Author Talks & Workshops

Author Talks and Workshops

Author Talks & Workshops November 2016

14–25 November 2016
Weekdays 10am–2pm 

Please arrive at 9.30am for a 10am start.

Catch some of Australia’s leading writers and illustrators for children and young adults at this FREE series of talks and workshops for primary and secondary schools. Held at libraries across Western Sydney, each Author Talk and Workshop features four authors or illustrators talking about their craft and running a workshop specifically designed for primary and secondary students.

When are Author Talks & Workshops coming to my library?


Monday 14 November: Penrith City Library
Tuesday 15 November: Liverpool City Library
Wednesday 16 November: Blacktown City Library
Thursday 17 November: Parramatta City Library and
Whitlam Library, Cabramatta
Friday 18 November: Bankstown Library

Recommended for years 3–6. 


Monday 21 November: Penrith City Library
Tuesday 22 November: Liverpool City Library
Wednesday 23 November: Parramatta City Library
Thursday 24 November: Blacktown City Library and
Whitlam Library, Cabramatta
Friday 25 November: Bankstown Library

Recommended for years 7–10.


How do I book?

Book directly through your local library.

Blacktown City Libraries
Contact: Margaret Redrup-May, Outreach Programs Coordinator
Ph: (02) 9839 6609 e:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cabramatta Library
Contact: Manjit Uppal, Children & Youth Librarian, Open Libraries, Corporate Services
Ph: (02) 9725 0362 e:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bankstown Library & Knowledge Centre
Contact: Tara Cordina, Technical Specialist Children & Youth
Ph: (02) 9707 9731 e:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parramatta City Library
Contact: Hiba Kanj, Children's and Youth Services Librarian
Ph: (02) 9806 5181 e:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Liverpool City Library
Contact: Judith Ridge, programs and outreach coordinator 
Ph: 9821-9413 e:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Penrith City Library
Barjinder Kaur, Children’s Librarian
Ph: (02) 4732 7890 e:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


If you would like to pre-order books from authors featured in the Children's Festival of Moving Stories, please fill out a Gleebooks Online Booking Form.

What students need to bring

  • Pens and paper for the workshops.
  • Books can be purchased through Gleebooks and the authors will be available to sign them for students. Ensure students bring money if they wish to buy books on the day.
  • We recommend students bring their own lunch.

Meet The Authors - Primary

Mick ElliotMick Elliott

Mick Elliott is a children's television producer, scriptwriter and animator. Since 2001 he has worked at Nickelodeon Australia, overseeing award-winning series for kids of all ages. His credits as producer include Camp Orange, Play Along with Ollie, Slimefestand hundreds of advertising campaigns. He is the author of The Turners and its sequel, The Turners: Camp Freakout. The next book in the trilogy will be released in May 2017. Mick lives in Sydney with his wife, two kids and a garden full of lizards.

James FoleyJames Foley

James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator. His books include In The Lion, The Amity Kids Adventures, The Last Viking, The Last Viking Returns and My Dead Bunny. James is an ambassador for Books In Homes and Room to Read Australia, and the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Australia West. His interests include comics, film, psychology, science, history (anything nerdy and geeky really), as well as yoga and social justice.

Ronojoy GhoshRonojoy Ghosh

Ronojoy Ghosh has been an art director in the advertising industry for the past 14 years, which has included stints in India, Indonesia, Singapore and New Zealand. His first children’s picture book Ollie and the Wind is on the Children's Book Council of Australia's notable book list for 2016. His second book, No Place Like Home, is a story about a grumpy polar bear. Ronojoy lives in Sydney with his wife and son.

Jacqueline HarveyJacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey is an award winning, bestselling children’s author. Following a twenty-year career in education she became a full time writer in 2012 and has written 30 books for young readers. Her picture book, The Sound of the Sea received an Honour Book in the 2006 Children’s Book Council awards while the Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series have both received numerous shortlistings and awards

MulgaMulga the Artist

Mulga is Joel Moore, a Sydney-based artist, illustrator and poet who paints murals, designs t-shirts and runs the Mulga clothing label. He draws beards, animals, zombies and wacky characters and has a unique style combining crazy colours overlaid by intricate line work. Mulga runs weekly market stalls across Sydney and is regularly involved in live-painting events, group shows, private commissions and shop-front murals.

Cheryl OrsiniCheryl Orsini

Cheryl Orsini taught herself to draw as a little girl. She grew a little taller, studied visual communications at UTS and finally, when she could grow no more, she started illustrating children's books, magazines and decorating a great many peg dolls! Her books include The Fairy Dancers, Caravan Fran, The ABC Book of Cars, Trains, Boats and Planes, Pom Pom, Where Are You? and Wibbly Wobbly Street. Cheryl’s work also regularly appears in magazines and exhibitions.

