Meet the Authors

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Deb has won many awards for her books, including the Maurice Saxby Award, US IBBY award for Outstanding International Book and Best Book in Translation, Malta. Deb has been presenting in schools and festivals for over 18 years and loves getting kids excited about books, reading and writing.


Kathryn Apel writes poetry, verse novels, poetry and picture books. She has achieved acclaim as a verse novelist, dealing with emotive issues such as bullying, sibling rivalry, self-doubt, and the intricate balance of friendship.



Charlie Archbold is a YA and children’s author. Her debut novel Mallee Boys won the unpublished manuscript award at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. In 2018 Mallee Boys was recognised as a CBCA Honour Book.


Janeen Brian is an award-winning, children’s author and poet with over 100 books published in both trade and educational publishing. She enjoys writing picture books, junior fiction, poetry and novels.


Adam's first book, Wesley Booth, Super Sleuth was published by Scholastic in 2016. He has more up and coming titles and was recently the winner of the Text Prize for Children's Literature for The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls.


Danielle Clode is a zoologist who writes about killer whales, dinosaurs, bushfires and megafauna. Her third children’s book on prehistoric animals, From Dinosaurs to Diprotodons, was published by Museum Victoria in August 2018.


Phil Cummings is an award winning author of over seventy books for children (from picture books to novels) in a career that has spanned thirty years. His work has been published in Australia, New Zealand, U.S, Japan, China, South Korea, Canada, U.K. and throughout Europe. He is a registered teacher and has been a Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador since its inception in 2004. Phil was also named National Literacy Champion in 2006.


Mike has written many award-winning books since his first picture book Dial-a-Croc was published in Australia and overseas in 1991. He is also a Literacy Consultant who has worked both in Australia and New York. Mike’s recent titles include Jump & Shout, Digger and Santa’s High-Tech Christmas.


From an early age, Tara has loved reading and dreamt of writing books that inspire a love of reading within others. She is a reviewer with The Big Book Club Reading Committee and her locally based geocaching books are popular with schools,


Katrina is the author of numerous best-selling picture books. Thunderstorm Dancing is just one of several of Katrina’s books to have received Notable Book Commendations from the CBCA.


Sally is an award winning playwright and theatre maker for children and young adult audiences, and is the South Australian Chair of the Australian Writers Guild.


Rosanne Hawke is an award winning children’s & YA author and is the author of thirty books for young people ranging from lower primary to high school. She was a teacher & aid worker in Pakistan & UAE and now lectures casually in creative writing at Tabor Adelaide.



Kelly has written the fabulously colourful picture book, Fancy Pants, published by the Little Big Book Club in November 2016. Her second book is due for release in 2018 with HarperCollins.


Tania Ingram is an author of children’s picture books and novels including the Jinny and Cooper series. She is on the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators SA committee. Tania is also a Books in Homes role model and Ambassador for United Way SA.



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.


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.