CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS

The Children’s Program is an integral part of our Ignite Your Mind Festival where selected children’s and young adult writers entertain and educate the children of the Burdekin with tailor made content specifically for our youngest and most impressionable minds.
Entry to this section of the event is limited to pre-approved bookings by childcare and educational providers.

Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey

Author

Jacqueline Harvey knew she wanted to be an author at a young age. She couldn’t say exactly when, but winning a minor writing competition as a teenager inspired her to think that maybe, sometime in the future, she might be able to write books. And she did…..Alice & Miranda series and more recently Kensy & Max.

Allison Tait

Allison Tait

Author

Allison Tait (pen name: A. L. Tait) is an Australian freelance writer, author of children’s literature and non-fiction, and blogger. She is best known for her Mapmaker Chronicles and her work published in various magazines, newspapers, and online over the last 20 years.

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta

Author

Melina Marchetta’s writing career took off in 1992 when she published her first novel: Looking For Alibrandi. She later turned the story into a film script which was screened in theatres around Australia and the world from 2000. Melina’s latest novel Tell the Truth Shame the Devil was published in 2016.

Michael Gerard Bauer

Michael Gerard Bauer

Author

Bauer was born in Brisbane and attended Marist College, Ashgrove before attending the University of Queensland.He completed an Arts Degree with a triple Major in English literature and became a teacher of Economics and English in Brisbane and Ipswich secondary schools. In 2003, Bauer won the Inaugural Write Small short Story competition at the Brisbane Writers Festival.
These days Michael is a full time writer of children and young adult literature. His latest book The Things That Will Not Stand was published this year in January.

Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver Phommavanh

Author

Oliver Phommavanh is a fresh and positive voice for multiculturalism. He’s Aussie born and bred, but comes from a Thai/Laotian background. Oliver is also a casual primary school teacher (or ‘chaos’ teacher!) and loves to make people laugh as a stand up comedian. If kids are into Morris Gleitzman and Andy Griffiths, there’s an awesome chance they’ll love Oliver’s wacky humour too!

Jay Laga’aia

Jay Laga’aia

Author & Children's Entertainer

Jay Laga’aia, born on September 10, 1963 in Auckland, New Zealand is an actor, entertainer and writer. He is known for his performances in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Daybreakers (2009) and also for his regular appearances on Playschool.
He has produced a number of children’s CDs and narrated the entire Larry the Lawnmower series.
We’ve Got A Boat, Jaye’s latest book was published in January, 2018.

Shannon Horsfall

Shannon Horsfall

Author & Illustrator

Shannon is an author and illustrator based in Australia but living in fairyland. She loves to draw, doodle, dream, design, imagine, write, dance, sings badly (according to her), scribble, splatter & cook.
Although she is not young, in her words, she is very much a child. (Or immature, depending on how you look at it.) Was Not Me was originally published in 2016, No Max in May, 2017 and her latest publication Dear Santa was published this year in January.