Jane Godwin

2024 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Shortlisted Author

Please note: Jane is fully booked for Book Week 2024. However does have availability in the weeks around it.

Jane Godwin is a highly acclaimed author of over forty books for children and young people. Jane’s picture books include Go Go and the Silver Shoes, Tilly, Don’t Forget and Sing Me the Summer. Her upper middle-grade novels include Falling from Grace, As Happy as Here, When Rain Turns to Snow and A Walk in the Dark. Jane’s work is published internationally and she has received many commendations, including shortlistings for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, the Australian Book Industry Awards and the YABBA awards.

Thankyou so much for organising Jane Godwin to visit our school and speak to the Year Prep – Two students.  She was professional, extremely well organised, and a highly engaging presenter and both the students and teachers enjoyed listening to her read, her stories behind the books and the way that she engaged with students and encouraged them to be writers.  I would highly recommend her for other Junior Primary classes.
Susan Bannister | Teacher Librarian Calthorpe Resource Centre
Marymede Catholic College

Adam Wallace

Adam Wallace is New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author of the How to Catch series! As well as the Jackson Payne, Fartboy, Cowboy and Birdbrain and many more books.
Adam’s passion is to bring excitement, energy, humor and joy to children (of all ages!) through his books and school presentations.
He spends his non-writing time thinking about writing and going to as many live music shows as he can.

Adam’s interactive and fun talks are best suited to talks in primary schools.
He inspires children of all levels to easily create not only stories, but also their own cartoon characters with the assistance of the How to Draw series.

Please note: Adam is fully booked for Term 3 2024. However does have availability in terms 2 &4.

Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner is the best-selling author of 90 books for children including the Maxx Rumble series, Why I Love Footy and the CBCA Honour Book Dirt by Sea.

He’s been speaking to, and working with, primary school children of all ages for twenty years.

As one of Victoria’s most popular school speakers, Michael can tailor his sessions to any sized groups, from single classrooms to whole school assemblies.

His humorous but informative talks include a story time session for Foundations to Grade 3s and talks about where ideas come from and how to work with them for middle and upper primary students.

His workshops for upper primary students range from a step-by-step guide to making picture books, to the keys to writing great description, to Michael’s popular Instant Plot Machine session (for Grades 5 and 6) which explains how to quickly plot a story from any starting point (including a NAPLAN prompt) to a satisfying conclusion.  Prior to becoming a children’s author, Michael worked as a radio broadcaster with the ABC for ten years, wrote and produced animation for television, wrote comedy for ABC Radio National, grew up in a housing commission flat, and played in a band that almost became famous. He’s the father of two adult children and is married to fellow children’s author Jane Godwin.

Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey has had a passion for storytelling since she was a child. These days, having written more than 50 books she is one of Australia’s most popular authors for children. Best known for her various award winning series fiction including Alice-Miranda, Kensy and Max and Clementine Rose her sales number over 2 million copies. In 2022 she released a picture book called That Cat, which is illustrated by one of her former students, Kate Isobel Scott, and aimed at a young audience. The Daring Tale of Gloria the Great, about a wayward chicken is the duo’s second offering released in September 2023 and they have a new series about Kevin the Sheep coming in early 2024. Jacqueline has recently released a new junior fiction series called Willa and Woof – perfect for readers making the transition to longer chapter books. Her Alice-Miranda books have been made into two animated feature films available on STAN and Nine Now.
A highly experienced Deputy Head, teacher and presenter, Jacqueline has delivered thousands of talks and workshops for children and adults at schools and festivals around the world.

With a reputation for creating books that are filled with adventure, mystery, humour and heart Jacqueline is currently working on several exciting new projects. She has narrated over a dozen audio books as well.

George Ivanoff

George Ivanoff has written over 100 books for kids and teens. He is best known for the interactive You Choose books and the non-fiction Survival Guides. His latest book is the middle-grade novel Monster Island. He’s also written the Gamers trilogy, the RFDS Adventures, the OTHER WORLDS series and the picture book Meet… The Flying Doctors; as well as a ton of school readers and educational books. 

George’s books and stories have been shortlisted for numerous awards and he’s even managed to win a few of them — most notably a YABBA award for You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove.  

