Talking to new people can be hard. Especially when everyone thinks you’re bold and brave but, on the inside... you’re the opposite. Meet junior entrepreneur Stevie Louise, she is funny, smart and a fierce friend and always has a brilliant plan ready to go. Tanya Hennessy, the brilliant mind behind the Stevie Louise series, speaks with Deborah Abela about this heart-warming and hilarious series that’s all about helping kids believe in themselves. Some lucky audience members may even win a prize!

Recommended for ages seven and up.

Tanya Hennessy (Australian)

Tanya Hennessy

The high-energy, warm and lovable Tanya Hennessy is a hugely successful stand-up comedian, a radio announcer, TV presenter, bestselling author, and social media sensation, with over one million followers. In May 2021, Tanya wrote her debut junior fiction book Drum Roll Please, It's Stevie Louise which debuted at #8 in Australia and rocketed to bestseller status over the course of 2021. The sequel, Spotlight Please, It's Stevie Louise, will be released in May this year.

Deborah Abela (Australian)

Deborah Abela

After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail…twice! She produced a national kids’ TV show before writing twenty-eight internationally published and awarded books, including her cranky climate-change trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm, The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee, Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero and the CBCA notable, Bear in Space. Her next book, The Book of Wondrous Possibilities, is about the power of books to change our lives.