Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Meet the Panel

Meet the Panel

Clair Hume, Commissioning Editor, Queensland University Press

Clair Hume is the Commissioning Editor for the kids and YA list at University of Queensland Press (UQP). Previously, she worked at Affirm Press where she started their kids publishing list, and prior to that she was at Penguin Random House.

Clair will be joining us for the Mainland events and the Rottnest Retreat.

Sue Whiting, Author

It has been two decades since Sue Whiting had her first children’s book published. In that time she has learnt a lot about books and writing. Sue has been a primary school teacher, a senior commissioning editor, and a judge for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. She is a public speaker and schools performer, and has informed, inspired and entertained thousands of kids across the country. She is also a freelance editor, writing couch and mentor, and, of course, an author who has written numerous books for children and young adults, including the bestselling Missing and the CBCA 2019 Notable Book, Beware the Deep Dark. Sue is celebrating her twentieth anniversary with two new books: The Book of Chance, a mystery/suspense novel for readers 10+ and Good Question, a fun-filled picture book romp through a fairytale land, illustrated by Annie White.

Sue will be joining us for the Mainland events and the Rottnest Retreat.

Gus Gordon, Author & Illustrator

Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children. His books which include Wendy, Herman and Rosie (a CBCA ‘Honour book), Somewhere Else and The Last Peach, have sold in over 20 countries worldwide and have received wide international recognition. He has been shortlisted for the German Youth Literature Award, the Sakura Medal in Japan, the Kirico book awards in Spain, the Les Incorruptibles prize in France, the Premio Anderson Children’s Book awards in Italy and has twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. Gus is represented by Charlie Olsen of InkWell Management in New York. He lives with his wife and three kids in Sydney, Australia.

Gus will be joining us for the Mainland events and the Rottnest Retreat.

Cate Sutherland, Publisher, Fremantle Press

Cate Sutherland originally trained and worked as a solicitor before moving into publishing at University of Western Australia Press. In 1997 she coordinated the Perth Writers Festival. She then took up a position as production and publishing coordinator at Fremantle Press. In 2006 she was appointed publisher of children’s and young adult books.

Cate will be joining us for the Mainland events.

Deidre Robb, Project and Communications Officer, Writing WA

Deidre Robb’s background is in the library and contemporary craft/design sectors. Since moving to WA from NZ nine years ago, the main emphasis of her work has been in project management and event management. She has worked to a diverse range of briefs including ‘celebrate the anniversary of the State library’, ‘design and deliver a National Year of Reading program’, ‘create new opportunities for local artists and artisans to promote and sell their work’, and ‘improve civic pride’. Her volunteer roles include being an Artistic Director for an arts, culture, heritage and education organization and a gallery attendant/assistant.