New South Wales

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.

Patricia Bernard

Portrait photo of Patricia BernardPreferred audience: primary through to adults

Patricia left Australia when she was nineteen. During the next twenty years she sailed up the Nile, worked in Berlin during the closing of the Wall, met Mohammed V of Morocco in the Sahara Desert, travelled through Alaska in a sports car in winter, fell in love with a Spanish matador, married in Jamaica, hitch-hiked with her one-year-old daughter around Japan and Korea just after the Korean War, became stranded on the Niagara Falls Bridge without a passport, visited Lhasa in Tibet, was among the first Australians to visit China in the 70s, and was the first NSW resident given a visa for Cuba.

She has worked and travelled all over the world, and intends to see all the other countries she hasn’t yet seen before she falls off the planet. She lives in Paddington in a convict-built house. She loves travel, science fiction, children and cinema.

Moya Simons

Photo of author Moya SimonsPreferred audience: primary and lower secondary students

Moya Simons has written over 35 books for upper primary/lower secondary school children.

Her current book Let me Whisper You My Story is already being used in various schools as an informative and moving story on a child in hiding in World War II.  Moya's books have been shortlisted for the Young Australian Best Books Awards three times.  Hello God was a notable book in the 2008 CBC Awards, and Moya's detective series, The Walk Right In Detective Agency books, were shortlisted two years running for the prestigious Davitt Crime Awards.

Many of Moya's books have travelled overseas and been translated into six European and Asian languages.  Moya enjoys talking to children about the writing process and can also give creative writing lessons to primary and lower secondary school students.

Felicity Pulman

Photo of presenter Felicity Pulman Preferred audience: primary and secondary students to adults

Felicity is the author of the time-slip novel Ghost Boy, which the Quarantine Station in Sydney based their Ghost Boy tour on. The Shalott trilogy explores and re-interprets Arthurian legend. The Janna Mysteries is a medieval crime/romance series for teenagers set in England in the 12th century at a time of civil war.

Felicity’s new novel, A Ring Through Time, is a time slip historical romance for YA that explores the dark convict past of Norfolk Island. 

Felicity Pulman has many years experience talking to students and adults about researching and writing her novels (with powerpoint presentations), and conducting workshops in a variety of genres including fantasy, crime and writing from history.


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