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Carolyn Wyrsch

Carolyn Wyrsch

I was born in Neath, South Wales, in the United Kingdom. My family and I immigrated to Australia and settled in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, in 1963. My childhood was spent in a loving family who allowed their children to use their imagination in nature. As I got older, my life still …

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Kelly Hibbert

Kelly Hibbert

Kelly Hibbert is an Adelaide-based author and educator with a passion for words and language. Her story, Sebastian and the Special Stack of Stories, illustrated by Sue DeGennaro and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2018 was also distributed by Harper360 into the North American markets in 2021. Her debut picture book, Fancy Pants, illustrated …

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Cheryl Polonski

Cheryl Polonski

Since 1982 Cheryl worked in various positions in Canberra schools, with students from Pre-school to Year 10.  The last 10+ years, was as an Early Childhood Educator in a public school.  Watching the look on the children’s faces when listening to a new story or rhyme, (some of which she wrote,) compelled her to write …

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Sheila Knaggs

Sheila Knaggs

Sheila is an aspiring children’s author who lives on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, with her husband and four grown children. Born in Liverpool, England, where she lived until she was five, before moving to the Isle of Man—a small, picturesque island in the middle of the Irish Sea—Sheila, along with her parents and …

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Paul Kirtley

Paul Kirtley

Paul grew up in the English Buckinghamshire countryside and also spent time living on the south coast and in London. He moved to Sydney in 2013, and is now settled here with his family. In 2021 Paul was presented a rare opportunity to take some time away from work and spend his days on whatever …

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Robert Vescio

Robert Vescio

Robert Vescio is an award-winning author of children’s picture books, based in Sydney. Many of his picture books have been translated into other languages such as German, Italian, Polish, Chinese and Korean. Robert’s books are included on the NSW, VIC and QLD Premier’s Reading Challenges, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Australia. Recently, his picture book Under …

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Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson

Claire is an aspiring picture book writer on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She is passionate about writing children’s stories that are empowering and fun. A former journalist, Claire has completed numerous writing courses including The Australian Writers’ Centre picture book course. She is inspired daily by her two children. “My four-year-old is my toughest writing critic,” …

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Kiralee Strong

Kiralee Strong

Kiralee is a lover of words and silliness, and she has found a lot of enjoyment in combining the two to write engaging and heart felt picture books. Kiralee is a mum to 4 crazy kids, wife to a police officer and she owns and operates her own bricks and mortar store called Beachside Bargains, …

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Karen Kepert

Karen Kepert

I have always loved to read.  I remember reading Enid Blyton books to my sister at bedtime.  I enjoy reading to my granddaughters, aged 3 and 5.  I also like to read mysteries, memoirs and biographies.  Of late I’ve read many books by writers for writers. I began teaching Maths in secondary schools.  I moved …

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Kate McCaffrey

Kate McCaffrey

My love for reading began as a child. Mostly it was our mother Margaret who would read out aloud to us before bed for every afternoon and night sleep. Mum’s parents were great advocates for receiving a sound education and it carried on through to her. After every story we would say “just one more …

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Susan Pugh-Rankin

Susan Pugh-Rankin

Susan is a former language and science teacher who has developed a passion for writing stories from an animal’s point of view. She hopes not only to entertain her readers, but also to educate them about the Australian bush and wildlife through her stories.  She has a special interest in endangered species, particularly the Bridled Nailtail …

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Linda Lovegrove

Linda Lovegrove

Linda is an emerging author of children’s picture books. As an Early Childhood Education Consultant, she currently writes journal articles and develops teacher resources emerging from ABC Kids picture books, television programs and podcasts. Linda also writes and delivers professional development workshops about children’s literature for key early childhood education organisations, including Story Box Library. …

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