Meet the Authors

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Alys Jackson is an award-winning author of fiction for children and adults. Her literary fiction for children is a regular feature in magazines, including The School Magazine, (Australia), Aquila (UK) and The Caterpillar (Ireland). 



Jane is the author of many award winning picture book, including Tea and Sugar Christmas, illustrated by Robert Ingpen and One Step at a Time, illustrated by Sally Heinrich. She presents “Meet the Author” talks to R-12 students and brings many props with her, which always leads to the students enjoying a very interactive session.


Mike is the author of 5 books of children's humourous poetry and the picture book, Olivia's Voice, which follows a day in the life of a young deaf girl. He has other books scheduled for publication in 2018 and 2019.


Kristin Martin writes poetry and short fiction for children and adults. She is the author of two poetry collections, To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme? (Glimmer Press, 2019) and Paint the Sky, (Ginninderra Press, 2016).


Margot is a YA author, reviewer, blogger, former bookseller and cheerleader for #LoveOzYA. Her debut novel Neverland was shortlisted for the 2015 Text Prize and published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2018.


South Australian author, Marianne Musgrove, writes novels and poetry for young people. For over a decade, she has been running lively and engaging workshops for primary and secondary students on the craft of book writing.


Michael’s teaching skills come to the fore during his engaging and rewarding workshop sessions. Building on the importance of a story’s idea, Michael encourages and inspires the students as he assists them to dream up compelling ideas before transferring those ideas to writing.


Matt is passionate about sharing writing tips and activities with students, teachers and adults. You just won't hear him talking about himself during school visits, Matt wants to be a positive role model to show writing can be enjoyed by everyone.


Cameron is a prize-winning author and has worked as an anthropologist, house dad, archivist, and academic. In First Person Shooter, Cameron explores the deeply personal experience of adolescent stuttering through the eyes of  a 15-year-old boy. 


Lian Tanner has worked as a teacher, a tourist bus driver, a juggler, an editor and a professional actor. She has been dynamited while scuba diving and arrested while busking. She once spent a week in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, hunting for a Japanese soldier left over from the Second World War. It took her a while to realise that all this was preparation for becoming a writer.


Michael Wagner is the best-selling author of more than 80 books for children including the Maxx Rumble series and Why I Love Footy. He’s been speaking to, and working with, primary school children of all ages for fifteen years. As one of Victoria’s most popular school speakers, Michael can tailor his sessions to any sized groups, from single classrooms to whole school assemblies.


Gabrielle Wang is an award winning author and illustrator of novels and picture books for children and young adults. She was born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. As a result, Gabrielle’s books are a blend of both Australian and Chinese culture with a touch of fantasy. She has conducted workshops in writing and illustrating around Australia and overseas.


Allayne writes junior fiction, middle grade and YA novels. Paper Planes, was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards and Swedish rights to A Cardboard Palacehave been sold. UQP have recently acquired her YA novel, Sensitive



Kristin Weidenbach writes popular non-fiction focused on Australian history. Her picture books for children include King of the Outback: the story of Sidney Kidman, Meet Banjo Paterson and Tom the Outback Mailman.


Sue Whiting  has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, including the best-selling Missing, a mystery novel for readers 10+, and the award-winning A Swim in the Sea.