2020 All-Stars Online Conference
The Saturdays

 

Sessions for children and young adult writers and illustrators will run on the Saturday 11, 18 & 25 July 

 
11 July
18 July
25 July
The Sundays
Sessions for adult writers will run on the Sunday 12, 19 & 26 July 
 
12 July
19 July
26 July

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can be accepted for any changed circumstances which are beyond our control

 

Aleesah Darlison

Author

Aleesah Darlison is a multi-published, award-winning Australian children’s author. She has written forty-five books for children including picture books, chapter books, novels and series. Aleesah has won numerous awards for her writing including the 2015 Environment Award for Children’s Literature (Our Class Tiger - Non-Fiction) and an Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Mentorship. Her picture book, Warambi, was a 2012 CBCA Notable Book and was shortlisted for the Eve Pownall Award and the 2012 Environment Award. Her picture book, Emerald: The Green Turtle’s Tale was shortlisted for the 2018 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards.
 
Aleesah works across various genres including non-fiction, fantasy, and social realism. Aleesah has also written numerous award-winning short stories and non-fiction articles for adults and children. Her novels include the Little Witch Series, Running from the Tiger, Awesome Animal Stories for Kids, the Netball Gems Series, the Unicorn Riders Series, and Ash Rover: Keeper of the Phoenix. Her picture books include Warambi, Puggle’s Problem, Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine and Mama and Hug (koalas).

 

Aleesah travels throughout Australia and internationally delivering talks and workshops to children and adults at preschools, schools, libraries, literary festivals and writers’ centres. She also works as a writing mentor and tutor. Her 8-book fantasy adventure series, Unicorn Riders, has been released in hardcover and paperback in the US, while many of her other books have also been released internationally.

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Alex Adsett

Alex Adsett Publishing Service

Alex Adsett is a literary agent specialising in fiction for all ages, as well as a freelance publishing consultant offering commercial contract advice to authors and publishers.  She has more than twenty years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008.

 

As a literary agent, she is focused on finding exceptional fiction and non-fiction manuscripts for adults, young adults and children. She represents more than forty authors including Jodi McAlister, Robert Henderson, Shelly Unwin, and many more.  She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or via her website www.alexadsett.com.au

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Anne Gracie

Author

Award-winning Melbourne writer Anne Gracie spent her childhood on the move. The gypsy life taught her that humour and love are universal languages and that favorite books can take you home, wherever you are.


A lifelong bookworm, Anne began writing her first novel while backpacking solo around the world. She's now a full-time writer working on her 23rd book. A nationally bestselling author in the USA (published with PenguinRandom House) her historical romances have been translated into more than eighteen languages. 


Anne has conducted writing workshops for most Australian state writers’ centres, many tertiary institutions, and has delivered keynotes and workshops in the US, Australia and NZ. Her book,The Autumn Bride, has been on the curriculum of several Australian universities. 

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Belinda Murrell

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Belinda Murrell is a bestselling, internationally published children’s author with a history of writing in her family that spans over 200 years. Belinda has written more than 30 books including The Sun Sword trilogy, 13 books in the popular Lulu Bell series and her award-winning timeslip novels.  Her latest series is called Pippa’s Island about a group of best friends who start a secret club, which meets after school in a tower on top of a boatshed. 

 

Belinda thinks she has the best job in the world because it brings together three of her greatest loves – writing, reading and travelling the world with her family! 

And when she’s not writing books (or escaping on wonderful travel holidays with her family) she’s often out talking to kids at schools, festivals and literary events around Australia.

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Brian Falkner

Author

Brian Falkner was born and raised in Auckland. He is the award-winning, bestselling author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Flea Thing, The Real Thing and The Super Freak. His action–adventure sci-fi novels The Tomorrow Code and Brainjack were short-listed for the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults and the Esther Glen Award at the LIANZA Awards. 


In 2010 Brainjack won the New Zealand Post Book Awards, Children’s Choice Award (Young Adult Fiction category) and the Sir Julius Vogel Award, Best Young Adult Novel. The Project was short-listed on the 2011 Storylines Notable Books List. The first book in the Recon Team Angel series, Assault, was short-listed for the 2012 LIANZA Award (Young Adult Fiction category) and the third book, Ice War, was short-listed for this award in 2014.

