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  • Renee Treml

    Renee Treml is the author and illustrator of several best-selling picture books for very young readers, including Once I Heard a Little Wombat, Ten Little Owls, and Roo Knows Blue. She is also the creator of the highly engaging and funny junior fiction graphic novel Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery and its sequel, Sherlock Bones and the Sea-Creature Feature. Renee has a degree in environmental science and has a passionate love of natural history. All of her school visits, both in person or virtual, include fun and interactive workshops where children create illustrations or write their own stories.

  • Phil Kettle

    Phil is an award winning author of 200 plus books including the TOOCOOL, Boyz Rule, Girlz Rock, Billy Kool, Marcy, Get Real, Our, I Can Be, and the Spike series. Phil is a popular and sort after school speaker, his presentations and workshops are sure to motivate and encourage even the most reluctant writers and readers.

  • Marc McBride

  • J.A. Henderson

    J A Henderson (Jan-Andrew) Henderson is the author of 30 books. His novels have been short listed for thirteen literary awards and he is the winner of The Royal Mail and Doncaster Prizes. His books have been published in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany and the Czech Republic.

  • Danielle Binks

    Danielle Binks is a Melbourne-based writer, reviewer, agent, book blogger and Youth Literature Advocate. In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult writing inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement, which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+) and was shortlisted in the 2018 Gold Inky Awards. The Year the Maps Changed is Danielle’s debut middle-grade novel released in 2020.

  • Charlotte Barkla

    Charlotte is an Adelaide-based writer who worked as a civil engineer and physics teacher before rediscovering her love for children’s literature. She now writes picture books, middle-grade fiction and feature articles. Charlotte loves sharing her passion for science, creativity and stories with children of all ages.

  • Nat Amoore

    Nat is a writer who is passionate about encouraging kids to read, write and explore their imagination without boundaries. With a background in writing for screen, she wrote and directed international award-winning short film Elemenopee and has a feature film screenplay and a kids' TV series in development. Nat was a recipient of the CBCA Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program for 2018. In February 2018, Nat and her co-hosts launched kidlit podcast One More Page, which was a finalist in the 'Best Newcomer' category for the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards.

  • Deborah Abela

    After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail … twice! She produced and wrote a national kids’ TV show before leaving to write twenty-six books. She is a proud ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Room to Read and Books in Homes. Deb’s won awards for her books but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.

  • Vikki Conley

    Vikki Conley is a children’s author, presenter and creative guru. She’s worked as a journalist, photographer and professional communicator for over 20 years, across three continents. Vikki is a CBCA schools program author and an active player in both the arts and literary industries. She loves creating multi-art form experiences for children at schools, libraries and festivals. Her creative literacy and story-art sessions bring the natural world, drama, puppetry and innovative thinking into the classroom.

  • Katrina McKelvey

    Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author, former primary school teacher, wife, and mother to two tweenagers and a cocker spaniel. She’s written many children's picture books and educational readers. She is highly involved in CBCA, SCBWI, literary conferences and festivals, and loves visiting schools. She’s left-handed, loves tea and rollercoasters, and is addicted to mint chocolate. While in lockdown in Disney World a few years ago, she survived Hurricane Gene (category 5) by eating awful brownies.

  • Chris Collin

    Chris Collin is an author, presenter, and publisher of Australian children's books. His best selling titles include A Bug Called Doug and Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space and the winner of the 2016 Speech Pathology Australia book award for Five to eight years, Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks.

  • Lisa Nicol

    Lisa’s presentations involve laugh out loud readings, music, stories and audience participation. She has a personal interest in fostering creativity and freeing up the imagination using a mixture of techniques and activities. She is best suited to grades 2-6 but sessions can be tailored to suit any age group.

  • Chris Karkanis

    The writer of the hugely successful Your Best Score is touring schools talking to VCE students about his book and how to get their best ATAR scores.

  • Jess Black

    Jess Black is an award-winning author of children's books of book such as The Tales of Mr Walker, the Keeper of the Crystals series and is the co-author of the hugely successful Bindi Wildlife Adventure series and RSPCA Animal Tales series.

  • Kirsty Murray

    Kirsty Murray is a multi-award winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults. Her books include Australian historical fiction and time-slip adventure novels, as well as non-fiction and picture books.

  • Catherine Jinks

    Catherine is a four-time winner of the CBCA Book of the Year Award.

