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Zoe Gaetjens

Zoe Gaetjens

Zoe is a high school teacher who loves stories of all kinds. She writes picture books and junior fiction. Zoe lives on the NSW South Coast with her husband, three kids and fluffy dog. She is likely to be found doing handstands on the beach, struggling to carry her overloaded library bag or eating cake. …

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Gail Turnham

Gail Turnham

Gail is an aspiring Children’s book author. She has a lively curiosity, vivid imagination and loves creating stories. In 2020 she completed Writing Picture Books through the Australian Writers’ Centre. In 2021 she has completed Writing Picture book Masterclass. Gail loves exploring interesting places and has slept in the Amazon Jungle, marvelled at Machu Picchu, …

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Penelope Lau

Penelope Lau

Penelope Lau is an author and illustrator who lives in Melbourne. She has a background in stem cell research and is a mother of two young children. She is passionate about art and nature, and her work endeavours to combine the two. Her stories aim to renew the sense of wonder in children and to …

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Rebecca McCormack

Rebecca McCormack

Rebecca is an avid storyteller, working across galleries and film festivals spaces, and appreciates the power stories have to move people. She is always coming up with story ideas, new characters, and creating worlds. She loves a bit of magic and a dash of mischief and creating all sorts of chaos for her characters to …

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Dave Petzold

Dave Petzold

Dave Petzold is a 2021 CBCA Shortlisted author and illustrator from Lennox Head, Australia. His playful and goofy illustrations embrace the little things that go unnoticed; the things we take for granted and his stories revolve around cheeky, adventurous characters who find themselves in situations they have not planned for – situations that are, at …

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Helen Hayden

Helen Hayden

Helen grew up on a dairy farm in the Riverina, plotting imaginary stories as she rounded up the cows for milking each afternoon. Having no television, library visits planted the seed for her reading passion. Climbing trees, chasing butterflies and building ant bridges at a one-teacher school sprouted into a love of nature. In later …

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Zoya Nojin

Zoya Nojin

Zoya Nojin is a medical scientist with a passion for writing children’s stories. You name it – picture books, junior fiction, middle grade – they all rock her world. She’s thrilled to have won multiple awards for her short stories, as well as an ASA Mentorship with Nette Hilton, and the CBCA’s Charlotte Waring Barton …

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Wendy Haynes

Wendy Haynes

Wendy Haynes has completed a Diploma in Creative Writing at Southern Cross University. Her writing focuses on middle-grade fantasy and contemporary stories for children, picture books, and YA. Her first picture book Hayden’s Bedtime was published in March 2019 and is on the 2019 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge list. Her new book The Door in …

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Toni D’Alia

Toni D’Alia

Toni D’Alia is an author of heartwarming books for children. She writes picture books and junior fiction that inspire, educate, empower, and entertain. With a background in primary education, Toni writes books with humour and heart. Her stories have a gentle focus on children’s wellbeing and the environment. She creates lovable characters, and stories that …

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Suzi Faed

Suzi Faed

Suzi Faed completed a Bachelor of Arts in Writing. She is also a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and taught pre-primary before the birth of her daughter six years ago. More recently, she works as an Education Assistant and has completed a number of courses through the Australian Writers’ Centre. Suzi independently published the life story …

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Susan Hili

Susan Hili

Susan Hili lives with her husband (Tony) and their blue healer (Jess) in the Blue Mountains. Her adventurous mind and quirky imagination began as a child and continued throughout her life. Writing children’s books became a reality when her first story, The Creepy School House was selected by (KBR) short stories book review (The Hub) …

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Susan Berran

Susan Berran

Author & illustrator of the ‘FREAKY Series’ Susan Berran is passionate about encouraging kids to read and write, particularly those reluctant readers so close to moving on to high school yet not at the required reading level. With her stories content largely gross but hilarious, the series is striking a chord with many young readers …

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