Creative Stars

We are very excited to announce the Creative line up for Scribblers Festival running from 4 - 8 May 2022!  The Schools Program is now live and the Family Program will launch in March 2022.
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Dianne Wolfer

(

WA

)

Dianne Wolfer is an award-winning author of 20 books for children and teens with more titles in development. Dianne writes across genres, from picture books to historical fiction. Her book Lighthouse Girl served as inspiration for PIAF’s The Giants. Her latest book, The Last Light Horse, is the fourth book in the Light series.

Australian
Author

HM Waugh

(

WA

)

HM Waugh is a children’s author, educator and environmental scientist with a long-term love of wild places and outdoor adventures. She has been kidnapped twice, handles dragons for a job, and dreams of one day blasting into space. Her books mix humour, danger and friendship up with a dash of science and imagination. Her debut novel The Lost Stone of SkyCity was shortlisted for a 2019 Aurealis Award, and her #LoveOzYA novel Evacuation Road had just been released.

Australian
Author

Olman Walley

(

WA

)

Olman Walley is a Wilman, Balardong, Binjareb, Wadjuk Nyoongar. He was raised in the Wilman (Wheatbelt) region and was taught Noongar culture by family and friends. Olman’s Nyoongar name is Chitty Chitty (Willy Wagtail) and he enjoys sharing stories, history, music, dance and knowledge of his ancient culture.

Australian
Creative

Briony Stewart

(

WA

)

Briony Stewart is an internationally published author and illustrator of several award-winning children’s books. Briony spends her days writing, illustrating, and creating amidst the chaos of two cheeky toddlers and a silly dog. Her latest books are Bedtime Sorted! written by Jimmy Rees and Where Are You, Magoo?

Author, Illustrator

Oliver Phommavanh

(

NSW

)

Oliver is Thai-Australian writer for children and a stand-up comedian. Oliver has worked as a primary school teacher and now spends his time writing and sharing his writing passion with kids and engaging them with humour. His first book for upper primary, Thai-riffic! was published to critical acclaim. More recent titles include Don’t Follow Vee and Brain Freeze, and his latest book, What About Thao? is due for release in May 2022.

Author

Katrina Nannestad

(

VIC

)

Award-winning author Katrina Nannestad grew up in New South Wales in a neighbourhood stuffed full with happy children. She now resides on a hillside in Victoria with her husband, a black whippet called Olive, and magpie named Otto. Katrina likes to celebrate family, friendship and belonging in her writing, aiming to bring joy to other’s lives. Her books include We Are Wolves, the Lottie Perkins series and the brand new The Travelling Bookshop series.

Australian
Author

Sally Murphy

(

WA

)

Sally Murphy is an author, poet, speaker and educator, passionate about children’s and adult literature. With a Doctorate in Creative Writing and a teaching qualification, Sally has taught students from pre-primary to university. She loves to be busy so in between the reading, writing and speaking, she spends a lot of time cooking, cleaning, walking along the beach and playing with her grandkids. Based in WA’s south west, Sally loves speaking with those close to home and around the world. Worse Things is Sally’s latest title.

Australian
Author

Shirley Marr

(

WA

)

Shirley Marr is a first-generation Chinese-Australian author of YA novels Fury and Preloved, and children’s novels Little Jiang and A Glasshouse of Stars. She describes herself as having a Western mind and an Eastern heart and she likes to write in the space in the middle where the worlds collide. Shirley bases her stories on personal experiences of migration and growing up in Australia, along with the folk and fairy tales from her mother.

Australian
Author

Frané Lessac

(

WA

)

Frané Lessac is an author and illustrator, creating over fifty books for children. Born in New Jersey, Frané had many pets as a child, including; a monkey, snakes and a camel. She now resides in Perth and aims to instil pride and self-esteem in children about their heritage. Our Country – Ancient Wonders is Frané’s latest title.

Australian
Author, Illustrator

Jay Kristoff

(

VIC

)

Jay Kristoff is an international bestselling author of fantasy and sci-fi. Winner of eight Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, he has books in more than 35 countries. His titles and series include, Empire of the Vampire and the Nevernight Chronicles, the award-winning Lotus War trilogy, and the award-winning LIFEL1K3 trilogy, comprising of Lifel1k3, Dev1at3 and Truel1f3. He is the co-author of the bestselling Illuminae Files and the Aurora Cycle trilogy alongside Amie Kaufman.

