Aleesah Darlison

Photo of author Aleesah DarlisonPreferred audience: years 2-6

Aleesah writes picture books and novels for children. She also reviews books for The Sun Herald. Aleesah’s publications include her picture book, Puggle’s Problem, and her series for children aged 7 and up, Totally Twins.

Aleesah has experience presenting author talks to large school groups and community clubs.

Her storytime sessions at libraries and children’s festivals are fun, interactive and educational and include puppets, soft toys and colouring-in activities. 

Aleesah also presents at writers festivals, and runs workshops for children and adults on creative writing, making picture books, and self-promotion.


Isobelle Carmody

Photo of author Isobelle CarmodyPreferred audience: festivals and public libraries

Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed children’s authors.

She started writing her first book, Obernewtyn, when she was 14 years old. Since then she has written many books, including The Gathering (joint winner of the 1993 Children's Literature Peace Prize and the 1994 CBC Book of the Year Award); Greylands, (joint winner of the 1997 Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction – Young Adult Division, and was named a White Raven at the 1998 Bologna Children's Book Fair), and The Legend of Little Fur trilogy.

The final Obernewtyn instalment, Red Queen was released in November, 2015.

Isobelle presents regularly at festivals and public libraries.




Foz Meadows

Photo of author Foz MeadowsPreferred audience: young adult to adult

Foz lives in Melbourne. Her first title, Solace and Grief was published in 2010, and its sequel, The Key to Starveldtwas published in 2011 (both by Ford Street).

Foz gives presentations and holds workshops for young adults and adults. Throughout history, human beings have used stories as a means of understanding the world around them, not only in terms of natural phenomena, but culture, behaviour and emotion. Though many different social structures have come and gone, people still tell stories about themselves, alternately reinforcing and questioning their roles in life.

Mythological archetypes (gods, heroes, etc.) and modern stereotypes (jocks, bimbos, rebels, nerds) present a powerful vehicle for discussing notions of identity, strength, exclusion, popularity and human nature. Foz will talk about how these ideas frequently collide in modern pop culture, particularly in works of fantasy, and how contrasting the original mythologies with their recent representations can lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of narrative.


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