Victoria

Michelle Hamer

Michelle HamerPreferred audience: primary and secondary students

Michelle is a prolific freelance journalist who writes for a broad cross-section of Australian media, from daily newspapers and national magazines to news websites. She was previously an editor at The Age.

She is a widely-published author for adults, and her first four books for children were published 2014 as part of the Our Australian Girl series.

Michelle is an experienced and dynamic presenter who has taught writing to children and adults for many years. She has a passion for inspiring children to ignite their imagination and embrace reading.

She can also present workshops on the media, drawing from her 25 years of experience in the industry.


Kayleen West

Photo of artist and illustrator Kayleen WestPreferred audience: prep to young adults

Kayleen is an internationally renowned artist and illustrator. Her most recent picture books are Without Me? and Adoptive Father

Her art has won many awards and hangs in private and corporate collections in France, United States, Italy, in the Australian Embassy in Ireland and in government collections in Australia.

When Kayleen is not painting in her studio or typing in her office, she enjoys presenting to schools, libraries, churches and various societies. She works with both secular and Christian audiences, virtually or in person.

She always arrives full of contagious enthusiasm.

 


Coral Vass

Coral VassPreferred audience: kindergarten and primary school students

Coral is a childrens' author with a passion for storytelling.

She had her first children’s picture book published in 2011.

With bestsellers under her belt, her titles include The Great Bird Poo War, Goodnight Possum, Good Morning Possum, and The Hottest Dingo.

Known as a writer of amusing rhyming text, Coral is an engaging and entertaining presenter for kindergarten and primary school children.

Coral loves sharing her passion for picture books with storytelling and writing workshops that ignite imagination and help children create their very own stories.

 


Robyn Bavati

Photo of author Robyn BavatiPreferred audience: girls aged 12-15 (talks); age 10 – adults (writing workshops)

Robyn Bavati’s latest novel is Within these Walls, released April 2016. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Dancing in the Dark – a CBCA Notable Book and set text for Year 8 English at a number of schools, and the novel Pirouette.

Robyn is a great champion of personal choice and writes about characters that go to extraordinary lengths to achieve their dreams.

Robyn is passionate about giving students the tools that empower them to write with confidence. Her school sessions are best suited to students in Years 6-9, and while her books target a primarily female readership, her workshops are suitable for both boys and girls, as well as for adults aspiring to publication and for teachers wishing to acquire the tools to teach creative writing in the classroom.


Sarah Howell

photo of author Sarah HowellPreferred audience: ages 8 through to adult

Sarah is a founding member of Squishface Comics Studio. She self-publishes zines and mini-comics and is currently working on a graphic novel about Dame Enid Lyons. Sarah is the cartooning tutor at Box Hill Community Arts Centre and the graphic novels tutor at the Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne.

Sarah’s workshops are inspired by improvised theatre story generating exercises, combined with strong drawing principles to prompt the creation of comics that build on the individual’s strengths. Sarah's workshops include: 'Make a Mini-Comic' and 'Introduction to Graphic Novels'. She also does interactive live drawing performances.

Sarah is also open to collaborating with student wellbeing coordinators and youth workers.


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