Presenters

LitFest21 Presenters

Deb Abela

Deb Abela is an Australian young adult fiction and picture book writer. She has also written and produced for children’s television. Her most notable work is the Max Remy: Superspy series, but she has also created the worlds of Jasper Zammit, Ghost Club, and Grimson. Deb will be working exclusively with our Wyvern and Lindfield campuses.

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Tristan Bancks

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., and The Fall. Tristan’s newest book, Ginger Meggs, will be launched at our Wyvern campus.

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J. C. Burke

J. C. Burke is a young adult fiction writer. She has written a number of novels including The Things We PromisePretty GirlPig BoyOcean Pearl, The Story of Tom Brennan and The Red Cardigan.

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Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a newspaper sports journalist with more than a decade of experience. He has spent the past five years covering the NRL for The Daily Telgraph and The Sunday Telegraph. Michael will be a co-Editor-in-Chief of LitFest PostScript publication and mentoring the budding journalists and photographers of the team. Michael graduated Newington College in 2004.

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Felicity Castagna

Felicity Castagna is a young adult fiction writer and journalist. She has published a number of works including Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in AsiaThe Incredible Here and Now, and No More Boats.

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Martin Chatterton

Martin Chatterton is a renowed young adult and children’s author and illustrator. He has writes adult crime fiction and for television as Ed Chatterton. Martin was written and illustrated a number of works, including the YA standalone novel, The Tell, and series such as Mort and The Brain.

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Helen Chebatte

Helen Chebatte is a young adult author. Her first novel, Bro, was published in 2017 and was inspired by her childhood and growing up in the multicultural and multiethnic Western Sydney suburb of Granville.

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Gregg Dreise

Gregg Dreise is a children’s author and illustrator. He has written and illustrated a number of picture books for pre-school and school-aged children. Some of the titles include Cunning Crow; Silly Birds; Kookoo Kookaburra; Mad Magpie and My Culture and Me. Gregg uses his storytelling to address a variety of issues and themes including self-identity, kindness, bullying, and Indigenous culture. Gregg will be presenting exclusively at our Wyvern, Lindfield, and ELC campuses.

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Kirsty Eagar

Kirsty Eagar is a young adult novelist. Following a drastic career change, she travelled around Australia and juggled working short casual jobs and writing. Her published works include Raw Blue, Saltwater Vampires, Night Beach and Summer Skin. She is also a contributing journalist for a number of Australian magazines.

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Kate Forsyth

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.

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Scot Gardner

Scot Gardner is an Australian young adult fiction writer. He has published a number of works including: The Dead I KnowBookmark DaysThe Detachable BoyThe Legend of Kevin the PlumberThe Other MadonnaBurning Eddy, Happy As Larry, The Way We Roll, Changing Gear and Sparrow.

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Susanne Gervay

Susanne Gervay is an Australian author. She has published a number of works including ButterfliesThe CaveShips in a FieldThat’s Why I Wrote This Song, and her coming of age series beginning with I Am Jack. Susanne’s latest book, Heroes of the Secret Underground, will be launched at both the Stanmore and Wyvern campuses as part of LitFest.

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Tim Harris

Tim specialises in writing short stories for children and reluctant readers. He has published fourtitles in his Exploding Endings short stories series: Cursed Pants & Cranky Pants; Dingbats & Lollypop ArmsPainted Dogs & Doom Cakes, and Screenshots & Laughing Gas. Tim will be presenting exclusively at our Wyvern and Lindfield campuses.

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Jack Heath

Jack Heath is an Australian children’s and young adult writer. His works include the Liars seriesThe Fero Files series, and Replica, as well as a series of short stories for reluctant readers including Minutes of Danger and Minutes of Mystery. Jack’s newest work is an adult crime fiction series following cannibal-detective-FBI-consultant, Timothy Blake.

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Kim Ho

Kim is a Melbourne-based writer, performer, note-taker and dramaturg.  He is a passionate advocate for marginalised voices, Kim aims to create and promote culturally diverse Australian stories. Kim will be working exclusively with Drama classes at the Stanmore campus.

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David Hunt

David Hunt is a writer, historian, presenter, and satirist. He largely known for his two notable non-fiction titles Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, and its sequel, True Girt. He has spoken at length about Australian history on various platforms, including giving a TEDxSydney talk and on his ABC Radio podcast, RumRebels & Ratbags. David will be headling at this year’s evening panel presentation – Our Past: The Legacy for Australians Today – hosted in collaboration with the Centre for Ethics.

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George Ivanoff

George Ivanoff is a children’s author and illustrator. He has written over 100 books for pre-school and school-aged children, including series such as GamersYou Choose,  RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) Adventures, and Other Worlds.

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James Knight

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, true stories, and memoirs. He is currently working on a picture book.

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Will Kostakis

Will Kostakis is an Australian young adult author and newspaper columnist. He has published a number of novels including Loathing LolaThe First Third, Stuff Happens: Sean, The Sidekicks, and The Greatest Hit, as well as contributing to the #LoveOZYA anthology, Begin, End, Begin. His most recent work is a fantasy duology series, Monuments. Will graduated Newington College in 2006.

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Harry Laing

Harry Laing is a children’s poet and comic performer. He has published two books of children’s poetry: Shoctopus and Moon Fish: poems to make you laugh and think.

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John Larkin

John Larkin is an Australian children’s and young adult author. His published works include Goon TownHorse Girl Rides AgainSpaghetti LegsPizza Features, Ghost ByteGrowing PayneLasagne 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.

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Matthew Lin

Matthew Lin is an illustrator, designer, graphic novel and manga artist. He runs workshops all over New South Wales. He creates his work both through digital media – with a drawing tablet and Adobe Photoshop – and traditional methods – Copic markers, pencils and paper. He works largely with children and young adults, helping them release their creativity and imagination through graphical arts.

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Jack Lynch

Jack’s professional writing and editing career has seen him work across diverse industries, performing a range of functions. He has worked as a speechwriter for Premier and Deputy Premier of NSW and is currently the Media Manager for AFL NSW/ACT. Jack will be a co-Editor-in-Chief of LitFest PostScript publication and mentoring the budding journalists and photographers of the team.

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Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh is a children’s author and stand-up comedian. A former primary school teacher, he has written a number of comedic children’s novels including Stuff Happens: Ethan, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite, Con-nerd, Thai-riffic, and Natural Born Loser. His passions include making people laugh and engaging children and young adults with literature.

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Christopher Richardson

Dr 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. He is also a published academic and has written six non-fiction picture books. His interest in the children’s culture in the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) was the topic of his PhD thesis

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Mark Smith

Mark Smith is a young adult fiction writer of the Winter trilogy. His stories merge his love of the outdoors, his experiences as a teacher, and the message of personal strength and resilience.

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Kate & Jol Temple

Kate and Jol Temple are a husband-and-wife duo who, in their own words, “write silly books for kids!”. They co-write both picture books and junior fiction books. Some of their picture books include Bin Chicken, Are You My Bottom?, I Got This Hat, and Parrot Carrot. Kate and Jol will be working exclusively with our Wyvern, Lindfield and ELC campuses.

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Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting is a children’s and young adult fiction writer. She has written a variety of picture books, including Good Question: A Tale Told Backwards, A Strange Little Monster, and Looking for Animals. She has also written junior fiction, with titles such as The Hairy Legs Heist, Get a Grip, Cooper JonesMissing, and The Book of Chance. Sue will be working exclusively with our Wyvern and Lindfield campuses.

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