Authors & Illustrators


Each year a host of published WA authors and illustrators present interactive workshops throughout the Telling Tales weekend.

Below you will find a brief background on our authors for 2018..

Norman Jorgenson

Norman Jorgensen

Norman Jorgensen began writing stories when in primary school. Australian stories are very important to Norman and he is proud that his stories are almost always located in Western Australia. He feels it is important that readers can see their own lives reflected in a landscape that is their own and that they can recognise.

Elaine Forrestal

Elaine Forrestal

Elaine is a full time writer who previously worked as a teacher. She has titles for all age groups, published in Australia, the UK, America and Slovenia. She has also written for television.

Gabriel Evans

Gabrielle Evans

Author, artist and children's book illustrator. Gabriel runs illustration workshops through schools, libraries and festivals and his workshops are energetic, creative and informative.

 

Deb Fitzpatrick

Deb Fitzpatrick

Deb, a Fremantle author, has published six novels.Two have been shortlisted in the W.A.Young Readers Book Awards (WAYRBAs). Her book 'The amazing Spencer Gray' was published in the US in 2017. Her latest book is The spectacular Spencer Gray.

Josh Langley

Josh Langley

Josh Langley is an award winning Children's author, winning the 2018 ABIA Small Publisher's Children's Book of The Year. He's also an award winning radio copywriter and 6 times published author and illustrator. He tours primary schools talking to kids about resilience, self esteem and feelings.

Cristy Burne

Cristy Burne

Cristy Burne is a children's author and science writer. Her books are published in three languages and five countries. She loves to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers. And she loves chocolate.

Chris Owen

Chris Owen

Chris Owen is the author of Pandamonia, a ‘Notable’ book in the 2017 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award and which was also shortlisted in the Picture Book category for the 2017 WA Young Readers Book Award. He is also the author of My Superhero; a noisy, rhythmic, rhyming celebration of the hidden superpowers that all dads possess. Chris is an avid reader and writer of humorous stories and comic verse and he enjoys sharing his work with audiences, young and old alike.


Bec Garlett  

Beccy Garlett

Beccy Garlett is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Southwest of WA. Inspired from stories of my growing up and stories I was told from when I was Child. Exciting for children ages ranging from 4 to 12. Learn about my beautiful Culture, which is also one of the oldest living Cultures in the world.


Felicity Bradshaw

Felicity

As a committed conservationist Felicity’s first book 'A Tale of Two Honey Possums' appeared in 2008. Now, as a STEM Professional-in-Schools, Felicity produced a science resource for Primary Schools. Felicity has also written "The Great Lizard Trek", in which Rocky, an Ornate dragon lizard shares the experiences his relatives have in coping with global warming. It is beautifully illustrated by a Yamatji artist, Norma Macdonald.


Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans is an English ex-pat who has been writing short stories and novels since leaving the world of journalism in the late eighties and taking up the 'good life' in rural WA to raise a brood, home-school and attempt self-sufficiency. She is published in a plethora of genres, in many forms and in several countries.


Jenny de Garis

Jenny de Garis

Jenny is a widely-published poet who combined writing and images in her book of Piney Lakes nature and sculptures, “Dance of Light”. Now O’Scallywag - the Knitted, smallest but oldest, Scarecrow in Balingup – can’t wait for her new photo-story about the fun they both had in the SNOW. They even met Father Christmas and his Reindeer where they live right on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi so O’Scallywag is excited to show and tell you all about it!

Elaine Coventry

Elaine Coventry

Elaine Coventry is an Australian children's author. All of her books are handmade limited editions. Each is individually numbered and signed. She has released three very different books. 'The Adventures of Billy-Bob and His Dog',  'Jingle Island and the Power Point Mystery' and 'Sam The Newspaper Man' a unique book about a simple man who does the same thing every day until...

Kez Wickham St George

Kez Wickham St George

Kez has a background in the Creative Arts, Creative Writing and Poetry. She has written short stories and poetry for children for many years. Recently Kez published two illustrated books for children. Both books have gone international. Her last children’s novel Peli the Pelican & friends has a short Pantomime included. 2018 Kez will be holding workshops for older children developing stories along the ghost/horror theme plus a coloring in competition.

Kate Heaslip

Kate Heaslip

Kate Heaslip an award-winning photographer, author, founder of the Book Incubator is passionate about the importance of curating living history. Kate works with people of all ages, helping them to structure, tell, and illustrate their stories. Kate weaves together interpersonal and teaching skills with artistic talent, and a passion for storytelling as she seamlessly creates safe places for people to honour and celebrate themselves. Her workshops are powerful and empowering, they are also just a little bit silly.

Mary Evans

Mary Evans

Mary Myfanwy Evans is a singer-songwriter, poet and short story writer. She regularly performs her originals and easy listening covers at festivals, community events and public venues and runs songwriting workshops for both children and adults.

Jenny Ward

Jenny Ward

Jenny Ward, lives in Bunbury, is married and retired. She has six grandsons.
“Slippery the Surfboard” is her first published Children's book. Jenny has always enjoyed writing, especially for children. She also enjoys the challenges and ongoing learning, acquired through being part of the Quills Writing Group. She has a second Children’s story, ready for illustration, and is currently completing 3 humorous rhymes for pre-school aged children, with a view to having these published as three illustrated children’s books.

Lou St George

Leo St George

Lou is a kite maker who loves to share his passion with our younger generation. Teaching them hand skills in creating their very own kites to fly at the 2018 Festival. Lou has a background in knot tying, sail making, boat building and wood carving.