Australian
Author

George Ivanoff

(

VIC

)

George Ivanoff has written more than 100 books for kids and teens, including the nonfiction Survival Guides and the interactive You Choose series. Writing the Survival Guides has indulged his curiosity, interest in research and desire to learn new things. George has one wife, two kids and an uncontrollable imagination.

Australian
Author

Kylie Howarth

(

WA

)

Kylie Howarth is a children’s author and illustrator who grew up in the country WA alongside her brother, dog, sheep, various orphaned kangaroos and one very cheeky echidna. Her books have been published in Australia, New Zealand, France, Korea, Turkey, US and UK and she has won and been shortlisted for various children’s book awards. Kylie’s latest book, Bush Magic is due for release early 2022.

Australian
Author, Illustrator

Karen Ginnane

(

VIC

)

Karen Ginnane is a middle grade and YA author of the historical fantasy adventure novels When Days Tilt and When Souls Tear, part of the Time Catchers series. Karen has been a freelance copywriter, a marketing director for Paramount Pictures in London, a grain weighbridge operator in rural WA, a swimming teacher, a life model, a deckhand in Chile and an English teacher in Japan. She has also taught creative writing and published short stories. Karen lives in Melbourne with her husband, two children, and two cats.

Australian
Author

Peter Cheong

(

WA

)

Peter Cheong is an artist and illustrator. Growing up on Roald Dahl and having adventures with Calvin and Hobbes, Peter was heavily influenced by the way Quentin Blake and Bill Watterson brought stories to life. After spending several years in the Australian Army, Peter decided to take a leap of faith and pursue a career in illustration, something that had always been one of his passions. He has illustrated I’m a Hero Too, a picture book by Jamila Rizvi and Pow Pow Pig, a chapter book by Anh Do.

Australian
Creative, Illustrator

Asphyxia

(

VIC

)

Asphyxia is the author and artist of Future Girl, winner of the Readings YA Book Award 2021 and shortlisted for numerous other awards. Also a Deaf activist and public speaker who is passionate about sustainable living and art journaling, Asphyxia is kept busy with her small farm in NSW.

Australian
Author

Aśka

(

WA

)

Aśka is a visual storyteller, comic maker and science communicator. Her artwork can be found in children’s magazines and publications, including Stars in Their Eyes, a YA graphic novel. Aśka believes visual literacy is one of the most important skills in today’s world and is always exploring new ways of communicating and presenting ideas with images.

International
Illustrator

Deb Fitzpatrick

(

WA

)

Deb Fitzpatrick is an adult, YA and children’s author. Her books have been named Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, shortlisted in the West Australian Young Readers Book Awards, published in the US, and optioned for film. Deb loves using stories from real life in her novels and regularly teaches creative writing at schools. Her seventh book, a biography for middle-grade readers tracing the incredible career of Australian doctor Ajay Rane, will be published by Melbourne’s Wild Dingo Press in 2022.

Australian
Author

James Foley

(

WA

)

James Foley makes picture books, middle grade novels and comic books for kids. James is the author and illustrator of the S. Tinker Inc graphic novel series and the illustrator of the Toffle Tower series by Tim Harris. His latest release is a picture book called Stellarphant. He lives in Perth with his wife, 2 kids, and a Labrador and comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts.

Australian
author, illustrator

Helen Milroy

(

WA

)

Dr. Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region, and was WA’s 2021 Australian of the Year. She is passionate about children’s health and wellbeing. Helen is a UWA professor, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, and commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. Her latest book is Backyard Beasties.

Australian

Julia Lawrinson

(

WA

)

Julia Lawrinson is an award-winning writer of YA and children’s books. Julia has worked in a range of organisations, from the arts to parliament to health. She has presented at schools, workshops and conferences across Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and the USA. Her books are about friendship, family and the occasional Jack Russell. She loves the ocean, reading, dog parks and the word "serendipity". Her latest book, Mel and Shell is a middle grade novel.

Australian
Author

Amie Kaufman

(

VIC

)

New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman is a science fiction and fantasy writer with degrees in history, literature and law and conflict resolution. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing. Amie is the co-author of the Unearthed duology, Illuminae Files and Aurora Cycle trilogy. Her novel, Aurora's End, is due for release in November 2021, and Beyond the End of the World in Jan 2022.

Australian
Author