Guest presenters at the Literature Festival
Tristan Bancks is an accomplished children’s and young adult author. His works include the children’s series, My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up and Nit Boy; plus stand alone novels, Mac Slater Coolhunter and Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space and Two Wolves (published as On the Run in the U.S.). His thrilling next novel, The Fall, is due out in May 2017.
J. C. Burke
J. C. Burke is a young adult fiction writer. Both of J. C.’s parents were authors; her father is the author and journalist, David Burke. J. C. initially trained as an oncology nurse after losing her mother to a prolonged battle with cancer, but shifted her direction into creative writing in 2000. Her first work was published in 2002.
Bernard Caleo lives and breathes comics and graphic novels. He is a passionate performer and storyteller. He is self-professed “comic communicator” and Tin Tin enthusiast. He has taught in Japan and is inspired by kamishibai, a form of Japanese paper theater and interpretive storytelling.
Kirsty Eagar is a young adult novelist. Kirsty’s works reflect a number of young adult themes including: sexuality, masculinity, the natural world, social media and disjointed families. She is also a passionate surfer.
Kate Forsyth is a prolific children’s, young adult and adult fiction author. She writes largely fantasy and historical fiction for children, young adults and adults. A number of her works reference and explore her literary passion: fairy tales.
John Foulcher is a poet and academic. His poetry has been widely anthologised in a number of print journals – the New Oxford Book of Australian Verse, Quadrant and Poetry Australia – and mass media publications – The Age, The Australian, and The Sydney Morning Herald. John has also published a number of volumes of poetry: 101 Poems, The Sunset Assumption, and Light Pressure.
Archimede Fusillo is an Australian author who writes for children and young adults. His works include: An Earful of Static, Bruises, Last of the Braves, Sparring with Shadows and The Dons; he has also written short stories for younger readers in the Aussie Bites series.
Scot Gardner is an Australian young adult fiction writer. He has published a number of works including: The Dead I Know, Bookmark Days, The Detachable Boy, The Legend of Kevin the Plumber, The Other Madonna, Burning Eddy, Happy As Larry and The Way We Roll.
Susanne Gervay is an Australian author. She has published a number of works including: Butterflies, The Cave, Ships in a Field, That’s Why I Wrote This Song, and her coming of age series beginning with I Am Jack. Susanne writes from the heart and uses personal experiences to inspire her works.
Tim Harris is a children’s short story author and songwriter. He specialises in writing short stories for children and reluctant readers. He has published three titles in his Exploding Endings short stories series.
Barry Heard is an Australian author of war fiction and non-fiction. His fiction works include Tag and The View from Connor’s Hill: A Memoir; his first published work, an autobiography, Well Done, Those Men: Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran, details his personal experience as a soldier in the Vietnam War.
Jack Heath is an Australian children’s and young adult writer. His works include: The Lab, Money Run, Remote Control, Hit List, Third Transmission, Replica, The Cut Out and The Fail Safe. As well as popular young adult fiction, Jack has also released a series of short stories for reluctant readers, 300 Minutes of Danger and 400 Minutes of Danger. Jack is our Literature Festival Guest Speaker for 2017.
James Knight is a non-fiction writer. He has worked previously as a print journalist, sports news reporter, and radio broadcaster. He specialises in writing biographies and memoirs.
Will Kostakis is an Australian young adult author and newspaper columnist. He has three published novels: Loathing Lola, The First Third, Stuff Happens: Sean and most recently, The Sidekicks. His works focus largely on young adult issues including bullying, homophobia, tolerance and ideas of self-worth and identity. Will graduated Newington College in 2006.
John Larkin is an Australian children’s and young adult author. His published works include: Goon Town, Horse Girl Rides Again, Spaghetti Legs, Pizza Features, Ghost Byte, Growing Payne, Lasagne Brain and Nostradamus and Instant Noodles, as well as the Western Wildcats children’s series. His latest works include The Shadow Girl and The Pause.
Isabelle Li is an Australian short story writer and Chinese-language translator. Isabelle was born and spent her formative years in China before immigrating to Australia in 1999. She has been writing short stories since her university days and has been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies.
Matthew Lin is an illustrator, designer, graphic novel and manga artist. He runs workshops all over New South Wales. He works largely with children and young adults, helping them release their creativity and imagination through graphical arts.
Jack is a professional writer with a diverse and interesting portfolio. Starting his career as a freelance music journalist, Jack moved into a full time role at RIDE Media as sub-editor. Here, he was flown around the world to report on races and product launches. He spends his free time writing for global cycling publications and working as a freelance editor. Jack will be the supervising editor of the Newington Postscript team.
James Moloney is a children and young adult author. Prior to becoming an author he was a primary school teacher and a teacher librarian. James has published over forty novels including: A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove, Black Taxi, Dougy, Kill the Possum, The Book of Lies, and Disappearing Act. His latest works include: The Beauty is in the Walking and Bridget: A New Australian.
James Phelan is the bestselling and award-winning author of twenty-eight novels and one work of non-fiction. From his teens he wanted to be a novelist and he started his first novel aged 15. After high school he first tried his hand at a real job, studying and working in architecture before turning to English literature, spending five years at The Age newspaper, while obtaining an MA in Writing, and a PhD in Young Adult Literature.
Liam Pieper is an award-winning fiction writer, journalist and columnist. His 2014 memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of The Year, is a true story of loss, grief, addiction, and mental illness. It’s a comedy.
Christopher Richardson is an academic, researcher and young adult fiction author. Christopher’s debut novel, Voyage of the Moon Child, took ten years to reach publication. It is the first novel of a fantasy, swashbuckling pirate series entitled Empire of the Waves.
Philip Wilcox is a primary school teacher, poet and playwright and the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two-time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. Philip’s slam poetry is raw, relatable and challenging. His poetry mixes humour, social commentary and wit.
Tony Wilson is a non-fiction and children’s fiction writer. He has also worked as a radio and television broadcaster and journalist. Tony has over twenty titles published to his name. His latest picture book, The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, is this year’s ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime.
Arnold Zable is an accomplished and prolific writer, author, storyteller and human rights advocate. He has written a number of works including Cafe Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns, The Fig Tree and Violin Lessons. His first published work, Jewels and Ashes, retells his parents’ refugee voyage from war-torn Poland.