Authors & Illustrators

We couldn't be more proud to bring you this incredible all Aussie line up of children's book and YA authors & illustrators. Between them they have many stories to tell, and most importantly, will inspire you to tell yours in a new and exciting ways!

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Denis Knight

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WA

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Denis Knight is a computer programmer who grew up geeking out about the works of JRR Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. He has also worked as a technical writer, a delivery boy, a tutor, and, for one glorious summer, a tour guide on Rottnest Island. These days, he spends his nights writing science fiction adventure novels. His latest titles are Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows.

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Will Kostakis

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NSW

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Will Kostakis won the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year during his high school years. Will’s first novel was released when he was 19, and his second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. Rebel Gods is his latest novel.

Australian

Shirley Marr

(

WA

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Shirley Marr is a first-generation Chinese-Australian and author of young adult and children’s fiction. It was while she was writing a very dry PhD on accounting that she realised she’d rather be writing down her dark, twisted daydreams instead. She is still an accountant by day and a 'masked writer' at night. Her debut novel for middle readers is Little Jiang.

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Jessica Townsend

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QLD

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Jessica Townsend is a multi-award winning author who lives on the Sunshine Coast. She has a fascination over public transport, ancient cities, hotels, opera singers, Halloween, secret societies and gigantic cats. Jessica’s book, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling Australian children's debut since records began. Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow is her latest title.

Australian

Anna Walker

(

VIC

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Anna Walker writes and illustrates children's books and is based in Melbourne. Crafted with pencil, ink and collage, Anna's illustrations are inspired by the everyday details of life and the amusing antics of her menagerie. Anna's most recent picture book as author-illustrator are the highly acclaimed Florette. She has recently released Don’t Forget in collaboration with Jane Godwin.

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Cristy Burne

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WA

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Cristy Burne grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing cows and inventing stories. She has a passion for learning through doing and loves to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers. Cristy is a children’s author and science writer with degrees in biotechnology and science communication. She has also worked as a science circus performer, Santa’s pixie, and atom-smashing reporter.

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Gavin Aung Than

(

WA

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Gavin Aung Than is a Perth based freelance cartoonist. His webcomic Zen Pencils, a cartoon blog adapting inspirational quotes into comics, has been featured by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Slate, Buzzfeed, Gawker, Brain Pickings, and listed by PC Mag in the top 100 websites of 2013. His first children’s series, Super Sidekicks, grew out of Gavin's long-time obsession with superheroes.

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Campbell Whyte

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WA

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Campbell Whyte creates comics and illustrations, mixing traditional media with digital elements. His graphic novel series, Home Time is a distinctly Australian fantasy series set in Perth that has been met with critical acclaim. When not making comics, he teaches comics making at the children’s art school, Milktooth. Home Time: Beyond the Weaving (Book Two) has been released.

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R.A Spratt

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NSW

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R.A. Spratt is the author of The Peski Kids, Friday Barnes and The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. In her previous life she was a television writer. Her podcast ‘Bedtime Stories with R.A. Spratt’ was launched in February 2020 and already has a huge following from around the world. R.A. Spratt lives in NSW with her three chickens, two goldfish, a dog, a husband and two daughters.

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T.C. Shelley

(

WA

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T.C. Shelley has been teaching English for over twenty years. She began writing novels to entertain her daughter, who wisely suggested that she try to get them published. The first 2 books in her acclaimed middle-grade fantasy series, The Monster Who Wasn’t and The Werewolves Who Weren’t are out now. Shelley lives in Perth with her family.

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Helen Milroy

(

WA

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Dr Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She was born and educated in Perth and has a passionate interest in health and wellbeing, especially for children. She is currently a professor at UWA, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission.

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Meg McKinlay

(

WA

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Meg McKinlay is a children’s writer and poet whose work ranges from picture books through to young adult fiction. Her publications include the Prime Minister's Literary Award winning A Single Stone, and Bella and the Wandering House. Meg grew up in central Victoria, and now lives near the ocean in Fremantle and spends her days writing, reading and rambling.

