Author & Illustrator Showcase

Who is your favourite author, illustrator or storyteller? 

What inspires their writing or illustrations? Where do they get all those ideas? Do they have a favourite book or character? Will they come to my school?

‘Meet’ the creators behind your favourite books and be inspired to write and illustrate as well as they do.

Amelia McInerney

Amelia McInerney

Lover of chooks and hermit crabs, Amelia McInerney writes in rhyme and … without words. How? Where does she get her inspiration? What else does she have up her sleeve for 2021?
Karen Hendriks

Karen Hendriks

Author of two beautiful picture books, with more on the way, Karen Hendriks inspires her readers and fellow authors alike with her whimsical words and heartfelt kindness. Perhaps she’ll inspire you as well.
Rory H. Mather

Rory H. Mather

If you haven’t yet heard of Rory H. Mather, don’t look away. In September 2020, he published his first picture book, Vlad’s Bad Breath, with Larrikin House. And now, this big kid with a beard has not one, not two, but SIX more books due for release over ...
Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh

Ever since he was a kid, Oliver Phommavanh has loved to make people laugh. He also loved dinosaurs and reading. Luckily for us, he gave up on trying to find a pile of dinosaur bones and decided to focus on the partner of reading… writing! After publishing
Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela

Author of twenty-seven books and counting, Deborah Abela had her love of reading and books nurtured from a young age by her mother who would buy her a Little Golden Book every week when she did her grocery shopping. Now, as an adult, her favourite thing ...
Nat Amoore

Nat Amoore

Everyone knows someone who seems to have boundless energy, a positive outlook and more hours in their day than the rest of us. Sydney author, Nat Amoore, is one of those people. That’s great news because a lot of her energy is spent championing the push ...
Jackie French AM

Jackie French AM

First things first. Australian author, Jackie French, describes herself as ‘a part-time honorary wombat’. If you follow her Facebook author page you will be treated to her daily videos and words about the wombat escapades in Jackie’s backyard. She has ...
David Conley

David Conley

David Conley – teacher, artist, author, and ‘apparently quite a nice guy’ (according to his Instagram page) – is the author of That Book About Greek Mythology. Perhaps you think you already know all the famous Greek tales? Maybe, but I’d be willing to bet
Aleesah Darlison

Aleesah Darlison

Award-winning children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, has published over 50 books for children and young adults – so surely she’s running out of inspiration by now! Apparently not. Coming in a close second to eating chocolate, the thing Aleesah Darlison ...
Tracey Hawkins

Tracey Hawkins

A former police officer with the AFP, Tracey Hawkins now writes for children in a variety of genre – often joyful but occasionally a titch scary. If you’re brave, you may wish to ask her exactly what she keeps hidden beneath her staircase. When she’s not ...
Holly Bidwell

Holly Bidwell

Canberra-based Storyteller, Holly Bidwell, has over 35 themes in her storytelling repertoire and she’s creating new ones all the time. She might be a dragon one week or a chicken, or she could even turn up to work in her pyjamas. Whatever happens, you just know you’re going to have fun.
Hazel Edwards OAM

Hazel Edwards OAM

Author of over 200 books for children through to adults, and celebrating the 4oth birthday of her timeless picture book, There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, it seems Hazel Edwards has never run out of ideas to entertain and educate readers from all over the world. What is the key to her inspiration?