The Olympics of drawing returns and there can be only one victor! Top children’s book illustrators square off live on stage for the annual drawing showdown, which promises to be colourful, cutthroat and completely outrageous. See Andrew Cranna, Nicki Greenberg, Cheryl Orsini, Ronojoy Ghosh, Sha’an d’Anthes, Andrew Joyner, Tim Miller and reigning champ Matthew Martin go head to head against each other and the clock in pursuit of triumph. Find out who takes home this year’s crown with host ABC Radio Sydney’s James Valentine. Rec 5+.
Nicki Greenberg (Australian)
Nicki Greenberg is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her books include critically acclaimed adaptations of The Great Gatsby and Hamlet (Winner, 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year) and a wide variety of books for younger readers, including the popular Naughtiest Reindeer series. Nicki's latest releases include a raucous picture book called Meerkat Choir, and an illustrated middle-grade novel, The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch (Bad Teacher. Worse Witch).
Matthew Martin (Australian)
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.
Andrew Cranna (Australian)
Andrew Cranna is an author, illustrator and primary school art teacher who illustrates comics for The School Magazine. Andrew's current comic serial, Frank & Spook, is based on two monster kids trying to expel four annoying humans from their happy home. Andrew's graphic novel series, The Bloodhound Boys, was shortlisted by the Children's Book Council of Australia for the Crichton Award for New Illustrators. It was also shortlisted for the Reading Children's Book Prize and later translated into Estonian.
Andrew Joyner (Australian)
Andrew Joyner is an Australian illustrator and author whose work has been published in more than 25 countries. He has illustrated numerous picture books, including The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky and The Swap by Jan Ormerod, and has created his own chapter book series about Boris, an adventurous warthog. His latest book, The Pink Hat, is his authorial picture book debut, and is about a young girl, a pink hat, and the Women's March.
Ronojoy Ghosh (Australian)
Ronojoy Ghosh has lived in India, Indonesia, Singapore and New Zealand, and currently lives in Sydney. He wrote his first picture book, Ollie and the Wind, for his son who refused to go to sleep at night until he had heard a story. I'm Australian Too, written by Mem Fox, is his latest illustrative work and celebrates Australia's incredible multicultural history.
Sha’an d’Anthes (Australian)
Sha’an d’Anthes is an Australian illustrator. Her illustrations are joyful, vibrant and often explore and evoke feelings of nostalgia. Sha’an’s debut picture book, Zoom, takes readers on an epic adventure through our solar system. Sha’an balances creating work for her audience and online store with creating commercial work for a number of global clients including Netflix, Adobe, Coca-Cola, Audible, 20th Century Fox and Oreo. Sha'an documents her studio work online, under the moniker Furry Little Peach.
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, 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.
Tim Miller (Australian)
Tim Miller is an Australian bestselling children's author. By day, Tim is a Marketing Manager and in his spare time he writes hilarious books for kids of all ages. His first picture book, There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts, was an instant hit. He's now published six picture books, including Dinosaur Dump and Don't Spew in Your Spacesuit. Tim's most recent publications are two fiction books for first readers called Fart Monster and Me: The Crash Landing and Fart Monster and Me: The New School.
James Valentine (Australian)
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.