Pop into our Workshop Corner and take part in mini craft workshops led by some of your favourite authors and illustrators – happening all day! Featuring Matt Cosgrove, Beci Orpin, Aura Parker, Kate and Jol Temple and Sue Whiting. Recommended for ages four and up.
Aura Parker (Australian)
Aura Parker is a best-selling author and illustrator of children's picture books, known for joyful stories, playful humour and whimsical watercolour, pencil and pen illustrations. Aura shares her enthusiasm for drawing and reading in visual literacy presentations and illustration sessions, encouraging children to be creative and brave. She is the author of Meerkat Splash, Cocoon and Twig are out now, with Goodnight Glow Worm released in late March.
Beci Orpin (Australian)
Beci Orpin is a creative practitioner based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work occupies a space between illustration, design and craft. Beci has run her studio for over 20 years, catering to a wide range of clients, as well as exhibiting her work both locally and internationally. She has authored and illustrated four D.I.Y books and five children's titles including her 2019 release Take Heart, Take Action. Her work is described as colourful, graphic, bold, feminine and dream-like, and she has been referred to as a 'national treasure'.
Sue Whiting (Australian)
Sue Whiting is a children's book author, editor and publisher. She has written books for all ages, including the bestselling Missing, the award-winning A Swim in the Sea and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Books, Platypus, Get a Grip, Cooper Jones and Beware the Deep Dark Forest. Sue latest books are The Book of Chance a suspenseful mystery novel for readers 10+, and the picture book, Good Question. As a schools' performer, Sue has informed, inspired and entertained thousands of kids across the country.
Kate and Jol Temple (Australian)
Kate and Jol Temple are internationally award-winning children’s book authors. Their hilarious history inspired book, Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers the Third Grade was selected as Honour Book for Children’s Book Council of Australia and inspired the popular series Yours Troolie Alice Toolie. Their picture book Room on Our Rock won the 2020 Charlotte Huck award and has been translated into 22 languages. Their new picture book Bin Chicken is about a bird close to every child’s heart (and lunch box).