Children’s Author Roadshow 2014

Our Children's Author Roadshow sees more than twenty of Australia's best authors and illustrators for children travelling to key libraries across Western Sydney to deliver free talks and workshops for local primary and secondary schools.

The Children's Author Roadshow will visit Bankstown City Library and Knowledge Centre, Blacktown City Library, Liverpool City Library, Parramatta City Library, Penrith City Library and The Whitlam Library Cabramatta. SWF thanks these wonderful libraries for all their support and enthusiasm. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event thanks to Your Bookshop.

Children's Author Roadshow participants include:

Sarah-AyoubSarah Ayoub

Sarah Ayoub is a journalist and author based in Sydney. Sarah's debut novel Hate is Such a Strong Word touches on race, identity and coming of age, and has seen her visit schools across Sydney for talks and writing workshops. Her book has been used in NSW high schools for studies in belonging, journeys and multiculturalism. Sarah's writing has appeared in various publications including Marie-Claire, Sunday Style, Madison, ABC Unleashed, Cleo, Frankie, Yen, Girlfriend and more, and she has spoken at numerous industry events with the Emerging Writer's Festival, NSW Writer's Centre, The Walkley Foundation and Vibewire.

Tamar ChnorhokianTamar Chnorhokian

Tamar Chnorhokian is the author is the author of The Diet Starts on Monday, a young adult novel set in Western Sydney. Tamar holds a communications degree in writing and publishing at the University of Western Sydney and has worked as a columnist, journalist and freelance writer. She was one of the original members of The Sweatshop Collective and identifies strongly with her Western Sydney community and her Armenian background.

Andrew CrannaAndrew Cranna

Andrew Cranna is an author, illustrator and educator living in Sydney. Andrew's first graphic novel, The Bloodhound Boys: The Great Blood Bank Robbery, was shortlisted by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) for the Crichton Award for New Illustrators. Andrew's new book, The Monster Truck Tremor Dilemma is the second in The Bloodhound Boys graphic novel series. Andrew also illustrates for The School Magazine and their Teaching Guide series published by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, where his particular brand of zany humor makes teaching and learning activities accessible and fun.

Andrew DaddoAndrew Daddo

Andrew Daddo is an accomplished author of more than twenty best-selling books for all ages - picture books, chapter books, short story collections, young adult novels and adult non-fiction. He writes each month for Australian Golf Digest and contributes regularly to Essential Kids, Sydney Morning Herald and various travel magazines. Andrew Daddo's first real TV job as host of the ABC's national music show The Factory gave him cult status amongst Australian teenagers. After a year in New York as the first Australian to graduate to MTV 'VJ', he returned to become a household name with programs like The World's Greatest Commercials, Australia's Funniest People and comfortably adapted to news program 11AM. He's presented the Olympics with Seven in Sydney and Beijing, enjoyed the good life of a professional traveller with The Great Outdoors, appeared in three films and one stage show. Andrew's done a lot! Over past ten years he has spoken to literally hundreds of thousands of school children about the importance of literacy. 

Sarah DavisSarah Davis

Sarah Davis began illustrating picture books in 2008, and is now ruined for any other career. She has an honours degree in literature, and her love of language and narrative underpins her illustration work - as a self-taught artist, she is constantly experimenting with new ways to tell stories visually. Since 2008 she has illustrated 24 books and been shortlisted for 23 major awards in Australia and NZ. She illustrates the "Fearless" series, written by Colin Thompson, and the Violet Mackerel books (Anna Branford), both of which are fast becoming well-loved Australian classics. Sarah speaks at many schools and festivals, and is in high demand for her entertaining, dynamic presentations. Sarah is an ambassador for Room to Read, and the Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (Australia East/NZ).

Nathaniel EckstromNathaniel Eckstrom

Nathaniel Eckstrom is a Children's Book Illustrator. His books, published by Scholastic Australia, include The Ugly Duckling, Santa's Busy Reindeer and Me and Moo. As well as illustrating Children's Books Nathaniel has illustrated for a number of clients including Cadbury, Nestlé, King Island Dairy, SBS, and ABC Music. He works mostly with a combination of paint, pencil and digital. Nathaniel lives in Sydney.

Tara EglingtonTara Eglington

Tara Eglington is an Australian based author who loves Young Adult books, particularly the ones jam packed with romance and roll-around-on-the-floor hilariously funny moments. Tara's books include How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You and How To Convince a Boy to Kiss You. Her third YA book, My Best Friend is a Goddess, will be out in 2016.

Tony FlowersTony Flowers

Tony Flowers loves to draw and is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and artist. He is the illustrator of the popular Saurus Street series and Billy is a Dragon series. Tony is a passionate advocate for children's literacy and speaks widely at schools across Australia. His drawings are loved in Japan for their detail and humour and he has won an award in the USA for his street chalk art. Tony has a Masters degree in Visual Communication. His most highly valued prize to date has been from the Oshima Picture Book Museum in Toyama, Japan, for his hand made pop-up book Gaijin Holiday. Tony also designed and illustrated Russ the Travelling Story Bus for the Sydney Writer's Festival 2014 Children's Festival.

Jackie FrenchJackie French

Jackie French is Australian Children's Laureate for 2014 and 2015. She is a writer, dinosaur wrestler and wombat tamer from the Araluen Valley NSW. Some of her books have won awards or sold millions of copies. Others were eaten by the wombats. She went to three schools, only one of which burnt down. (This was not her fault.) She will also bet you $5 that there is a book to fascinating that you can't stop turning the pages, and will then want to read another book. Her latest books are To Love a Sunburnt Country; I am Juliet; Wombat Goes to School (with Bruce Whatley); The Hairy Nosed Wombats Find a New Home (with Sue de Gennaro); and The Beach they called Gallipoli (with Bruce Whatley).

