Episode 35 - CYA Conference 2019

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Belinda Murrell

Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out & About With Kids travel magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan. Belinda's books include the Sun Sword fantasy trilogy, Scottish timeslip tale The Locket Of Dreams, French Revolution timeslip tale The Ruby Talisman, Australian timeslip tales The Ivory Rose and The Sequin Star, and Australian historical tales The Forgotten Pearl, The River Charm and The Lost Sapphire. Belinda's Lulu Bell series for younger readers, about friends, family, animals, and growing up in a vet hospital has sold over 200,000 copies. Pippa's Island is Belinda's latest series. Belinda is also an author ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes.


Website: belindamurrell.com.au

Instagram: @belinda_murrell

Books by Belinda:

Lana Spasevski

Lana Spasevski is a children’s book writer who was born and raised in Sydney. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Law and Commerce and has spent the last decade writing and building marketing campaigns for global household brands. Lana now writes for children from her book-filled home where she lives with her husband, her two young daughters and a rescue kitten called Mr Marbles.


From poignant story telling on sensitive topics to quirky non-fiction tales, Lana’s picture book writing has been long listed in the 2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia Charlotte Waring Barton Award and in competitions such as Creative Kids Tales, Greenleaf Press and CYA.


Her debut picture book Max’s Dinosaur Feet illustrated by Penelope Pratley and published by New Frontier Publishing in late July 2019 was inspired by the beautiful chaos of life with a young family.


Website: lanaswrites.com

Books by Lana:

Sue-Ellen Pashley

Sue-Ellen Pashley is a writer of copious amounts of words – just because if they didn’t come out, she’s sure they’d make her head explode. Sue-Ellen is an international author with seven published stories: Aquila, When Henry Met Gina, The Jade Goddess, Streamer, The Flight and Talon Marked, with her children’s picture book, The Jacket, released in 2019 in Australia and the UK, and next year in the US. From being an avid reader and writer as a child to studying literature at university, she’s always loved the written word and where it can transport her.


In her 'other' life, Sue-Ellen is a social worker and lives in Central Queensland with her ever-patient family and a menagerie of animals, including snakes, turtles, lizards, dogs and fish. She’s an eternal optimist who enjoys making things difficult for her protagonists, but loves a satisfying ending.


Website: sueellenpashley.com

Facebook: @sueellenpashleyauthor

Books by Sue-Ellen:

Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody is a well known Australian author who has written many novels and short stories for children and adults and has a host of award winning novels to her credit. She began the first of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still at high school and worked on it while completing a Bachelor of Arts and then a journalism cadetship. Obernewtyn was accepted by the first publisher she sent it to and went on to be shortlisted in the "Older Readers" section of the CBCA Book of the Year Award. The series and her short stories have established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.

Isobelle is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland and has recently set up a Patreon account. She also organised a huge Bloomsday reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses in Brisbane in June.


Website: isobellecarmody.net.au

Blog: theslipstream.com.au

Books by Isobelle:

Jack Heath

Jack Heath is the bestselling author of 30 thrillers for adults and children, including Hangman and the Liars series. His novels have been translated into seven languages, shortlisted for numerous awards and adapted for film. He lives on the land of the Ngunnawal people in Canberra. His current projects include 200 Minutes of Danger, Hangman 3 and a comedy series for kids aged 9+.


Read a sample of Liars: The Truth App and hear Jack talking more about the series at scholastic.com.au/liars


Website: jackheath.com.au

Twitter: @jackheathwriter

Instagram: @jackheathwriter

Facebook: @jackheathwriter

Books by Jack:


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