School Days is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors, discover exciting new voices and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive day.



Award-winning British author and illustrator, Lauren Child talks about the inspiration for each of her best-selling series and how she creates her amazing stories and characters. Prepare to enter the worlds of Ruby Redfort, Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola!


Matt Stanton takes you through a funny and energetic exploration of storytelling, illustration and creativity. In this highly interactive session, Matt, who is a compulsive cartoonist, invites students to help him create stories and characters, showing them why they have no reason to fear the blank page.

11:30am: Lunch Break and Book Signings

With Lauren Child and Matt Stanton


Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo gives students an early lesson on the power of perseverance and describes her own path to becoming a published author. Kate opens up about how fear kept her from following her dreams for ten years, as well as the countless rejections before she got her first book published.


Jack Heath, author of action-packed thrillers in which the reader chooses the ending, reveals the secrets behind writing a fast-paced and unpredictable adventure. The story of Jack's strange life will make you laugh and think.

2:00pm: Finish and Book Signings

With Kate Di Camillo and Jack Heath

Supported by Parramatta City Council.

Lauren Child (International)

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Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, best-selling writer and artist. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. Lauren has received the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and been awarded an MBE for Services to Literature.

Matt Stanton (Australian)

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Matt Stanton is a bestselling children's author and illustrator, with over a quarter of a million books in print. He is the co-creator of seven bestselling picture books, including the mega-hits, There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts and This is a Ball. His latest book, written with his wife Beck, is The Red Book. He is launching his much-anticipated middle-grade series, Funny Kid around the world in July 2017.

Kate DiCamillo (International)

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Kate DiCamillo is the former US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the author of many beloved books for young readers including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, which both received a Newbery Medal. She is also the author of Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; and the bestselling Mercy Watson series. Her most recent release, Raymie Nightingale, was an instant #1 best-seller.

Jack Heath (Australian)

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Jack Heath is the award-winning author of twenty action-packed books for young people. He started writing his first novel at age thirteen and had a publishing contract at eighteen. His best-selling books include The Cut Out, 400 Minutes Of Danger and the Countdown to Danger series.

Oliver Phommavanh (Australian)

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Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it's on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing with kids, using his experience as a primary school teacher. His books include Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd and The Other Christy