Creator Profiles

Here in the YABBA creator's profile pages you will find information on many favourite Australian authors and illustrators.

You will discover a recent photo, a brief biography, answers to a questionnaire and some jacket images of their books.  Check out the profile of the creator of a book you have just read or are about to read.

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Ananda Braxton-Smith

Ananda Braxton-Smith

Select Ananda Braxton-Smith’s Books I was born on Valentines Day 1961; the year Mad Magazine was first published, Charlie Brown successfully flew his kite and Ham the chimp was sent into space.My birthplace was Lichfield, U.K, along with Erasmus Darwin, scientist, writer, and grandfather of you-know-who. We were British ten-pound tourists, drawn like moths to […]

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

Select Andy Griffiths’s Books Once upon a time there was nothing. Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing and still more nothing … until all of a sudden, there was a big explosion and out came the universe … and the galaxy and the sun and the planets and the moon and the Earth and every living creature […]

Anna Ciddor

Anna Ciddor

Select Anna Ciddor’s Books When Anna Ciddor was a child she used to hide in the shelves under the schoolbags at playtime and read books, until the teachers shooed her outside to play. She convinced her two younger sisters she was the Fairy Queen and they were her two fairy slaves. The three girls were […]

Anna Fienberg

Anna Fienberg

Select Anna Fienberg’s Books I used to collect words the way some people collect stamps. I kept them in a notebook and tried them out on all my family. Big words like nimbostratus drew the most admiration, so I usually took a long time to say the simplest things. As I grew older I realized […]

Belinda Murrell

Belinda Murrell

Select Belinda Murrell’s Books Author of The Locket of Dreams (shortlisted for the 2011 KOALA awards, 2011 YABBA awards, 2011 COOL awards, 2010 WAYBRA awards and Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award), The Ruby Talisman (NSW Premiers Reading Chal- lenge), The Ivory Rose (2012 CBCA Notable Book, shortlisted for 2012 Speech Pathology Awards), […]

Bernadette Kelly

Bernadette Kelly

Bernadette Kelly grew up in country Victoria, and now lives on a country property, which she shares with three horses, Tuck, Jaspa and Cadence, a dog, Sniff, a cat, Solomina, and her now grown-up son and daughter.  In summer whole flocks of noisy cockatoos and galahs fly in to eat the gum nuts, and if […]

Bob Graham

Bob Graham

Select Bob Graham’s Books I remember bits of my growing up in Beverly Hills in Sydney. I remember the important bits like dragging branches and bits of timber and packing crates to make a big bonfire every year. We called it “ cracker night,” and it was the best night of the year, up there […]

Carol Ann Martin

Carol Ann Martin

Select Carol Ann Martin’s Books I was born and grew up in England and have loved books and reading for as long as I can remember. All I ever wanted for Christmas and birthdays was books, books and more books. I also made up my own stories, either in handwriting so appalling that only I […]

Carole Wilkinson

Carole Wilkinson

Select Carole Wilkinson’s Books I didn’t start writing until I was quite old — nearly 40. Before that, I worked as a laboratory assistant. My jobs involved working with a lot of blood and brains. You might think this sounds a bit gory, but I quite enjoyed working in a laboratory. The trouble was I […]

Catherine Jinks

Catherine Jinks

Select Catherine Jinks’s Books Catherine Jinks is the Australian author of more than thirty books for all ages. She has garnered many awards, including the CBCA Book of the Year Award (three times), the Victorian Premier’s Award, the Aurealis Award for Science Fiction, the Australian Ibby Award, and the Davitt Award for Crime Fiction. Her […]

Celeste Walters

Celeste Walters

Select Celeste Walters’s Books Celeste Walters was a lecturer in Language and Literature at Deakin University, and has been writer- in- residence at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Her books for young readers include `Who’s Who at the Zoo’ (illustrated by Patricia Mullins) `Treading the Boards’ -a rollicking romp about putting on a play, […]

Cheryl Threadgold

Cheryl Threadgold

Select Cheryl Threadgold’s Books In 1990, the first Riddle-O-Pedia book, containing 2022 riddles, cross- referenced under 1165 subject-headings, was compiled, presented and self- published by Cheryl and illustrated by her children, then aged 8 and 12. Cheryl began categorising riddles using a portable typewriter because there was no categorised book of riddles commercially available to […]

