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!  


10–10:30AM Freda Chiu
10:30–11AM Sarah Ayoub
11–11:30AM Maxine Beneba Clarke
11:30AM–12PM Lisa Shanahan
12–12:30PM Matt Cosgrove
12:30–1PM Leila Rudge
1–1:30PM Deborah Abela
1:30–2PM Victoria Mackinlay
2–2:30PM Charmaine Ledden-Lewis
2:30–3PM Phillip Marsden
3–3:30PM Christopher Cheng
3:30–4PM Kate Simpson

Recommended for ages three and up.

Freda Chiu (Australian)

Freda Chiu

Freda Chiu is an author and illustrator from Sydney, Australia. As well as illustrating children's books, her work spans comics, editorial and retail graphics. Outside her art practice, Freda lectures in Illustration at the University of Technology Sydney. A Trip to the Hospital is her debut picture book.

Image credit: Windham Campbell Award

Sarah Ayoub (Australian)

Sarah Ayoub

Sarah Ayoub is a journalist, author and academic based in Sydney. She teaches journalism and writing at the University of Sydney and University of Notre Dame, and her work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Australian, ELLE, marie claire and more. Sarah completed a PhD examining interventionist intersectional narratives in Australian YA, which inspired her forthcoming novel, The Cult of Romance, set in Western Sydney and Lebanon. Her debut picture book, The Love That Grew, is out in early 2022.

Maxine Beneba Clarke (Australian)

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the ABIA and Indie award winning author of over nine books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the bestselling memoir The Hate Race, the Victorian Premier's Award-winning poetry collection Carrying the World, and the Boston Globe/Horn Prize winning picture book The Patchwork Bike, illustrated by Van T. Rudd. She is the editor of Best Australian Stories 2017, and Growing Up African in Australia. Her most recent poetry collection is How Decent Folk Behave.

Lisa Shanahan (Australian)

Lisa Shanahan

Lisa Shanahan is an award-winning writer of picture books and fiction for young people. Her picture book Bear and Chook by the Sea, illustrated by Emma Quay, was the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood in 2010. Big Pet Day, illustrated by Gus Gordon, was the Speech Pathology Book of the Year for Ages 5-8 in 2015 and Hark, It's Me, Ruby Lee! was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2018. Her most recent picture book Hello World, illustrated by Leila Rudge was recently listed as a 2022 CBCA Notable Book for Early Childhood.

Matt Cosgrove (Australian)

Matt Cosgrove

Matt Cosgrove, lover of words, pictures and books in general, is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Macca the Alpaca series, including the latest instalment Macca the Backpacker, his new Llama series Llamas in Pyjamas and new junior fiction series Worst Week Ever. Matt's picture book, Alpacas With Maracas, was the official National Simultaneous Storytime selection for 2019, with over 1 million kids across Australia and New Zealand reading together at the same time!

Leila Rudge (Australian)

Leila Rudge

Leila Rudge grew up in England and spent her first few years making mud pies with five siblings. Not long after completing an Illustration Degree at Bath Spa University, she hopped on a plane to Australia with her portfolio. Leila has now illustrated over ten picture books. Her illustrations are a mixture of pencil, paint, paper and any other bits and bobs found in her studio at home. Her writing usually always begins with a sketchbook scribble and she enjoys developing story ideas from her illustrations. Leila currently lives and works in Newcastle, Australia.

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.

Victoria Mackinlay (Australian)

Victoria Mackinlay

Winner of the 2020 State Library NSW Award for Emerging Children's Author, Victoria is a new and exciting author who loves to play with language. Her debut picture book Ribbit Rabbit Robot was shortlisted in the 2021 CBCA and Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. Victoria released two new books The Bark Book and The Lion Who Came to Stay in 2021. She is a direct descendant of King George III (the one who went mad!).

Charmaine Ledden-Lewis (Australian)

Charmaine Ledden-Lewis

Charmaine Ledden-Lewis is a proud Bundjalung woman and mother of two, living on Dharug and Gundungurra Country in the Blue Mountains. Winner of the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award, Charmaine has produced work with notable authors Bruce Pascoe and Cathy Freeman, and has most recently released Charlie’s Swim with author Edith Wright. Charmaine views her art as an opportunity for truth telling and sharing of indigenous perspective, and creates with varying medium, such as ink, gouache and soft pastel, to achieve vibrant and emotive illustrations that echo the underlying themes explored in her collaborative books.

Phillip Marsden (Australian)

Phillip Marsden

Phillip is an artist and illustrator from Liverpool, England, now based in Sydney, Australia. His drawing career spans book and editorial illustration, self-published comics and zines, fine art painting, tattoo design and live graphic recording. His first book as both author and illustrator is Boss Ladies of Sport, an ode to the incredible women athletes of the Tokyo Olympics and beyond.

Christopher Cheng (Australian)

Christopher Cheng

Christopher Cheng dwells in an inner-city Sydney terrace and writes fiction and non-fiction for children full time. He is Co-Chair of the International Advisory Board for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). He has a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature and has been a Literacy Ambassador for the Federal Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Week initiative. His three most recent picture books: Wombat, Bear and Rat and The Imagineer have all been listed in the Children's Book Council of Australia 2022 Notable list.

Kate Simpson (Australian)

Kate Simpson

Kate Simpson is a picture book author, podcast host and bookworm who loves facts and fiction in equal measure. She is also a chemical engineer who believes that curiosity can change the world. Kate lives in Sydney, and her most recent picture book Ouch! Tales of Gravity is in all good bookstores now.