Literature & Ideas
The Reading Tree
Join us on an adventure to The Reading Tree. Our meeting place is at the Paper Bird Kombi and from there young readers will be taken to the Tropical Grove. Experience the wonder of books as you hear from a different author and storyteller every 30 minutes.
9.30am Briony Stewart (For ages 4 – 8)
Briony Stewart is the author and illustrator of several award-winning books for children. She loves live drawing challenges, day dreaming and discussing dragons, bunnies and how to tame lions. She illustrated the playful stories of Emma Middleton, The Lion in Our Living Room and The Bear in Our Backyard.
10am Gabriel Evans (For ages 4 – 8)
Gabriel Evans spends most of his day drawing, painting and making picture books. His books include Ollie & Augustus, Captain Sneer The Bucaneer and A Perfectly Posh Pink Afternoon Tea.
10.30am Helen Milroy (For ages 6 – 10)
Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region and amongst other highly respected roles is currently Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at UWA. Her book Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories is full of wonder, adventure and enduring friendships.
11am HM Waugh (For ages 8 – 12)
HM Waugh is an environmental scientist, writer and educator with a long-term love of wild places and high mountains. Her debut book, The Lost Stone of Sky City, is a story of mythical adventure when a simple mountain mission turns into a death-defying quest for survival.
12pm James Foley (For ages 6 – 10)
James Foley writes and illustrates award-winning, hilarious picture books, middle grade novels and comics for kids. His books include the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series, The Last Viking and My Dead Bunny.
12.30pm Kelly Canby (For ages 4 – 8)
Kelly Canby is an award-winning, internationally-published illustrator and author of over two dozen books for children including Rodney and The Hole Story. She was born in England, but has lived in Australia since the age of three, which is probably around the same age she started playing with pencils and crayons, and has done so ever since.
1pm Michael Speechley (For ages 6 – 10)
Michael Speechley has been a graphic designer and high school art teacher in WA. His first picture book, The All New Must Have Orange 430, explores themes of consumerism and the environment. It was shortlisted for Book of the Year, CBCA awards, 2019. His second book, The Gift, deals with kindness and the joy of giving.
1.30pm Yohann Devezy (For ages 6 – 10)
Yohann Devezy is the debut author of Hugo, the Boy with the Curious Mark. He seeks to create beautiful books with messages of hope, strength and acceptance. He is driven by a desire to write stories that can be shared across generations – particularly excited by stories that are underpinned by the embracing of inclusivity and diversity. He is passionate about LGBTIQ inclusion and broader social justice issues.
Gabriel Evans is a Western Australian author and illustrator. He’s illustrated over 25 books, working with several acclaimed authors as well as his own stories. His books have been sold in Australia and the USA with notable CBCA nominations and shortlisted Speech Pathology awards.
Evans travels around Australia visiting schools in capital cities and remote communities in the Pilbara and the Kimberley where he offers creative illustration and picture book workshops. He creates his stories from a studio near a river.
H.M. Waugh is an environmental scientist, writer and educator with a long-term love of wild places and high mountains. This has led to icy feet and sunburnt cheeks in magical countries like New Zealand, Nepal, Bolivia and Switzerland. She has studied dolphins in New Zealand and rare plants in the Wheatbelt, and worked in mining and construction projects across Western Australia. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching school and community groups about science and the environment. This often involves working with children and animals concurrently, and she loves being able to truthfully say she handles dragons for a job.
Dr Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, but was born and educated in Perth. Australia’s first Indigenous doctor, she studied medicine at the University of Western Australia and is currently Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UWA, Honorary Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute and a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. She was recently appointed as the AFL’s first indigenous commissioner. Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories is her first book for children.
James Foley writes and illustrates picture books, middle grade novels and comics for kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot, Dungzilla and Gastronauts star Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of 12, and Joe Tinker, her stinky baby brother.
Foley also illustrated Total Quack Up, an anthology of funny short stories written by authors such as Paul Jennings and Jacqueline Harvey, with proceeds going to charity. His earlier books My Dead Bunny, In The Lion, The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list.
Foley is an ambassador for Books in Homes and Room To Read. He is a massive Marvel movie nerd and comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts.
Briony Stewart is the author and illustrator of several award-winning books for children, including Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers, winner of the 2012 Queensland State Literature prize for children’s fiction. She lectures on children’s literature and conducts talks and workshops with children across Australia. She loves live drawing challenges, day dreaming and discussing dragons, bunnies and how to tame lions.
Kelly Canby is an award-winning, internationally published illustrator and author of over two dozen books for children. Born in London, England, she has lived in Australia since the age of three, which is probably around the same age she started playing with pencils and crayons, and it was probably only a few years after that that she decided playing with pencils and crayons was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
With a Bachelor of Art in Design from Curtin University, Canby applies her quirky style to the pages of everything from picture books, to chapter books, to early reader books, to colouring books and beyond!
She is on the judging panel for the annual Shaun Tan Illustration Awards and Regional Advisor for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Western Australia. Her picture book The Hole Story won the 2018 West Australian Premier’s Prize for Writing for Children.
Yohann Devezy is a debut author who seeks to create beautiful books with messages of hope, strength and acceptance. He is driven by a desire to write stories that can be shared across generations – particularly excited by stories that are underpinned by the embracing of inclusivity and diversity. He is passionate about LGBTIQ inclusion and broader social justice issues.
Born and raised in Bordeaux France, Devezy now lives in Perth, where he previously worked as a chef and hospitality trainer.
HUGO The boy with the curious mark is his first picture book.
|Time & Location||
Sun 23 Feb - Sun 23 Feb
Sessions from 9:30am - 1:30pm