Start your laughing engines with Matt Stanton,  creator of the much-loved Funny Kid series. A bestselling author and illustrator, Matt has shared the joy of his hilarious stories with kids all around Australia – and now he’s here at Sydney Writers’ Festival. Join Matt at Family Day as he gives us the inside scoop on ‘Funny Kid’ Max Walburt, introduces his latest book Funny Kid Peeking Duck and shares some of his best tips and tricks for writing hilarious stories and drawing funny pictures. Hosted by Oliver Phommavanh. Recommended for ages seven and up.

Matt Stanton (Australian)

Matt Stanton

Matt Stanton is a bestselling children’s author and illustrator who has sold more than 1 million books. His middle-grade series, Funny Kid debuted as the #1 Australian kids’ book and has legions of fans all around the world. He has published 15 picture books to date, including the bestselling There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts, This is a Ball and Pea + Nut. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia with his wife, bestselling author Beck Stanton, and their three children.

Oliver Phommavanh (Australian)

Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh on the page as an children's author and on the stage as a comedian. Oliver uses his experience as a primary school teacher to inspire kids to write funny stories. He has featured in Writers and Comedy festivals all across Australia and Asia. Oliver's books include Don't Follow Vee, Natural Born Loser, The Other Christy and Thai-riffic! His next book, Brain Freeze will be released later this year.