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Bren MacDibble

(

WA

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Bren MacDibble grew up in heartland New Zealand. After 20 years in Melbourne, Bren sold everything, spending two years living, working and travelling around Australia via bus. She now resides in Kalbarri, WA. She writes children and young adult books. Her latest novel, Across the Risen Sea was published in 2020. Previous titles, How To Bee, The Dog Runner and In The Dark Spaces have each won multiple prizes.

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Julia Lawrinson

(

WA

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Julia Lawrinson is an award-winning writer of books for children and young adults. She hails from Perth and, despite leaving school at 15, has a PhD in writing and a Bachelor of Laws with distinction. Julia has worked in a range of organisations, from the arts to parliament to health. Her books are about friendship, family and the occasional Jack Russell.

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Sukhjit Khalsa

(

WA

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Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist, educator, performer and human rights reformer. She is passionate about diversity and the importance of visibility in the performing arts, and inherently merges her advocacy background with the arts. Having toured globally, she is currently developing works for stage and TV.

Australian

Amie Kaufman

(

VIC

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Amie Kaufman is a New York Times best-selling, internationally recognised and multi award winning YA author with works published in over 30 countries, and some in development for film and TV. Amie lives in Melbourne with her husband, daughter, rescue dog and large person library. Her latest titles include The World Between Blinks #1 and The Other Side of the Sky.

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Katy Jiang

(

WA

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Katy Jiang, also known as Hong Jiang (江泓), was born, raised and educated in Shanghai, China. From a young age, Katy learned traditional Chinese ink painting and later studied Western painting. Katy lives in Fremantle, with her husband and two boys. She joined SCBWI West in 2017, she has contributed her artistic talent and knowledge to create children’s picture books.

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Rebecca Higgie

(

WA

)

Rebecca Higgie is a writer from Perth. Her whole life has been spent in the company of books, with careers in libraries and universities. She has worked in the State Library of Western Australia and fostered childhood literacy as the Library Officer at Guildford Primary. Her novel, The History of Mischief, won the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript.

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Mark Greenwood

(

WA

)

Mark Greenwood is a history hunter. He enjoys searching for lost explorers and glittering treasure, delving into mysteries and solving famous cold cases and sharing the stories that he finds. Mark's books include The History Mystery series and Moonwalkers with Terry Denton, which celebrates the moon landing of 1969. His award-winning books about Australia's history have been published around the world.

Australian

Jane Godwin

(

VIC

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Jane Godwin is an Australian children’s book publisher, and also the highly acclaimed author of over twenty books for children, across all styles and ages. She often collaborates with children’s book illustrator Anna Walker and together they create beautiful picture books. Their most recent book is Don’t Forget. Jane lives in Melbourne.

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Gregg Dreise

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QLD

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A proud Kamilaroi and Euahlayi man from south-west Queensland, Gregg Dreise is on a quest to share his stories and learn more about the ancient and diverse histories and cultures of this country. Gregg is a talented storyteller who uses didgeridoos, guitars, laughter and high-energy performances to pass on culture, unity and wisdom through his educational talks. My Culture and Me is Gregg’s latest title.

Australian

Fiona Burrows

(

WA

)

Fiona Burrows is an author-illustrator from Perth, Western Australia. She is passionate about creativity, imagination and education, and loves to collect beautiful picture books. When she is not creating books for kids, she teaches writing, research and communication skills at the University of Western Australia. Fiona’s book, Violet & Nothing, was shortlisted for the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

Australian

Yuot A. Alaak

(

WA

)

Yuot A. Alaak is a former child refugee from South Sudan and an emerging Western Australian writer. Yuot was part of the globally known ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’ and his memoir, Father of the Lost Boys, written about his experiences was shortlisted for the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award and was published in 2020.

Australian

Kwame Alexander (USA)


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 32 books, including The Undefeated, How to Read a Book, The Write Thing, Swing, Rebound,which was shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, and his Newbery medal-winning novel, The Crossover. He’s also the founding editor of Versify, publishing books to engage, entertain, and empower young people to imagine and create a better world.

Leigh Bardugo (USA)


Creator of the Grishaverse, Leigh Bardugo is the number one New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels. Her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of C rows duology and The Language of Thorns. Born in Jerusalem, Leigh grew up in Los Angeles, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. She now lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

Fiona Burrows (WA)


Fiona Burrows is an author-illustrator from Perth, Western Australia. She is passionate about creativity, imagination and education, and loves to collect beautiful picture books. When she is not creating books for kids, she teaches writing, research and communication skills at the University of Western Australia.