Chris Morphew

Chris Morphew

Select Chris Morphew’s Books Chris Morphew was born in Sydney in 1985. He spent his childhood drawing comic books and writing stories about dinosaurs and time machines. In high school, Chris read a lot of YA science fiction, most of which, according to his English teachers was “far beneath his reading level” (his collection of […]

Chrissie Perry

Chrissie Perry

Select Chrissie Perry’s Books Chrissie Keighery is the author of many successful books for children and young adults including her stories in the Go Girl! series. The former high school English teacher lives down on the Great Ocean Road in Fairhaven with her husband and three children. There is an amazingly beautiful view of the […]

Christine Harris

Christine Harris

Select Christine Harris’s Books Christine Harris has written 50 books, in all genres, for young readers. She is published in Australia, New Zealand, France, UK, Italy, Russia, Canada, USA, Thailand, Japan and Brazil. Her books have won and been shortlisted for Children’s Book Council Book of the Year, Aurealis award for speculative fiction, various children’s […]

Christopher Cheng

Christopher Cheng

Select Christopher Cheng’s Books Christopher has taught in infants and primary classes (elementary in USA) at schools across New South Wales as well as spending eight years as Education officer at Taronga Zoo in Sydney (working with both human and non-human animal animals). He has been the National Children’s Development Manager (in charge of children’s […]

Christopher Milne

Christopher Milne

Select Christopher Milne’s Books Christopher Milne Chris Milne was born in Mildura in 1950 then shifted to Melbourne at the age of five when his father, a secondary school teacher, joined Dandenong High School. Chris went to Chadstone Park Primary School, Melbourne High School then Monash University where he obtained an Honours Degree in Civil […]

Claire Saxby

Claire Saxby

Select Claire Saxby’s Books Claire Saxby is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children. She is author of over 35 books with more currently in production. Claire lives in Newport with her husband, three very tall sons, and one dog who thinks she just might be a cat. Her publications include ”There Was […]

Colin Thompson

Colin Thompson

Select Colin Thompson’s Books Colin Thompson was born in a small, yet tastefully decorated, hut on the unfashionable side of Tristan da Cuhna in 1837. He puts his long life down to a diet of sea-slugs, choc-chip omelettes and the powdered shells of the Great Patagonian Albatross. His first book – Pickling Peasants For Fun […]

Corinne Fenton

Corinne Fenton

Select Corinne Fenton’s Books Corinne has been writing children’s books under the pen-name of Corinne Fenton for the last 13 years and currently has more than 20 books in print. She completed a Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing & Editing) in 1996 and has been writing both children’s books and poetry ever since. Corinne’s classic […]

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Select Craig Smith’s Books Craig Smith grew up in the Adelaide Hills, later studying graphic design at the South Australian School of Art, graduating 1976. He worked at a variety of jobs – including undercoating the Sydney Harbour Bridge – while slowly building a career as an illustrator. He has done the illustrations for over […]

David Harris

David Harris

Select David Harris’s Books The hunt for my stories has taken me from blizzards in Siberia to deserts along the Silk Road, into jungles, an Italian palace, and pubs in outback Australia. Along the way, I’ve written histories, adventure books for younger readers, biography, travel, a textbook on business and cultural relations, texts on writing […]

David Mackintosh

David Mackintosh

Select David Mackintosh’s Books David Mackintosh was born in Belfast and moved with his family to Australia when he was one. He didn’t do art at school, mostly sport, but went on to art college where he was highly commended in the MacMillan Children’s Book Prize for his version of The Emperor’s New Clothes, which […]

David Miller

David Miller

Select David Miller’s Books I always wanted to be an artist. No actually there was a week when I thought it would be good to be an astronaut and walk on the moon. I thought it would be great to be a famous painter. My father was a sculptor, not a famous one. Paper has […]

Deborah Abela

When I was a small kid, I spent most of my time reading and imagining I was on great adventures all over the world. When I was older, I went on them for real. I slept beside alligators and was harassed by monkeys in Zaire and was thrown in jail by heavily armed men in […]

Dee White

Dee White

Select Dee White’s Books Dee White is a children’s and YA author who lives with her family and enough stray animals to ‘almost’ fill an ark. Dee’s published works include ‘A Duel of Words’ and ‘Hope for Hanna’, illustrated by Kylie Dunstan. Her first Young Adult novel ‘Letters to Leonardo’, is coming out with Walker […]

