Pull up a chair and settle in to hear your favourite children’s authors and illustrators read their stories in the Festival Clubhouse. With a different person dropping by every half-hour, you never know who you might meet. Recommended for ages three and up.
10:00am – Katrina McKelvey
10:30am – Victoria Mackinlay
11:00am – Kiah Thomas
11:30am – Matt Cosgrove
12:00pm – Ronojoy Ghosh
12:30pm – Kate & Jol Temple
1:00pm – Sami Bayly
1:30pm – Liz Anelli
2:00pm – Andrew Levins
2:30pm – Amelia McInerney
3:00pm – Sue Whiting
3:30pm – Deborah Kelly
Katrina McKelvey (Australian)
Katrina McKelvey is a children's author, former primary school teacher, wife, and mother to two tweenagers and a cocker spaniel. She's written many children's picture books and educational readers including No Baths Week, Up To Something and her newest book, Isla's Family Tree,. Her next picture book, Chasing Rainbows is due out August 2020. Katrina is highly involved in CBCA, SCBWI, literary conferences and festivals, and loves visiting schools.
Victoria Mackinlay (Australian)
Victoria Mackinlay is a picture book author who loves to play with language and tell rich and vivid stories. Her debut, the hilarious and magical Ribbit, Rabbit, Robot, will be followed by her second picture book with Scholastic in August. Fluent in French and Italian, and visitor of 51 countries and counting, Victoria is a direct descendant of King George III (the one that went mad!).
Kiah Thomas (Australian)
Kiah Thomas is the author of three picture books; Allergic Alpaca, Foothand Elbownose and her latest, Madeline Talbot has a Bunny on her Head, due out in April 2020. Kiah is passionate about books that kids and adults can enjoy together. She lives on the South Coast of NSW with her husband, three children and at least seven stuffed toy penguins.
Matt Cosgrove (Australian)
Matt Cosgrove, lover of words, pictures and books in general, is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Macca the Alpaca series, including the latest instalment - Macca's Makeover. He regularly speaks at schools and libraries with the simple message: Keep Drawing, Keep Writing, Keep Reading. Matt's picture book, Alpacas With Maracas, was the official National Simultaneous Storytime selection for 2019, with over 1 million kids across Australia and New Zealand reading together at the same time!
Ronojoy Ghosh (Australian)
Ronojoy Ghosh has been in the advertising industry for the past 18 years, including in India, Indonesia, Singapore and New Zealand. He currently lives in Australia with his wife and son and his work has been recognised with many advertising awards including a Gold at Cannes. Beyond advertising, his passion lies in writing and illustrating children's picture books. His first book Ollie and the Wind was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Award. His most recent books for children are Dear Grandpa and Bin Chicken.
Kate and Jol Temple (Australian)
Kate and Jol write ridiculous books for kids. Their picture books include the international award-winning Room on Our Rock as well as Are You My Bottom, I Got This Hat and their new book, Bin Chicken. They are also the authors of the junior fiction titles Birthday Wars and Yours Troolie, Alice Toolie and the CBCA winning Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade. Their books have been translated into 22 languages.
Sami Bayly (Australian)
As a natural history illustrator based in Newcastle NSW, Sami Bayly loves all things weird and wonderful. Sami finds beauty and value in all animals regardless of their appearance, and hopes that her work allows adults and children to share in her appreciation of aesthetically challenged species from around the world. The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals is her first book, with more exciting and unusual titles on the horizon.
Liz Anelli (Australian)
English born Illustrator/author Liz Anelli has over 20 children's books published with numerous short-listings and awards. As well as making picture books Liz explores her new home through creating illustrated maps. She is a Board Director of Australia Society of Authors, an Ambassador for Books in Homes and reviews picture books for CBCA. Liz’s most recent picture book is Maddie’s First Day and in 2020 she will release The Biscuit Maker and Dry to Dry.
Andrew Levins (Australian)
Andrew Levins has been a DJ since he was a teenager, and a food writer for almost as long. He was one of the inaugural DJs on FBi radio, plays most Australian music festivals and hosts the longest-running hip-hop night in Sydney. His articles have been published in VICE, The Good Food Guide, ABC Life and more. In 2007 he co-founded the youth music charity Heaps Decent. Nelson: Pumpkins and Aliens is the first book in his debut series for children.
Amelia McInerney (Australian)
Amelia McInerney writes funny picture books. She burst onto the scene in 2019 with her debut, The Book Chook, a CBCA shortlisted title. Her second book, Bad Crab, was published internationally and she has many more humourous rhyming picture books coming out. Amelia lives in the lower Blue Mountains and enjoys yoga and snorkelling, but not at the same time because that's really hard. Amelia has three kids, two hermit crabs and a husband.
Sue Whiting (Australian)
Sue Whiting has worked in publishing for two decades. As a storyteller and schools’ performer, Sue has informed, inspired and entertained thousands of kids across the country. She is also a freelance editor and writing coach, and the author of numerous books for children and young adults, including the bestselling Missing and the CBCA Notable Book, Beware the Deep Dark Forest. In 2020, Sue will release The Book of Chance in April and Good Question in May.
Deborah Kelly (Australian)
Deborah Kelly has written picture books, junior fiction, middle grade and educational material for children. She is a Role Model for Books in Homes Australia, works at a bookshop and reviews children's books for Reading Time magazine. Her most recent books are Dugong Magic and The Thing About Oliver.