New South Wales

Nathan Luff

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Preferred audience: upper primary, but does have experience with younger children

Nathan has trained as both a playwright and a screenwriter and has had various plays, short films and television programs produced.

Nathan’s debut novel, Chicken Stu, was inspired by the crazy antics he and his brothers got up to as kids on their farm. His next novel, Bad Grammar is set in an outback boarding school for bad boys.

Nathan’s talks and workshops are funny and engaging and can be tailor-made to suit a school’s needs. He is particularly good at engaging boys in the joys of reading and storytelling. Nathan spent many years working alongside teachers and students as Festival Director of the Wakakirri National Story Festival.


Jill Carter-Hansen

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Preferred audience: adults, but will work with children aged 7 and older

Jill is an author and illustrator, having published a number of her own children's books and collaborated with authors on several others, including Bearly There with Aleesah Darlison.

Jill's talks for adults take 1-1.5 hours and focus on her own original and/or screened work. She shares the often amusing stories behind the creation of her works and invites the audience to examine the originals. She also gives advice and encouragement to attendees on their own creative pursuits.

Her workshops for children range from simple experimental creative exercises with text and illustration to creating a simple illustrated story. Additional investigation into storyboarding and progressive exercises are available for older students interested in visual narrative for both still series (books) and/or animation.

Deborah Abela

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Preferred audience: upper primary, but can also speak to younger children

Deborah trained as a teacher before producing and writing children’s TV at Network TEN. She has written over 20 novels including the series Grimsdon and New City. Her latest novel Teresa: A New Australian, was inspired by her dad, who made the journey from Europe to Australia after the devastation of WW2.

Deb’s presentations are informative, interactive and fun. As a trained teacher, she is comfortable giving author talks and writing workshops for both the reluctant writer and the gifted and talented. She also presents at staff development days, sharing ideas on activities to get kids excited about writing.

Deb gives author talks, writing workshops for kids and adults, PD session for teachers, and workshops on speaking in schools.

Deborah is a proud writer ambassador for Room to Read and Role Model for Books in Homes.

Pip Harry

Photo of writer and editor Pip HarryPreferred audience: secondary students

Pip is a freelance journalist and author of I'll Tell You Mine. With over 14 years experience as a writer and editor, Pip has worked as Entertainment Editor for NW and Deputy Editor for TV Week before turning herself into a yoga-loving frequent flyer as Health & Travel Editor for Woman’s Day. She is the co-founder of and teaches writing at university level.

Her talks on journalism teach how to write a great feature story; sources and leads; finding the right style and tone; getting work experience; blogging and new media; and the future of magazines in the digital age.

Her talks on young adult fiction focus on finding a great character and voice; how to workshop and find inspiration; researching; getting published and finding an agent; hands-on, fun writing exercises to get started; and the future of books in the digital age.

Louise Park

Photo of author Louise ParkPreferred audience: primary students

Louise writes books for children under her own name and as several secret identities, including H. I. Larry, Mac Park and Poppy Rose. She is the author of the best-selling series Zac Power Test Drive, Bella Dancerella and Star Girl—soon to be a television series for children. She is also the co-creator of Boy vs Beast.

Her writing aims to entertain, inform, aid the acquisition of literacy skills and most of all, inspire! Inside her books, you’ll travel to magical lands, battle beasts, attend a space boarding school where students save space from environmental threats, and even thwart the plans of the evil spy agency, BIG — whilst exploring the important issues of bullying, global citizenship, conflict resolution, self-esteem and more.

Louise loves nothing better than taking students on huge adventures and helping them to craft action-packed stories of their own. 

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