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Claire Hampson

Claire Hampson

Claire is an writer, teacher and blogger whose writing explores themes of diversity and belonging with a sense of fun and wonder.  She has had several short stories published in anthologies and through writing competitions and was the winner of the 2022 Kids and YA  pitching competition in the children’s picture book category at Writing …

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Gaz Anson

Gaz Anson

Gaz is an emerging writer who lives sometimes in Canberra and sometimes on the South Coast of NSW. He began his working life as a copy assistant in an advertising agency in Sydney and much later worked as a writer, editor, information architect and content designer. Prior to that, he was a zookeeper here and …

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Victoria Konya

Victoria Konya

Based in Melbourne, Victoria Konya writes children’s stories and poems inspired by nature, animals and family adventure. Victoria is passionate about instilling a love of reading in children from a very early age, and aspires to achieve this by writing humorous stories with authentic and endearing characters that children will love. She has completed courses …

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Michèle Dodd

Michèle Dodd

Michèle is an illustrator and children’s picture book author. She started her career a veterinary nurse but creativity took over and she studied to become a graphic designer and then in-house illustrator in an advertising studio. Michèle moved onto freelance illustration and started to work on children’s books and early readers. Her proudest moment was …

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Angela Vearing

Angela Vearing

Angela Vearing is a registered organisational psychologist and a writer of children’s stories, living in Canberra, Australia. During primary school, Angela was constantly writing stories and aspired to be a famous movie director. She went to university to study communications and media production, but soon discovered the world of psychology. While most of her writing …

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Leanne Green

Leanne Green

Leanne and her family live in a small quiet seaside village in North Queensland. Walking on the beach with their dogs is a daily occurrence. As Leanne and her family are commercial fishers, one of her main jobs is sorting and tying mud crabs. When she is not out on the water, Leanne enjoys writing …

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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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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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