The pencils have been sharpened and the paper prepped. The ultimate live drawing battle is back. Top children's book illustrators Gus Gordon, James Gulliver Hancock, Fiona Katauskas, Lauren Marriot, Matthew Martin, Cheryl Orsini, Leila Rudge and Matt Stanton push each other to their drawing limits as they race each other and the ticking clock. See sassy squiggles, collisions of colour and fantastical faces all come to life, live on stage. Who will win? Be there to find out with host ABC Radio Sydney’s James Valentine. Rec. age 5+.

Free, bookings essential. Maximum 4 tickets per event per booking. Collect your pre-booked tickets for events at these venues from the information booth on Pier 4/5 on the day (all uncollected tickets will be released 15 minutes prior to each session).

Matthew Martin (Australian)

Matthew Martin

Matthew Martin is a cartoonist, illustrator and writer. His drawings have been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Times (London), The New York Times and The New Yorker. He has illustrated about thirty books for children and for adults. He was born in Broken Hill and has lived in Adelaide, Sydney and New York and he now lives in Sydney with his family.

Fiona Katauskas (Australian)

Fiona Katauskas

Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist, illustrator, author and television producer based in Sydney. Her cartoons have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines, anthologies and exhibitions, and she is the author and illustrator of the bestselling children's book, The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made. Fiona is also the producer of Talking Pictures on ABC TV's Insiders program.

Gus Gordon (Australian)

Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author with over 80 books for children to his name. His books, including Wendy, Herman and Rosie, Somewhere Else and The Last Peach, are available in over 20 countries and have received international recognition. He has twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's largest award for children's and young adult literature.

Cheryl Orsini (Australian)

Cheryl 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 Lucy’s Book, Caravan, The Fairy Dancers, Unicorn! and Mermaid!. Her work also regularly appears in magazines and exhibitions.

Matt Stanton (Australian)

Matt Stanton

Matt Stanton is a bestselling children’s author and illustrator who has sold more than 1 million books. His middle-grade series, Funny Kid debuted as the #1 Australian kids’ book and has legions of fans all around the world. He has published 15 picture books to date, including the bestselling There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts, This is a Ball and Pea + Nut. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia with his wife, bestselling author Beck Stanton, and their three children.