Maryam Master was born in Iran and moved to Australia when she was nine. She is a screenwriter and playwright who loves creating shows for young audiences.
Maryam has adapted three of David Walliams' books for the stage - Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy and The Midnight Gang - as well as Oliver Jeffers' The Incredible Book Eating Boy, all of which premiered at the Sydney Opera House and toured across Australia. She also collaborated with Australian Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs on Horrible Harriet: Live on Stage.
She began her career in TV, writing for shows like Home and Away, Blinky Bill and the Jim Henson Co.'s Bambaloo. In 2011 she was selected by Sesame Workshop as the writer for Elmo's tour of Australia.
Maryam's first novel is Exit Through The Gift Shop (illustrated by Astred Hicks), which she describes as a life-affirming book about death.
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Peter Carnavas writes and illustrates stories for children. He has created over twenty books, many of which have been shortlisted or won awards. His work has been translated into many languages across the world and he has presented at many festivals and schools around Australia.
Peter’s first book, Jessica’s Box, was released in 2008 while he was working as a primary school teacher. Many picture books followed, including Last Tree in the City, The Children Who Loved Books and Blue Whale Blues. During these years, he also worked with other authors, most notably as illustrator for Damon Young’s series of children’s books.
After focusing on picture books for nearly a decade, Peter released his first novel, The Elephant, in 2017. The story, about a young girl and an elephant that nobody else can see, was shortlisted for five national awards and won the Children’s Book Award at the Queensland Literary Awards. The Elephant has since been sold to over ten territories across the world. His next novel, My Brother Ben, will be released in October 2021.
Peter lives in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with his wife, two daughters, a dog called Florence and a cat named Harry. He divides his time between writing and working as a teacher-librarian.
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SOME OF PETER'S BOOKS INCLUDE:
Amy is a 9-year-old girl who always finds joy in reading. Her favourite books include Dork Diaries, Wimpy Kid, Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire by Nat Amoore, Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth by Lisa Nicol, and so much more. She can spend hours and hours reading and can’t stop turning one more page.
Not only books, art and ballet are also her great passion. She won a Mayor’s prize for a Self-Portrait Drawing competition.
She also loves playing piano, practising Kung fu, creating new Lego designs, and making her signature scents of essential oil perfume with her mum.
When it’s not raining, she can usually be found riding her bicycle or exploring nature in the back yard with her little brother.
Kate recommends Enough Love? written by Maggie Hutchings, illustrated by Evie Barrow and published by Affirm Press.
Treasure in the Lake by Jason Pamment, published by Allen & Unwin.
Liz recommends The Magic of Magnolia Moon by Edwina Wyatt with illustrations by Katherine Quinn, published by Walker Books.
Barkly Mansion and the Weirdest Guest written by Melissa Keil, illustrated by Adele K. Thomas and published by Hardie Grant.
There's a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers, published by Harper Collins.
If you Ever Meet a Skeleton written by Rebecca Evans, illustrated by Katrin Dreiling and published by Page Street Kids.
Nat recommends The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature by Sami Bayly, published by Lothian Books.
The Story Of Us by Michael Wagner & Beck Feiner, published by Harper Collins.
The Curiosities written by Zana Fraillon, illustrated by Phil Lesnie and published by Lothian books.
This episode, Liz gives a shout out to Primary Writers - a writing school for kids in Year 3 through to Year 8 established by one of our favourite authors, Tim Harris. It offers writing and literacy classes to extend kids' learning, with online classes available and school holiday workshops too.
On Kate's radar are Season 2 of The Baby-Sitters Club dropping on Netflix (warning: have tissues) AND her first author copy of her new 2022 release picture book arriving in the mail (eek!). Ouch! will be out in February 2022 and is a funny, science-based picture book illustrated with plenty of humour by Andy Hardiman.
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This episode, we have an awesome prize thanks to Pan Macmillan including a copy of Exit through the Gift Shop by today’s guest Maryam Master plus the brand new 143-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton and Girls in Boys Cars by Felicity Castagna for ages 12+.
Head to our WIN page and simply tell us a book that made you feel big feelings.
Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 16th November 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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