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Authors & Illustrators

EK Books is proud to be able to work with some of the most talented and passionate authors and illustrators in Australia and around the world.

Here are the authors & illustrators who we’ve published so far, many of whom are available for talks at local schools and events.

Meet The EK Family

(Arranged alphabetically)

Pete CarterPete Carter is a writer and photographer, and the author of two previous books of poetry. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Wellington, New Zealand. One of his dogs is the muse for Our Dog Benji; the other hopes to star in Pete’s next book.

 

Hannah ChandlerHannah Chandler used to dictate tales to her mum to write down when she was just three. Challenged by her principal to write a book, at the age of 11 she wrote I Don’t Like Cheese! 

 

 

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Sally Fawcett is a primary school teacher with a passion for art, creative writing and education. Her three children are a constant source of inspiration for ideas, and have triggered many of her writing and illustrating adventures. Sally’s motivation for creating picture books is to engage adults and children in a shared experience that will hopefully foster a life-long love of reading, creativity and tapping into the power of the imagination.

Penny Harrison headshotPenny Harrison is a lifestyle journalist, garden writer, book reviewer and children’s author. She has contributed to various Australian magazines, newspapers, guides and books, writing about everything from raising toddlers to raising chickens. Penny lives in a rambling old garden on the edge of the Yarra Valley with her husband and two young children, where she loves filling the house with books and music.

 

James HendersonJames Henderson was never far from a pencil or pen as a child, and at school was infamous for his caricatures of teachers. After studying illustration and design at Massey University, James now works as a freelance illustrator for corporate clients. This is his first picture book.

  • James is the illustrator of ‘Our Dog Benji
  • You can see more of James’ work here.

 

 

 

Nicky Johnston headshotNicky Johnston is an educator, speaker and author/illustrator of children’s books. She is passionate about promoting emotional resilience in children and raising awareness of mental health issues. Her love of teaching sees her kept busy with school visits and presenting at workshops and conferences.

 

 

 

 

Anouska JonesAnouska Jones is a publisher, editor, book reviewer and writer. She is the Publisher for Exisle Publishing and EK Books, and is the Senior Editor of children’s literature website Kids’ Book Review. She lives on her rural property with her husband and daughter, three horses, eight chickens, three ducks, two dogs, one cat and one budgie.

 

 

Gwynneth JonesGwynneth Jones drew all through her maths book at school, so left to study art at TAFE and then majored in Plant and Wildlife Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Since then, Gwynneth has been imagining and drawing madly, exhibiting and holding market stalls, and creating picture books.

 

 

Belinda LandsberryBelinda Landsberry is a children’s author and illustrator. She brings an ideal combination of talents to her work, having formerly trained as a primary school teacher and graphic designer. Mother to four children — two grown-up and two teenagers — Belinda will hold the impressive record of having made school lunches for 30 years straight when her youngest daughter finishes school in 2018!

  • Belinda is the author and illustrator of ‘Anzac Ted
  •  Belinda Landsberry is available for author -illustrator presentations for Years K-6 at schools in the Sydney Metropolitan area. Reach her at belindalandsberry.com

 

Kirrili Portrait 300pxKirrili Lonergan is a children’s book illustrator and former paediatric nurse, whose illustrations display a profound understanding of the needs of children. She can be found enjoying good times with her husband and four children in Newcastle, Australia.

 

 

Tania McCartney Tania McCartney writes for both adults and children, and has been shortlisted and awarded for both published and unpublished works. An experienced magazine writer, editor and speaker, she has been writing professionally for over 25 years and has almost a thousand articles and reviews in print and online.

 

 

katrina-mckelvey-portrait-homeKatrina McKelvey is an author, former primary school teacher, and mother of two. She is the president of the CBCA Newcastle sub-branch, and on the committee for the Newcastle Writers’ Festival.

  • Katrina is the author of of ‘Dandelions.’
  • Katrina McKelvey is available to speak at events in NSW (and possibly Australia wide). Reach her at www.katrinamckelvey.com

 

 

Lauren Merrick 1Lauren Merrick has always had a love of illustration. Growing up, most of her time was spent drawing and painting, and she now works full-time as an illustrator. She has developed her own whimsical illustration style, involving watercolour and paper-cut mediums.

 

 

 

Dimity PowellDimity Powell has trekked through many parts of the world and crossed several of its oceans, collecting story ideas along the way. She loves transforming these into kids’ books because, deep down, she’d love to be a kid again. When she’s not writing stories, she’s reviewing books or acting as a Books in Homes role model — or eating her body weight in ice-cream.

 

 

 

 

 

Jess Racklyeft pic by Penny LaneJess Racklyeft is a Melbourne-based illustrator who works with a medley of materials including watercolours, paints and digital bits and pieces. She was selected for Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators of the World 2013/2014 and the Etsy Design Awards, and was a finalist in the Kids’ Book Review Illustration Competition for 2014 and 2015.

 

 

Tina Snerling is an illustrator, graTina Snerling 360pxphic designer, creator and mother. As well as illustrating the award-winning Kids’ Year series and other picture books, Tina is the Art Director for a children’s toy and game company.

 

 

Devon Sillett is aLeaky Story 360pxformer radio producer, turned writer and reviewer. Born in the US, Devon now calls Australia home. She is currently completing her PhD on children’s picture books at the University of Canberra, Devon also teaches in the writing department. In 2013, Devon was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award for her research into YA speculative fiction. In her spare time, she can be found building Lego superheroes and playing tiny plastic musical instruments with her young sons Aaron and Jay, or reading a cosy book next to her husband Matthew.

 

Anil Tortop wasLeaky Story 360pxborn and raised in Turkey, moving to Australia in early 2011. She’s been trying to get used to the local eight-legged house intruders and slithering visitors ever since! As well as illustrating books, Anil also works as an animator and character/concept designer. She lives with her husband in Brisbane. In their small home studio together, they call themselves ‘Children’s Booksmiths’.

 

Susan WhelanSusan Whelan is a writer, editor, mother, and passionate advocate for children’s literacy. She’s also the Managing Editor of highly respected children’s literature website Kids’ Book Review.

 

 

 

 

Think you’ve got what it takes to join the EK Books family? Have a look at our submission guidelines.