Di Bates

Di Bates

Select Di Bates’s Books Australian Author. Over the past 25 years, Dianne (Di) Bates has written 100 books, mostly for young people. Most of these have been humorous fiction, including the Grandma Cadbury and Bushranger serries, and non-fiction books. She has published two novels for young adults, The Last Refuge (Hodder Headline) and Crossing the […]

Diana Lawrenson

Diana Lawrenson

Select Diana Lawrenson’s Books Diana Lawrenson began writing when she was about 7, but never imagined she’d write books one day. She supplemented her pocket money by answering and creating competitions in Junior Age, the children’s page the Age used to publish once a week. When she joined the ABC’s Argonauts’ Club on the radio […]

Don Henderson

Don Henderson

Select Don Henderson’s Books Don was born and raised in South Australia, on Yorke Peninsula. His extended family was full of great story tellers and this proved to be fertile ground for his young imagination. Don was football mad during his younger years but he also had some terrific English teachers who helped spark a […]

Doug Macleod

Doug Macleod

Select Doug Macleod’s Books Doug MacLeod Doug MacLeod is the author of the classic children’s book Sister Madge’s Book of Nuns. He also wrote the comic coming-of-age novels Tumble Turn and I’m Being Stalked by a Moonshadow. His latest young adult novel is Siggy and Amber. This new one’s funny, too, with plenty of explosions […]

Duncan Ball

Duncan Ball

Select Duncan Ball’s Books Duncan Ball is the best-selling author of over seventy-five books of children’s fiction including the Selby series—about “the only talking dog in Australia and, perhaps, the world”—and the Emily Eyefinger series—the adventures of a girl who was born with an eye on the end of her finger. He has also written […]

Elizabeth Honey

Elizabeth Honey

Select Elizabeth Honey’s Books I grew up on a dairy farm near the old coalmining town of Wonthaggi, in Victoria. I was a sickly child, not death-defyingly ill, just boringly weedy, but sometimes I did have to stay home from school which gave me time to read. Our house was in the bush, in fact […]

Gabrielle Wang

Gabrielle Wang

Select Gabrielle Wang’s Books Gabrielle Wang is an award winning author and illustrator of junior fiction and Young Adult novels. She was born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. Her great grandfather came to Australia during the Victorian Gold Rush in 1853. As a result, Gabrielle‘s novels are a blend of both Australian and Chinese culture […]

George Ivanoff

George Ivanoff

Select George Ivanoff’s Books George is an author and stay-at-home dad residing in Melbourne. He has a keen interest in science fiction, sushi and bad special effects. He also eats way too much chocolate. He has written over 50 books for kids and teens, including novels, chapter books, reference books, school readers and even a […]

Goldie Alexander

Goldie Alexander

                   Goldie’s Profile Melbourne author, Goldie Alexander has 65 books published both here and overseas for readers of all ages, plus many short stories and articles. Her work has won national and international awards. She feels fortunate to have such an absorbing career and enjoys talking about her books […]

Graeme Base

Graeme Base

Select Graeme Base’s Books I was born in England in 1958, but have lived in Australia since I was a kid. I always wanted to be an artist and studied graphic design at Swinburne College of Technology then worked for two unhappy years in a string of design studios before concluding that the world of […]

Hazel Edwards

Hazel Edwards

Select Hazel Edwards’s Books ‘Creativity is the fun of putting together new ideas, in new ways.’ Art, isn’t great at reading but he’s a wonderful problem solver. ‘Project Spy Kid’ and ‘The Frequent Flyer Twins’ are recent, easy-to-read, e-book mystery series on Hazel’s website. ‘Gang O Kids’ about orienteering has a computer game being created. […]

Hilary Badger

Select Hilary Badger’s Books Author / Illustrator Questionnaire My earliest memory is: my dad sitting on a denim bean bag next to my bed (it was the 70s). He was reading me stories as I tried desperately to keep my eyes open. At school I: put my hand up quite a lot. Maybe too much! […]

Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody

Select Isobelle Carmody’s Books Isobelle began her first book Obernewtyn while she was still at high school and worked on it while completing a Bachelor of Arts and then a Journalism Cadetship. Since then she has written more than 30 books, for ages ranging from children to adults. She is perhaps best known for her […]

