Aleesah Darlison | Carol Faulkner | Clare Scott | Geoff Havel | James Roy | Janeen Brian | Jill McDougall | John Parker | Lorraine Orman | Meg McKinlay | Meredith Costain | Moya Simons | Penny Matthews | Renae Hayward | Robyn Opie | Rose Quilter | Sally Gould | Sue Whiting | Trudie Trewin |


Aleesah Darlisonaleesah-darlison

Aleesah Darlison writes picture books and novels for children and reviews books for The Sun Herald. Her previous Walker titles include the Unicorn Riders series (illustrated by Jill Brailsford). When Aleesah isn’t chasing her writing rainbow, she’s usually looking after her three very energetic children and her two dogs, Buck and Floyd. You can visit her at





Carol Faulker

Carol Faulkner is a full-time children's author living in Adelaide's western suburbs. Her first book, My Cat the Alien was published after she completed a Diploma of Professional Children's Writing in 1999. Other titles include Dads Have No Shame, The Hunt for Houdini and Chester and Gil. She is married with two teenagers, a German shepherd and a green tree frog. She enjoys music, reading, crosswords, and good times with family and friends.


Clare ScottClare Scott

Born in NZ last century, Clare has tried lots of things in her life, such as manufacturing, nursing, selling, administrating, wife-ing, mothering, nana-ing, teaching, and writing. All of these things involve using lots of words, but of course, Clare says writing is the best!
Clare has a patient and quiet husband, three grown and noisy children, and is a proud nana. There’s the furry family too – two dogs and two cats. They are good at listening, keeping feet warm, and leaving fur around the house. Clare’s hobbies include writing (surprise!), reading, the boat, the beach and the bush, writing, and doing things with family, friends and the dogs. And writing!


Geoff HavelGeoff Havel

Geoff was born in the mountains of New Guinea but now lives in Perth with his wife, Sindy. His two children, Jade and Josh have grown up and left home and now, Geoff is a grandfather. Geoff has been a primary school teacher for 30 years and has written two picture books and five children’s novels.


James Roy

James Roy

James Roy was born in Trundle, western NSW. When he was ten months old his parents accepted a missionary appointment to the highlands of Papua New Guinea. A placement in Fiji followed some years later and, by the age of 16, James had spent more than half of his life living in the islands of the South Pacific. He attributes much of his early interest in books to the absence of TV, a wonderful library full of adventure books, and the opportunity to play as those characters in wild, adventuresome places. James lives in the Blue Mountains with his family and writes both fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults.

Janeen BrianJaneen Brian

Janeen Brian is an award-winning author of picture books, short stories, poetry, non-fiction, short fiction and novels for young people and the educational market. She grew up in Brighton, South Australia, graduated as a Primary Teacher and taught for over twenty years before becoming a full-time writer. Janeen lives in Glenelg, South Australia with her husband, Jon, and has two grown-up daughters, Natalie and Cassie.


Jill McDougallJill McDougall

Jill McDougall has written over 100 books for children and is busy working on her next 100. When she isn't slaving over a hot laptop, Jill enjoys growing organic vegies, doing yoga and entertaining her dogs, Bronte and George. Jill has also been known to indulge in extreme sports such as extreme ice-cream eating and extreme snoring (especially when it's time to wash the dishes). Jill grew up in Dalby, Queensland and now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. You can visit her at

John ParkerJohn Parker

John Parker is a children's author who also writes for adults as a journalist and radio scriptwriter. Born in Christchurch, he graduated from the University of Auckland with an MA in history before leaving New Zealand to travel around England and Europe as a professional opera singer. John has published over 130 fiction and non-fiction books for children including picture books, junior readers, chapter books, non-fiction and novels for early teens.


Lorraine OrmanLorraine Orman

Lorraine has worn many hats, most of them relating to children’s books: reader, librarian, parent, book reviewer, book promoter, and lastly, author. Having written short stories as a hobby for most of her life, she gave up full-time library work a few years ago to concentrate on writing children’s novels. Her first novel, Cross Tides, launched her career as a writer and her other books include teenage novels, historical books and junior fiction. She also reviews children’s books for Magpies magazine. She can be visited at

Meg McKinlay

Meg McKinlay

Meg McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria, in a book-loving, TV- and car-free household. A poet as well as a children's writer, Meg developed an affinity with the Japanese language after going on an exchange year in high school, and went on to complete a PhD in Japanese Literature. Along the way, she worked a variety of jobs including swim instructor, tour guide, translator and teacher. These days, she lives with her family near the ocean in Fremantle, Western Australia, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, where she has taught Australian Literature, Japanese, and Creative Writing. Meg divides her time between teaching and writing, a balance that swings wildly between chaos and calm. She is always busy cooking up more books and you can visit her on the web at

Meredith CostainMeredith Costain

Meredith Costain lives in inner-city Melbourne with a menagerie of pets, including a kelpie cross and a red heeler. Her work ranges from picture books through to novels and non-fiction for older readers, and includes Bed Tails, A Year in Girl Hell and CBCA Honour BookDoodledum Dancing.