Susanne GervaySusanne Gervay

Susanne Gervay is an Australian children's author published in Australia and internationally. Her younger fiction in the I Am Jack series are rites-of-passage books focusing on school bullying reaching adults and children. The first instalment has been adapted into a play by the award-winning Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People. Her powerful realistic young adult literature includes Butterflies, The Cave and That's Why I Wrote This Song which is a collaborative work with her teenage daughter Tory. Susanne is head of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Australia East and New Zealand, former chair of the board of the New South Wales Writers' Centre, writer and ambassador of Room to Read, role model for Books in Homes, and patron of MonkeyBaa Theatre.

Gleeson LibbyLibby Gleeson

Libby Gleeson AM is a popular, highly acclaimed writer who has published more than 30 books for children, including Eleanor, Elizabeth, I Am Susannah, and the Hannah series. She has been shortlisted for the CBCA awards 13 times, and won it three. The Great Bear (with Armin Greder) was the first Australian book to win the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award. Libby is a regular contributor to national conferences, and chaired the Australian Society of Authors 1999-2001. In 2007 she was awarded membership of the Order of Australia, and in 2011 the Dromkeen Medal for contributions to children's literature.

Will KostakisWill Kostakis

Will was only 19 when his first novel for young adults, Loathing Lola, was released. His second YA novel, The First Third, was shortlisted for the 2014 CBCA awards in the Older Readers category and won the Centre For Youth Literature Gold Inky. His new book, Stuff Happens: Sean, is his first book for younger readers. Will spends his time working as a freelance journalist, writing and touring Australian schools.

Marchetta MelinaMelina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is one of Australia's most critically acclaimed writers for young adults. Her books have been published in over twenty countries and in eighteen languages. In 2009 Melina won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for her novel, On the Jellicoe Road. The Piper's Son, the follow up to her award-winning book Saving Francesca, was long-listed for the 2010 Miles Franklin Award. Finnikin of the Rock, the first book in Melina's popular Lumatere Chronicles series was published in 2008, followed by Froi of the Exiles in 2011 and the third book, Quintana of Charyn, in 2012. That year also marked the twenty-year anniversary of Marchetta's first novel Looking for Alibrandi, now a much-loved Australian classic.

Jaclyn MoriartyJaclyn Moriarty

Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, lived in the US, UK and Canada, and now lives in Sydney again.  Her books include Feeling Sorry for Celia, Finding Cassie Crazy, and, most recently, The Colours of Madeleine trilogy. The first in that trilogy, A Corner of White, won the NSW Premier's Literary Award and the Queensland Literary Award, was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honour winner, was shortlisted for the Nebula (Andre Norton prize), and was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. 

Belinda MurrellBelinda Murrell

Belinda Murrell loves writing books for kids, especially books filled with adventure, mystery, magic and time slip. Her 22 books have been published overseas, translated into different languages and shortlisted for lots of awards. They include The Sun Sword Trilogy and the Lulu Bell series about friends, family, and animal adventures growing up in a vet hospital. Belinda's time-slip books include The Locket of Dreams, The Ruby Talisman, The Ivory Rose, The Forgotten Pearl and The River Charm. Her new book, The Sequin Star, is set in a circus in the 1930s.

James-O'LoglinJames O'Loghlin

James O'Loghlin is a television and radio host, a comedian, a former lawyer and a writer for children. His first novel, The Adventures of Sir Roderick the not-very-Brave was published in 2014 and his second, Daisy Malone and Blue Glowing Stone will be published in 2015.

Oliver PhommavanhOliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it's on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing as a primary school teacher. As a comedian, Oliver has appeared on stage, and on national TV and radio. He's also appeared across various comedy and writers festivals across Australia. Oliver's books include Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, Punchlines and his latest book is Thai-no-mite.

Jessica ShirvingtonJessica Shirvington

Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband, Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters. Her urban fantasy series Embrace debuted in 2010 and has since been widely published around the world. In 2012, the series was picked up by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and CBS Studios to be adapted to a television drama for The CW Network. Between the Lives, published in 2013, was Jessica's first standalone novel. Disruption, the first in a thrilling duology, was released in early-2014 and the much anticipated sequel, Corruption, has just been released.

R.A. SprattR.A. Spratt

Rachel Spratt is an award winning children's author and television writer. Her latest book is Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion.  This is the second instalment in the Friday Barnes: Girl Detective series. Rachel is also known for her bestselling Nanny Piggins books, a hilarious nine-part series about a circus pig turned nanny. Rachel lives in Bowral with her family.

Gabrielle TozerGabrielle Tozer

Gabrielle Tozer is an author, journalist and editor. Her Young Adult novel The Intern is out now and the sequel Faking It hits shelves in mid-December. She is currently working on her third book. In the past 12 years, Gabrielle has written for numerous titles, such as Cosmopolitan, DOLLY, Girlfriend, Bride To Be, TV WEEK, and The Canberra Times

Frances WattsFrances Watts

Frances Watts worked as a bookseller and editor for nearly ten years before she began her writing career. Her first picture book, Kisses for Daddy (illustrated by David Legge), was an Honour Book in the 2006 CBCA Awards and has sold hundreds of thousands of copies around the world. Her next picture book with David Legge, Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books, was a Book of the Year in the 2008 CBCA Awards. More recently, she won the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Goodnight, Mice! (with Judy Watson). Frances lives in Sydney's Inner West.