Kelly O’Gara is a Sydney based illustrator and Visual Arts teacher with a passion for everything creative. She has recently completed a double degree in Bachelor of Design/Art Education at the College of Fine Arts UNSW, and loves experimenting with both traditional and contemporary drawing methods. Her first children’s book ‘Do You Remember?’ was painted digitally, although she also uses watercolour and coloured pencils to create her drawings. With her teaching background, Kelly emphasises the power and importance of imagery and believes children’s books play a vital role in a child’s development. She enjoys the unusual and the interesting, and is particularly inspired by the natural world.
Rosanne Hawke is an Australian author of over twenty books, among them Shahana, The Messenger Bird the winner of the 2013 Cornish Holyer an Gof award for YA literature, and Taj and the Great Camel Trek.
Lisa Cox is the author of Does my bum look big in this ad? Body image and the media and Media Muscle.
Lisa spent nearly a decade studying and working in the media and advertising industry.
John is the author of Jade and El-Sea.
Married with three children, John W. Dickinson is a respected writer and artist who lives and works on a small island off the coast of Queensland, Australia. John has drawn on his love for the environment and his experience of working with people with complex behaviours to produce Jade and El-Sea, his first young adult novel.
Heather Gallagher is a children's writer whose first chapter book Ferret on the Loose was published last year. Her stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore magazine.
Dr Joe is the author of the new gripping fantasy series The Tae'anaryn and The Tae'anaryn and the Wizard's Apprentice.
Dr Joe has been an avid fan of fantasy his whole life, having written award winning fantasy for the Dungeons & Dragons Living Greyhawk campaign. During the day he has worked as a teacher, magician, performer, busker and even lecturer in the philosophy of science.
Kirrily Lowe is a Mum to Sammy, Harry and Elijah and a pastor together with her husband Tim at the C3 Church City Campus in Darlinghurst, Sydney. She is passionate about filling young lives with great values in a fun and relatable way. The Invisible Tree is her first series of books.
Jeni Mawter is the author of The Snugglebump Jump.
Jeni is a best-selling Australian children's book author as well as a mother to three children. She knows all about the excitement of welcoming the newest member into a family.
Training as a Secondary School Art and English Teacher, Dawn soon realised Special Education was her passion.
Katrina Roe is an author and radio presenter.
Most recently she was host of the morning show on Sydney’s Hope 103.2 radio (www.hope1032.com.au) before leaving to have her second baby.
After graduating from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada with a BA in English Literature and History, LD Taylor began a career in marketing for the 3D graphics and animation software industry.
Although an initial childhood dream was to write and illustrate for children, Kayleen was encouraged to venture into a career of an exhibiting fine artist and later a graphic designer.
Anna McNeil was born in Boston, America and currently works and lives in Sydney as a Registered Nurse. She enjoys travelling and plans to spend a year overseas in Europe and America.
From an early age she was always interested in creative writing and excelled in English at school. Despite this she decided to pursue a career in Nursing. She recently completed a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Sydney and hopes to complete a Diploma in Midwifery in the future.
Australian publisher, Wombat Books has released her first children's book titled Do You Remember co-written and illustrated by Kelly O'Gara. It features a young mouse struggling to understand Dementia and how it has affected a family member.
Renee Bennett is an Australian author whose versatility spreads across many genres.
Her debut into the world of writing with Broken Wing Butterfly, a non- fiction book for teenage girls, earned her a finalist spot in the prestigious Caleb Prize as well as a TV interview.
Lynne and Chris have raised five children who are now adults. Lynne’s practical experience comes from the quality time spent with her own children.
Aleesah Darlison is a multi-published children’s book author. She also works as a reviewer for The Sun Herald. Aleesah’s picture books include Bearly There, Puggle’s Problem (NSW PRC) and Warambi (2012 CBCA Notable Book Eve Pownall Award, 2012 Wilderness Society Award for Children’s Literature - Shortlist).
Jacque Duffy has written and illustrated seven children’s books in a series. These books were sought and purchased by the Queensland State Government and placed into schools and libraries.
Irma Gold is an award-winning writer and editor. Her short stories have been widely published in anthologies and journals like Meanjin, Island and Going Down Swinging.
Rose Inserra is an internationally published author of over sixty children's books on topics ranging from library resource books to fiction and picture books. She lives in Melbourne and is passionate about wildlife and taking care of all animals.
Lizbeth Klein lives in the Sutherland Shire with her husband. She has over nineteen years of experience in the classroom and six years as tutor of English for both primary and high school students. Four of her students have completed fiction manuscripts.
Sharon McGuinness works as a teacher librarian in a primary school on the south coast of New South Wales and writes picture books and junior novels for children. After writing her first ‘book’ in year six for a school assignment, Sharon has been writing ever since.
As one of Australia’s highest-selling independent artists, Lorin has just released his fourth album of instrumental guitar tracks and earlier this year became a published author of an inspirational children’s book titled, The Amazing Bike Ride, published by Wombat books.
Lynne Stringer has been passionate about writing all her life, beginning with short stories in her primary school days. She began writing professionally as a journalist and was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, before turning her hand to screenplay writing and novels.
Debra writes stories that speak into children's lives. As a social worker, parent and author she understands the power of narrative to resonate with children and parents alike.
Robert Vescio loves to read and is a self-confessed hoarder of books, especially children's books. He enjoys writing stories and sharing his passion with children of all ages.
Michelle is an author of children’s books, who is also available for workshops on writing for children, book signings and school readings.
Michelle Worthington was born in Brisbane, Queensland and currently works and lives in the Redlands. She enjoys travelling and has spent time studying in France where she lived for a year.