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Claire Saxby

Author

Claire Saxby writes award-winning fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children. From extreme silliness in 'There Was an Old Sailor', to big historical stories with strong curriculum links like 'My Name is Lizzie Flynn', 'Meet the Anzacs' and 'Meet Weary Dunlop', to iconic Australian animals including 'Big Red Kangaroo', 'Emu' and 'Koala', her picture books aim to engage, entertain and encourage curiosity. Claire's work is published in Australia and internationally. 


Her picture book 'Emu' (ill Graham Byrne, Walker Books) was shortlisted in CBCA Awards 2015, and won both the Wilderness Award and a Whitley Award. 'Big Red Kangaroo' won the CBCA Crichton Award, was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Award and was a Whitley Award winner. 


Recent books include 'Koala' (ill Julie Vivas, Walker Books) CBCA Notable Book, Bird to Bird (ill Wayne Harris, Black Dog Books) and Dingo (Tannya Harricks Walker Books).

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Debbie Lee

IngramSpark

Deborah Lee is the Senior Manager, Content Acquisition and Business Development, Ingram Content Group.


Debbie began her career as a sales rep in the trade publishing market some 30 years ago. She then moved to educational publishing, becoming a Publisher of academic and professional texts. In 2014 Debbie joined Ingram and now provides print-on-demand and global distribution solutions to publishers large and small, from multinationals to local presses and self-published ‘authorpreneurs’.


Debbie is also doing assessments and running IngramSpark one-on-one information sessions

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18 July 2021, 5:15:00 am

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Heather Cashman

Storm Literary Agency

Heather has always loved literature. Surrounded by books from her earliest memories, she read picture books, biographies, poetry, and all genres of fiction. While she devoured any book that told a good story and introduced a new world, she especially loved the ones that made her want to be the heroine of her own life.


As Heather grew up, her work in Biochemistry inspired her imagination for creating worlds. Writing for enjoyment turned into an interest in improving craft. Heather has always loved meeting authors and working on their books as a collaborative partner. She was a professional editor for Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, editing middle grade, young adult, and adult books. She’s also helped authors by working as Managing Director of Pitch Wars, #PitMad, and Pitch Madness, as well as being a Pitch Wars mentor.


Before becoming an associate agent at Storm Literary Agency, Heather interned for three years at The Bent Agency and Entangled Publishing. She’s helped authors from the pre-query stage to acquisitions, and she’s also worked as a freelance editor and consultant for traditional and non- traditional publishing. She’s excited to continue helping authors as their agent.


Some of her favorite authors: Anne McCaffrey, Terry Brooks, Judy Blume, Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein, Gary Paulson, Roald Dahl, Lord Byron (so much love for Prometheus Unbound, especially), Orson Scott Card, Beverly Cleary, Dean Koontz, Rainbow Rowell, Pierce Brown, Leigh Bardugo, Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Black, and so many more.

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Jacqueline Harvey

Author

Jacqueline Harvey loves writing books full of adventure, mystery, quirky characters and lots of laughs. With over 40 books published in the past ten years she is one of Australia’s most popular authors for children, best known for her Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and Kensy and Max series.

 

In 2020, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Alice-Miranda at School her publisher, Penguin Random House have produced a beautiful hardback edition of the book that inspired another 18 stories and counting. 

 

Alice-Miranda Friends Forever, the animated movie by SLR Productions in partnership with Screen Australia, ZDF Enterprises and Channel Nine has just premiered in Australia and a second film, Alice-Miranda A Royal Christmas Ball will screen in 2020. 

 

Jacqueline has received numerous short-listings and awards while her picture book, The Sound of the Sea was a CBCA Honour Book. A highly experienced teacher and presenter, she has delivered thousands of talks and workshops for children and adults at schools and festivals around the world. Her books have been translated into many languages and she is thrilled that Kensy and Max will be published in the United States in 2020. 

 

She is currently working on lots of exciting new projects including more books in the Alice-Miranda and Kensy and Max series.

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Julia Ferracane

Saint Copy

As a former Arts and Publishing Publicist for The Australian Ballet and Penguin Random House Australia, Julia started Saint Copy PR & Communications with clear intentions - To make PR expertise more accessible for creatives, small business owners, entrepreneurs, not for profits and authors.


A champion for those bold enough to pursue their creative endeavours, I could see the leverage that targeted PR coverage could have for small business. With a broad range of clients across the arts, fashion, kids publishing and not for profit scene, she has helped get clients the right coverage, from digital to traditional PR, to be seen, heard and felt by their ideal audience.

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