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Location: New South Wales

Deborah Abela

Author

Deborah trained as a teacher before producing and writing children’s TV at Network TEN. She has written over 20 novels, including the Max Remy and Jasper Zammitt (Soccer Legend) series, Grimsdon and New City, about kids living in a climate-changed world. Teresa: A New Australian was inspired by her dad who made the journey from Europe to Australia after the devastation of WW2 and her latest books is The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee about a young, shy brilliant speller, whose family encourage her to overcome her fears and enter the world’s greatest bee.

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Tristan Bancks

Author

Tristan Bancks is a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. His books include the My Life series, Mac Slater: Coolhunter (Australia and US) and Two Wolves, a crime-mystery novel for middle-graders. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. It also won the YABBA and KOALA Children’s Choice Awards and has been released in the US as On the Run (Farrar Straus Giroux).

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Danielle Brogan

Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development

Danielle Brogan is a professional football (soccer) player of the highest level. She currently plays for Sydney FC in the Australian W-League and has been part of the Matildas squad – the Australia women’s national association football team – since 2009.

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JC Burke

Author

The Story of Tom Brennan won the 2006 CBC Book of the Year – Older Readers and the 2006 Australian Family Therapists Award for Children’s Literature. It is currently on the NSW HSC syllabus list. Pig Boy has been shortlisted for a slew of awards and won Jane the prestigious Ned Kelly Award for crime fiction in 2012.

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Ben Cryan

Corporate, Inspirational Speaker, Speaking Out

Ben Cryan achieved the unachievable. After falling from his surfboard onto a coral reef and developing a serious illness, he overcame thirty-four operations, being told he would never walk again, to defy the odds. His life is built on adventure, about challenging your ability and about never giving up, which is exactly what he did from his hospital bed. Ben has been faced adversity, and has one hell of a story to share that will inspire all who have the opportunity to hear it.

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Giulia Giuffre

Author, Inspirational Speaker

Giulia Giuffre is the author of Primavera, an Australian-Italian memoir of childhood and family in the second half of the 20th Century. It has been described as an ‘exuberant, bittersweet encyclopaedia of life in general’.

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Gus Gordon

Author, Illustrator

Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children. His illustrations are known for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour. His writing is always anthropomorphic, which he attributes this to his love of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in The Willows.

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Pip Harry

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Journalist

Pip is a multi-award winning author who has been a writer and editor for two decades, working on Australia’s leading national magazines, newspapers and online outlets. Her novels for young adults have been well-received by booksellers, reviewers and award committees and placed in school libraries by Australian Standing Orders, as well as shortlisted for major state awards. She has appeared as a speaker and panellist at many children’s literary events, including the NSW Writers’ Centre Children’s and YA Festival, Whitsunday Voices and Somerset Celebration of Literature. I’ve been published in literary journals and in the UTS Writers’ Anthology.

In 2015 she was one of 10 writers selected to attend the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California, participating in their Young Adult Novel Writing workshop.

As an author, she is interested in writing about real life issues that affect children, young adults and their families. She aims to deal with difficult subject matter in a direct, sensitive and engaging way.

A recent expat to Singapore, she belongs to the Singapore Writers’ Group and has been invited to speak at the National Book Council’s All In Young Writers’ festival this year.

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John Heffernan

Author

John Heffernan has written about thirty books for a range of audiences from early readers to young adults, in a range of genre that includes realistic fiction, fantasy, futuristic, and picture books. He also writes for junior readers under the pseudonym “Charlie Carter” (most notably, the Battle Boy series).

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Nette Hilton

Author

Nette Hilton is a compelling and challenging storyteller of exciting tales for children of all ages with a voice that is strong and filled with warmth and humour. She creates the extraordinary in the everyday lives of families captivating her readers while opening new worlds and realities for them.

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Ben Wood

Illustrator

Ben Wood has been illustrating for publishers and design studios for many years. He has been a Booked Out speaker for nearly as long and enjoys creating books with students.

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Melinda Hutchings

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development

Melinda Hutchings is a media commentator, author, speaker and mentor on the topic of body image and teen issues. She is the author of four books and is passionate about empowering young people to face and overcome challenging issues and to recognise their enormous potential to create a happy and fulfilling future.

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Will Kostakis

Author

Will Kostakis is an award-winning author for young adults and younger readers. He splits his time between writing, touring Australian schools and working as a journalist.

