Students from across Queensland have the opportunity to interact with 12 authors during the Online Literature Festival.
Click on your author of choice to register and for more information.
9.30 – 10.30am
Lower to Middle Primary
In this fun and interactive session, you’ll discover what it takes to be an author and how to make your stories magic.
Zanni Louise has published 12 books for children, including picture books and chapter books for young readers. Her books have been long listed for Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Archie And The Bear was selected for the International White Ravens Catalogue. Zanni's books are sold internationally.
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Non-State schools can access the live session via
11.30am – 12.30pm
Where does Kathy get her ideas? Does she really spy on people? Does wearing an ancient warrior's helmet give her special powers? And how is a book published anyway?
Kathy Hoopmann has written over twenty books for children and adults, including All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Birds Have Anxiety. She has won, and been shortlisted for many literary awards, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Award and has 4 times received a Nautilus Award (US) which is granted to ‘books that change the world’. In 2018, Kathy was awarded the Creative Futures Recognition Award for services to the Autism Community in Queensland.
1.30 – 2.30pm
Enter a surreal world of plant monsters and haunted houses as Jessica explores why creepy stories are such fun to write and read.
Jessica Miller is a children’s writer from Brisbane, currently living in Germany. Her first novel, Elizabeth and Zenobia, was shortlisted for the Text Prize. Her second novel will be released in 2019.
Dave shares his writing process and how he approaches creating new ideas and stories. Dave Hartley is an education executive and author from Queensland. Dave's people are Barunggam, the traditional owners of the Darling Downs/Chinchilla region. Dave enjoys unleashing his inner ten-year old into the pages of his growing collection of published works and will never shy away from writing a whole chapter dedicated to cool bike chases, epic wedgies or hyperactive savage guard dogs.
Join Karen to explore the wondrousness of life, the importance of stories, and how to get ideas to grow.
Karen Foxlee writes for both kids and young-adults. Her award-winning novels include
The Anatomy of Wings,
The Midnight Dress,
Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy and
A Most Magical Girl. Her latest story for all ages is
Lenny’s Book of Everything. It recently won the Children’s Book of the Year Indie Award.
Discover the real-life stimulus for A.J.’s speculative fiction, and learn how to use problem-solving, research and symbolism to build fascinating worlds.
A. J. Betts is the author of two-book speculative series -
Hive and Rogue. A. J.'s bestselling third novel,
Zac & Mia, won the Text Prize and the Ethel Turner prize for young adults.
Zac & Mia is available in 14 countries and was adapted for American television.
Learn how to create fast-paced and action-packed adventure stories, with a hefty dose of humour. Andrew McDonald is a children's author who has written the bestselling Real Pigeons series. He lives in Melbourne and enjoys baking his own bread (which he eats down to the last breadcrumb – sorry pigeons!).
You’ll ROFL as Oliver shares how to combine funny real life experiences with imagination to create hilarious stories.
Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it's on the page as a children's author or on the stage as a comedian. He uses his experiences as a primary school teacher to inspire kids to write funny stories across Australia and Asia. His books include Don't Follow Vee, Natural Born Loser, Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd and The Other Christy.
Help Gregg bring stories to life through music and movement, and learn the similarities and differences of writing books and traditional story telling.
Gregg Dreise is a gifted artist, storyteller and musician, featuring the didgeridoo and guitar in his performances. He is a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi people of south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales.
He is the author and illustrator of My Culture and Me, Cunning Crow, Silly Birds, Kookoo Kookaburra, and Mad Magpie. All of these stories are about teaching morals. He is very proud to be an ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
In this inspiring session, Solli will demonstrate the joy and power of slam poetry, and share tips on writing and performing.
At 12 years of age, Solli Raphael was crowned the youngest ever Australian Poetry Slam champion. Having since performed on stages such as the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and at TEDxSydney, Solli believes that words can empower their audience.
Michael discusses identity, community, and finding your people. Michael has passionately worked with Children’s and YA books for more than 16 years, currently at The Little Bookroom. He has a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Children’s Literature. He is a contributor to Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories and the editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories.
Lili explores what we learn about humanity when people are put under pressure, and how writers tap into these ideas.
Lili Wilkinson is the author of 12 books. She established insideadog.com.au and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing and now spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers. Her latest novel is After The Lights Go Out.
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