Dave O'Neil

Photo of comedian and author Dave O'NeilPreferred audience: all ages

Dave does all sorts of gigs from footy clubs to corporate functions to community events. Dave’s laidback style lends itself to any function; Dave can write material specifically for an event, interact with the crowd and keep it G rated!

Dave is instantly recognisable from his TV work, having appeared on Spicks and Specks 49 times! He has also appeared on such shows as Good News Week, The Circle, Rove Live, The Panel, Adam Hills Tonight Show, Can of Worms, The Fat, Comedy Festival Gala, Channel Nine Grand Final Breakfast and Talking About Your Generation.

Dave has written several books including Unfit for Life and the more recently Everything Tastes Better Crumbed. Dave has also written children's books including Lies Your Parents Tell You and Raised by Frank.

June Alexander

Photo of author June AlexanderPreferred audience: 8 years to adults who are in any way involved with children

Former journalist and editor, June Alexander, is author of six non-fiction books on mental health (eating disorders), and six books on social history.

June won her first national essay competition at age nine, and has kept a personal diary since age 11. These diaries are a primary resource in her memoir, A Girl Called Tim, and feature in an upcoming book, The Diary Healer.

Workshops and talks include: 'life-writing' – keeping a diary encourages observation and reflection, improves writing skills and self-knowledge, and helps understand and express feelings and thoughts; 'social history' – everyone has a special story to tell, and this workshop helps people to discover skills and tools for preserving everyday life by uncovering the gem within; and 'story-telling as a tool to disseminate, and add value to, academic research findings and advocacy'. 

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.

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