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David Lovegrove

Illustrator

David Lovegrove is a gifted artist who studied at two of Australia’s best art schools – The Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney and the Qld College of Art, Brisbane (where he gained his Master of Arts in Visual Arts). His passion is for exploring the ‘Way’ or the ‘Tao’ of the artist in the 21st Century, bringing together high skill and intuitive inspiration and freedom.

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Erin Vincent

Author, Corporate, Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development, Speaking Out

Erin Vincent is a highly respected journalist who has worked both here and in the US for publications such as The AustralianMarie Claire,The Sunday Telegraph and America’s biggest selling publicationPeople Magazine. She is also the author of the acclaimed memoir Grief Girl: My True Story that is now in its seventh printing in the US and was named a New York Public Library’s Best Book for 2007.

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Chris Turney

Author, Corporate, Inspirational Speaker, Speaking Out

Chris is an Australian and British professor of Earth science and author of three popular science books. Chris is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change at the University of University of New South Wales, where he and his team are focusing their efforts on finding lessons from the past.

Chris investigates past and future climates, how people have responded to change, and recent human evolution and migration. He does this in a hands-on fashion: he digs down into the ice of Antarctica for core samples, the depths of a volcanic crater, or searches for Hobbit fossils (seriously!) across Indonesia. He has stories to tell and bring to life.

Chris has earned a reputation as scientist who can demystify and articulate, for any audience, exactly what it is that a scientist does for a living. His enthusiasm shows us not only why he pursues these interests, but points out what we stand to gain through scientific education.

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Pelissa Tsilimidos-Thorne

Curriculum Specialist, Education Consultant

Pelissa Tsilimidos-Thorne (B.A., Dip. Ed., MA. Ed.) is a senior English teacher with 25 years’ experience. She holds a research Masters in Education (Film as Text) from Monash University and has written for various educational journals and books.

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Anne Spudvilas

Illustrator

Anne Spudvilas is a multi award-winning illustrator of children’s books. Her work on the picture book version of Mao’s Last DancerThe Peasant Prince, took her to China with author Li Cunxin. The Peasant Prince won both the NSW and Qld Premiers Awards and CBCA Honor book in 2008.

Anne’s work concentrates on portraying character and expression in people in commissioned portraits, courtroom sketching and children’s books. Anne is in demand for drawing workshops here and overseas and gives presentations about the process of illustrating books for primary and secondary level.

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R.A. Spratt

Author

R.A. Spratt is an award winning author and television writer. Her latest book is Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion. This is the second installment in the Friday Barnes: Girl Detective series.

R.A. is also known for her biographical account of the world’s most glamorous flying pig, Nanny Piggins. A nine part series about a circus pig turned nanny.

R.A. lives in Bowral, NSW with her husband and two daughters. Her hobbies include gardening and bellringing. She has two chickens and three goldfish, and her next-door-neighbour’s cat thinks it lives in her house.

For more information visit raspratt.com

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Tim Macartney-Snape

Corporate, Inspirational Speaker, Speaking Out

Australiaʼs most well known mountaineer is a veteran of pioneering routes in remote regions of the Himalaya but is best known for his attempts of Mount Everest on two very different, pioneering expeditions. Remarkably he reached the summit on both occasions, without the use of bottled oxygen and in a style and substance of a class way beyond the realm of guided ascents so popular in recent times.

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Claire Madden

Corporate, Education Consultant, Speaking Out

Claire Madden is a social researcher, media commentator and next-gen expert, fluent in social media, youth culture, and engagement styles of these global generations, and a professional in interpreting what this means for educators, managers and marketers.  Claire is in demand for her skill in effectively identifying the emerging trends and assisting business leaders to strategically respond to them.

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Emma Magenta

Author, Illustrator

Emma Magenta was born in Sydney and began her career drawing and writing her thoughts down on brown paper bags while working at Berkelouw Books in Paddington. After pinning them to the front window, they accrued a cult status and a publishing deal was offered to her by Australian publishing phenomenon; Bradley Trevor Grieve.

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Esther McKay

Author, Corporate, Speaking Out

Esther Mckay has led an incredible life, from her work as a crime scene examiner in Sydney to best selling author. She is an advocate for Police suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and works actively to improve conditions for mental health in emergency workers. She speaks regularly about her experiences and is an Australia Day Ambassador.

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Craig Smith (NZ)

Author, Storyteller/Performer

Craig Smith is the performer and author of The Wonky Donkey, the biggest selling picture book in Australia in 2010. It is still amongst the top three best selling children’s picture books, outsold only by Mem Fox’s Where’s the Green Sheep and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

In late 2007, Craig released his first kids’ album Not Just for Kids. The first track from this album — “The Wonky Donkey” – won the APRA NZ Children’s Song of the Year Award in 2008. It ended up making the top 25 songs in the children’s section of the ISC International Songwriting Contest — the world’s biggest song competition.

