Authors

Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela

Deb’s first writing job was for a kids’ show on channel Ten called “Cheez TV”.  After 7 years of writing scripts about everything from llamas to bungy jumping and how to go to the toilet in outer space, Deb wrote her first novelMax Remy Superspy Part 1: In Search of the Time and Space Machine”.  It’s an action-packed series based on loads of adventures Deb has had like sleeping beside alligators, and being harassed by monkeys. Together with sport icon Johnny Warren, Deb also created the Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series.  It’s about a young boy called Jasper and his best friend Lil, who love their soccer and dream of being soccer legends. Her latest exciting books are “Grimsdon” and “The Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen.” Deb has a great website http://deborahabela.com  with lots of writing tips, teacher resources and book trailers for you to read and view. In 2012 Deb is excited to be selected as an Ambassador for the National Year of Reading.

Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn

An ex-professional tennis player and teacher, Pat Flynn writes realistic fiction with a dose of humour for 8-16 year olds. His book The Tuckshop Kid won an Honour Book Prize at the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in 2007. He is well-known for his Alex Jackson series about a skateboarder. His most recent books include The Trophy Kid and The Best Ballgirl. Pat is due to release his latest book in July 2012.

Pat’s webite http://patflynnwriter.com/ has more information on his books as well as easy-to-use teachers’ notes.

Jackie French

Jackie French

Jackie is one of Australia’ most loved authors. Her books range in interest level from toddlers to children to teens to adults. She writes fiction and non-fiction, and is well-known for her appearances on Burke’s Backyard and her passion for the environment and wombats, in particular. Jackie is also a keen advocate for children with learning difficulties. Her work has been recognised with many Australian and overseas literature awards. Jackie is particularly proud of her books being selected by popular children’s votes as well as critical literary success. Her latest books include :A Waltz for Matilda”, “Nanberry: Black Brother White”, “Christmas Wombat” with forthcoming books including “A Day to Remember: the story of Anzac Day”, with Mark Wilson, and “Pennies for Hitler”, a sequel to the themes in the multi-award-winning “Hitler’s daughter”. Jackie’s website http://www.jackiefrench.com/ is full of photos, recipes, information on her books, and much more.

Anne Spudvilas

Anne Spudvilas

Anne is a portrait painter and book illustrator of the highest calibre who also works as a courtroom artist for the Melbourne media. Anne's portraits have been selected in major portrait competitions and she has completed public commissions for the City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government. Her work is in collections in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia. Her first picture book “The Race” was awarded the Crichton Award for Illustration and CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Honour Book. In 2000 she won CBCA Picture Book of the Year with “Jenny Angel”, which was also shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award. In 2008 “The Peasant Prince” won the NSW Premier's Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize), the Australian Book Industry Award for Younger Readers and the Queensland Premiers Award and CBCA Honour Book. Anne's designs have even been used by Australia Post for the 2006 Australian Christmas stamps. Her website http://www.annespudvilas.com is full of examples of her portraits, book illustrations and photographs.

David Legge

David Legge

David Legge has been a professional illustrator since 1986. He has produced over seventy book jackets, illustrations for packaging and advertising and is a regular illustrator for The School Magazine. Bamboozled, the first book that he both  wrote and illustrated, won the Honour Book in the 1995 Children’s Book Council  of Australia Book of the Year Awards and collected six children’s choice awards in both Australia and the USA. David has continued to go from strength to strength, His other titles include “Baby Boomsticks”, written by Margaret Wild (shortlisted picture book in the 2004 CBCA Book of the Year Awards), “Kisses for Daddy”, written by Frances Watts (Honour Book in the Early Childhood category of the 2006 CBCA Book of the Year Awards), “Parsley Rabbit’s Book About Books”, written by Frances Watts (Eve Pownall Award for Information Books in the 2008 CBCA Book of the year Awards) and “Captain Crabclaw’s Crew”, written by Francis Watts (a 2010 CBCA Notable Book). More information on David can be found at http://www.speakers-ink.com.au/speakers/370-david-legge

Frances Watts

Frances Watts

Frances’ website http://www.franceswatts.com is testament to the joy that Frances brings to her writing. Born in Switzerland, Frances emigrated to Australia when she was just three years old. Frances worked for 10 years as an editor, using her real name, Ali Lavau, before she wrote her first picture book “Kisses for Daddy” illustrated by David Legge, using her pen-name Frances Watts. As well as continuing to write picture books, Frances has been working on a series of junior novels about two very unlikely superheroes, Extraordinary Ernie and Marvellous Maud, with the heroic illustrator Judy Watson. The fourth book in the series, Heroes of the Year, was published in August 2011. Another exciting project is the Gerander Trilogy. The first two books of The Song of the Winns series, have been published, and fans are eagerly awaiting the third. Ali (Frances) continues to work as a freelance editor.

Frances Watts

Kathryn Apel

Kathryn Apel is passionate about words and working with children. That’s why the primary teacher writes children’s books. Many of Kat’s stories and poems are quirky tales of life in rural Australia. Kat loves playing with words, and she loves to share that enthusiasm with children. She is once again mentoring the Carnivale's collaborative online story project "Net a Story", along with Chris McMaster from Tannum Sands State School. Kat’s website http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/ will give a lot more information about her and her writing, as well as activities to accompany her books.