Author/Illustrator Kelly Canby was born in London, England, at a very young age.
Kelly spends her days in the studio drawing and painting and when she isn’t in the studio drawing and painting she’s probably in another room drawing and painting.
She draws and paints a lot.
Also, she is surprisingly good at parallel parking.
Email: canbykelly [at] gmail.com
Assistant Regional Advisor
After many years spent working as a Project Coordinator and later marketing within the construction industry, a choice to focus solely on an art career has lead Jodie towards an environmentally sustainable practice together with a nature inspired philosophy. Her motto that ‘there is nothing wrong in art’ reminds us that the creative process is just that, a process. It is about taking the time to explore creativity in order to find a balance to the constant busyness we all have in our modern day lives. Through classes, workshops, music, public speaking and artwork, Jodie shares her thoughts and practices to encourage others to find their balance through the use of creative activity.
Aśka is an illustrator, artist and scientist.
Once a PhD candidate researching quantum optics, she turned her hand back to art with the goal of being a children’s book illustrator. The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob, by Cristy Burne; Pepsi the Problem Puppy, by Sandi Parsons; and Looking Up, by Sally Murphy (Fremantle Press).
Aśka has over ten years of experience in children’s character illustration, kids’ product design, graphic novels, animation, and design. Continuing her passion for science, she also works for Scitech, presenting science programs and workshops to children across Western Australia.
She also has unshakable faith in her dancing abilities.
Email: info [at] Askaillustration.com
Assistant Assistant Regional Advisor
Renae Hayward was born during a cyclone in 1983 in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, but spent her formative years by the beaches of Perth’s northern suburbs. Her first novel, Barking Mad, was released by Walker Books Australia in September 2013.
When not writing, Renae works as a senior health promotion officer and enjoys practicing yoga and meditation. She lives with her partner, James, and Frankie the Labrador near Fremantle in Western Australia.
Assistant Assistant Regional Advisor
Remote Regions Coordinator
Dianne lives on the south-west coast with her husband, Pete and dog, Harry. She is author of 16 books for teenagers and young readers. Her latest title Nanna’s Button Tin is a gentle story about a little girl searching for a very special button. Dianne writes across genres and her award-winning historical fiction Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy inspired Black Swan Theatre’s recent adaptation The Lighthouse Girl as well as the 2015 Perth Festival street theatre performance of The Giants. 2017 CBCA Notable Book, The Shark Caller is a quest novel inspired by the ancient practise of calling sharks. Dianne has just completed a PhD researching Animal Characters in Children’s Literature.
Jen is the author of several adventure novels for middle readers – Spider Lies and the Riddle Gully series (Mystery at Riddle Gully, Riddle Gully Runaway and Riddle Gully Secrets) – all published by Fremantle Press and all centred on the kind of shenanigans she liked getting up to before adulthood and bad knees got in the way. Born and raised (certified free-range) in Perth, Western Australia, Jen holds a PhD in creative writing from UWA, has tutored at university and loves to talk books, writing and wild imaginings, especially with her young readers. She has been muddling about on the SCBWI team since 2013.
Critique Group Coordinator
Sandi Parsons lives and breathes stories, as a reader, writer and storyteller. Having spent eighteen years working in educational libraries, she is passionate about diversity in storytelling and engaging readers with stories.
Sandi considers her guardianship of gifted lungs one of her many victories in her
She believes that a teetering stack of books waiting to be read is an essential component of every household.
Rottnest Retreat Critique Coordinator / Newsletter Editor
Teena Raffa-Mulligan looks like a responsible adult. Don’t be fooled-it’s a disguise. The real Teena is a kid who gets a kick out of playing with words and having adventures on the page. Her publications for children include poems, short stories, picture books, chapter books and middle grade novels.
Teena has also worked as a journalist and editor. She loves sharing her passion for books and writing with people of all ages and encouraging them to write their own stories.
Email: traffa-m [at] bigpond.net.au
James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator. His books include Brobot (2016), My Dead Bunny (2015), In The Lion (2012), The Amity Kids Adventures (2013), The Last Viking (2011), The Last Viking Returns (2014), and Dungzilla (2017). My Dead Bunny was shortlisted for Picture Book of the Year in the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. In The Lion was selected for the International Youth Library’s 2013 White Raven list. The Last Viking won the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Crystal Kite Award, the 2012 WA Young Readers’ Hoffman Award, and a 2012 Children’s Book Council of Australia Junior Judges Award, and was shortlisted for a further four awards.
Webmaster / Technical Wizard
Denis Knight was born in the late 1960s near Perth, Western Australia, and grew up in a quiet suburb not too far from the beach. He spent most of the 1970s watching Doctor Who and Monkey, and most of the 1980s listening to ZZ-Top.
He now spends his days managing complex computer systems for shadowy government departments, and his nights writing science fiction adventure novels for young readers, including the Hunter Black alien conspiracy series, and the Max Neutron intergalactic espionage series. He lives in Western Australia with his wife, his two children, and his extensive collection of The X-Files DVDs. He has never been eaten by space wasps or abducted by aliens—as far as he knows.
Social Media Coordinator
Cindy is an award winning artist and illustrator living by the beach in sunny Perth, Australia.
The inspiration for Cindy’s work began in early childhood, with a deep curiosity for the natural world and it’s inhabitants. Honing her artistic skills at James Cook University, Cindy graduated in 2009 and subsequently began a career as an artist, illustrator and tutor. She is currently furthering her arts study at Curtin University, whilst expanding her artistic practice.
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