Richard RoxbrughRichard RoxbuRgh

Richard Roxburgh is one of Australia’s best-loved and most versatile actors. He has become a household name for his work in films like Moulin Rouge! and his lead role in TV’s Rake, as well as his many highly acclaimed performances with the Sydney Theatre Company. Artie and the Grime Wave is Richard’s first book.

James RoyJames Roy

James Roy was born in western New South Wales in 1968 and spent much of his childhood in Papua New Guinea and Fiji. He attributes much of his early interest in books to the absence of TV, a wonderful library full of adventure books, and the opportunity to play as those characters in wild, adventuresome places. James has written a number of critically acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction for young people, including the CBCA Honour Books Captain Mackand Billy Mack's War, and six CBCA Notable Books. In 2008, Town also won the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as the Golden Inky in Australia’s only teenage choice awards. Anonymity Jones won the 2010 Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for young adult literature.

R.A SprattR.A Spratt

R.A. Spratt is the author of Friday Barnes, Girl Detective. She is currently writing the sixth book in this gripping school-based mystery series. R.A. Spratt also wrote the The Adventures of Nanny Piggins, a nine book series about an impossibly glamorous flying pig. She has also written for 32 different television shows. R.A. lives in Bowral with her husband and two daughters. She has a puppy, three chickens and five goldfish, and her next-door-neighbour’s cat thinks it lives in her house.

Meet The Authors - Secondary

Michael AdamsMichael Adams

Michael Adams' most recent fiction series is The Seven Signs, a seven-part action-adventure for middle-grade audiences. Prior to that, he wrote the young adult apocalyptic thriller trilogy that comprises The Last Girl, The Last Shot and The Last Place. Michael has also published non-fiction, with Showgirls, Teen Wolves and Astro Zombies, and profile collection Shining Lights. Michael was features and reviews editor of Empire magazine and has been a regular contributor for Men’s Style, YEN, Rolling Stone, WHO Weekly and The Sydney Weekly.

Sarah AyoubSarah Ayoub

Sarah Ayoub is an author and freelance journalist based in Sydney. Following the debut of her first YA novel, Hate Is Such a Strong Word, she has taught journalism at the University of Notre Dame and spoken at numerous industry events with the Emerging Writers’ Festival, NSW Writers’ Centre, The Walkley Foundation, Vibewire and more. Sarah’s latest novel, The Yearbook Committee, was published in 2016.

Helen ChebatteyHelen Chebatte

Helen Chebatte is a writer, actor and drama teacher living in Sydney. Growing up in a culturally diverse community, Chebatte is no stranger to the challenges of fitting in while remaining true to her cultural heritage. Throughout her childhood she was fascinated by the eclectic mix of lives and languages existing in the same community. It is this fascination that inspired her debut novel, Bro.

Kate ForsythKate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel aged seven, and has now sold more than a million books internationally. Her children’s books include The Impossible Quest series, The Puzzle Ring and The Chain of Charms series, which was awarded five Aurealis Awards. Her adult novels include The Beast’s Garden, The Wild Girl and Bitter Greens, which won the 2015 ALA Award for Best Historical Fiction. Kate has a doctorate in fairy tale studies and is an accredited master storyteller. 

Erin GoughErin Gough

Erin Gough is a fiction writer, whose short stories have been published in a number of journals and anthologies including Best Australian Stories, The Age, Overland and Going Down Swinging. Her novel for young adults, The Flywheel, won the Ampersand Prize and was published by Hardie Grant Egmont in 2015. It has since been long-listed for the Indie Book Awards and the Gold Inky Awards and short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers) 2016.

Leanne HallLeanne Hall

Leanne Hall is the author of Iris and The Tiger, a novel for younger readers, and two novels for young adults, the Text Prize-winning This is Shyness and its sequel Queen of the Night. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in Meanjin, The Age, Best Australian Stories and the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia. Her work plays with the borders of reality and fantasy. Leanne has worked in the arts, educational publishing and as a bookseller, but her enduring passion is for youth literature.


John LarkinJohn Larkin

Sydney-based author John Larkin was born in England but grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has, at various stages of his writing career, supported his habit by working as a supermarket trolley boy, shelf-stacker, factory hand, forklift driver, professional soccer player and computer programmer. He now writes and teaches writing full-time. John's The Shadow Girl won the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults 2012, and The Pause won the Queensland Literary Awards Griffith University Young Adult Book Award 2015.

Kristy MurrayKirsty Murray

Kirsty Murray is an award-winning author of 19 books for children and young adults, including 11 novels. Kirsty has been a Creative Fellow of the State Library of Victoria and an Asialink Literature Resident in India. She is an Ambassador for the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge and the Stella Prize in School’s Program. Her novels include: The Year it All Ended, The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie, India Dark, Vulture's Gate, Market Blues, and the Children of the Wind series. 



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