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).
Gus Gordon (Australian)
Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children. His books Wendy, Herman and Rosie (2013 CBCA 'Honour book), Somewhere Else (2017 Speech Pathology book of the year), The Last Peach and Finding François have sold in over 20 countries world wide and have received extensive international recognition. He has twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Gus lives with his wife and three kids in Sydney, Australia
Cheryl Orsini (Australian)
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 Fran, The Fairy Dancers and Pom Pom, Where Are You?. Her work also regularly appears in magazines and exhibitions.
Matt Stanton (Australian)
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 fans all around the world. He has 16 picture books to his name, including the bestselling Books That Drive Kids Crazy! and Fart Monster and Me series, and is currently creating his immensely popular graphic novel series, The Odds. Matt lives in Sydney with his wife, bestselling author Beck Stanton, and their children.