Children’s author, Sally Rippin and Coffee Peddler, Patrick Verdon, combine forces to present a whole-day of exciting and engaging storytellers. Come back soon to discover which special guests will be joining us in the magical Story Peddler Tent.
10am - 10.45am: Alan Brough
11am - 11.45am: Judy Horacek
12pm - 12.45pm: Tony Wilson
1pm - 1.45pm: Davina Bell
2pm - 2.45pm: Oliver Phommavahn
3pm - 3.45pm: Asphyxia
Bookings not required for this session but you can register to receive an email reminder about the festival.
You probably recognise Alan as a team captain on the hugely successful ABC TV show ‘Spicks and Specks.’ Kids certainly do. (It’s on every night on ABC2 after ABC4Kids finishes.) Alan is also a comedian, musician and an author. He’s super excited to come and talk in the Tent to kids about writing, jokes and how to weaponise handkerchiefs. He’ll even sing some songs.
Judy Horacek is an award winning Australian cartoonist, children’s book illustrator and writer. In 2004, she and Mem Fox created Where is the Green Sheep? which became an instant children’s classic, and winner of the CBCA Gold Medal for Early Childhood. She has since done four books of her own that she has both written and illustrated, and three other books with Mem, Judy is an experienced presenter in schools, both talking about her own work and helping children to make their own drawings and stories. Her classes are always full of laughter and fun, and her enthusiasm is infectious.
Tony Wilson has written two hilarious satirical novels about celebrity and tabloid media. He is also the author of five picture books, and has worked successfully on television (Race Around the World and Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever!), radio (Triple R’s Breakfasters) and print media (The Age and The Monthly).
Davina Bell is a book editor and writer for young people. Her first picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, won the Small Publishers category in the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards, and she is the author of the Alice books in the bestselling Our Australian Girl series of historical fiction for middle readers. Davina was formerly a Senior Editor at Penguin Books, where she worked with some of our country’s most beloved children’s book creators.
Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it’s on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing with the kids he teaches at a primary school in Western Sydney. As a comedian, Oliver has appeared on stage, and on national TV and radio.
Asphyxia is a Deaf artist, author, puppeteer and ex-circus performer. Over the past decade, she has worked performing trapeze, hula- hoops, and marionette puppetry. Asphyxia spent eighteen months designing and building the theatre show, The Grimstones, which toured nationally and internationally to great acclaim, and has now been turned into a delightful children's book series. Asphyxia is passionate about painting, drawing, art journaling, sculpture, metalwork, sewing and anything else she can make with her hands. She sells her creations and portraits online through her Etsy shop, Fixie's Shelf. When she's not writing and making, Asphyxia is kept busy by her urban eco-farm, where she raises the majority of her family's food and lives with her partner and son in a tiny mud-brick cottage she built herself.