Jackie Kerin

Jackie Kerin

Select Jackie Kerin’s Books As a child, I was a daydreamer. When I finished school, my love of make believe led me to train as an actress. Being an actress was fun but I preferred choosing the stories that I wanted to tell. So I became a storyteller. These days, I travel to schools and […]

Jenny Mounfield

Jenny Mounfield

Select Jenny Mounfield’s Books Jenny Mounfield lives north of Brisbane with her husband and three children. She spent most of her childhood travelling around Australia, living everywhere from Lord Howe Island to Darwin. Stories have always played a pivotal role in her life, though it never occurred to her that she might actually write one […]

Jill McDougall

Jill McDougall

Select Jill McDougall’s Books Jill grew up on a farm outside Dalby in Queensland with lots of things that chased you – cross roosters, wild-eyed bulls and swooping mag- pies. She became a very fast runner and won lots of prizes on Sports Day. Jill’s other hobby was writing. She wrote plays and poems for […]

John Heffernan

John Heffernan

Select John Heffernan’s Books John Heffernan wanted to be lots of things when it came his time to morph into an adult.He wanted to be an inventor who designed things like a People-Making Ma-chine,Hover-Boots or The Genius Thinking Cap.He also wanted to be a Spartan warrior,and a Viking chief with a name like Erik Skull-Splitter,a […]

John Marsden

John Marsden

Select John Marsden’s Books John Marsden was born in 1950, a very good year, as it makes it so easy to work out how old you are. He spent a little time at Kyneton Primary School in Victoria, but then his dad was sent to Devonport Tasmania, to start a new job. John remembers his […]

Judith Rossell

Judith Rossell

Select Judith Rossell’s Books a picture of me (drawn by Emma Feher) Judith worked as a CSIRO scientist, for a cotton spinning company, and studied textile design in Scotland before becoming a full-time illustrator. Judith’s books include several sumptuously illustrated maze adventure books, and two puzzle books starring the ingenious rat detective, Inspector Stilton. These […]

Julie Vivas

Julie Vivas

Select Julie Vivas’s Books Julie Vivas Julie was born in Adelaide in1947 and spent her childhood in Adelaide, Melbourne and finally her family settled in Sydney in 1956. After high school Julie studied a diploma course in Interior Design at The National Art School in East Sydney. Julie’s working life began in a veterinary practice […]

Justin D’Ath

Justin D’Ath

Justin D’Ath was born in New Zealand but has lived in Australia since 1971.  He has written nearly 40 books for children including the very popular Extreme Adventure series and the Mission Fox series.  His YA novel Pool, was shortlisted in the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Awards and declared a Notable Book by the CBCA. Prior […]

Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon

Select Kate Gordon’s Books Kate Gordon grew up in a very booky house, with two librarian parents, in a small town by the sea in Tasmania. She spent her childhood searching for fossils at Fossil Bluff, wondering about the doctor who rode his horse off the cliff at Doctor’s Rocks, and eating the best chips […]

Kathy Castle

Kathy Castle

Select Kathy Castle’s Books Kathy Castle was born in 1970 in the leafy suburb of Ivanhoe, Melbourne. She loved animals very much as a child and could often be found in the front yards of her neighbours, petting their dogs and cats and wondering if she could take their pets home with her, which didn’t […]

Katrina Germein

Katrina Germein

Select Katrina Germein’s Books Katrina Germein writes stories for fun. She writes about the places she goes,the things she sees,and the people she meets along the way. Katrina wrote her first picture book,Big Rain Coming, while working as a teacher in a remote Aboriginal Community. Katrina’s book Littledog(starring two children and a dog with a […]

Kirsty Murray

Kirsty Murray

Select Kirsty Murray’s Books Kirsty Murray was born in Melbourne, the middle child in a family of seven children. Kirsty’s many novels span historical fiction titles such as “Bridie’s Fire” to time-travel adventure in “Market Blues”. Her latest book is a chilling futuristic novel entitled “Vulture’s Gate”. Kirsty1s novels have won and been shortlisted for […]

