Adam Wallace

Photo of Adam WallacePreferred audience: primary school students

Adam Wallace is a qualified engineer and primary school teacher who discovered a talent for writing hilarious, horrendous and heartfelt books for children.

He is a three time New York Times Bestselling author, with a talent for writing hilarious, horrendous and heartfelt books for children. He has over forty published titles under his belt, including Jamie Brown is Not Rich, Spark, and the Accidentally Awesome series.

Adam's cartooning and writing workshops for primary schools focus on having fun and letting the children explore their creativity without fear of failure. Question time is included, helping students discover what it's like to be an author . . . well, that and how old Adam is and whether he's married.

The workshops have proven to be fantastic for advanced and reluctant students alike.

Sue Lawson

Photo of author Sue LawsonPreferred audience: year 3 to adult

Sue Lawson has worked as a teacher, radio announcer, MCG attendant, swimming teacher and nightclub DJ. She now does what she’s passionate about – writing, reading and encouraging young people to love both. An experienced teacher and presenter, Sue runs positive, fast-paced workshops for students, teachers and adults.

“Students were enthusiastic, engaged, motivated. They DEVOURED all that Sue was saying. Were disappointed when they had to stop!” - Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School.

When Sue’s not writing, she obsesses over football, plays Singstar badly and studies a Master of Arts, Writing and Literature.

Sue’s novels include Pan’s Whisper and The Diva series.

Wendy Orr

Preferred audience: primary to mid-secondary students

Photo of author Wendy Orr

Wendy is the internationally published and award-winning author of Nim’s Islandand more than thirty other books ranging from picture books to adult novels. 

Wendy has presented to groups of 5 to 5000 and all ages. She also offers online and video conferencing. 

Wendy offers writing workshops for ages 10 to adult where she talks about the writing process, as well as tailored school or keynote talks about specific books, page to screen, and motivational talks based on her own journey after the accident that inspired Peeling the Onion. One of her popular talks is a ‘kid-power’ focus on the Nim’s Island’s journey - from a story that began when she was nine to internationally published books and films. 

Wendy’s next book is Dragonfly Song, a Bronze Age adventure told in a combination of verse and prose, to be published by Allen & Unwin in July 2016.

Mark Wilson

Photo of author/illustrator Mark WilsonPreferred audience: primary students and adults

Mark is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator with 27 children’s books currently in print in Australia, America, Canada, Southeast Asia and Europe.

Mark has a passion for Australian history and the environment.

His picture books include Angel of Kokoda (2011 CBCA Honor book and 3rd CJ Picture Book Award International, shortlist), Journey of the Sea Turtle (2010 Whitley Award), and My Mother’s Eyes – The Story of a Boy Soldier (2010 CBCA Book and CBCA Eve Pownall Honour book).

His most recent release is Beth: The Story of a Child Convict, published in May 2016 by Hachette Australia.


Serena Geddes

Photo of illustrator Serena GeddesPreferred audience: prep and primary students

Spending most of her childhood watching Saturday morning cartoons, Serena was destined to spend her adult days hunched over a light box, scribbling illustrations for picture books and working for a mouse in trousers.

She spent six years working for Walt Disney Studios in Sydney before diving head first into the world of publishing in 2009. She’s the illustrator of the highly successful Lulu Bell series with Random House Australia and the Misty Inn series published by Simon & Schuster. She has illustrated over 30 books ranging from board books to picture books through to junior readers.

Serena offers a variety of talks and workshops for students wanting to learn about the illustration process, where ideas come from and the stages of illustrating a children’s book. Her workshops are hands-on with exercises on creating cartoon characters that will result in a finished creation by the students.

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