Come along and witness a continuously unfolding tale unlike anything seen before on the Sydney Writers’ Festival stage! Watch some of Australia’s favourite children’s authors and contributors to Total Quack Up! – Sally Rippin, Oliver Phommavanh, Deborah Abela, Adrian Beck, and R.A. Spratt – join forces to create a ridiculous, funny and completely original story right in front of your eyes (with a little help from you!). Rec. 5+
R.A. Spratt (Australian)
R.A. Spratt is the enormously popular best selling author of series The Peski Kids, Friday Barnes and Nanny Piggins series. Her action packed books, poignantly observed characters and razor sharp dialogue are influenced by her long career as a television writer. And her background as a stand-up comic shines through in her spectacular author presentations.
Oliver Phommavanh (Australian)
Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it's on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. A former primary school teacher, Oliver is also an author ambassador for charities, Room to Read and the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge. Oliver's books include Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, The Other Christy and his latest, Natural Born Loser. Oliver's next book is Don't Follow Vee, out in May, 2019.
Deborah Abela (Australian)
After finishing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail twice! She’s written 25 books including Max Remy Superspy, Grimsdon, New City, Teresa A New Australian and The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery. Her first picture book is Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. Deb has won awards for her books but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.
Sally Rippin (Australian)
Sally Rippin is Australia's highest-selling female author. She has published over 70 books for children, including two novels for young adults, and her Billie B Brown series has sold over 4.5 million books in 14 languages. Sally is a passionate ambassador for the 100 Story Building centre for young writers and has a regular radio program on 3RRR interviewing industry professionals. Her most recent novel is The Search for the Silver Witch, the final instalment in the highly-acclaimed Polly and Buster trilogy.
Adrian Beck (Australian)
Adrian Beck writes funny, action-packed stories for kids. Adrian produces the TV show, Kids' WB, and has also worked on The Logies, Carols by Candlelight, Prank Patrol and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Adrian is the author of the Champion Charlies series and Stuff Happens: Dale plus he co-wrote the Kick it to Nick series with AFL legend Shane Crawford. Adrian is the co-editor of Total Quack Up, along with Sally Rippin, his podcast co-host of The KidLit Club.