Leanne Davidson

Leanne Davidson

Select Leanne Davidson’s Books Australian Author. Leanne started her writing career by self publishing her first children’s book, Quizzical, at the end of 2006. It subsequently won the Best Australian Self-Published Book for Fiction and was picked up by publishers, The Five Mile Press, who then published a sequel, Money Bags, along with a short […]

Lee Fox

Lee Fox

Select Lee Fox’s Books LEE FOX began her career in 2000 with several articles in The Age. Her first book Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair was published in 2006 and shortlisted for a 2007 CBCA award. Lee’s YA novel, Other People’s Country, was published in 2008, followed in 2009 by Jasper McFlea Will […]

Leigh Hobbs

Leigh Hobbs

Select Leigh Hobbs’s Books Leigh Hobbs was born in Melbourne, in Williamstown in 1953. When he was seven the family moved to Bairnsdale where he grew up. Even as a small boy Leigh always wanted to be an artist and would sit up in bed and draw every morning before school. Leigh Hobbs is best […]

Leonie Norrington

Leonie Norrington

Select Leonie Norrington’s Books Leonie Norrington was born in Darwin and grew up at Barunga community in southern Arnhemland. Being brought up within a mixed culture environment, Leonie has always been very much a part of the Aboriginal stories and issues that surround her. ‘I am interested in the places where cultures and languages meet,’ […]

Margaret Clark

Margaret Clark

Select Margaret Clark’s Books Margaret Clark was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia on 20th April 1942. She has two sisters. She went to Geelong schools. Then she went to Teachers College, got married and had a son and a daughter. She has worked as a primary teacher, pre-school director, university lecturer and alcohol and drug […]

Marjory Gardner

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Mark Carthew

Mark Carthew

Select Mark Carthew’s Books Mark Carthew is an editor, author & teacher, well known for his books and series exploring wordplay, music, movement, drama and humour. His award winning, internationally acclaimed illustrated play script series VoiceWorks for which he is series editor, brought him together with some the worlds leading children’s writers and illustrators. His […]

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Select Mark Wilson’s Books Mark is an artist/author/illustrator, whose recent picture book The Last Tree won the 2007 Whiteley Award and his Extinction Trilogy won the 2004 Wilderness Society Award and the 2004 Whiteley Award as well. This all made Mark extremely happy as he now had a magnificent bronze platypus to stand on the […]

Meredith Badger

Meredith Badger

Select Meredith Badger’s Books The first thing that Meredith Badger ever wanted to be was a writer and illustrator. Actually, the very first thing she wanted to be was a tight-rope walker because she wanted to wear a tutu and carry a parasole. But once she realised her balance wasn’t all that great, she decided […]

Meredith Costain

Meredith Costain

Select Meredith Costain’s Books Meredith Costain is a versatile writer whose work ranges from picture books through to novels and non fiction for older readers. Her books include No Noise at Our House, Rosie to the Rescue and Musical Harriet, which was adapted for television by the ABC. Doodledum Dancing, illustrated by Pamela Allen, was […]

Michael Panckridge

Michael Panckridge

Select Michael Panckridge’s Books Michael Panckridge is a part time teacher in Geelong and a mad keen sports fanatic. He has played and coached at a variety of sports and takes an active interest in a huge range of sporting teams. Michael is the author of the acclaimed Legends and Anniversary Legends series with Black […]

Michael Pryor

Michael Pryor

Select Michael Pryor’s Books Best-selling author Michael Pryor was born in Swan Hill, Victoria, and currently lives in Melbourne. He has worked as a drainer’s labourer, a truck driver, a bathroom accessories salesperson, an Internet consultant, a software developer, a textbook publisher, in a scrap metal yard and as a secondary school teacher, teaching English, […]

Mike Dumbleton

Mike Dumbleton

Select Mike Dumbleton’s Books Mike Dumbleton is a writer with many educational and children’s books to his credit. Currently he and his wife, Linda, work in New York as Literacy Consultants and they make regular return trips to Australia to visit family and friends. Seven of Mike’s picture books have been selected as ‘Notable Books’ […]

Mitch Vane

Mitch Vane

Select Mitch Vane’s Books Mitch has been working as a freelance illustrator for more than twenty years now, five of those based in London, and over those years has worked in a variety of mediums, on a variety of jobs – anything from storyboards, posters, package design, colouring books, cartoons, editorial illustrations and paintings. She […]

