in Melbourne. Her first title, Solace and Grief was published in 2010. Foz conducts workshops for young adults and adults on Mythology and Pop Culture.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Secondary to Adult
Foz Meadows
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Secondary to Adult
Foz Meadows lives in Melbourne. Her first title, Solace and Grief was published in 2010. Foz conducts workshops for young adults and adults on Mythology and Pop Culture.
Throughout history, human beings have used stories as a means of understanding the world around them, not only in terms of natural phenomena, but culture, behaviour and emotion. Though many different social structures have come and gone, people still tell stories about themselves, alternately reinforcing and questioning their roles in life.
In mythology, we often talk about archetypal characters – heroes, villains, gods and monsters – as substitutes for questions of morality and identity. What makes a hero good, or a villain bad? Why do gods permit the existence of monsters? Similarly, modern popular culture encompasses the stuff of stereotypes – nerds, bimbos, jocks, rebels – whose roles as exaggerated but familiar versions of real people allow us to understand our own social reality.
Why are stereotypes used as straw men? How is subverting them helpful? Taken this way, mythological archetypes and modern stereotypes present a powerful vehicle for discussing notions of identity, strength, exclusion, popularity and human nature. I will talk about how these ideas frequently collide in modern pop culture, particularly in works of fantasy, and how contrasting the original mythologies with their recent representations can lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of narrative.
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Author
Justin D'Ath
Justin was born in New Zealand and has lived in Australia since 1971. He has written 50 books for children and young adults.
VIC - Preferred Audience - Upper Primary to Lower Secondary
Justin D'Ath
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - Upper Primary to Lower Secondary
Justin was born in New Zealand and has lived in Australia since 1971. He has written 50 books for children and young adults.
His 12-book Extreme Adventure series has been translated into 7 languages and made into a popular TV series.
His YA novel Pool, was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Awards. He has written six CBCA Notable Books and gained five Yabba/Koala Award nominations. His latest book is Three.
For 12 years Justin taught in, and co-ordinated, the Professional Writing and Editing program at Bendigo TAFE, but now he spends all his time writing, visiting schools and libraries, speaking at festivals and running writing workshops. Justin lives in Queenscliff, Victoria.
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Author
Sean McMullen
Sean McMullen is an internationally published Australian SF and fantasy author. He lives in Melbourne, and has had over a dozen books published.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Sean McMullen
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Sean McMullen is an internationally published Australian SF and fantasy author. He lives in Melbourne, and has had over a dozen books published.
He was co-author of Strange Constellations, a History of Australian SF and has a doctorate in medieval fantasy literature. His international sales have been in the USA, Britain, France, Poland, Germany, Russia and Japan, and he has won several awards for his novels, stories and articles.
Aside from writing, Sean works in computing, is an instructor at the Melbourne University karate club, and has a background in fencing.
Before he began writing, Sean spent several years in student reviews and theatre, was lead singer in three bands, sang in several early music groups and choirs, and spent two years in the Victorian State Opera. He has given numerous workshops on writing in Australia and America, and is an experienced speaker in writing techniques.
Some of Sean’s best known books are Mirrorsun Rising, The Centurion's Empire, Souls in the Great Machine, and Eyes of the Calculor. Sean does both half day workshops and one hour talks on writing SF and fantasy, and specialises in developing innovations, plots and worlds. He has a particular interest in using history in fiction. Ideas used in his own novels include a Roman time machine powered by human labour, a workable computer using humans as components, an alternative to both death and immortality, a scientifically valid form of telepathy, and a wind-powered submarine. Details of his published works are available at www.seanmcmullen.net.au
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Author
SherrylClark
Sherryl Clark has published more than 40 books, from picture books to novels. Her verse novel, Sixth Grade Style Queen (Not!), was a CBCA Honour Book.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Sherryl Clark
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Sherryl Clark has published more than 40 books, from picture books to novels. Her verse novel, Sixth Grade Style Queen (Not!), was a CBCA Honour Book in 2008, and many of her titles are Notable Books.
Her most recent titles are One Perfect Pirouette and Now I Am Bigger. She writes both fiction and poetry, and loves to research. She teaches fiction writing and writing for children and YA at Victoria University TAFE, and as well as her own website at www.sherrylclark.com, she also has a site dedicated to poetry for children at www.poetry4kids.net
Sherryl has done visits and workshops in schools from Melbourne to beyond the Black Stump, as well as Hong Kong and Tucson!
She is available for both talks and workshops, and is also keen to visit non-metro schools via Skype or internet conferencing.
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Author
SherrylClark
Sherryl Clark has published more than 40 books, from picture books to novels. Her verse novel, Sixth Grade Style Queen (Not!), was a CBCA Honour Book.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Sherryl Clark
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
Sherryl Clark has published more than 40 books, from picture books to novels. Her verse novel, Sixth Grade Style Queen (Not!), was a CBCA Honour Book in 2008, and many of her titles are Notable Books.
Her most recent titles are One Perfect Pirouette and Now I Am Bigger. She writes both fiction and poetry, and loves to research. She teaches fiction writing and writing for children and YA at Victoria University TAFE, and as well as her own website at www.sherrylclark.com, she also has a site dedicated to poetry for children at www.poetry4kids.net
Sherryl has done visits and workshops in schools from Melbourne to beyond the Black Stump, as well as Hong Kong and Tucson!
She is available for both talks and workshops, and is also keen to visit non-metro schools via Skype or internet conferencing.
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Author
George Ivanoff
George is an author and stay-at-home dad, living in Melbourne. He is the author of the interactive You Choose series, the RFDS Adventures and the Gamers trilogy.
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
George Ivanoff
Author
VIC - Preferred Audience - All Ages
George is an author and stay-at-home dad, living in Melbourne. He is the author of the interactive You Choose series, the RFDS Adventures and the Gamers trilogy.
He has books on the reading lists for both the VIC and NSW Premiers' Reading Challenges, and has won a YABBA and two Chronos awards. George has also written over 80 books for the education market, as well as many stories for magazines and anthologies. George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who.
As well as presentations on his books, process and inspiration, George runs workshops on various aspects of writing including getting started, creating characters, world building, and story structure. He’s also happy to tailor a presentation or workshop to your specific needs.
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    of Australia to run Writing & Art Workshops

  • Literature & The Arts
    for All Australian Children

  • Over 20 Years
    Making a Difference

In-School Workshops

All of our Authors & Illustrators are available to visit schools within their state to run Workshops.
When our budget allows, we can also design a program for several Authors/Illustrators to travel to remote and/or interstate areas.

CCN Art & Literacy Workshops - Kimberley Region

Marjory Gardner, Meredith Costain, Marc McBride and Phil Kettle travel to remote schools and communities in The Kimberley and run Art & Literacy workshops for the children.

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On-line Workshops

Online Workshops are a new exciting way of delivery.
Live Video Conferencing is becoming more widely available and utilised throughout the education sector and we are all able to benefit from this.

Video Conferencing Reaches Further

CCN is in the process of putting together a series of On-Line Workshops in conjunction with our many Authors & Illustrators.

Given the current situation worldwide, the use of this technology is vital to ensuring we continue to run our programs. Any form of support you can provide is appreciated.

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