Author Talks and Workshops
          23–27 October

Catch some of Australia’s leading writers and illustrators for children at this FREE series of talks and workshops for primary schools. 

Held at libraries across Western Sydney, each Author Talk and Workshop program features four authors or illustrators talking about their craft and running a workshop specifically designed for secondary students from years 2-7. 

Author Talks and Workshops will be held at Penrith City Library (23 October), Bankstown Library & Knowledge Centre (24 October) Auburn Library (25 October), Whitlam Library (26 October) and Parramatta City Library (27 October).

The stellar line-up features David Astle (Wordburger), Ursula Dubosarsky (The Blue Cat), Karen Foxlee (Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy) and Lisa Nichol (Dr Boogaloo and the Girl Who Lost Her Laughter).

The Author Talks and Workshops program is part of the Children's Festival of Moving Stories. 

Book directly through your local library.

Auburn Library 
Contact: Kirsty Plumridge (Children's and Young Adults Librarian)
By phone
: (02) 9840 9928 | By email: 

Bankstown Library & Knowledge Centre
Contact: Tara Cordina (Technical Specialist Children & Youth)
By phone: (02) 9707 9731 | By email:


Whitlam Library
Contact: Manjit Uppal (Children & Youth Librarian)
Ph: (02) 9725 0362 | By email:

Parramatta City Library
Contact: Maria El-Chami (Children's and Youth Services Librarian)
By phone(02) 9806 5793 | By email:

Penrith City Library
Barjinder Kaur (Children’s Librarian)
By phone(02) 4732 7890 | By email:

David Astle (Australian )


David Astle is a full-time word nerd. He loves riddles, puzzles and alphabet soup. He makes crosswords for newspapers, talks a whole lot of words on the radio and even reads the dictionary on TV's Letters and Numbers. David has also written heaps of wordy books, stuff like Puzzled, Cluetopia, Riddledom and Wordburger. Plus a brand-new brain-bender called David Astle's Gargantuan Book of Words.

Ursula Dubosarsky (Australian)

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Ursula Dubosarsky is the author of over 50 books. She has been awarded several national prizes for her work, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. As well as pictures books such as The Terrible Plop, she has also written the non-fiction Word Spy books about the English language. Her latest novel is The Blue Cat

Karen Foxlee (Australian )


Karen Foxlee spent most of her adult life working as a registered nurse while pursuing her secret dream of becoming a writer. She writes for both children and grown-ups. Her first book for kids, Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy was a CBCA Notable and a finalist in the E.B White Read Aloud Awards. A Most Magical Girl is the Readings Children's Fiction Book Prize winner this year. 

Lisa Nichol (Australian )


Lisa Nichol is a writer and documentary-maker. Much of her work revolves around music. Her book The Ballad of Dexi Lee was selected by The Australian’s Stephen Romei as one of his favourite picture books for 2013. Her documentary Wide Open Sky, about a children’s choir in outback NSW, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival. Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter is Lisa’s second book for children.