Rod Allen

rod allen photo 2Rod Allen is an illustrator/designer who creates children's activity books, comics, soft toys, jumping castles and character costumes. He lives in Sydney. Rod illustrated the pictures for Star! Stable! Saviour!

Henry Smith

henrysmithHenry is one of the principal creatives at Taste Media. He is a young and vibrant designer, animator & film maker. His work ranges from beautifully crafted claymation films & hand drawn animations to stunning illustrations and design.

All of the illustrations in the Invisible Tree series, including Love, Joy, Peace and Patience were created from found, recycled & hand-made papers.

Marion Wall

Marion Wall is the author and illustrator of Finding Sheeko. She has been involved with the Australian Orangutan Project for eleven years, currently volunteering on the National Committee. She has visited Indonesia, seen the devastation of orangutan habitat and met orphaned orangutans in care centes.

Visit to find out more about orangutans, their struggle to survive and the people who are working to save them from extinction.

Some proceeds from the sale of Finding Sheeko will support orangutan conservation.

Leigh Hedstrom

LeighHedstromLeigh Hedstrom, also known as Flee, is a Sydney based freelance illustrator with an education in Fine Arts.

She lives in an 'arty' household with husband Ben Hedstrom (art teacher, painter and recent Archibald Prize finalist) and their five year old son, James.

With over ten years of experience illustrating for educational and children’s media, Leigh specialises in the creation of appealing characters for print, web, animation and advertising.

Marty's Nut-Free Party marks Leigh's first venture into hardcover picture books. She is also the illustrator of When I See Grandma and Emily Eases her Wheezes.

Shannon Melville

ShannonMelvilleShannon is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and community art teacher from Perth.  She has illustrated the following books: My Arms Your Legs (Blake Education) by Kim Rackham, Matilda’s Morning Adventures and Choose Active Transport: A Teacher’s Resource (Physical Activity Taskforce, 2010) by Kim Chute.

She has illustrated a number of Wombat Books titles including Little Good Wolf by Aleesah Darlison, Boondaburra by Natalie Lonsdale, Coming Home, by Sharon McGuinness and Little Meerkat by Aleesah Darlison.

When she is not working Shannon loves walking with her husband, Ninian, Dora explorer Jaya, and sheep rounder Hugo.

Sarah Rowan Dahl

sarahrowandahlSarah Rowan Dahl is an experiential painter, who mainly paints LIVE in front of crowds of all sorts.  After receiving her BFA in Studio Art from Converse College, in South Carolina in 2003, Sarah soon began developing an art business.

Sarah’s work has been used for companies, newsletters, universities, books, and homes from all over the world.  She works in acrylics as it is conducive to painting LIVE and mothering two little ones.  Sarah paints in front of audiences with bands of all sorts.  If interested in watching her paint LIVE, follow Sarah’s schedule via Twitter and her Facebook fan page.  YouTube showcases her work, “Freedom” painted LIVE at the Archibald Exhibition during a private function for the Business Chamber of NSW held at the AGNSW.  

In 2011, Wombat Books published The Snugglebump Jump, written by Jeni Mawter & illustrated by Sarah.  She also dabbles in photography, specializing in family photos at local beaches and parks.

Sarah resides in Sydney with her husband Jared, and two young girls Selah Rose and Rhema Love.

Sarah Rowan Dahl is also the cover artist for:


Robert Ingpen

Robert Ingpen has been a leading Australian illustrator for over forty years, and is published throughout the world.

He was the first Australian to win the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, in 1968, and in 1989 he received the prestigious Dromkeen Medal for services to children's literature.

He illustrated Mustara.

Jemima Trappel


Jemima is a Sydney-based artist and illustrator who enjoys riding her bicycle. Like many illustrators she was born holding a pencil and uses it frequently to bring words to life. 

She decided to make a career out of her passion, and in 2012, after five years at the College of Fine Arts and the University of NSW, she emerged with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with honours), a Bachelor of Arts (a combined degree) and the ability to converse in French.

Same by Katrina Roe, is her first book with Wombat Books. Prior to this, Jemima illustrated Wonderfully Madison (2013 – winner of the children's book category in the Caleb awards that year) and Fearlessly Madison (2014) by Penny Reeve (published by Youthworks Media). She is also the illustrator of the short comic, A friend in need, by Karen Bielharz (part of the self-published Kinds of Blue anthology, 2011), and is the linework artist for the short animation Money Tree (2011), written and directed by Hawanatu Bangura. 

Liz McGrath

lizmcgrathsmLiz is a busy freelance illustrator, graphic designer and art teacher. Her drawings and watercolours have enhanced many government publications over the years, especially those designed to deliver health, community and environmental messages to parents and children.

Four years ago, Liz sea-changed from inner Melbourne to coastal Victoria. Now when she's not working, she loves to hang about with her partner John and their 4 cheeky children - Hazel, Rosie, Sandy and Poppy - chasing sea breezes, gulping fresh air and avoiding freckles.

Happy Pants is Liz's first hardcover children's picture book.

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Lesley Vamos

LesleyVamosLesley studied at the College of Fine Arts, receiving a distinction and animation honour in their Bachelor of Digital media degree.

She spent the next year in Los Angeles gaining experience and is now working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, spending time both in Australia and abroad to help inspire her creativity.

Lesley is the illustrator of The Anything Shop.

Claire Richards

ClaireRichardsClaire is a South Australian illustrator who started out in experimental painting.  Her favourite technique is layering watercolour over crayon, pencil and ink. Her recipe for making picture book illustrations involves acting out the poses, drawing on the computer and mountains of storyboards.

Imagine We Were by Renee Bennett was an opportunity to draw clouds and be a bit more graphic and stylised in her design.  Since finishing her art studies in 2004 Claire has illustrated half a dozen books and created a range of quirky cards.


Speaking Topics

Claire has presented to kindergartens through to year 12s. She can share her own artwork and techniques but the focus of her workshops is the possibilities of students' own creativity. Find out more...

Sandra Temple

sandratempleSandra Temple has been a professional artist, illustrator and author for more than thirty years. She has travelled extensively with her art, gaining insights into her special interest, the world’s endangered species, although she paints all subjects in all mediums.

The winner of many prestigious awards both in Australia and overseas, including UK Wildscape magazine Winner Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009(professional), Runner-up Wildlife Artist of the Year 2008 (professional), a gold medal at the Wildlife Art Society UK exhibition in Bristol and People’s Choice Awards in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2000.  Sandra has paintings in private, corporate and government collections nationally and internationally. She holds classes in all mediums and is in demand as a workshop tutor in Australia and overseas.

More information can be found on Sandra’s website

Sandra Temple is the illustrator of:

 Speaker Topics

Sandra is available for art, craft and illustration workshops for children from Grade 2 to Grade 12, ranging from “make your own critter” to “conservation and wildlife art”. Find out more...

Sarah Jane Hinder

HinderSarahJaneSarah received a BA Honours Degree in graphic design at Teesside University and then gained a PGCE in teaching art and design.  

After several years of teaching she was involved in a car accident and decided to follow her dreams and become a freelance illustrator.

Working part time for a couple of years she plucked up the courage to quit teaching and become a full time freelance illustrator and has illustrated several picture books as well as illustrations for magazines, greetings cards and character designs for products and even life-size mascots. 

Spider Iggy is Sarah Jane's first venture into hardcover picture books.

Sarah believes life is too short to just dream!

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