Authors / Illustrators

The Literature Centre proudly works with, or exhibits literature created by, these talented Authors and Illustrators.

Catherine Bateson

Author

Catherine Bateson can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a writer. She grew up in a family of writers. ...

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Michael Gerard Bauer

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Michael Gerard Bauer is an in-demand speaker and a popular writer for children and young adults. His books have been shortlisted, won numerous awards...

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AJ Betts

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Amanda Betts is a Perth-based author who has taught in schools for over 16 years.  She is a fantastic public speaker, conducting engaging...

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Freya Blackwood

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Freya Blackwood is a rising star in the international world of children’s books. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in Orange in...

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Ron Brooks

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Ron Brooks is one of Australia’s best-known illustrators. Born in New South Wales in 1948, Ron spent most of his childhood in Gippsland,...

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JC Burke

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JC (Jane) Burke was born in Sydney in 1965, the fourth of five sisters.  With writers for parents, she grew up in a world of...

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Raewyn Caisley

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Raewyn lives in Fremantle with her husband, Terry, son Jack and her cat 'Ginger Fish'!  Raewyn was born in New Zealand but has lived in...

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Isobelle Carmody

Author

Isobelle says that she is very fortunate in that she has spent pretty much her whole life being a writer, and before she was a writer, she...

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Peter Carnavas

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Peter grew up as the youngest of four kids with two parents that somehow allowed and encouraged him to pursue his interests without him realising. ...

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Lucy Christopher

Author

Although born in Wales, Lucy Christopher grew up in Melbourne, Australia and has since spent many years traveling back and forth between Wales and...

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Gary Crew

Author/Illustrator

Gary Crew is Australia's most awarded author for children and young adults having won the Children's Book Council Book of...

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Cath Crowley

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Cath Crowley has written that: ‘I’m interested in art but I’m even more interested in how people on the edges find a way to fit in ...

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Sue deGennaro

Author/Illustrator

Sue deGennaro is an author and an illustrator. She was born in Adelaide but currently resides in Victoria with her two children. Sue has a degree in...

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Terry Denton

Author/Illustrator

Terry Denton is among Australia's busiest literary creative forces!  Born in Melbourne in 1950, the second youngest of five boys, Terry...

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Anh Do & Suzanne Do

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Anh Do is one of Australia's most loved and recognised comedians. He is also an author, actor and a respected keynote speaker, addressing issues...

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Nick Earls

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Nick Earls' work transcends age barriers.  His characters are witty, flawed and completely believable.  His YA novels 48 Shades of Brown...

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Anthony (Tony) Eaton

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After being born in Papua New Guinea in 1972, Tony Eaton spent an idyllic childhood growing up in the Perth hills, apart from a two and a...

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Brian Falkner

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Brian Falkner is a New Zealand author now living on the Gold Coast in Queensland. ...

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Deb Fitzpatrick

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Deb Fitzpatrick is a writer for children and young adults who lives in Fremantle. She has a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) from UWA and has had a...

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James Foley

Author/Illustrator

Most illustrators will tell you they've been drawing for as long as they can remember. James started his career in primary school, drawing...

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Elaine Forrestal

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Elaine Forrestal is an award-winning children’s author who served a long apprenticeship on the way to publication.  First there were...

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Jackie French

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Jackie French's writing career spans 20 years, 148 wombats, over 140 books, translations into 36 languages, 8 genres, 3721 bush rats, many awards,...

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Archie Fusillo

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Archimede (Archie) Fusillo, the son of Italian migrants, was born and grew up in Melbourne.  Surrounded by wonderful...

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Scot Gardner

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Scot Gardner once said that if he had a mission statement it would be... 'To encourage people to take good risks and write their hearts out'. ...

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Libby Gleeson

Author

Libby Gleeson AM is one of Australia's most eminent and beloved children’s authors who has published over 30 books for children and...

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Peter Gouldthorpe

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Peter Gouldthorpe was born in Melbourne in 1954 and in 1973 moved to Tasmania where he now lives.  ...

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Armin Greder

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Armin Greder was born in Switzerland. In 1971 he migrated to Australia where he worked as a graphic designer and later taught design and illustration...

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Mark Greenwood

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Mark is an author with a passion for Australian history. He has written many books including: The Legend of Moondyne Joe, The Legend of Lasseter's...

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Andy Griffiths

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Finding a sense of fun in literature for children is an obvious aim for Melbourne born author, Andy Griffiths. He's been quoted as saying, &lsquo...

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Sonya Hartnett

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Sonya Hartnett is considered one of Australia's outstanding literary novelists in the young adult genre. Her first novel, Trouble All the Way, was...

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Libby Hathorn

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Libby Hathorn (NSW) is the author of more than 50 books and her work has been adapted for stage and screen.  Her first novel Thunderwith (CBCA...

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Geoff Havel

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Geoff was born in the mountains of New Guinea. As a baby he liked to sit in a sand pit on the edge of the jungle, scoffing bananas. He likes to think...

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John Heffernan

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John Heffernan lives on a farm at the end of a dirt road. The farm is nestled in a beautiful little valley at the edge of the Great Dividing Range in...

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Leigh Hobbs

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Leigh Hobbs was born in Melbourne on 18 April 1953. He grew up in Bairnsdale, a small country town in Victoria. Leigh is a painter, sculptor, and...

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Greg Holfeld

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Greg Holfeld began his career in his native Canada, working up the ladder on various television animation projects in studios from Vancouver to...

