Holly Bidwell

Preferred audience: childcare, preschool and primary schoolHolly Bidwell

Holly is a storyteller in the oral tradition, mixing folktales and modern stories with props and puppets. She visits childcare centres, schools and cultural institutions to share her love of stories ‘beyond the page’ and is an accredited member of the ACT Storytellers Guild.

Holly tailors sessions to suit her audiences. Themed programs for under 5s include puppets, costumes, participatory stories, songs and rhymes. For older children Holly enjoys telling interactive tales with plenty of humour and mystery. She also uses draw-and-tell stories and loves to hear about her audiences creating their own.

Craig Cormick

Photo of Craig CormickPreferred audience: upper primary, secondary and college students

Craig Cormick is a multi-award winning author of over 20 works of fiction and non-fiction, for many different age groups. He has travelled widely, including to Antarctica, and has a love of history and humour.

He has taught writing at university and in schools and his books include Time Vandals, Valdur the Viking and the Ghostly Goths and Ned Kelly under the Microscope.

Craig likes to help students understand that the difference between wanting to be a writer and writing is only the length of the pen apart. He specialises in interactive exercises to stretch students’ creative boundaries, whether creating memorable characters, finding plot devices, or tapping into the secret and hidden things inside yourself and letting them free.

Simon Mitchell

photo of author simon mitchellPreferred audience: primary students

Simon writes stories for young people that are fast-paced, funny and a little bit quirky.

His books include the historical adventure Do You dare? Tough Times 1931, the mouth-watering picture book Louie the Pirate Chef and the hilarity-packed Baked Bean Bandit series.

Simon’s funny and inspiring author talks are guaranteed to get kids writing.

He’ll talk about his journey to becoming an author, how to come up with new ideas for stories, and why writers are a bit like superheroes.

Simon can also show older students how to use research to add depth to their writing.


Tracey Hawkins

photo of author Tracey HawkinsPreferred audience: kindergarten to year 2, years 5-6, years 11-12 and adults

Tracey is the author of children’s picture books, novels and adult non-fiction.

Her children’s publications include Nancy Bentley, The First Australian Female Sailor and Max Meets a Monster.

Tracey is an experienced columnist, crime writing advisor, consultant, freelance writer and has written and created works for an international literacy website. Her police articles can be sourced in the ACJ Crime Writing Course and varying websites.

Tracey has spoken at many public events, presented to community groups, primary, secondary and tertiary students. Her presentations are interactive and energetic.

Presentations include story writing and design, murder/mystery workshops for senior primary, crime and creative writing workshops for secondary students.

Stephanie Owen Reeder

photo of author Stephanie Owen ReederPreferred audience: preschool, primary students and adults

Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder is the author of two books for adults and seven books for children, three of which she also illustrated. Her books include the historical novel Lost! A True Tale from the Bush (Shortlisted and Notable Book, CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2010) and the picture book I’ve Got a Feeling! (IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities 2011).

Stephanie is also an award-winning book reviewer and experienced editor. She has taught at both secondary and tertiary levels, and has given talks at primary and secondary schools, libraries and conferences.

Stephanie is interested in exploring with her audiences the stories behind her books, how a picture can launch a thousand words, finding your illustrative voice, the pitfalls and pleasures of writing creative non-fiction, and the role of the editor in the creative process.

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