Settle in to hear your favourite children’s authors and illustrators read their stories at the Clubhouse Corner. With a different storyteller dropping by every half-hour, you never know who you might meet or what fantastical story they might tell.
Recommended for ages three and up.
10–10:30am Robert Vescio
10:30–11am Andrew Levins
11–11:30am Aura Parker
11:30am–12pm Wonder Mama
12–12:30pm Gus Gordon
1–1:30pm Marjorie Crosby-Fairall
1:30–2pm Nat Amoore
2–2:30pm Ashleigh Barton
2:30–3pm Sue Whiting
3–3:30pm Lana Spasevski
3:30–4pm Sami Bayly
Nat Amoore (Australian)
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.
Ashleigh Barton (Australian)
As a child, Ashleigh Barton would borrow ten library books at a time and decided, at age six, that she wanted to be a writer. Several years, a law degree and many jobs later, Ashleigh has finally made her six-year-old self proud. Now the author of What Do You Call Your Grandpa? and What Do You Call Your Grandma?, Ashleigh loves writing for children of all ages. Ashleigh lives in Sydney with her husband, dog and two little bookworms.
Sami Bayly (Australian)
Sami Bayly is a natural history illustrator based in Armidale, who loves all things weird and wonderful. She finds the beauty and importance of all animals regardless of their appearance, and hopes to share her appreciation with others. Sami's first book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, won the Children's Indie Book of the Year Award and the ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children. Her second book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals was been shortlisted for the 2021 Indie Book Awards.
Marjorie Crosby-Fairall (Australian)
Marjorie Crosby-Fairall is an internationally published illustrator of over twenty children's books. Her books appear on the Premier’s Reading Challenge lists and have been shortlisted and won awards, including the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for her first picture book. Her picture books include Bear in Space with Deborah Abela and The Croc and the Platypus with Jacking Hosking. In 2021 she will releases Dinosaur Dads with Lesley Gibbes and Summer Blue) with Trudie Trewin.
Gus Gordon (Australian)
Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children. His books Wendy, Herman and Rosie (2013 CBCA 'Honour book), Somewhere Else (2017 Speech Pathology book of the year), The Last Peach and Finding François have sold in over 20 countries world wide and have received extensive international recognition. He has twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Gus lives with his wife and three kids in Sydney, Australia
Andrew Levins (Australian)
Andrew Levins is a DJ, podcaster, writer and a father of two. He has written about food for the Sydney Morning Herald, SBS and Time Out but now he writes books about food for children. There have been two books in his Nelson series so far Nelson: Pumpkins and Aliens and Nelson: Broccoli and Spies, with a third book (Nelson: Eggplants and Dinosaurs) coming out later this year.
Wonder Mama (Australian)
Wonder Mama was hatched from a magical golden egg where she grew to become the most fabulous of all! She was trained from a young age and grew to be an outstanding super-hero using her powers to fight for good! Wonder Mama grew up and became the most fabulous of Glamazons. She became a global glambassador on a mission to spread her message of love and equality throughout the world!
Aura Parker (Australian)
Aura Parker is an award-winning author-illustrator whose picture books are whimsical and brimming with details to explore. Aura loves to share her enthusiasm for writing and drawing, encouraging children to be creative and brave. Her latest book is a calming bedtime story called Goodnight Glow Worms and soon to be released is the Silly Seabed Song in July. Her storytelling through words and pictures inspires imagination, courage and confidence in young readers.
Lana Spasevski (Australian)
Lana Spasevski is an Australian author who writes stories that tap into the curious world of preschool and lower primary aged children. Her debut picture book, Max’s Dinosaur Feet, was inspired by the beautiful chaos of life with a young family and her second book Upside-Down Friday was inspired by a school day that just wouldn’t go to plan! Her writing has achieved recognition in various competitions including being long listed in the 2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Charlotte Waring Barton Award.
Robert Vescio (Australian)
Robert Vescio is an international award-winning author of children’s picture books, based in Sydney. Many of his picture books have been translated into other languages including German, Italian, Polish, and Chinese. Recently, his picture book Under the Same Sky was read on the hugely popular UK children’s show CBeebies as a bedtime story by award winning actor, Tom Hardy.
Sue Whiting (Australian)
Sue Whiting is a children's book author and editor. 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.