Radhiah Chowdhury grew up in country NSW at the mercy of a highly enthusiastic children's librarian. She has been an avid lover of books ever since. She has edited books for children at Scholastic Australia, Allen & Unwin and Giramondo, and is currently a commissioning editor and audio producer for children and adults at Penguin Random House Australia. This has all been part of a crafty plan to make sure she is surrounded by books in all formats at all times. Radhiah's debut picture book, Jumble, was published by Omnibus Books in 2019. She is passionate about stories that reflect all the magnificent, different facets and experiences of our community, and has been an advocate for representative publishing in her work as both an editor and an author. She lives in southwest Sydney, where she recreationally grows mutant potted plants, and is currently outnumbered by her cats. They love books, too.
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Josh Pyke is an Australian singer and songwriter known for his six award-winning indie/folk albums, including a best-of album released in 2017. He is committed to representing the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, as one of only six lifetime ambassadors for the charity (and the only non-author lifetime ambassador). He launched the initiative 'Busking for Change' in 2009 to raise support for the ILF. Josh co-wrote the ILF song ‘Words Make the World Go Round’ with Justine Clarke, as well as co-writing, producing and mixing five songs for Justine’s new ABC2 TV show, Ta Da!
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Kate recommends Who Fed Zed by Amelia McInerney and Adam Nickel, published by Allen and Unwin.
Where the Heart Is by Irma Gold and Susannah Crispe, published by EK Books
Exit Through the Gift Shop written by Maryam Master, illustrated by Astred Hicks and published by Pan MacMillan.
Liz recommends The Good Times of Pelican Rise: Save The Joeys by Samone Amba, published by Affirm Press
Are you there, Buddha? written by Pip Harry and published by Lothian Books at Hachette
Mina and the Whole Wide World by Sheryl Clark, published by UQP.
Nat recommends Funny Kid: Prank Aliens by Matt Stanton, published by Harper Collins
Stop The Dad Jokes written by Adrian Beck, illustrated by Simon Greiner and published by Penguin Random House.
This episode, Liz shouts out to everyone affected by the latest lockdowns and COVID restrictions.
Big love to all the booksellers and librarians working behind the scenes and doing click and collect, teachers (and parents) undertaking learning from home, creators with new books out, and to all the booklovers continuing to spread the bookish word virtually.
On Nat's radar is The Little Scribe Mini-Writing Festival. It’s a live interactive writing event for schools. 5 days with 15 authors and programs designed for 5-8 years olds, 7-10 and 10-14. Nat will be presenting along with talent like Deb Abela, Susanne Gervay, Jackie French, Tristan Bancks, Oliver Phommavanh, Kirli Saunders and MANY more! AND illustrator James Foley will be illustrating our sessions which is gonna be epic fun! Check out the program and see how you can sign your school up.
For more info, head to: littlescribe.com/lp/mini-writing-festival
This episode, thanks to Allen and Unwin, we’re giving away a copy of The Katha Chest by this month’s guest Radhiah Chowdhury and illustrator Lavanya Naidu, along with brand new picture book Who Fed Zed by Amelia McInerney and Adam Nickel.
Head to our WIN page and simply tell us what your family means to you.
Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 17th August to be in the running.
To illustrators Ramona Davey and Marianne Khoo for all our wonderful One More Page images.
And to our sound editor Adam Orlowski for his wonderful audio genius - check out his other work at www.aosd.tk
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