Some children’s characters come and go but the great ones linger. If characters are the heart and soul of a story, what makes one more engaging than the next? How do authors construct and breathe life into them? Where do they draw their inspiration from? Join Andrew Daddo (Grandma’s Guide to Happiness) & Kate Foster (Harriet Hound) as they discuss their creative processes with Adrian Beck. Recommended for ages six and up.

Supported by ARA.

Andrew Daddo (Australian)

Andrew Daddo

Andrew Daddo has written 29 books for children of all ages – from picture books to chapter books, middle school to YA. His latest books are for younger children: Grandma's Guide to Happiness, with illustrator Stephen Michael King, and Poohface, with Jonathan Bentley.

Kate Foster (Australian)

Kate Foster

Kate Foster is a children's author writing about friends, family, and dogs. Originally from a small town in the southeast of England, she now lives on the stunning Gold Coast in Australia with her family and second-hand dogs. She is the author of Paws, The Bravest Word and the new Harriet Hound series. Kate is passionate about encouraging and teaching a wider understanding of autism and mental illness via a positive approach and representation in both her books as well as her presentations and talks.

Adrian Beck (Australian)

Adrian Beck

Adrian Beck writes funny, action-packed stories for kids including the Furball series, the Derek Dool series, and the Little Legends series with Nicole Hayes. As well as being an author, Adrian is a TV producer and a lover of very bad ‘dad jokes’. Adrian is passionate about fostering a love of reading in the next generation.

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