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)

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Matthew Martin was born in Broken Hill, and is a cartoonist and illustrator. His drawings have been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The New York Times, The New Yorker and London's The Times. He has illustrated books for children and for adults, designed posters and made animations, and has been a finalist in the Dobell Prize for Drawing. He lived in New York for eleven years and now lives in Sydney.

Fiona Katauskas (Australian)

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Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines, websites, political cartoon anthologies and exhibitions. She has also designed greeting cards for the Ink Group and t-shirts for Mambo and produces Talking Pictures on ABC TV's Insiders program. Despite being a grown up, Fiona is also a passionate reader of children's and young adult literature. The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made, her first book, was shortlisted for the 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.

Cheryl Orsini (Australian)

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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 and Pom Pom, Where Are You?. Her work also regularly appears in magazines and exhibitions. Cheryl created the current exterior design and illustrations for Russ the Story Bus.

James Valentine (Australian)

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James Valentine presents Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney. He is also the presenter of ABC TV’s weekly arts show The Mix. He’s been working in media as a TV producer, broadcaster, feature writer, reviewer for over thirty years. He wrote the JumpMan series for young readers and began his working life as a musician appearing with The Models and Jo Camilleri.