Moya Simons

Moya Simons

Moya Simons was born in Moree, NSW, but has spent most of her life in Bondi. Moya has written many books for children including the popular Dead series and Totally books, several Aussie Bites and Aussie Chomps, and the applauded Hello God and Let Me Whisper You My Story. Her achievements include being shortlisted four times for the Young Australian Best Book Awards. Moya is also the author of the acclaimed series, The Walk Right In Detective Agency with Walker Books Australia.


Penny Matthews

Penny Matthews

Penny Matthews has worked for many years in children’s book publishing, and is now a freelance editor and writer. Her first picture book, Moving On, was published in 1993. It has been followed by seven more picture books, three chapter books and three junior novels. In 2003 A Year on Our Farm, illustrated by Andrew McLean, was the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year (Early Childhood) and an Honour Book in the Picture Book of the Year awards. Penny’s first young adult novel, A Girl Like Me, was published in 2010, and in the same year Something About Water, illustrated by Tom Jellett, was joint winner of the Wilderness Society Award for Children’s Literature. Penny is married, has two grown-up children, and lives in Adelaide.


Renae HaywardRenae Hayward

Renae Hayward was born during a cyclone in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, but spent most of her formative years within walking distance of the pristine beaches of Perth’s northern suburbs. In 2009, Renae entered a work-in-progress into the “CYA Later Alligator” Writing and Illustrating Competition, and won first place in the Young Adult category. In 2011, she was awarded the inaugural Ray Koppe Young Writer’s Residency, administered by the Australian Society of Authors. When not writing, Renae works as Senior Health Promotion Officer for the WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit. She lives with her partner, author-illustrator James Foley, and a deaf bull terrier named Jasper. Barking Mad is her first book.

Robyn Opie

Robyn Opie

Robyn Opie is the author of 85 children's books. She has been writing for children for 11 years; most of her books are sold around the world and many have been translated into foreign languages. Robyn lives in Adelaide, South Australia, and works full time writing for children. Robyn has always loved writing and reading. She writes children's books for pleasure. With her partner, Robyn has co-written a family feature film and is developing a TV series. Her other interests include watching Aussie Rules Football. Her favourite team is the Adelaide Crows. Go Crows! She also enjoys listening to music, playing pool, watching movies, walking her dogs and chatting to friends via the Internet.

Rose Quilterrose-quilter

Rose Quilter grew up in Auckland in a large and boisterous family. From an early age she was fascinated by languages, and went on to study French, German and Spanish at Auckland University. At the suggestion of a friend, she tried her hand at writing readers for teenage boys. This was followed by stories for The School Magazine and The School Journal. She currently lives in Auckland with her partner Tony and their three children. The Slice is her first novel and was short-listed for the 2012 LIANZA Junior Fiction Award.

Sally GouldSally Gould

Sally Gould grew up in Sydney where she spent lots of time creating imaginary worlds at the beach and in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. She lost her way and became a corporate lawyer, but at least realised she liked playing with words. Since having children, she plays with words by writing stories. Sally now lives in Melbourne where she continues to write and let her imagination run wild.



sue-whitingSue Whiting

Sue Whiting started her working life as a primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature. In 2005 Sue left teaching to pursue a career in children’s book publishing and now works as a children’s book editor. She is also a successful children’s author who has written more than 60 books, including picture books, chapter books and novels for teens. For more information about the author, please visit her website:


Trudie TrewinTrudie_Trewin_head_shot

Trudie grew up on a farm in South Australia. She moved to Far North Queensland to enjoy the tropical weather.

After nearly twenty years of working with numbers in various financial jobs, she switched to working with words. She has published several titles including 'I’ve Lost My Kisses' (Scholastic, 2007) which has been published internationally. 'Camp Croc' is her first title with Walker Books Australia.




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