Chris Collin

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Chris is an award-winning independent children's author, based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.  He has published three books - Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks, A Bug Called Doug & Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space (winner Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year). Chris’s mission is to encourage children (and their adults) to 'read for the joy of reading!'

Chris’s presentations are fun-based and include live narration of stories to music, singing and dancing, costumes, puppetry and art activities.  He also conducts Brain Strain Creative Rhyme workshops!

T.M. Clark

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Zimbabwean born, T.M. Clark combines her passion for storytelling, different cultures and wildlife with her love for the wilder places, across both children’s and adult writing. Her books include My Brother-But-One (nominated Queensland Literary award 2014) and her picture book, Slowly! Slowly! a Children’s Book Council Notable Book, 2018.

Tina Marie has taught in kindergartens, in schools in Australia and PNG, and to adult community groups, including libraries.

She’s comfortable with switching between interactive and hands on exercises with kindergarten children, to help encourage the love of reading and books, to empowering teenagers to find their voice, to presentations with adults, as she connects her readers.

Tina runs the CYA Conference in Brisbane. She offers a variety of hands on workshops for children and adults, and is always looking for new topics to share. Tina enjoys collaborating with other authors/illustrators in workshops.


Kathy Stewart

photo of author Kathy StewartPreferred audience: younger and middle readers

Kathy was born in South Africa, and she and her husband now live on the Gold Coast, Australia. She produces non-fiction books on writing and editing, and loves writing crime, mystery and children’s books.

She gives children’s talks on empowerment and encourages a love and understanding of nature.

Kathy gives talks to younger and middle readers that encourage an understanding of all living creatures, their role in the universe plus how to interact with them.

She also gives talks that empower children, teach them right from wrong and give them skills to deal with problems they encounter.


Eileen O'Hely

Photo of author Eileen O'helyPreferred audience: primary students, high school students, beginning and emerging writers

Eileen is an erstwhile astrophysicist, journalist, teacher and barrista who writes for children and young adults.

Her work has been shortlisted for and won several awards, and is published in countries as diverse as Ireland, Korea, Turkey and China.

Eileen’s workshops include craft activities based on her novels From Idea to Book, Eschewing Adjectives, Actions Speak Louder (characters communicating through body language), Writing as a Career and Q&A’s with older students.



Kyle Mewburn

Photo of author Kyle MewburnPreferred audience: all ages through to adult

Kyle is one of New Zealand’s most eclectic and prolific writers. His 50+ titles have been published in 27 countries and won numerous awards including NZ Children’s Book of the Year.

His work ranges from multi-layered picture books (Old Hu-hu, Hill & Hole) to gross, laugh-out-loud junior fiction (Dinosaur Rescue series).

Kyle’s high-energy, inspirational and downright funny presentations gallop across a vast terrain taking in such highlights as childhood dramas, his journey towards a writing career, and setbacks and successes, with loads of writing tips and insights into the publishing process along the way.

His lively and engaging workshops focus on adding value to stories. 

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