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.

Gina Newton

Gina Newton

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’.
Harry Laing

Harry Laing

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?
Tiffanee Daley

Tiffanee Daley

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.
Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney

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.
Cate Whittle

Cate Whittle

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.
Shelly Unwin

Shelly Unwin

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.
Samantha Tidy

Samantha Tidy

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.
Suzanne Houghton

Suzanne Houghton

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?
Sandra Bennett

Sandra Bennett

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.
Krys Saclier

Krys Saclier

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

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.
Maura Pierlot

Maura Pierlot

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.