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Authors & Illustrators – Motivating Students to Write

Find out about some of your favourite local authors and illustrators.

SUSANNE GERVAY

Children’s and Young Adult author, Susanne Gervay writes on themes close to her heart. She loves what she does and inspires the same enthusiasm in everyone she speaks to. Find out what inspires her wonderful stories.

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NICOLE GODWIN

Author of three (and counting) environmentally-themed picture books, Nicole Godwin shares her love for animals through heart-warming stories. Read about the issues that inspire this local Canberra author.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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