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.
Emily Conolan is a teacher, creative facilitator, activist and author. Drawing on her deep knowledge and love of storytelling, Emily brings together techniques from a range of disciplines to engage students in a personal and creative process of transformation. She has worked extensively with the refugee and asylum seeker communities as an English teacher, a cultural arts worker, and a coordinator of an award-winning support program for asylum seekers in detention. She has published three novels in the Freedom Finders series that explore migration journeys throughout the ages. She gets excited about helping people access their own creative energy to bring deeper connection and meaning to their lives.
Types of books Emily has published includes interactive fiction, migration stories and upper primary fiction.
Irene was always writing and drawing but admitting that she wanted to write and illustrate children’s books, more than anything, even surprised herself. As a child she left messages for her parents. As an adult she wrote books for her children and for her students, just for fun. Irene also developed and wrote books for targeted intensive reading programs.
Rainbow Island Tapestry of Time was published by Forty South. Irene is presently writing a second in this fantasy/speculative fiction YA series; and planning for a third plus picture books for 7+ readers.
As KidsArtzone organiser/presenter for Bruny Island Arts, Irene provided creative opportunities for children from 5-15 yrs. She is happy to provide similar programs in local schools.
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.
Narelda Joy is a textural illustrator and puppet maker. Narelda won the State Medal for Design and has an Advanced Diploma in Design and Illustration. She has illustrated for the NSW School Magazine, and sells her illustrations and puppets.
Her most recent picture book Message in a Sock won the 2019 US Northern Lights Book Award (History), was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards, and the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards.
Narelda believes in encouraging creativity in the young, and runs workshops and design talks for children from K–6. You can see examples on her blog. She lives in northwest Tasmania with her friendly pets.
‘You may as well have the best.’ That’s what the top speakers agency in Melbourne told teachers enquiring about having a storyteller visit their school.
‘But you’ll have to book him direct.’
Kym Lardner usually organises his own bookings (like Bjork), but after 40 years of writing and illustrating picture books, recording for ABC Audio and making DVDs for kids he finds himself washed up on the shores of Tasmania during a pandemic and a ban on large school assemblies.
CBCA Tas has come to the rescue, and Kym has accepted the offer to participate in the workshops in schools programme.
Fiona is a mother and geologist who writes and illustrates picture books from her home in southern Tasmania. Living in a beautiful, far-flung place, Fiona seeks to capture the wonder of the world around her to share with a wider audience.
Fiona’s first book, The Moonbow was inspired directly by the beauty (and fickleness) of the Tasmanian landscape; her second, Now and Then, captures a piece of local history. Now and Then is a Notable book in the Eve Pownall category of the 2020 CBCA Awards.
Fiona’s work is aimed primarily at lower-to-middle-primary aged children.
Anne Morgan is the author of ten trade-published children’s books, including the Captain Clawbeak series of illustrated junior novels. Her recycled fairy tales, The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land & Other Ecotales, won the Environment Award for Junior Fiction (2014).
She was recently awarded an Arts Tasmania Creative Development Grant, 2019–20, for her middle grade novel, Felix Piper, which is set in country Tasmania.
She writes picture books, short stories, plays, information books, junior and middle grade fiction, poetry and narrative non-fiction for adults.
Anne has experience teaching from infant to university level, and is happy to work with any age group.
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.
Sally Odgers was born in NW Tasmania and still lives there with her husband and multiple dogs. She started writing in the 1970s and now has over 400 titles published.
As well as children’s books, Sally writes Young Adult, crossover, romance, photo verse and how-to books for writers.
Sally enjoys running writing workshops and author talks for all literate ages, reading, walking her dogs and cultivating her websites. In 2018 she received the Alice Award for her long-term contribution to Australian Literature.
Sally writes an entertaining blogspot, focussing on the story behind the story.
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.