New South Wales

Sue Whiting

Photo of author Sue WhitingPreferred audience: kindergarten through to year 10 and adults

Sue Whiting is a children’s book editor and award-winning author who has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA.

Her published works include the best-selling The Firefighters, illustrated by Donna Rawlins. Her latest book is Platypus, illustrated by Mark Jackson.

A former primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature, Sue is a highly experienced speaker. She loves sharing her passion for reading, writing, story and storytelling with people of all ages.

Sue presents writing workshops and author talks that are interactive, entertaining, inspiring and informative.

Harry Laing

Photo of Harry LaingPreferred audience: years 2-10

Harry Laing is a poet, comic performer and creative writing teacher with over 20 years’ experience in schools. His book of poems for 6-12-year-olds, Shoctopus, came out in 2015 and is proving a hit with both kids and teachers.

Harry brings energy and a huge sense of fun to his school workshops and performances. His delight in language will inspire kids with their own writing and teachers will come away from his workshops with lots of new ideas.

Harry is happy both to present workshops for primary and secondary students and perform his poems for large numbers of children (up to 400.) He’s also an experienced leader of PD sessions for teachers.


Dawn Meredith

Photo of author Dawn MeredithPreferred audience: middle primary to lower secondary

Dawn writes for children and young adults, fiction and non-fiction. Formerly a high school art/English teacher, she has been a Specialist Literacy Teacher for over 20 years.

Dawn loves the quirky and the heroic, often writes about animal companions and has a small robot collection.

She has conducted writing workshops for children and adults all over Australia, focusing upon whatever the client needs, for both primary and secondary students.

Dawn specialises in encouraging reluctant writers. Kids and adults alike always come away excited and keen to further develop what they started.


Gaye Chapman

Photo of illustrator Gaye ChapmanPreferred audience: senior secondary, young adult and adult

Gaye Chapman is a visual artist of international standing, and a multi award-winning author/illustrator of 14 globally published children's books. She has recently illustrated Incredibilia by Libby Hathorn and published Sweet Green with Little Hare Books.

Gaye has over two decades of experience as a public speaker and facilitating art and writing workshops at libraries, galleries, festivals, conferences, writers’ groups and schools across Australia.

Gaye’s dynamic, experimental and fun workshops explore creativity, how it works and how we perceive the world. Her passion is for exploring the use of drama as a teaching tool, combined with ‘right-left brain exercises’, inspiring us to explore our own potential through unconventional methods that are simple, inclusive and easy to understand.

She lives in Sydney and is available to travel.

Cathy Lane

Photo of author Cathy Lane

Preferred audience: year 1 to year 12

Cathy has written and/or illustrated six picture books including Butterfly Kisses and Knock Knock Who’s There?, written by Mary Small. Recently she redesigned and illustrated Butterfly Kisses as a picture book app for the iPad.

She has worked part time as specialist primary art teacher and design teacher at TAFE. She has presented four solo art exhibitions of her work.

During Cathy’s workshops she will explain the stages of writing and illustrating a picture book and picture book app, from early concept to the published book/app. She demonstrates the process of character design. With class participation she creates a pastel illustration of an imaginary character. The school gets to keep this illustration. The students then design and create their own imaginary character.


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