Alison Lester is a touchstone of Australian childhood, with her picture books found on family bookshelves across the country. Thirty years after the publication of Magic Beach, she remains one of the most popular and beloved children’s writers, beguiling children everywhere with her worlds – real and imaginary – and enchanting stories. In this special event, Alison shares stories, draws one of her favourite characters live and reads from her new picture book, Sing Me the Summer, a sparkling love letter to the seasons.  

Recommended for ages four and up.

Alison Lester (Australian)

Alison Lester

One of Australia’s most popular and bestselling creators of children’s books, Alison Lester has written many books, and won several prestigious awards including the 2005 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Are We There Yet? and the 2012 CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award for One Small Island. Alison was Australia’s Inaugural Children’s Laureate from 2011 to 2013, and was awarded the Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2018. Her most recent book is Sing Me the Summer with Jane Godwin.

Nat Amoore (Australian)

Nat Amoore

Nat Amoore is a Sydney-based writer and children’s literature podcast host (One More Page) whose debut novel Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire had great success as both Dymocks and QBD's 'Kids Book Of The Month', becoming Australia's #1 bestselling debut Australian children’s fiction title the same year. Her second book The Power Of Positive Pranking was released in 2020, and will be followed by The Right Way To Rock in June 2021.