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Family Day: Morning Tea with Your Favourite Authors and Illustrators
Sunday, May 25 2014
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 The Big Top For Little People, Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay
Cornelia Funke, Jacqueline Harvey, Ursula Duborsarsky, Jane Godwin, Gus Gordon, Eliza Sarlos, Deborah Kelly
Buy a cupcake and sit down for a beautiful morning tea with your favourite authors and illustrators. When else will you ever get to ask Inkheart and Ghost Hunters author Cornelia Funke as many questions as you can fit in between mouthfuls of cake? Or get to tell Jacqueline Harvey that you are the NUMBER ONE Alice-Miranda fan in the world? Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to sit down with some of the best authors and illustrators in the whole world including Ursula Dubosarsky, Jane Godwin, Gus Gordon, Eliza Sarlos, Deborah Kelly and more. Who knows, maybe they will even sign a book or two . . . Your friends will be so jealous! (All ages)
Jacqueline Harvey (Australian)
Jacqueline Harvey has combined a successful career in education with her love of stories. She is the author of many novels for younger readers and her picture book, The Sound of the Sea, was awarded Honour Book in the 2006 CBC Awards. Her bestselling Alice-Miranda series is published internationally and Alice-Miranda At School received two Australian children’s choice awards in 2012. Her new series, Clementine Rose, will include eight titles and also be launched in the UK later this year. jacquelineharvey.com.au
Cornelia Funke started as a children’s book illustrator, but started writing when she discovered that telling her own stories was more fun than illustrating other people’s. Cornelia is the internationally best-selling and award-winning author of the Inkheart fantasy trilogy, as well as more than 40 other books. The Inkheart trilogy was named by the US National Education Association as one of the 100 best books for children. Her most recent books, Reckless and Fearless, are for older children and teenagers. A native of Germany, she lives in Los Angeles with her family and a crazy dog named Luna. corneliafunke.com
Gus Gordon is an illustrator and author. He grew up on a farm in northern NSW and, after leaving school, worked on cattle stations all over Australia before deciding to pursue a drawing career. He moved to Sydney and studied at the Julian Ashton School of Art. Gus illustrated his first children's book in 1996 and has now illustrated and written over 70 books for children. Gus's illustrations are known for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour. His writing is always anthropomorphic – where animals take the place of humans in the narrative. He attributes this to his love of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in The Willows. Gus's first picture book, Wendy, is about a motorcycle-riding stunt chicken and was selected as aChildren's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable Book in the 2010 Book of the Year Awards. His new picture book is set in New York and is called Herman and Rosie.
Deborah Kelly has written two picture books, The Bouncing Ball and Jam for Nana. She has contributed to the children’s short story collections Stories for Girls and Stories for Boys. She also writes school readers for the educational market, and haiku poetry which has been published in various forms. deborahkelly.com.au
Eliza Sarlos is a writer, broadcaster, and creative producer. Currently the Artistic Director at Underbelly Arts, Eliza’s experience spans a range of artforms and organisations and has included roles across programming, producing and strategy for MusicNSW, Sound Summit and FBi Radio. Her most recent project, Amazing Babes, is a feminist picture book that introduces kids to strong, world changing women.
Ursula Dubosarsky is the author of over 30 books for children and teenagers. She has won several national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s literary awards. Her novels include the game board adventure novel Game of the Goose, The Golden Day, set in a girls’ school in 1967, and her recent collaboration with Terry Denton, The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) series of comic detective/puzzle stories for kids and the non-fiction The Word Spy books with Tohby Riddle. Ursula has teamed up several times with illustrator Andrew Joyner on enormously popular and successful picture books such as The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants In This House. She lives in Sydney with her family. ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com