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Introducing your Conference 2022 Guest Speakers

Jordan Collins

Jordan Collins is in their second year of tertiary education. They have won several awards for their poetry. Where is Jordan’s first book, a passionate, personal and political picture book that calls out racism from an important new voice. For ages 10-14.

Kate Foster

Kate Foster is a new voice in Australian children’s books, with an authoritative, genuine and important take on childhood autism and depression – and like the best authors, Kate finds the hope in hopeless situations, which is so important for young readers. See Kate introduce Paws.

Nicole Gill

Nicole Gill is a Tasmanian author, environmental writer and conservation dog handler. Her writings on nature, humans and other animals have featured in The Monthly, Island, The Guardian, Good Weekend Magazine and in multiple editions of The Best Australian Science Writing. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing, and her first book for children, Animal Eco-Warriors: Humans and Animals Working Together to Protect Our Planet was published in 2017. She has a keen interest in the area of harnessing skilled animals’ talents to obtain good conservation science outcomes. Her second book was published in April 2022.

imageof the front cover of Animal Eco Warriors featuring a small dog sitting calmly

Gina Newton

Gina Newton is a passionate science communicator and advocate for conservation, especially for Australian threatened species. She has extensive experience in marine sciences and is dedicated to educating and engaging children in the natural world and showing them how unique and important our environment is, and what we can do to protect and conserve it.

Claire Saxby

Nobody can write narrative nonfiction better than Claire Saxby. Whether she is writing about the natural world or Australian history, Claire completely immerses herself in research and remembers everything! Claire’s work has won several awards including CBCA Honour Book, NSW Premier’s Literary Award, SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, Environment Award for Children’s Literature, an Educational Publishing Award and the Whitley Award multiple times. She is widely curious about just about everything and passionate about encouraging curiosity and wonder. A truly engaging speaker and a treasure of the children’s book world. Watch Claire introduce Great White Shark

Lian Tanner

Lian Tanner’s dreams are boundless. Writing across genres including adventure, fantasy, humour, mystery and poetic literature, her books have been enjoyed by children of all ages over many years. Her breadth of talent and experience, combined with her lively presentation skills, make her an ideal conference presenter.

Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting’s background is a unique mix of teaching/literacy education, publishing and as an author for ages of children from babies to young adults. She has practical, first-hand knowledge of how to craft quality children’s literature and is one of the best speakers around. Watch Sue introduce Pearly and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast.