Marc McBride

Photo of illustrator Marc McBridePreferred audience: primary students

Marc McBride's first picture book was The Kraken in 2001 written by Gary Crew.

Since then, he has illustrated many books including the hugely successful Deltora Quest and Quentaris series, The Deltora Book of Monsters, Old Ridley, Journey From The Centre Of The Earth and Tales of Deltora. His latest book is called World of Monsters.

He has also illustrated over 50 book covers, magazines, and produced artwork for advertising campaigns.

Marc loves demonstrating and discussing his airbrush techniques. Schools are thrilled to keep the paintings!


Judith Rossell

Photo of author/illustrator Judith RossellPreferred audience: primary school students (ages 5-12)

Judith is a writer and illustrator. Her books include maze and puzzle books, picture books and novels, and have been published in more than 20 languages. She has written 12 books and illustrated about 80. Her most recent picture book was Bogtrotter, written by Margaret Wild. Her illustrated novel Withering-by-Sea won a number of awards, and the sequel, Wormwood Mire, was published in November 2016. She teaches writing at RMIT and has a cat the size of a walrus.

Michael Panckridge

Photo of author Michael PanckridgePreferred audience: upper primary and lower secondary students (up to year 8)

Inspired by his passion for sport and desire to get reluctant readers engaged in books, Michael Panckridge put his mind to finding out what it is kids want to read. Ten years later he finds himself the author of over 35 books, including the bestselling Legends series and the Toby Jones series (a rich blend of cricket and fantasy). Other novels include The Cursed, The Vanishings and The Immortal, and his latest series is The Book of Gabrielle – a sinister tale about a girl without a past and an extraordinary ability to see things others can’t.

Michael is happy talking to small or large groups of children. He presents informative and engaging general author talks that focus especially on encouraging reluctant readers to read! Michael is also willing to run writing workshops with students. As an experienced teacher, Michael is highly skilled at motivating and entertaining children.

Tony Thompson

Photo of author Tony ThompsonPreferred audience: secondary students

Tony Thompson is the author of two non fiction books for teenagers: Shakespeare:The Most Famous Man in London and Vampires: An Unhistory of the Undead. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Age and The Australian. Originally from Canada, he now lives in West Footscray where he works as a freelance writer and educational consultant.

His talk on Shakespeare is a wild ride through the backstreets of London circa 1595. If your students think that this playwright is all about ‘thee’ and ‘thou’, this talk will make them think again. ‘Not for the faint of heart,’ commented one teacher after he had spoken to her Year 9 class. His vampire talk is a history of the creature and includes the five questions that must be answered by all aspiring writers seeking to put their stamp on this genre.

Tony also offers lectures on a number of VCE texts and Shakespeare plays.

Jacqui Grantford

Photo of artist Jacqui GrantfordPreferred audience: all ages

Jacqui Grantford is a Melbourne-based artist who has worked extensively as an artist, author and illustrator.

Her book and DVD Simply Drawing have recently been released. A True Person, illustrated by Grantford, was a 2008 White Raven book. Only 250 books across the world are chosen in recognition of their artistic merit. This same book and another, Squeezy Cuddle Dangly Legs were listed as recommended books in the Family Therapist's Awards.

She is currently radio announcing on 3MBS fm, Classically Melbourne.

Jacqui conducts talks and workshops with students of all ages involving them in a number of activities in the areas of children's literature, illustration and the visual arts with projects such as creating picture books, murals, installations and sculptures.

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