Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham, Judith Ridge (facilitator)
Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham collaborate to create beautiful picture books based on foreign folklore and legend, combining the essence of traditional fables with the freshness of a contemporary voice. With a raft of fabulous illustrations by Juan Wijngaard, they show us how words and pictures together complete the story. MC: Judith Ridge.
Mal Peet (International)
Mal Peet has established himself as a strong and distinctive voice in young-adult fiction. His first novel, Keeper, won the Branford Boase Award and the Bronze Nestlé Children’s Book Award; Tamar won the Carnegie Medal; and Exposure was the 2009 winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Mal’s latest novel is Life: An exploded diagram. As well as his young-adult novels, Mal has produced many books for children, most of them in collaboration with his wife, Elspeth Graham. malpeet.com
Elspeth Graham lives and collaborates with her husband, Mal Peet, in Devon. Elspeth writes in a room on the ground floor while Mal writes in the attic. Elspeth finds the seeds their stories grow from, and she found the seed for Cloud Tea Monkeys (shortlisted for the 2011 Kate Greenaway Medal) while working on a book about tea. Elspeth is collaborating with Mal on two new picture books, The Mysterious Traveller and Night Sky Dragons.
Judith Ridge (Australian)
Judith Ridge is an internationally recognised specialist in children’s and youth literature. She has been an English teacher, editor, writer, critic and teacher of children’s literature and creative writing. She is currently the project officer for WestWords - the Western Sydney Young People’s Literature Development Project. Judith is a Churchill Fellow and has a master’s in children’s literature. westwords.com.au