Meet Our Speakers

Georgie Donaghey
Georgie DonagheyFounder of Creative Kids Tales / Author
Georgie is not only the Founder of Creative Kids Tales, but also an Author, Editor, Publisher, Radio Host, Festival Organiser and Speaker.
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Jackie French
Jackie FrenchAustralian Author
Jackie French is a writer and wombat tamer from the Araluen Valley. Some of her books have sold millions of copies and others were eaten by the wombats.
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Sonia Bestulic
Sonia BestulicChildren's Author
Sonia Bestulic is an award nominated Author, with her debut Children’s picture book Reece Give Me Some Peace! being shortlisted for the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards..
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Emma Cameron
Emma CameronChildren's Author
Emma Cameron is a freelance author, editor and manuscript assessor from a culturally diverse background who delights in helping others explore the craft of writing.
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Jeffery E Doherty
Jeffery E DohertyChildren's Author & Illustrator
Jeffery E Doherty makes up stuff, he's arty and a bit of a nerd, well quite a big nerd. He loves to read, write, illustrate and review books and stories for children.
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Anne Donnelly
Anne DonnellyChildren's Author & Illustrator
Anne has three picture books out in her Ori Octopus series. Anne loves to introduce information and teach in a way that is fun and will entice children.
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Vaughan Duck
Vaughan DuckChildren's Illustrator
Vaughan loves drawing pictures that make kids giggle. Without knowing it, kids throughout Australia have grown up with Vaughan’s picture books because he has illustrated over 300 textbooks and readers for educational publishers.
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Kat Fox
Kat FoxChildren's Illustrator
Kat Fox, is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and small business owner with a recognisable playful style. Kat loves to bring a smile & a cheeky giggle through colour and line.
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Susanne Gervay
Susanne GervayAuthor
Susanne Gervay is recognized for her youth literature from pre-school to young adult novels on social justice.
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Nicole Godwin
Nicole GodwinChildren's Author
Nicole Godwin is an award-winning picture book author with a passion for the environment and animal rights, with two of her manuscripts being recognised as highly commended in the CYA Conference 2019 competition.
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Tracey Hawkins
Tracey HawkinsAuthor
Tracey Hawkins is an award-winning author of children’s books, author of adult works and a crime writer.
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Karen Hendriks
Karen HendriksChildren's Author
Karen is an experienced speaker and loves sharing her passion for story. She is a proud ambassador for Books in Homes.
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Renee Irving Lee
Renee Irving LeeChildren's Author
Renee is a children’s author based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She is passionate about creating profound social change by providing children, teachers and parents with the positive language needed for healthy social and emotional development.
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Ashling Kwok
Ashling KwokChildren's Author
Ashling is a children’s author from Sydney. She is obsessed with children’s literature and loves immersing herself in a magical world where anything is possible.
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Margrete Lamond
Margrete LamondAuthor
Margrete Lamond is an author, editor, publisher, curator and researcher. She has published over 20 titles. Margrete also has a keen interest in the not-for-profit publishing model and holds a Master’s degree in children’s literature.
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Josh Langley
Josh LangleyChildren's Author & Illustrator
Josh Langley is an ABIA award-winning children’s author and illustrator, who combines the message of his three children’s books into a fun and interactive presentation that’s loved by kids of all ages..
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Jan Latta
Jan LattaAuthor
Jan Latta is an author, wildlife photographer and publisher of 18 True to Life books educating children about endangered animals.
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Liz Ledden
Liz LeddenChildren's Author
Liz Ledden is a Sydney-based children’s book author who writes picture books, junior fiction and middle grade. Liz also co-hosts kids’ book podcast One More Page.
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Kirrili Lonergan
Kirrili LonerganIllustrator
Kirrili Lonergan is a picture book illustrator, art therapist and book lover who resides in Newcastle NSW. She has a passion for visual storytelling.
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Nathan Luff
Nathan LuffAuthor
Nathan Luff is an author, playwright and storyteller for young audiences.
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Sophie Masson
Sophie MassonAustralian Author
Sophie Masson AM is the award-winning and internationally-published author of over 60 books for children, young adults and adults.
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Rory H. Mather
Rory H. MatherChildren's Author
Rory H. Mather, like most small children, enjoys a good picture book…the thing is Rory is not small, or a child, in fact he is 6ft tall (which basically means he is a giant).
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Katrina McKelvey
Katrina McKelveyChildren's Author
Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author and former primary school teacher, who has written many children's picture books and educational readers. Katrina is highly involved in CBCA, SCBWI, literary conferences and festivals, and loves visiting schools.
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Louise Park
Louise ParkChildren's Author
Louise Park writes books for children aged 2-12 including her latest time-slip series for older readers, Grace’s Secrets, the Harriet Clare series, the D-Bot Squad series, the Star Girl series and the Bella Dancerella series.
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Dimity Powell
Dimity PowellChildren's Author
Dimity Powell loves filling every spare moment with words. She is the Managing Editor for Kids' Book Review and writes and reviews exclusively for children.
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Pamela Rushby
Pamela RushbyAuthor
Pamela Rushby has worked in advertising; as a pre-school teacher; and as a writer and producer of educational television, audio and multimedia.
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Pat Simmons
Pat SimmonsChildren's Author
Pat loves writing poetry, short stories, flash fiction and picture book texts. She's had three picture books published and lots of poems and short stories.
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Kate Simpson
Kate SimpsonChildren's Author
Kate Simpson is a picture book author, bookworm and podcast host.
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Debra Tidball
Debra TidballChildren's Author
Debra is a Sydney-based award-winning author of children’s books and short stories. She has a particular passion for picture books, believing they have something to say to everyone.
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Rebecca Timmis
Rebecca TimmisChildren's Author/Illustrator
Rebecca is an award-winning author-illustrator from the sunny Gold Coast. Her favourite things in the world are to write over-the-top, magical adventures and paint digital pictures with her graphics tablet.
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Dannielle Viera
Dannielle VieraChildren's Author
Dannielle has been involved in the Australian publishing industry for over 20 years – first as a copywriter and then as an editor, project manager, proofreader and author.
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Dee White
Dee WhiteChildren's Author
Multi award winning, Dee White has presented workshops and talks to primary and secondary students and adult throughout Australia and overseas.
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Sue Whiting
Sue WhitingChildren's Author
Sue Whiting is a children’s and young adult author and editor who has written numerous books in a variety of genres.
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** Please note, Sue is only available for festivals and conferences outside the state of NSW.
Cate Whittle
Cate WhittleChildren's Author
Cate Whittle writes for children and young adults, and loves exploring fantasy worlds.
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Jenny Woolsey
Jenny WoolseyChildren's Author
Jenny Woolsey is a disabled Australian children’s author and motivational speaker on the theme, Be Weirdly Wonderful! Embrace your difference. She is a teacher, blogger and advocate for disability equality.
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Michelle Worthington
Michelle WorthingtonChildren's Author
Michelle Worthington is an award-winning children's author and international guest speaker on the importance of reading and the power of storytelling.
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Richard Yaxley
Richard YaxleyChildren's Author
Richard Yaxley is the author of eight novels, as well as many short stories and poems. He is a former winner of the Prime Ministers Literary Award and the Queensland Premiers Literary Award, both for Young Adult Literature.
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PO Box 659, Miranda, NSW, 1490

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