New South Wales

Laurine Croasdale

Photo of author Laurine CroasdalePreferred audience: year 3 to year 12

Laurine Croasdale has published over 15 fiction and non-fiction titles and written TV scripts for Hi5.

Her popular books, Surf School and Surf Sisters, celebrate the strong bonds of friendship between four girls with the ever-popular surf culture as a backdrop. Her most recent release, iHarry (Aussie Chomps), is a humorous take on our obsession with mobile phones.

Laurine presents at writing festivals, and holds author talks and workshops for students in year 3 through to year 12. With a focus on fun and interactivity, Laurine covers the basics of creative writing. Her popular workshops include: 'Superheroes and villains', 'The story game', and 'From idea to story'. 

Workshops can be delivered onsite or via video conference.


Jan Latta

Photo of author and wildlife photographer Jan LattaPreferred audience: primary students

Jan came face-to-face with a mountain gorilla in Rwanda and the experience changed her life. When she realised there were fewer than 600 mountain gorillas left in the world, she wanted to do something to help, so decided to publish books for children on endangered animals to help their survival. 

To create the 14 True to Life Books, Jan travelled to China, Borneo, India, Sri Lanka, Uganda and 10 times to Africa. She follows wild animals, taking photographs and writing about their survival. She is the ‘voice’ of the endangered animals to tell their true to life story.

12 exciting educational videos add fun to her inspirational presentations and creative workshops. Jan is a popular speaker at schools and festivals for both adults and children in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout Australia. She is a proud Role Model for Books in Homes.


Christopher Cheng

Photo of author Christopher ChengPreferred audience: kindergarten through to year 10 and adults

Christopher has been writing children’s picture books, fiction and non-fiction for over 25 years. His titles include New Gold Mountain (My Australian Story), 30 Amazing Australian Animals, and the picture books Sounds Spooky (Aurealis award winner), Python (shortlisted CBCA awards) and his latest title New Year Surprise!A primary teacher by profession (including 8 years at Taronga Zoo developing the first Australian Zoomobile), Chris tailors presentations to his audience’s needs and they are informative and fun! He is a highly experienced and popular presenter, regularly appearing schools, libraries, and at festivals in Australia and internationally. For four years Chris was ambassador for the Federal Government’s National Literacy Week initiative.Chris talks about his writing journey, conducts writing workshops and shares his love of books.He also talks with adults about the importance of books.


Sophie Masson

photo of author Sophie MassonPreferred audience: students in years 3-12 and adults

Sophie is the author of over 50 novels published in Australia and internationally. She was born in Indonesia to French parents, and moved to Australia as a child.

Her books range from historical fiction to mystery novels, family epics to fantasy, and wartime dramas to graphic novels.

Sophie offers talks and workshops for adults, as well as students from middle primary to upper secondary. She is very experienced in school presesntations, festivals, libraries, conferences, as well as online presentations.

Her presentations are varied, focusing on fantasy writing, creating book trailers, the story of Ned Kelly, and how to write prose with edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Sophie lives in regional NSW.


Susanne Gervay

Photo of author Susannne GervayPreferred audience: primary students

Susanne Gervay’s books include the best selling rite-of-passage book I Am Jack, adapted into a play by MonkeyBaa Theatre for Young People.

Super Jack makes blended families okay while Always Jack, which carries the Cancer Council’s yellow daffodil, is a celebration of kids, family and community.

Susanne’s young adult novels include Butterflies recognised by IBBY as outstanding youth literature on disability. She was recently flown to New York to speak at the World Burn Congress about the power of Butterflies to inspire and work towards embracing difference, tolerance and peace. 

Her first picture book is Ships in the Field, illustrated by Crichton Award winner Anna Pignataro.


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