  • Will Kostakis

    Will is an award-winning author for young adults and younger readers. His first novel was released when he was only nineteen and his second novel, The First Third won the 2014 Inky Awards, and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

  • Tim Harris

    A former primary school teacher of 15 years, and advocate for creativity and short stories, Tim’s presentations and workshops are dynamic and entertaining. He is a sought-after presenter, having worked in hundreds of schools across Australia.

  • Serena Geddes

    Serena is an international book illustrator with over forty titles published in Australia and overseas, ranging from board books to picture books and junior novels. Prior to dabbling in the world of picture books and creative office jobs, Serena spent six years working for Walt Disney Animation in Sydney.

  • Scot Gardner

    Scot wasn’t born reading and writing; in fact he left school in year eleven to undertake an apprenticeship in gardening with the local council. Scot’s first fiction for young readers, One Dead Seagull, was published after he attended a writing camp and writing conferences with John Marsden. More than a decade later, his books have garnered praise and awards for their honest take on adolescent life.

  • R.A. Spratt

    R.A. Spratt is a best-selling author and television writer. She is the author of the Nanny Piggins series, the Friday Barnes series, and more recently The Peski Kids series. In addition to her many books, she has also written for dozens of different television shows. In recent years she has specialised mainly in children’s animation, but she has also had extensive experience writing jokes, sketch comedy and political satire.

  • Phillip Gwynne

    Phillip writes for a wide range of age groups including picture books such as Brothers from a Different Mother and Yobbos Do Yoga, junior fiction including Jetty Rats and Stuff Happens: Michael, and young adult novels including Swerve and Deadly, Una?

  • Nicky Johnston

    Nicky is a mum to four boys, an artist, a primary educator and a children’s book author and illustrator. She is based in Melbourne and as well as teaching, she works from home writing and illustrating in her art studio. Her picture books include Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!, The Fix-It Man, Grandma Forgets and Saying Goodbye to Barkley.

  • Michael Wagner

    Michael Wagner is the best-selling author of more than 80 books for children including the Maxx Rumble series and Why I Love Footy. He’s been speaking to, and working with, primary school children of all ages for fifteen years.

  • Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson is a multiple award-winning author/illustrator with 17 books in print worldwide in nine languages, including Flapper and Beth the Story of a Convict Child. Mark has a passion for Australian history and the environment, particularly endangered animals, exploring this through his picture books and workshops.

  • Coral Vass

    Coral Vass is an award-winning Australian children’s author of several books including Grandma’s Treasured Shoes, Meet Don Bradman and Sorry Day, winner of the 2019 Eve Pownall Award. With a background in media, Coral has always had a passion for telling stories and inspiring children with a love for literature. She dabbled in script writing, radio drama and video production, before working a decade in marketing and publications. .

  • Belinda Murrell

    Belinda is a bestselling internationally published children’s author with a history of writing in her family that spans over 200 years.

  • Andrew Daddo

    Andrew Daddo has appeared on TV, presented radio programs, podcasts, appeared on stage, and even made a few movies but maybe best of all Andrew is an accomplished author. Andrew has written more than 25 books of various sizes, weights and colours.

  • Adam Wallace

    Adam Wallace is a children's writer and cartoonist living in Victoria. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Catch series and the Accidentally Awesome series.

  • Heath McKenzie

    Heath McKenzie is an author and illustrator who lives and works in a very small suburb in Victoria, and has worked with numerous clients and publishers to publish over 100 titles worldwide. His work is entirely freehand while also being entirely digital. He does his very best to keep it as ‘real’ as possible and tends to be successful at that more often than not.

  • George Ivanoff

    George Ivanoff has written over 100 books (fiction and non-fiction) for children and teenagers, and his books feature on both the Victorian and NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge booklists.

  • Jacqueline Harvey

    Jacqueline speaks to thousands of young people at schools and festivals around the world, and says the characters in her books are often made up of the best bits of children she’s met over the years. While she is not a twin, like Kensy and Max she does have excellent powers of observation and has always thought she’d make a great spy.

  • Jane Godwin

    Jane Godwin is an Australian children’s book publisher and highly acclaimed author of over twenty books for children, such as How Big is Too Small?, Little Cat and the Big Red Bus, Today We Have No Plans, and Go Go and the Silver Shoes.

  • Dee White

    Dee has published 16 books for children and young adults and many articles, short stories and poems. She has been lucky enough to combine her loves of writing and travel into a career which takes her all over the world writing, researching and presenting workshops. She is a certified writing teacher and mentor, passionate about encouraging new writers.

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