New South Wales

Dianne Bates

Dianne BatesPreferred audience: festivals and conference groups

Di has published 100 books for young readers, including two YA novels, The Last Refuge and Crossing the Line, both published by Ford Street. Most of Di’s books are for the 7 to 12 age group. 

Di’s best known books are the Grandma Cadbury and the Bushranger series. The latter includes Desert Dan, the Dunnyman, which won the Kids’ Own Australian Literature Award (KOALA). Grandma Cadbury’s Trucking Tales also won the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award, while her picture book Big Bad Bruce is in the KOALA Hall of Fame for multiple nominations. Di’s I Am An Australian non-fiction title won a special award in the Multicultural Australian Literature Awards.

Di is happy to talk at festivals and conferences alongside her husband and author, Bill Condon.

Tamsin Janu

Preferred audience: Mid to upper primary school studentsTamsin

Tamsin is an author of junior fiction from Sydney. Tamsin’s first novel, Figgy in the World, was joint winner at the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and won the Children’s Literature Award and Premier’s Award at the 2016 Adelaide Literature Festival. Tamsin’s latest novel, Figgy and the President, follows Figgy as she grows up and embarks on further adventures across Ghana.

Tamsin’s talks focus on her novels and the creative process. She speaks about the inspiration behind her stories, including her experiences in Ghana and how life in Australia and Ghana is similar and/or different, explains how to create compelling characters, and discusses the benefits journalling can have for creative writing.

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