Sunday Authors and Illustrators Presenting

Janeen Brian

Bio

Janeen Brian is a multi-award-winning author of over 100 children’s books, as well as a well-published poet, whose work appears in 16 anthologies. She writes picture books, fiction and non-fiction and has over 200 poems, articles, plays and stories published in anthologies and national and overseas magazines for children.

Some of her most popular books include: I’m a dirty dinosaur, I’m a hungry dinosaur, Where does Thursday go? Silly Galah! That Boy, Jack, Yong: the journey of an unworthy son, Mrs Dog and Little Chicken, Chickabee.

She lives with her husband at Glenelg, in South Australia, with their border-collie dog, Raffy. She has two grown-up daughters and four grandchildren.

Presentation

Janeen will be reading from some of her books and demonstrating make-at-home craft ideas. 

www.janeenbrian.com

Katrina Germein

Bio

Best-selling author Katrina Germein writes heartfelt picture books. Her first book, Big Rain Coming, has been published around the world and printed in multiple languages. Many of Katrina’s stories have won notable commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia and have also been shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. Katrina’s popular title, My Dad Thinks He's Funny, was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, while the gorgeous Thunderstorm Dancing is just one of several of Katrina's books to have featured on the children's television program, Play School. Katrina's latest release, Great Goal! Marvellous Mark! was released to rave reviews in July. Katrina continues to work part time as an Early Childhood teacher. She regularly delivers author presentations in schools, libraries and preschools. Katrina has an energetic dog named Mango, and would really like to own a cat. Summer is Katrina’s favourite season. www.katrinagermein.com

Presentation

Katrina Germein will share stories of rain clouds, football, dogs and family. She will explain how authors create imaginative works of fiction from real life events and encourage children to discover their own rich narratives. Katrina engages participants with books, props and audience participation; she shows that stories come in many forms and everyone has a story!   

www.katrinagermein.com 

Jane Jolly

Bio

When Jane Jolly is not writing or teaching she is gardening or eating chocolate. Jane has had two CBCA Honour books in Tea and Sugar Christmas, illustrated by Robert Ingpen, and One Step at a Time, illustrated by Sally Heinrich. Her most recently released book, Papa Sky, is another magnificent partnership with SA illustrator, Sally Heinrich and MidnightSun Publishing. Although all of Jane’s published books are picture books, she also writes short stories and poetry. Two more books are due for release next year.

Presentation

Jane will be reading from her picture books and talking about how she comes up with her ideas.

www.janejolly.com

Andrew Joyner

Bio

Andrew Joyner is an illustrator and author of numerous children’s books, including Too Many Elephants in this House, by Ursula Dubosarsky, and The Swap, by Jan Ormerod. He also wrote and illustrated the Boris chapter book series, about a winsome and adventurous warthog. His books are now published in more than twenty five countries and his forthcoming titles include his authorial picture book debut, The Pink Hat, about a young girl, a pink hat, and the Women's March.  He lives with his family in Strathalbyn.

Presentation

You can draw anything! Turn a potato into a bear, and a circle into an elephant. Draw along with Andrew as he shows you how to create your own character by starting with some very simple shapes.

www.andrewjoyner.com.au

Matt Shanks

Bio

Matt was born in Sydney, sandwiched between the bush and beach. The inspiration for his work comes from a love of his unique country. His early fascination for the combination of words and pictures saw him complete a Bachelor of Design at the University of Sydney in 2003. It took him 10 years though, while working as a Creative Director at some of Melbourne's best design agencies, to realise that this 'watercolour hobby' of his needed to be shared with more than just his wife and cat. Matt has now illustrated several picture books and lives in Melbourne.

Presentation

If there’s one Aussie animal that comes to mind when you think about Australian animals it’s the koala. And despite what you hear, a koala is not a bear! Join Matt, illustrator of a new picture book by Jackie French called Koala Bare, as he helps everyone young and old, learn the distinguishing features of a Koala and why they’re definitely not bears. You’ll walk away with your very own drawing of a koala and knowledge about why a koala can never, ever be called a bear.

www.mattshanks.com.au

Jared Thomas

Bio

Jared Thomas’ writing explores the power of belonging and culture. In 2015 his title Calypso Summer joined the 2015 International Youth Library White Raven list, given to books that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and exceptional artistic and literary style. His recent releases include Songs That Sound Like Blood and the Game Day series written with NBA player Patty Mills and illustrated by Nahum Ziersch.


Nahum Ziersch

Bio

Nahum is an illustrator and sports designer living and working in Adelaide, providing work for both Australian and overseas clients. The majority of his work is in book publishing, for clients such as Penguin RandomHouse, Blake Publishing, Allen & Unwin and Scholastic. He has illustrated covers and interior art for numerous junior novels, readers and educational projects, including the new three book series for NBA star Patty Mills, Game Day.

He has also produced numerous background designs and game artwork for titles such as Jetpack Joyride, Band Stars and Oscura, along with designs for TV series Figaro Pho and many Anifex produced adverts.

His love of sport has also inspired him to work closer with national and local sporting clubs and organisations designing sports logos, team wear and mascots. Some of his more major projects have included the Adelaide 36ers, Lightning and Thunderbirds logos, and the 2007 FINA Swimming Championships mascot design.

Presentation

Jared and Nahum will be talking about Game Day, their new series of middle primary fiction, written with NBA player Patty Mills.

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