Meet the artists
Find out more about the artists appearing in this year's programs.
Primary school program
Peter Carnavas is an author and illustrator from the Sunshine Coast. He has written and illustrated many picture books, including the award-winning story, The Elephant. His new book, My Brother Ben, is a story about brothers and birds, two of his favourite things.
Ursula Dubosarsky was born in Sydney and wanted to be a writer from the age of six. She is the author of over 60 books, has won many national prizes and been nominated for the international Hans Christian Andersen and Astrid Lindgren awards. She is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–2021.
Ingrid Laguna is a writer and teacher. Her debut children’s novel, Songbird, was given Notable recognition by the CBCA and published in the UK and the US. Its sequel, Sunflower, was longlisted in the Australian Book Industry Awards. Her fourth novel, Bailey Finch Takes a Stand, will be published in August 2021.
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning international writer. She is a teacher, consultant and artist. In 2020, Saunders was named the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year. Her books include The Incredible Freedom Machines, Kindred and Bindi, which won the 2020 Daisy Utemorrah Award.
RA Spratt has written the Nanny Piggins books, the Friday Barnes mysteries and the Peski Kids series. When she isn’t writing stories, she tells them on her podcast Bedtime Stories with RA Spratt. She lives in Bowral, NSW and has three chickens, five goldfish and a desperately needy dog called Henry. She also has a husband and two daughters.
Secondary school program
Carly Findlay OAM is a writer, speaker and appearance activist. She is the author of memoir Say Hello and the editor of Growing Up Disabled in Australia. She has been published by the ABC and CNN, and in The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Vogue Australia.
Most people know Dr Melissa Kang as the longest-serving expert behind the iconic Dolly Doctor column, but she’s also a writer, practising adolescent health doctor and honorary associate professor. Kang has co-written, with Yumi Stynes, Welcome to Consent and Welcome to Your Period.
Amie Kaufman is a New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy, including Illuminae, Aurora Rising and The Other Side of the Sky. Her multi-award-winning books have been published in 28 languages and are in development for film and TV.
Gary Lonesborough is a Yuin man, who grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW as part of a large and proud Aboriginal family. He was Bega Valley Shire Council Young Citizen of the Year, won the Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers Award and has received a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship. The Boy from the Mish is Lonesborough's debut YA novel.
Jess McGuire is a DJ, writer, broadcaster and trivia host based in Melbourne. She appears weekly on ABC Local Radio as a cultural commentator, and for many years she was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia. She was a former co-host on Triple R’s Breakfasters.
Yumi Stynes is a writer, broadcaster, television presenter, food fanatic, fitness enthusiast and mother-of-four—including two teenage girls. Stynes’ latest books, co-written with Dr Melissa Kang, are Welcome to Consent and Welcome To Your Period.