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.
Multi-award-winning author, Marine Biologist and Zoologist, Gina Newton, is passionate about our Australian wildlife. This passion and her vast knowledge are evident in her beautiful fiction and non-fiction books, and when you listen to her speak to children and adults alike. She epitomises the catchphrase ‘write what you know and love’.
Poet, comic performer and creative writing teacher, Harry Laing is a firm favourite. He brings energy and a huge sense of fun to his school workshops and his delight in language, especially those raps, inspire children (and adults) with their own writing. With topics that are weird, wacky and reflective, what more could you ask for?
Keep an eye out for author and illustrator Tiffanee Daley’s name in your library and bookshops in the near future because she’s on the move. In the meantime, find out what inspires her sensational artwork.
Over 50 books and counting – surely author and illustrator, Tania McCartney, has run out of inspiration? Definitely not! Find out how she does it and what it’s like to live inside the world of story magic.
Who doesn’t want to escape into a magical world sometimes? Cate Whittle helps younger and older readers do just that with her Trouble series, Wyrd and Emergency Rescue Angel. Meet Cate and discover where her inspiration comes from.
Rascally and egocentric story characters delight us all. When the story also delivers a subtle message and opens dialogue for discussion, you know you’re on a winner. Meet Shelly Unwin and find out how she works her storytelling magic.
Passionate advocate for Canberra, Samantha Tidy writes about the things that really matter to her. She’s a wonderful storyteller, adept at cultivating deep feelings of connection with her readers.
Imagine being able to spend all your time ‘colouring in’! Well, artist and picture book illustrator, Suzanne Houghton does more than that – and she writes too. What inspires her creativity every day?
Reading is all about going on journeys and having adventures. Canberra author, Sandra Bennett takes her inspiration from the childhood shenanigans of her boys and her imagination.
The little moments in everyday life inspire Krys Saclier when she writes. An ex-teacher, Krys lives in Canberra and is super-proud of her first picture book, Super Nova.
Stephanie Owen Reeder
Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder uses moments in Australian history to inspire her multi-award-winning Heritage Heroes books. Find out how she combines history with wonderful storytelling.
Award-winning author and playwright, Maura Pierlot is inspired by her children and The Arts. Find out how she keeps track of all her ideas and ultimately brings them to life.