New South Wales

Lewis Morley

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Preferred audience: high school and tertiary students

Lewis has 30 years experience in the Australian film industry working in miniature effects, special props and art department design. Films he has worked on include Razorback, Dark City, The Matrix Trilogy, Star Wars Episode 2 and Epsiode 3, and Superman Returns.

He also lectures on design and character creation for tertiary and high school students.

Lewis' workshops cover drawing skills for comics and storyboards; character design and character through posture; what is creativity and where does inspiration come from; the ethics of research; originiality versus plagiarism; sculpture as a quick design tool.


Jeni Mawter

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Preferred audience: students of all ages

Jeni Mawter is the author of the hilarious So series: So Gross!, So Feral!, So Sick!, So Festy!, So Grotty! and So Stinky! and Freewheelers series: Unleashed!, Launched! and Extreme!

Jeni has published picture books as well as non-fiction, poetry, verse narrative, songs and scripts.

With over ten years of experience, Jeni’s workshops are both fun and informative. Students will learn how to: write persuasive texts for NAPLAN; develop interesting characters; write adventure/comedy/picture books; edit and improve their stories; write poetry; and lots more!

As well as face-to-face, Jeni is experienced in virtual classroom workshops.

Lesley Vamos

Photo of illustrator Lesley VamosPreferred audience: all ages

Lesley studied at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, receiving a Distinction in the Bachelor of Digital Media with Honours in animation.

She spent the next year in LA getting experience and is now working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, spending time both here and abroad to ensure growth in both her skill and her creativity.

Lesley has four years of experience in teaching people to draw and motivating them to pursue what they're truly passionate about.

Workshops range from an hour-long drawing lesson focusing on how to see your world differently, to 300+ crowds in 4-6 hour sessions talking about self motivation and making your own comic.

Russell Blackford

Photo of author and literary critic Russell BlackfordPreferred audience: upper secondary to adults

Russell Blackford is a philosopher, literary critic and novelist based in Newcastle. He is a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology.

Russell is the author of many books, articles, and short stories. His most recent book is The Issue of Moral Authority, published by Palgrave Pivot.

Russell’s special topics include freedom of speech, current debates over the ‘New Atheism’, the religion/science debate, human enhancement and transhumanism, and the history and current state of the science fiction genre. He has written media tie-in novels for the Terminator franchise, and can talk about the craft of writing science fiction and fantasy. He can also lead workshops on creative writing, especially in the science fiction field. 

Jenny Blackford

Photo of author Jenny BlackfordPreferred audience: older primary or secondary

Jenny Blackford’s YA-crossover novel set in ancient Delphi and Athens, The Priestess and the Slave, was described by bestseller Alison Goodman as ‘a compelling blend of vivid storytelling and meticulous research’.

Her poems, fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction have appeared in magazines and anthologies for people of all ages.

Jenny can talk about what it was like to be a slave girl in 5th century BCE Greece, or a Bronze Age princess in the Homeric world; how the Pythia of Apollo prophesied at Delphi, or how ancient magic worked; and ancient food, clothes and more.

She can also conduct writing workshops for people aged 9 to 90.

She lives in Newcastle, NSW.

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