Stories From the PyjamaVerse 2014


Ahmad Al RadyAhmad Al Rady

Hailing from Western Sydney, Ahmad Al Rady is a 23-year-old university student and a young community leader. He is the co-founder of the Bankstown Poetry Slam,

a monthly poetry reading attracting an audience of over 300 people a month (officially making it Australia's largest regular slam). He also founded the 'Stand Tall, Speak Out!" Australia's largest youth spoken word program. Ahmad mentors youth of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and works in street outreach and community project development.

Ahmad is a 2012 and 2013 Australian Poetry Slam NSW State Finalist 2013, Nimbin Poetry World Cup finalist (top 10 out of 150 participants) and 2013 Creative Artist of the Year (AMAA's).

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.

Morris GleitzmanMorris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman is the bestselling Australian children's author of over 30 books and is loved by children around the world. From the humour of Bumface and Doubting Thomas to the poignancy of Boy Overboard, Girl Underground, Grace and the heart-rending series Once, Then and Now, his books have struck a chord with readers in over 20 countries. Once has sold more than 100,000 copies in Australia since its release in 2006. It was a nominee for the 2010 German Youth Literature Prize, and in 2011 won an Australian Book Industry Award for International Success. Both Then and Now were short-listed for the Guardian Award (UK) for Children's Fiction. His most recent novel is Loyal Creatures, set in WW1.

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 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.

Michelle Lim DavidsonMichelle Lim Davidson

Michelle grew up in Newcastle, and before studying at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), completed a Certificate IV in Music Theatre at the Hunter Institute.  It was at her WAAPA graduation that Mr Ben Elton saw her perform and quickly snapped her up as one of a handful of comedians for his live-to-air comedy show Live From Planet Earth for the Nine Network.  This was followed by a guest-starring role opposite John Cleese in the Just For Laughs Festival.  She is a regular presenter on Play School ABC & Play School Live for the National Concert Tours. This year, Michelle also appeared in the new ABC/Working Dog series Utopia, directed by Rob Sitch.

Melina MarchettaMelina 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. 2012 also marked the twenty-year anniversary of Marchetta's first novel Looking for Alibrandi, now a much-loved Australian classic.

Stories from the pyjamaverse will also feature appearances from The Parramatta Eels and The Western Sydney Wanderers fc 

Stories from the Pyjama Verse