Wai Chim (NSW)


Wai Chim is a first generation Chinese-American from New York City. Her previous books include the Chook Chook series and Shaozhen, part of the Through My Eyes: Natural Disaster Zone series. Freedom Swimmer was her debut novel for young adults and was shortlisted for the inaugural Readings Young Adult Book Prize. In addition to writing, Wai works as a digital producer/web developer for The Starlight Children's Foundation.

Lee Constable (NSW)


Lee Constable is the host of Scope, Network Ten's science and tech show for kids aged 7-13. Lee's background is a mixed bag with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science Communication Outreach. In 2018 Lee was part of the largest ever all-female expedition to Antarctica with 80 international women in STEM as part of the Homeward Bound leadership program.

Matt Cosgrove (NSW)


As a kid, if Matt Cosgrove didn’t have a book in his hand, he had a pencil, practicing drawing. While other kids played with their Masters of the Universe figurines, Matt posed them in scenes and then sketched them. Now, as a father, Matt’s work is heavily influenced by his children, simultaneously his most enthusiastic supporters and most ruthless critics.

Gregg Dreise (QLD)


A proud Kamilaroi and Euahlayi man from south-west Queensland, Gregg Dreise is on a quest to share his stories and learn more about the ancient and diverse histories and cultures of this country. Gregg is a talented storyteller who uses didgeridoos,guitars, laughter and high-energy performances to pass on culture, unity and wisdom through his educational talks. His latest book My Culture and Me is a heart felt and stirring story of cherishing and sustaining Indigenous cultures.

Ursula Dubosarsky (NSW)


Ursula Dubosarsky is an award-winning author of 50 books for children and young adults. Ursula’s work is published all over the world, and she has won several national literary awards, including the New South Wales, Victorian, Queensland and South Australian state awards for literature. Her latest title is Ask Hercules Quick, illustrated by Andrew Joyner.

Mick Elliott (NSW)


Mick Elliott is an author, illustrator, children's television producer,scriptwriter and animator. His credits as producer include Camp Orange, Play Along With Ollie, Slime fest and numerous advertising campaigns. His work at Nickelodeon has won more than twenty international awards, while his animated short films have screened at over sixty festivals worldwide. Mick lives in Sydney with his wife, two kids and a garden full of lizards.

Mark Greenwood (WA)


Mark Greenwood is a history hunter. His award-winning books include The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef and The Legend of Moondyne Joe, both winners of the West Australian Premier’s Book Award. Mark often teams with his wife, illustrator Frané Lessac. Mark’s recent picture books are The Book of Stone, Illustrated by Coral Tulloch and Moon walkers, illustrated by Terry Denton.

Andy Griffiths (VIC)


Andy Griffiths is one of Australia's most popular children's authors. He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than thirty bestselling books since their first title, Just Tricking, was published in 1997. In Australia Andy and Terry's books have sold over 10 million copies, won eighty children's choice awards and 10 Australian Book Industry Awards-including Book of the Year for The 91-Storey Treehouse in 2015. Andy is also an ambassador for both The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Pyjama Foundation.

Will Kostakis (NSW)


As a high school student, Will Kostakis won the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories. An award-winning author for young adults, Will’s first novel was released when he was just nineteen, and his second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. The Sidekicks is his third novel for young adults, and his American debut.

Julia Lawrinson (WA)


Julia Lawrinson is an award-winning writer of books for children and young adults. She hails from Perth and, despite leaving school at 15, has a PhD in writing. Julia loves meeting her audience and encouraging reading, learning and curiosity. Her books are about friendship, family and the occasional Jack Russell. She loves the ocean, reading, dog park sand the word serendipity.

Christopher Lloyd (UK)


A journalist, science writer and author, Christopher Lloyd (UK) writes books that zoom out and tell the big stories, connecting knowledge together and opening readers’ eyes to how seemingly unrelated events fit together. His many books all aim to show people of all ages multiple perspectives on the world in highly engaging prose and matched with lively illustration and photography.

Dr Helen Milroy (WA)


Dr Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Australia’s first Indigenous doctor, and the AFL’s first Indigenous commissioner, Helen is currently Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UWA, Honorary Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute and a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories is her first book for children.

