Pull up a chair and settle in to hear your favourite children’s authors and illustrators read their stories. With a different author dropping by every half hour, you never know who you might meet.
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.
Oliver Phommavanh (Australian)
Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it's 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. Oliver is a fresh, positive voice for cultural diversity in children's literature and has appeared in many writers, arts and comedy festivals across Australia and Asia. His books include Thai-riffic!, Super Con-nerd, Punchlines and The Other Christy. His latest book will be Natural Born Leader, out in August.
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.
Binny Talib (Australian)
Binny is an award-winning illustrator and designer whose hand-drawn and playful illustrations can be found widely across the US, UK, Japan and Australia in major children's clothing brands, children's toys, interior design, books, album covers and greeting cards. Binny's illustration career emerged from a background in design, having worked as an agency Art Director and Creative Director and having completed an honours degree in visual communications. Her authorial debut, Origami Heart, was published in 2016. Recently Binny illustrated Lisa Shanahan’s Hark It’s Me, Ruby Lee.
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.
Kylie Westaway (Australian)
Kylie Westaway has spent most of her life travelling and living in different countries. Her background is in theatre, where she worked on the Australian production of The Lion King and for the Bell Shakespeare Company. Kylie’s first picture book, Whale in the Bath, was published in the US, Germany and South Korea, and was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book. Why Can't I Be a Dinosaur? is her second picture book.
Daniel Gray-Barnett (Australian)
Daniel Gray-Barnett is an illustrator and author based in Tasmania. Self-taught, he studied Medical Science at the University of Sydney before swapping his microscope for ink and pencils when he realised illustration had a much lower patient mortality rate. His colourful illustrations have been commissioned by clients such as the New York Times, Sydney Opera House, Coachella and Penguin Random House. He has three lively grandmothers and Grandma Z is his first book.
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, CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2011) 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).
Debra Tidball (Australian)
Debra Tidball is a social worker who morphed into an author. Her first picture book, When I see Grandma, was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year, and her second, The Scared Book, is a CBCA notable and heaps of interactive fun with sneaky opportunities for children to learn about conquering their fears. Debra also blogs, reviews books and presents in schools.
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.
Libby Hathorn (Australian)
Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author for children and young adults. Her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland and several of her picture books have been adapted for stage and/or opera while her Young Adult novel Thunderwith is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Recent awards include The Asher Literary Award 2017 and The Alice Award 2014, and she has also served as a judge for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Her latest book is Butterfly, We're Expecting you.
Kate and Jol Temple (Australian)
Kate and Jol Temple are the award-winning authors of the junior fiction series Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers the Third Grade, which was an Honour Book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year: Younger Readers category. Their picture books include the National Simultaneous Storytime Book, I Got This Hat which was read by over half a million kids. Their new picture book, Room on Our Rock, is an allegory about refugees which can be read front-to-back or back-to-front for a very different perspective.