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Norman Jorgensen

Author

Norman was born in Broome, the eldest of four brothers and lived in several country towns throughout Western Australia during his childhood. When...

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Julia Lawrinson

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Julia Lawrinson was born just after the first moon landing and grew up in the outer suburbs of Perth.  She was extremely shy as a...

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Frane Lessac

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Frané Lessac is an Author/Illustrator of international renown who has well over 40 published books to her...

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Alison Lester

Author/Illustrator

Alison Lester is one of Australia's most popular authors. She has written and illustrated over 25 picture books, and her first novel, The...

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Deborah Lisson

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Deborah Lisson was born in Croydon, England, and came to Australia as a migrant in 1962.  Her home is in Bunbury, Western Australia. ...

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Brigid Lowry

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Brigid Lowry was born in New Zealand into a rather strange but very creative family. Here she learned a love of books and a keen interest in poetry,...

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Melina Marchetta

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Melina Marchetta's novels have been published in 18 countries and in 17 languages. Melina's first novel, Looking for Alibrandi won numerous...

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John Marsden

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John Marsden is one of Australia's best selling authors for teenagers and a highly acclaimed picture book writer. ...

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Marc McBride

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Marc McBride was educated in Northern Ireland at Bangor Grammar School.  Graduating in 1990, he moved to Western...

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Maureen McCarthy

Author

After spending a couple of years as an Art teacher, Maureen McCarthy began writing scripts for television and soon realized that books were her first...

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David Miller

Author/Illustrator

David Miller's illustration style is unique, with intricate sculptures photographed to bring stories to life.  Paper had always fascinated...

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Simon Mitchell

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Simon Mitchell spent five years working as a computer programmer before deciding to follow his dream of writing for people,...

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James Moloney

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James Moloney has published over 40 books, and is one of Australia's leading authors of children and young adult books. ...

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Sally Murphy

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Sally Murphy knew, from a very young age, that the two things she was best at were telling stories and talking, so she figured that being a children...

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Kirsty Murray

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Kirsty Murray was born in Melbourne, the middle child in a family of seven children. Kirsty loved books from an early age but when she was a child she...

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Leonie Norrington

Author/Illustrator

Leonie Norrington was born in Darwin, the third of nine children, and grew up at Barunga Aboriginal community, south of Katherine. ...

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Narelle Oliver

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Narelle Oliver is the author-illustrator of a number of award-winning children’s picture books including: The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay, The...

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Jan Ormerod

Author/Illustrator

Vale Jan Ormerod - Passed away January 2013 ...

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Matt Ottley

Author/Illustrator

Matt Ottley was born in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, where he spent the first eleven and a half years of his life. His mother was a landscape...

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Danny Parker

Author

Danny Parker teaches drama at a large private school in Perth.  His first book, No Kind of Superman, was illustrated by Matt...

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Boori Monty Pryor

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Boori (Monty) Pryor is a storyteller, writer and performer.  He was born in Townsville, North Queensland in 1950. His father is of the...

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Jan Ramage

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Jan Ramage has been teaching children for over 25 years. She also writes children’s picture books. ...

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James Roy

Author

James Roy was born in New South Wales in 1968. He writes primarily for young adults and children and has books are published in the United States, the...

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Craig Smith

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Craig Smith has been illustrating children’s books for over 38 years and has completed amazing illustrations for over 370 picture books. ...

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Liliana Stafford

Author/Illustrator

Liliana Stafford is an award-winning author, illustrator and artist residing in Perth, WA. ...

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Shaun Tan

Author/Illustrator

Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer'...

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Kim Michelle Toft

Author/Illustrator

Kim Michelle Toft is a full time silk artist who has exhibited her work within Australia and overseas. With ten years teaching experience behind her,...

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Dianne Touchell

Author

Dianne's novels are gritty, irresistible and contemporary.  Her debut novel Creepy and Maud was shortlisted in the 2012 CBCA Awards and...

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Coral Tulloch

Author/Illustrator

Coral Tulloch was born in Melbourne, and now lives in Hobart, Tasmania with her husband and daughter, Tully. A history in promotion and illustration...

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Vikki Wakefield

Author

Vikki was born in Adelaide and worked in banking, journalism, communications and graphic design before enrolling in TAFE's Advanced Diploma of...

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Anna Walker

Author/Illustrator

Anna Walker writes and illustrates children's books and is based in Melbourne. Her charming studio is shared with a printmaker, 'Rosy'...

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Katy Watson-Kell

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Katy Watson-Kell was born in Scotland and moved to Western Australia when she was ten.   ...

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Bruce Whatley

Author/Illustrator

Bruce Whatley is a popular author, illustrator and artist who was born in the UK and immigrated to Australia as a child. He then moved back to the UK...

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Margaret Wild

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Margaret Wild was born in South Africa and came to Australia in 1972. She has been a journalist for newspapers and magazines and has worked as a book...

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Lili Wilkinson

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Lili Wilkinson's first published piece was at the tender age of 13.  From there, she has gone on to publish an eclectic range of books from...

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Mark Wilson

Author/Illustrator

Mark was born in Melbourne in 1949.  He always loved drawing and spent most evenings drawing on huge sheets of paper that his dad brought home...

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Dianne Wolfer

Author

Dianne is the author of several novels and picture books.  Her YA novels have been short-listed for various awards and are read in schools within...

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Ben Wood

Illustrator

Ben Wood is a freelance illustrator who lives in Sydney. He grew up in country Victoria and studied graphic design at La Trobe University in Bendigo. ...

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