Chris Nixon (WA)


An illustrator and designer based in Perth, Chris Nixon’s work is influenced by surf, skate, music and contemporary pop culture with an emphasis on the hand-drawn form. Chris has created several large scale artworks around the state and his illustrations have been published in over 10 children's books. In 2011 Chris was named one of the top 100 New Creatives by CMYK magazine.

Beci Orpin (VIC)


The work of Melbourne-based creative Beci Orpin spans illustration,design and craft. Described as 'Australia's high priestess of design' Beci has collaborated with many brands, both in Australia and overseas, from Gorman to Urban Outfitters and Go-To Skincare. Her work is described as colourful, graphic,bold, feminine and dream-like. Beci has written four D.I.Y books and a number of books for children.

Alice Oseman (UK)


Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent. She secured her first publishing deal at just seventeen and has gone on to write three YA novels. Alice is now a full-time writer and illustrator. She can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything she can to avoid getting an office job.

Craig Phillips (NZ)


Craig Phillips is a freelance illustrator, who works for publishers all around the world.He has designed posters for rock bands Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters and DJ Shadow. Craig loves mythology and magic, and Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts is the book he has always wanted to make. On the rare occasions he is not drawing, you might find Craig swimming in Lake Taupo or snowboarding New Zealand’s majestic mountains.

Randy Preston (UK)


Randy Preston is a singer-songwriter, educator and storyteller. Raised in England and Kenya, he gained a deep appreciation for the lore, myths and legends of places he has lived.  This love of words and storytelling led to reams of bad poetry, a degree in English Literature, a mildly successful Christian rock band, and an eighteen-year teaching career. With Kwame Alexander, Randy has been visiting schools to entertain and engage people through music and storytelling.

Josh Pyke (NSW)


Josh Pyke is a multi-award-winning singer and songwriter known for his six indie/folk albums, including a ‘best-of’ released in 2017. He is a lifetime ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and launched the initiative 'Busking for Change' in 2009 to raise support for the ILF. Josh co-wrote the ILF song ‘Words Make the World Go Round’ with Justine Clarke. His first picture book, Lights Out, Leonard, was published in 2019.

T.C. Shelley (Aus)


T.C. Shelley lives in Perth. She has been teaching English for over twenty years and her first school was classified as the most remote in Australia. She began writing novels to entertain her daughter, who wisely suggested that she try to get them published. The Monster Who Wasn't is her first book, and the first in a fantasy trilogy.

R.A.Spratt (Aus)


R.A.Spratt is the author of The Peski Kids, Friday Barnes and The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. In her previous life she was a television writer. Unlike the Peski kids, R.A. Spratt never fights with her brother, but only because he moved to Hong Kong to get away from her. R.A. lives in Bowral, NSW, where she has three chickens, two goldfish, a dog, a husband and two daughters.

Sophia Thakur (UK)


Performance poet Sophia Thakur combines honest and provocative lyrics, highlighting racial and social injustice with contemporary music. She has been performing since the age of sixteen, has over 14,000 YouTube followers and is described as ‘our generation’s first poetry influencer’. Somebody Give This Heart a Pen is her first published collection.

Vikki Wakefield (SA)


Vikki Wakefield lives in Adelaide, and writes realist fiction for young adults. Her work explores coming-of-age, family, class, relationships and the lives of contemporary teens. Her novels All I Ever WantedFriday BrownIn Between Days and Ballad for a Mad Girl have been shortlisted for numerous awards. Her latest novel is This Is How We Change the Ending.
Remy Lai

Remy Lai (QLD)


Remy Lai studied fine arts, with a major in painting and drawing. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia where she writes and draws stories for kids, with her two dogs by her side. Pie in the Sky is her debut middle-grade novel.
Remy Lai

Professor 'Frankie' Falconette (QLD)


Professor Francesa “Frankie” Falconette is possibly the greatest Harry potter enthusiast, ever! Or perhaps, an expert in her field? Played by award-winning children’s entertainer, Nadia Sunde, Professor Frankie is bold and fun bringing life to characters, creatures and adventures from the Harry Potter Series. Wear your favorite costume, bring your favorite book and share notes with Professor Frankie.