Meet the Authors

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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.


Marianne is a fully qualified social worker and also runs workshops in schools and libraries on techniques for managing worries, based on her award-winning book, The Worry Tree. Her other books have won or been short-listed for numerous awards.


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. 


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.