Monday 23rd October - Upper Primary School Presenters

Amanda Graham

Bio

Amanda Graham writes and illustrates picture books and short stories for young children. Her first book, Arthur, appeared in 1984 and won the UK Children’s Federation Award and was short-listed for the CBCA Awards. While studying for a Bachelor of Education at Sturt CAE (now Flinders University) she began writing stories for young children. After having several books published she studied illustration at the University of SA and has since illustrated many of her own stories. Amanda’s most recent book is Fancy Pants, written by Kelly Hibbert. Other titles include Smart Dad, Wilbur, written by Phil Cummings, Picasso the Green Tree Frog and Educating Arthur. 

Presentation

Amanda will be working with the children to create their own illustrations and talking about how she creates her own characters on paper.

www.amandagraham.com

Rosanne Hawke

Bio

Rosanne Hawke has written 28 books for young people. Her novel Taj and the Great Camel Trek won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Award for Children’s Literature. For ten years Rosanne was an aid worker and teacher in Pakistan and the Middle East. She is the 2015 recipient of the Nance Donkin Award for an Australian woman author who writes for children and she is a Bard of Cornwall. Rosanne writes in an old Cornish farmhouse with underground rooms about culture, history, adventure and snow leopards! Her latest books include Daughter of Nomads

Presentation

Come and meet some of Rosanne Hawke's colourful characters and go on an adventure to far away places.

www.roasannehawke.com

Allayne Webster

Bio

Allayne grew up in Kingston SE, South Australia. She is the recipient of three SA Arts grants and a Board Member of the Salisbury Writers' Festival. Allayne’s middle grade title, Paper Planes (Scholastic) was a 2016 Children’s Book Council Notable Book and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Children’s Awards for Literature. Swedish rights to her middle grade novel, A Cardboard Palace (MidnightSun Publishing) have recently been sold. In Feb 2018, she will release a YA novel, The Centre of My Everything, with Penguin Random House, plus a junior fiction novel, Sam’s Surfboard Showdown (co-authored with sister, Amanda Clarke) with Scholastic.

Presentation

Ever thought about being published whilst you're still at school? There's no reason you can't be! Join Allayne Webster for a crash course about the weird and wonderful world of publishing.

www.allaynewebster.com

Kristin Weidenbach

Bio

Kristin Weidenbach writes popular non-fiction focused on Australian history.

Her picture books for children include King of the Outback: the story of Sidney Kidman, Meet Banjo Paterson and Tom the Outback Mailman, which won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Eve Pownall award in 2013.

Her adult titles include Growing up Moonta, Rock Star: the Story of Reg Sprigg, and the Australian bestseller Mailman of the Birdsville Track: the Story of Tom Kruse.

Kristin is a PhD immunologist who switched to a writing career. She occasionally writes for Outback magazine and has written the official histories of the Cruising Yacht Club of SA and the energy company Santos.

Presentation

Bringing True Stories to Life: Kristin will be talking about using strong storytelling and clever illustrations to create picture book biographies and child-friendly accounts of historical facts and events.

www.kristinweidenbach.com

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