With pencils and paper at the ready, much-loved artist and author Leigh Hobbs teaches kids how to draw his rascally characters, including the outrageous Old Tom and the well-travelled Mr Chicken. The mastermind of favourites such as Horrible Harriet’s Inheritance and the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016 and 2017, Leigh shares the backstories behind his wickedly funny cast of creations and helps attendees discover the joy of drawing. Introduced by Oliver Phommavanh. Rec 5+.

Leigh Hobbs (Australian)

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Artist and author Leigh Hobbs is the creator of the characters Old Tom, Mr Chicken, Mr Badger, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig and the feral students in 4F for Freaks. Old Tom was adapted into a popular animated TV series while Mr Chicken and Horrible Harriet have recently appeared on the Sydney Opera House stage. Mr Chicken Goes to Paris was shortlisted for the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Leigh's latest book is Freaks on the Loose.

Oliver Phommavanh (Australian)

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Oliver Phommavanh is a Thai-Australian writer for children. He is the author of Thai-riffic!, Con-nerdPunchlines, Thai-no-miteEthan, The Other ChristySuper Con-nerd and, most recently, Natural Born Loser.