Dr Heidi J Auman
Heidi is a scientist who has studied human impacts on seabirds for most of the past 30 years. Although she has published dozens of peer-reviewed science articles, she felt that her ecological message on marine debris was not reaching the necessary audience. This compelled her to write Garbage Guts, a children’s book that engages and inspires young environmentalists.
Heidi is a popular science communicator who loves sharing her adventures of living cheek-to-beak with albatrosses and penguins on tiny isolated islands. Her passionate yet educational messages are embedded with the need for environmental awareness and responsibility.
Alyssa is a full time illustrator, author and art teacher for students aged 5–75+, she strives to put the KA-POW into stories and learning. Her illustrations can be found on fabric and fashion, in magazines, many books or even on stage!
She has illustrated hits including Lucia The Luchadora, which was awarded the School Library Journal – Picture Book Cover of the Year, and Amelia Chamelia. She has illustrated picture books, primary fiction, YA covers and graphic novels. Her own graphic novel debut is coming up in 2021!
Alyssa conducts workshops for primary aged children.
Christina is the award-winning internationally published author of eight books, and illustrator of over twenty books for children. She loves telling stories and is passionate about helping others to find the storyteller inside them. Her earliest memories include going to the library in her pajamas, and cuddling books in bed instead of a teddy bear.
Christina's books, such as Kip, and Welcome Home have appeared in CBCA and other award shortlists. Her recent picture book, One Careless Night, is currently shortlisted for both the SCBWI Australia/NZ Crystal Kite Awards and The Environment Award for Children’s Literature.
She conducts school workshops for students from K–12 and PD for teachers.
Daniel Gray-Barnett lives in the Huon Valley, Tasmania with his husband, German shorthaired pointers and chickens.
Self-taught, he studied Medical Science at the University of Sydney before swapping his microscope for pencils when he realised illustration had a much lower patient mortality rate. His picture book Grandma Z won the Children’s Book Council of Australia award for Best New Illustrator and chosen for the International Youth Library’s White Ravens.
Daniel likes working with primary school students and small groups of secondary students who are interested in illustration workshops.
Julie lives on a farm in the Huon Valley where she herds possums, keeps chooks, grows plants and makes compost. She describes her work as feet-on-the-ground fantasy. Julie uses the world of fable and folktale to create gripping, imaginative and humorous stories.
She’s the author of many prize-winning books including The Coat, illustrated by Ron Brooks. KidGlovz and the newly released Shoestring, The Boy Who Walks on Air are written by Julie and illustrated by Dale Newman.
Julie and Dale have developed a range of workshops for 7–12 year olds in which they combine their talents to spark story ideas through live drawing, storytelling and collaborative writing.
Dale Newman creates images full of mystery, high drama and subtle humour, so her collaboration with Julie Hunt on KidGlovz and Shoestring, the Boy Who Walks on Air has been a natural fit.
She has a background in lithography and etching which brings a love of rendering light and tone in her pencil illustrations. She has also worked as an artist in the youth health sector and brings some of these skills to workshops she runs with Julie.
These workshops offer students the experience of both story and image development – with plenty of take home tools.
Lian Tanner has worked as a teacher, a tourist bus driver, a juggler and a professional actor.
Lian is the best-selling author of three fantasy series for children, The Keepers trilogy, The Hidden series and The Rogues trilogy. Her first picture book, Ella and the Ocean, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley, won the 2020 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature and is a Notable Book in the 2020 CBCA Awards. Her latest book (due for release in August 2020), A Clue for Clara, is a detective story starring a very determined chook.
Lian conducts school workshops for primary and secondary students.
Coral is an author and illustrator of over 60 books for children.
Her picture book Bouncing Back: An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story was shortlisted for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award (2019) and won the Environment Award for Children’s Literature in 2019. She is currently working on a new book about Antarctica, with co-writer and co-illustrator Alison Lester, a subject they are both passionate about.
Coral’s website and facebook page includes free interactive material for primary school children.
Coral conducts workshops in schools (suitable for grades 2 to 12) using both written and visual narratives, mixing fiction and nonfiction, inspiring and enabling students to create their own stories, cartoons and characters.