In 2009, The Wonky Donkey was published as a book with hilarious illustrations by Craig’s friend, Katz Cowley. The pair teamed up again for 2010’s Willbee the Bumblebee, based on a childhood story told by Craig’s mother and co-author, Maureen Thompson. Like The Wonky Donkey, Craig turned it into song.

All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth was written by Don Gardner and illustrated by Katz Cowley, with an accompanying CD of the story performed by Craig Smith in song.

Craig has also had success with his recent book Kaha the Kea, which topped the best-sellers list for Children’s Books in New Zealand.

Craig is excited about the release of his newest book, Eating, which is illustrated by Scott Tulloch and again includes a CD of a musical performance.

Craig lives in Queenstown, New Zealand and regularly tours various locations with Booked Out.

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Jessica Shirvington

Author

Jessica Shirvington is the author of the international bestselling series:The Violet Eden Chapters (also known as The Embrace Series), a young-adult paranormal romance series that debuted with Embrace in 2010 and was closely followed by EnticeEmblazeEndless andEmpower. The series has gone on to sell in a large number of international markets including the USA, UK, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Brazil, Czech, Hungary and Poland.

Jessica also released a stand alone novel in 2013 – Between the Lives– and has another two book series on the way in 2014. Jessica’s first picture book is also in the works with HarperCollins Australia and will be released shortly.

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Michael Robotham

Author, Corporate, Speaking Out

Michael Robotham began his career an investigative journalist in Australia and the UK before becoming a ghostwriter, collaborating with the likes of Rolf Harris, Lulu, Geri Halliwell and Tony Bullimore to produce a dozen best-selling autobiographies. His psychological thrillers have been translated into 22 languages and have twice won the Ned Kelly award for best Australian Crime Fiction.

Michael has very limited availability, but we are always happy to look into any enquiry.

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Felicity Pulman

Author

Felicity’s stories reflect her passion for history (both Australian history and medieval England) and her fascination with the unknown in our world: time travel, ghosts and reincarnation.

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Ailsa Piper

Author, Corporate, Inspirational Speaker, Speaking Out

Ailsa Piper has worked throughout Australia as a writer, theatre director, actor, speaker, teacher and memorably, a pate-wrapper! She completed her MA at the University of Melbourne during her three-year stint as an actor in Neighbours’ Ramsay Street, winning the Patrick White Playwright’s Award in her spare time. She is a passionate – some would say obsessive – walker, and her book Sinning Across Spain, reflects that.

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Oliver Phommavanh

Author

Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it’s on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing with the kids he teaches at a primary school in Western Sydney. As a comedian, Oliver has appeared on stage, and on national TV and radio.

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Louise Park

Author, Education Consultant

Louise writes books for children under her own name as well as several secret identities including H. I. Larry, Mac Park and Poppy Rose. She loves writing books with action and grand adventures and is the author of the best-selling series Zac Power Test Drive, Bella Dancerella and Star Girl—soon to be a television series. She is also the co-author of Boy vs Beast.

Louise loves nothing better than taking students on huge adventures and helping them to craft action-packed stories of their own. Learn more about her at her website.

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Courtney Collins

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development, Storyteller/Performer

Courtney Collins is the author of The Burial, inspired by the life of a female bushranger. Shortlisted for The Stella Award, The NSW Premiers’ Award and the Dobbie, it is currently being developed as a feature film. Courtney is a regular contributor to ABC Arts online and is at work on her second novel.

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Ursula Dubosarsky

Author

Ursula Dubosarsky wanted to be a writer from the age of six, and is now the author of over 40 books of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults, which have won several national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. She and Andrew Joyner have now collaborated on three best-selling picture books The Terrible Plop, Too Many Elephants in This House and Tim and Ed. She lives in Sydney with her family.

www.ursuladubosarsky.com

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David Hunt

Author, Corporate, Speaking Out

David Hunt is a writer, satirist and historian.  He is the author of The Nose Pixies and Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Australian Independent Booksellers (Indie) Award for Best Non-Fiction Book and was shortlisted for several other literary awards.  He has also written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian, The Chaser Quarterly and The Hoopla. He co-presents the Australian history podcast Rum, Rebels & Ratbags with Dom Knight for ABC Radio and has appeared regularly on ABC Radio shows, including Outsiders, Background Briefing, Counterpoint, The Drawing Room and Evenings with Dom Knight.

