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Zeno Sworder
Primary Lower Years (Prep – 2) | Primary Middle Years (Years 3 – 4) | Primary Upper Years (Years 5 – 6)

Zeno Sworder is a Melbourne based writer, artist and picture book maker. He is passionate about literacy, creativity and diversity. He was born into a mixed (Chinese and English) multicultural family in regional Victoria and has worked as a window washer, a dish washer (a step up!), a journalist, an English language teacher, a volunteer for Lifeline, a consular officer and a tribunal advocate for migrants and refugees. But he has always felt most himself sitting at a table drawing pictures and making up stories.

His work has been published in the Age Newspaper, the Meanjin Literary Journal and recognised by the Australia Council of the Arts. His recent children’s book, This Small Blue Dot, has been shortlisted by the CBCA for best new illustrator and awarded as a Notable Book for early childhood. It has also been shortlisted by the Australian Book Designers Association.

Zeno’s lively presentations are interactive and fun. They include drawing demonstrations and group activities that are designed to equip students for their own adventures in writing and drawing. 

Virtual visits available


Books by Zeno Sworder

This Small Blue Dot

Best Suited 3+ Years
With a strong message of interconnectedness, hope and empowerment, This Small Blue Dot follows a little girl exploring the big and small things in life. From contemplating our place on this ‘blue dot’ to the best Italian, Chinese and Indian desserts, the book provides a broader, more inclusive view of who we are, where we come from and where our dreams may take us.

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