Morris Lurie

Morris Lurie

Select Morris Lurie’s Books I was born in Melbourne at the Royal Women‘s Hospital. My mum and dad came from Poland. In our house we also had a grandfather (strict) and my sister (fat). My main love was comics. Superman! Batman! Dick Tracy! Captain Marvel! X-Ray Vision! Able to leap tall buildings in a single […]

Moya Simons

Moya Simons

  Moya has been writing for the past fifteen years and has had 30 books published in this time. She writes crime fiction for the 8 – 12 age group, and science fiction. Many of her books have been shortlisted for various awards and this year Hello God has been shortlisted for YABBA. Moya gets […]

Nan Bodsworth

Nan Bodsworth

Select Nan Bodsworth’s Books Nan Bodsworth spent her childhood on a farm beside the Murray River, near Swan Hill. She studied art in Melbourne and has worked as an art teacher, medical artist, designer and illustrator. Nan has written and illustrated five children’s books: one short novel and four picture books, all published by Penguin. […]

Nicky Johnston

Nicky Johnston

Nicky is a mum to four boys, an artist, an educator and an active public speaker. She has always worked in and around her creative talents – becoming a professional make-up artist, an art teacher, mural painter, sign writer and author/illustrator of children’s books. Nicky is passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues in […]

Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn

Select Pat Flynn’s Books Pat Flynn grew up running around an old dairy farm in Queensland before moving to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on a tennis scholarship. After playing and coaching on the professional circuit he became a teacher, where his observations of young people – their interests and stories – led […]

Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Select Paul Collins’s Books Paul Collins has written many books for younger readers. He is best known for his fantasy and science fiction titles: The Jelindel Chronicles (Dragonlinks, Dragonfang, Dragonsight and Wardragon), and The Quentaris Chronicles ? co-edited with Michael Pryor ? (Swords of Quentaris, Slaves of Quentaris, Dragonlords of Quentaris, Princess of Shadows, The […]

Pauline Luke

Pauline Luke

Select Pauline Luke’s Books Pauline Luke’s first YA novel, Amber Pash on Pink (UQP 2004) won the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature for Older Readers. While on a Varuna Fellowship she commenced her second book for older readers, Bronco, Fi, Maddie and Me). First published in March 2007 it was reprinted in 2008 […]

Peter Macinnis

Peter Macinnis

Select Peter Macinnis’s Books Peter Macinnis was a science teacher who started writing textbooks and encyclopaedia content. As a bureaucrat, he spent two years writing rude replies to rude letters for the Minister for Education. He worked in museums, but what he really wanted to do was write books, and he has now done about […]

Phil Kettle

Phil Kettle

Select Phil Kettle’s Books I was born in Mildura which is in Northern Victoria and grew up a little way from Mildura on a farm just a few kilometers from a small town called Cardross. Cardross is a really tiny town, so small that there is only one shop, one garage, a school and a […]

Robyn Bavati

Robyn Bavati

Select Robyn Bavati’s Books I was born in Melbourne, the fourth out of five siblings, and raised in a modern-orthodox Jewish home. As a child, I devoured books. Inspired equally by Enid Blyton and CS Lewis, I hoped one day to become a writer, but I didn’t know if this could happen. The people I […]

Roslyn Motter

Roslyn Motter

Select Roslyn Motter’s Books Roslyn J. Motter is the Sydney based author of the Doofuzz Dudes series of fantasy/adventure books. There are currently seven published books in the series. When she is not writing she is an acupuncturist and she works from her home clinic. Roslyn is very worried that these days children spend too […]

Sally Rippin

Sally Rippin

Select Sally Rippin’s Books Sally Rippin was born in Darwin, but grew up mainly in South-East Asia. As a young adult she spent three years in Chinastudying traditional brush and ink painting in Shanghai and Hangzhou. Now Sally lives in Melbourne, where she writes and illustrates for children of all ages. She has had over […]

Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Select Sarah Davis’s Books Sarah Davis was born in London, but spent her childhood in New Zealand, wearing gumboots and falling in rivers. She moved to Sydney in 2004, and a year later began working part time as a freelance illustrator. She instantly realised this was what she wanted to be when she grew up, […]

Sean Williams

Sean Williams

Select Sean Williams’s Books www.seanwilliams.com #1 New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Earth Ascendant & The Dust Devils Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams (Aurealis Award winner: Best Collection, 2008) Author / Illustrator Questionnaire My earliest memory is running into a house my family had just moved into, in Ararat. I […]