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Belinda Murrell

Author

Belinda Murrell is an internationally published, best-selling author of 26 children’s books, who regularly speaks to thousands of children every year at schools, festivals and literary events around Australia. Belinda is an engaging presenter whose author talks and creative writing workshops are interactive, dynamic and inspiring, leaving students excited about books and reading.

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Samantha Turnbull

Author, Storyteller/Performer

Samantha Turnbull is a children’s author, slam poet, multimedia journalist for the ABC, and mummy blogger. She offers talks about her books and creative writing workshops for primary school students, slam poetry and multimedia journalism workshops for upper primary and secondary students, and informative sessions on childhood gender stereotypes for parents and teachers.

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Karen Wood

Author

Karen Wood is the author of the Trick Star series of books for children, Jumping Fences and Rain Dance for teens, and of the five Diamond Spirit rural romance books. She has an Arts degree majoring in communications and a diploma in horticulture. She has syndicated a gardening column in several newspapers throughout Australia, has published feature articles in various magazines and has published photographs in bushwalking guides. She is married with two children, a few horses, some dogs, chooks and a very cute rabbit. She lives on a small acreage on the Central Coast, New South Wales, where she spends as much time as possible with kids and horses or at her laptop, dreaming up a new book.

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Erin Gough

Author

Erin Gough is a fiction writer whose award-winning short stories have been published in a number of journals and anthologies. Her novel for young adults, The Flywheel, won the Ampersand Prize and was published by Hardie Grant Egmont in 2015.

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Jules Faber

Illustrator

Jules is a mostly self taught illustrator who has worked in a wide variety of artistic pursuits, including kids books, animation, comics, comic strips, editorial cartooning and caricature. He is a multi-award-winner, a former TAFE teacher and has held hundreds of workshops for people of all ages.

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Claire Zorn

Author

Claire Zorn is the critically acclaimed author of young adult novels The Sky So Heavy and The Protected. Both books have been shortlisted for multiple awards. The Protected was awarded Young Adult Book of the Year 2015 by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and won both the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for young adult fiction.

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Rowan McAuley

Author

Rowan McAuley loves to engage children and adults alike in dynamic, interactive presentations and workshops.  As a visual and kinesthetic learner herself, she wants her audience to become participants, and to feel excited about reading and creative writing.

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Helen Chebatte

Author

Helen is an author and an actor. Using both her performance and writing skills, Helen brings dual knowledge and understanding to the art of expression.

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Gabrielle Tozer

Author, Journalist

Gabrielle Tozer is an internationally published author with a background in journalism, editing and copywriting. Her YA novel, The Intern, won the State Library of Victoria’s 2015 Gold Inky Award, and its sequel Faking It is out now. Gabrielle has shared her passion for storytelling and creativity at numerous events, including the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Children’s Festival of Moving Stories, Somerset Celebration of Literature, National Young Writers’ Festival and the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s National Conference.

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Jacqueline Harvey

Author, Curriculum Specialist, Education Consultant

Jacqueline Harvey is the author of 27 novels for younger readers and a Children’s Book Council of Australia award winning picture book. Her bestselling Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series’ are published internationally and have garnered various short listings and awards. Jacqueline travels widely, speaking and teaching in Australia and overseas.

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Kirsty Eagar

Author

Kirsty Eagar is the award-winning author of the Young Adult novels: Summer Skin, Raw Blue, Night Beach and Saltwater Vampires. She believes storytelling is a life skill, and her author talks and workshops are structured using tenets of performance psychology to ensure they are distilled, sequenced and practical.

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Tim Harris

Author, Storyteller/Performer

Tim Harris is one of the fresh faces in Australian children’s literature. His first series of books, Exploding Endings, will have primary-aged readers both captivated and laughing out loud.

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Kate & Jol Temple

Author

Kate and Jol have a lot in common, two small boys, a mutual dislike of tomatoes and five children’s books. They are the authors of this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime Book I Got This Hat and Mike I Don’t Like (Best Designed Children’s Book ABDA). They have recently launched a new junior fiction series called Jimmy Cook Discovers the Third Grade about a boy who thinks he is a famous explorer. The book is written as a captain’s log.

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Caroline Baum

Author

Caroline is an engaging, entertaining  and brutally honest speaker about her experiences as an only child growing up in a privileged European family burdened with hidden trauma. She talks with insight and humor about the complex dynamics of difficult parents and what it means to become a Good Daughter despite conflict, estrangement and illness.

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