CAMP PRESENTERS AND PREVIOUS CQ LITERARY FESTIVAL PRESENTERS
EMMA MIDDLETON Author and Illustrator
Emma is passionate about children's literature, and illustration. Growing up, Emma immersed herself in the creative world through stories, art and dance.
After a career as a classical dancer in the Vienna Ballet, teaching children dance and theatre, working as a professional artist, and having a family of her own, her life has come full circle back to her love of children's books.
Emma loves to engage children in the creative arts through workshops and presentations, as well as bringing stories to life, through acting, music and art.
Author, SHERYL GWYTHER writes children’s novels, plays, short stories, chapter books, and flash-fiction for adults. Her adventure novel for upper primary readers, Secrets of Eromanga, is set on a Queensland fossil dinosaur dig. Sheryl’s short stories and plays feature in Australian and International children's magazines.
In particular, her passion and skills in the short story genre is evident in fifteen stories and school plays published in the popular, high-quality Australian publication, The School Magazine.
An experienced, former primary school teacher, Sheryl presents enjoyable, hands-on writing workshops in schools and libraries (when she’s not working on four new novels).
Paul Collins has written many books for young adults. He is best known for his fantasy and science fiction titles in The Jelindel Chronicles and The Quentaris Chronicles. The Earthborn Wars trilogy was published by Tor in the US. His latest series is The Warlock's Child.
He has been short-listed for many awards and has won the Inaugural Peter McNamara, A Bertram Chandler, Aurealis and William Atheling awards.
Paul gives workshops to students and adults on fantasy writing and world creation, which includes plotting. He also specialises in one-hour writing and editing workshops for primary school students.
Pamela Rushby currently freelances as a writer of children's and young adult historical novels, and also writes fiction and non-fiction for educational publishers.
Talks for young people include how her novels were researched and written and how to write your name in hieroglyphs – and other Egyptian activities. Talks for adults include how to write killer first sentences, how to pitch (effectively!) to publishers, how to write a first page that will keep readers hooked, and those pesky synopses: a formula for writing and selling synopses.
Her historical YA novel, When the Hipchicks Went to War, (Hachette 2009) won the Ethel Turner Award for young people's literature in the NSW Premier's Literary awards 2010, and was a CBCA Notable Book 2010. Her historical novel, The Horses Didn't Come Home (Harper Collins 2012) was short listed in the Queensland Literary Awards 2012. Pam has two more recent historical novels. They Came From Gallipoli published by Ford Street Publishing 2013, and The Rat Catcher's Daughter published by Harper Collins 2014.
Jennifer Poulter once worked in a circus. This definitely qualifies her to write for children! She has been published in Australia, UK and USA, having over 30 children's and education books with mainstream publishers, has won major awards, including Children's Choice, New Zealand as well as digital editions in UK, Europe and USA. More books are due for release in 2016. She loves teaching children the fun to be had with words whether in poetry or prose and doing dramatised book readings.
She created a picture book in collaboration with Craig Smith, for an enthusiastic, participatory audience for the Lockyer Festival. She writes novels [including YA], award winning literary poetry, short stories and creates photography and artwork under J.R.McRae. Her greatest adventure, is a global collaborations with 50 gifted illustrators, books designers and translators across 22 countries. Websites: http://www.jenniferrpoulter.weebly.com/
Julie Fison is the author of Hazard River, a series of adventure stories for primary school children. The emphasis in the series is on fun and action, but each story has an environmental theme. The first book in the series, Shark Frenzy, was inspired by a serious fact: one hundred million sharks are slaughtered each year, mostly for their fins.
Julie workshops on turning real events into really great adventure stories. The author is particularly interested in how a snippet of information can be built into a whole story, with the help of believable characters, a good plot and a bit of imagination.
Marjory Gardner is a freelance artist, illustrating mainly for children's books. After studying Graphic Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, she worked at various design studios before deciding to go freelance, specialising in children's illustration.
Marjory's work has appeared in trade and educational publications within Australia and internationally. She also illustrates for magazines, and has designed a range of greeting cards. She uses felt tipped pens, colour pencils, pen, brush and ink, and occasionally, collage.
ALEESAH DARLISION author
Aleesah is an award-winning Australian children’s author. She has written over twenty-five books for children including picture books, chapter books and novels.
Her books often feature animals and environmental themes. In 2015, she won the Environment Award for Children’s Literature in the non-fiction category.
Aleesah’s books include the Unicorn Riders Series, Ash Rover, Awesome Animal Stories for Kids, Netball Gems and her soon-to-be released picture book, Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the Last Thylacine.
Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. She teaches writing to adults, and writes books and short stories for children and young adults. Her previous published works include Lost in a Strange Land, a chapter book for early readers, and 2 books in The Mystery of Nida Valley - a fantasy series featuring the megafauna of Australia. Recent releases include Meet The Megafauna, an educational, non-fiction book about Australia’s megafauna and the first book in her new chapter book series, Bush Tails, The Bunyip in The Billabong.
She is experienced at delivering workshops to school and library groups. Her workshops can be adapted to any age group.
Michael Gerard Bauer is a multi-prize-winning, Brisbane based writer. His first novel The Running Man, published in 2004, received immediate acclaim, winning the 2005 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers.
The first book in the series Don't Call Me Ishmael! was published in April 2006. The next book in the series, Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs was published in September 2007 and the third, Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel in 2011.
Recently Michael has written a series of three humorous books for younger readers: Eric Vale Epic Fail; (Bilby Award Winner 2014) Eric Vale Super Male; (CBCA Notable Book 2014) and Eric Vale Off the Rails (Selected as one of the 2013 GET READING 50 Books You Can’t Put Down). The books are fully illustrated by Michael’s son Joe who, as well as being a talented artist, is an amazing young film-maker, and along with his wife Rita Artmann owns and runs Artspear Entertainment.
Robert Favretto lives on the Mornington Peninsula where he is a primary school teacher and author of children's books. He writes stories that are fast-paced, funny and with lots of clever word plays and puns. His books include Lost for Words, Leonardo's Spot of Trouble, On the Nose and the hilarious CAT book series. His first picture storybook, Home of the Cuckoo Clock will be released in July, 2016.
Robert is passionate about giving students writing tips through fun and interactive activities to empower them to write. His workshop focuses on pre-writing strategies and writing a simple narrative.
Justin D’Ath’s books, with their short chapters and non-stop action, have introduced many reluctant readers worldwide to the pleasure of reading. He lives in Queenscliff, Victoria and has written roughly 50 books for children and young adults. His internationally best-selling Extreme Adventures have been translated into 7 languages and adapted for TV.
Justin's other series are Mission Fox (8 books) and Lost World Circus (6 books).
Six of his books have been CBC Notable Books and his YA novel, Pool, was short-listed in the Victorian Premier's Awards.
Justin taught Professional Writing to adults for 11 years, and has spoken and presented children's writing workshops at 600+ schools and libraries across Australia and New Zealand.
Justin's latest book Three is a thriller for middle to older readers.
Royce Bond is an award-winning teacher and author. He loves to create different worlds in his stories where the reader is invited to join in the adventures.
He has conducted writing and creative workshops and teacher in-service throughout Central Queensland, in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. His recent publications include The Princess and The Pirate and The Summoning of The One published by Morris Publishing. His workshops include: Planning/building a fantasy world, descriptive writing within a story, and much more.