Sherryl Clark

Sherryl Clark

Select Sherryl Clark’s Books Sherryl’s first children’s book, The Too-Tight Tutu, was published in 1997, and she now has more than 40 books in print. Her other titles include a number of Aussie Bites, Nibbles and Chomps, and novels for upper primary – Tracey Binns is Trouble and Tracey Binns is Lost. Her YA novel, […]

Steven Herrick

Steven Herrick

Select Steven Herrick’s Books I was born in Brisbane on New Years Eve, 1958. While everyone celebrated the New Year, Mum was left holding the baby. I was the youngest of seven children – Mum wanted a girl. She got me instead. I went to Coopers Plains State School, where I was good at English […]

Sue Bursztynski

Sue Bursztynski

Select Sue Bursztynski’s Books Sue Bursztynski grew up in the beachside suburbs of Melbourne, where she still lives, though she spent some time living and working overseas. As a child Sue loved writing on the beach. Now she enjoys working in cafés on her laptop, because it‘s less distracting than working at home, where there […]

Sue Bursztynski

Sue Bursztynski

  Sue Bursztynski grew up in the beachside suburbs of Melbourne, where she still lives, though she spent some time living and working overseas. As a child Sue loved writing on the beach. Now she enjoys working in cafes on her laptop, because it’s less distracting than working at home, where there are all those […]

Sue Lawson

Sue Lawson

Select Sue Lawson’s Books Sue Lawson lives in country Victoria with her husband, daughter and Milly the Cavoodle, who thinks she’s human. Sue grew up on a farm where she spent most of her time reading, writing, obsessing about football, listening to her father and grandfather’s stories and avoiding working with the cattle. Since leaving […]

Susannah McFarlane

Susannah McFarlane

Select Susannah McFarlane’s Books Susannah writes the adventure series for young girls EJ12 Girl Hero, which she wrote when she got tired of reading about boys saving the world. Her name appears on the books in secret code She also co-writes the series Boy vs Beast under the name Mac Park (she‘s the Mac bit). […]

Susanne Gervay

Susanne Gervay

Select Susanne Gervay’s Books Rock music, girls, guys, love, loss, bullying, life – that’s what Susanne Gervay writes about because it’s important, funny, sad and real. Susanne is inspired by her kids and the people who touch her life. Her parents were post war refugees and grateful to make a new life in Australia. This […]

Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author of both children’s and adults books. An experienced magazine writer and editor, she has written for many online sites and hard copy magazines. She also founded Kids Book Review in 2009, one of the most respected children’s literature sites on the web. An ACT Ambassador for the National Year of […]

Teresa Culkin Lawrence

Teresa Culkin Lawrence

Select Teresa Culkin Lawrence’s Books When I was little, I seemed to always be drawing. And the adults around me (and my friends) were always telling me how clever I was. Naturally, I enjoyed the praise and so I kept doing it. But it wasn’t just the praise that kept me going it was a […]

Terry Denton

Terry Denton

Select Terry Denton’s Books Terry Denton is best known for the Gasp! series, the Wombat and Fox stories and the best selling Just! books, done in collaboration with Andy Griffiths. He is one of those lucky people who can write and illustrate. He has written twenty children’s books himself and collaborated on eighty more with […]

Tim Pegler

Tim Pegler

Select Tim Pegler’s Books Tim Pegler is a Melbourne journalist and author of young adult fiction. Tim’s time as a newspaper reporter, much of it spent covering issues to do with young people, poverty and crime, provides the inspiration for his novels. ‘Game As Ned’ was published in 2007 and tackles issues such as autism, […]

Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson

Select Tony Wilson’s Books Tony started off wanting to be an Aussie Rules footballer but when that dream evaporated, he started writing books. His first published book was Grannysaurus Rex (Omnibus 2004) about a rampaging granny on a lolly binge. A life-long Dr Seuss fan, he attempted a rhyming epic which was published as The […]

Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky

Select Ursula Dubosarsky’s Books Ursula was born and grew up in Sydney and wanted to be a writer from the age of six. At school she mainly liked lying around the place reading books, and staring at her guinea pigs while they stared right back at her. When she left school she went to university […]