George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who. He has one wife, two kids and an uncontrollable imagination.

Belinda Murrell

Belinda Murrell worked as a travel writer and journalist before becoming the award-winning author of more than 35 books, ranging from junior fiction to adult non-fiction. Her presentations and writing workshops are energetic and dynamic, inspiring students from kindergarten to year 12. Belinda’s books include Meet Zoe and Zac, popular series The Sun Sword, Lulu Bell and Pippa’s Island, historical novels The Ivory Rose, The Forgotten Pearl and The Lost Sapphire, and fantasy timeslips The Golden Tower and The Silver Sea. Accolades include Honour Book KOALAS, shortlisted nine times for YABBA (Young Australians Best Book Award), CBCA Notable 2012 and 2017 and highly commended in the PM’s Literary Awards. Belinda was the 2023 winner of the Society of Women Writers Di Yerbury Award, a three month residency in the UK. Her latest junior fiction series The Daredevil Princess will be released in 2024.

Will Kostakis

Will is an award-winning author for young adults and younger readers. His first novel was released when he was only nineteen and his second novel, The First Third won the 2014 Inky Awards, and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His third YA novel The Sidekicks was released in 2016, and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers. Will is also the author of Stuff Happens: Sean for younger readers, and has a short story featured in Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

Will Kostakis was an exceptional author speaker who engaged our students with his witty, wacky and very down to earth conversations. He connected with the students using his childhood experiences and at the same time showing and emphasizing that books and reading made him who he is right now. Will is an inspiring advocate of reading and every school library should have him visit.
-Brighton Grammar School

Will Kostakis captivated our year 8 students from the start of his presentation. His frank and open talk about his life experiences and his writing, inspired so many of our young students. We would welcome Will back at anytime.
-Rosehill Secondary College

Nicky Johnston

Nicky Johnston is an award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty books for children including 2023 Shortlisted book Jørn’s Magnificent Imagination, 2022 Honor book Amira’s Suitcase and 2022 Speech Pathology book of the Year The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Batholomew Crisp.

Nicky’s illustration style is often described as whimsical, playful, narrative, emotive and colourful. She loves to work in watercolour, ink, pencils, pastel, and printing techniques.

Her illustration workshops are fun, engaging and give students hands on success at all levels. She shares her love of visual storytelling and inspires the students to stretch themselves. She is passionate about working with young children, encouraging them to use their imagination and develop their own ideas.

R.A. Spratt

R.A. Spratt was born in the UK and lived in Dursley, Gloucestershire – a town immortalised by Harry Potter’s deeply unpleasant relatives – until she was two years old. Then, like many ambitious English people cursed with regional accents so strong no other British person can take them seriously, her family moved to Australia.

The tedium of growing up in the western suburbs of Sydney was fertiliser to the growth of R.A.’s imagination. The only thing for a kid to do was get on a bicycle and go to the library, so R.A. Spratt did just that. Once there, she read everything, devouring the books of Arthur Ransome, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Robin Klein and Judy Blume, and audiotapes of Shakespeare productions and Sherlock Holmes dramatisations. And so, her young mind was formed, and set on the path of becoming the extraordinary author she is today.

Now based in Bowral NSW, she’s the bestselling writer of dozens of absurd and witty books including Friday Barnes, The Adventures of Nanny Piggins, Hamlet is Not OK, The Peski Kids and the Shockingly and Astonishingly Good Stories collections. Her podcast, Bedtime Stories with R.A. Spratt, has had over 2 million downloads and connects R.A. with story-lovers across the globe.

Nat Amoore

Nat Amoore is a Sydney-based writer whose debut novel Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire came out in 2019 with Penguin Random House. It had great success as both Dymocks and QBD’s ‘Kids Book of the Month’, becoming Australia’s #1 bestselling debut Aussie children’s fiction in 2019 and has now sold into the UK, US, Italy, China, Estonia and Romania.

Her second book The Power of Positive Pranking was released in 2020, and went on to win the 2021 Environment Award for Children’s Literature. The Right Way to Rock and novel/graphic novel hybrid We Run Tomorrow are both CBCA Notables. The first three books in a brand-new junior fiction series Shower Land are out in 2024 with Nat’s first picture book hitting stores in 2025