Meet our Members
Craig Cormick is an award-winning Canberra author and science communicator. He has published over 30 books of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and YA books across several genres. His children and YA books include Valdur the Viking (Ford Street), Time Vandals (Omnibus), Benji the Buccaneer (New Frontier) and Pimplemania (Macmillan). His writing awards include a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the ACT Book of the Year Award. He has been a writer in residence at the University of Science in Malaysia and an Antarctic Arts Fellow travelling to Antarctica. He is currently working on a series of alternative Australian history, or What if books, for younger readers.
Pauline Deeves has been a teacher for more than 30 years with experience from kindergarten to college, including 15 years as a teacher librarian. She has contributed to many educational and children’s publications and reviewed manuscripts for educational publishers. She is a regular visitor to schools, presenting writing workshops for both students and teachers and can design presentations to meet particular needs. Pauline’s book Midnight Burial was ACT children’s Book of the Year in 2015. Her latest book Socks, Sandbags and Leeches deals with childhood in WW1. Both are published by the NLA.
Nicole is an award-winning author who shines a light on environmental and animal rights issues through captivating picture books that engage readers and help to create a generation of thoughtful, committed and compassionate individuals. The subject matter of her books includes a jellyfish falling in love with a plastic bag (Jelly-Boy), a dolphin discovering ocean pollution, driftnets and much more (Billie), and elephants being used to entertain tourists (Ella). Nicole is a regular presenter at schools throughout Canberra and beyond, offering engaging, interactive and thought-provoking sessions with strong links to conservation and animal rights. She also has a dedicated supporter base and close connections with sanctuaries and conservation groups throughout the world.
Tracey is an award-winning children’s author. Her books have been published nationally and internationally. Her latest picture book, Leaping Lola, was a Notable in the CBCA BOTY: Early Childhood 2020, and was awarded Highly Commended in the ACT Writers Centre Book Awards 2020. Tracey’s popular works include Max Meets a Monster (Cbeebies TV series) and Nancy Bentley The First Australian Female Sailor (Short-listed Speech Pathology Australia Awards 2012 and winner of ACT Writers Centre Book Awards 2012). Tracey has published fiction and non-fiction for early childhood through to older readers. Tracey provides author visits and workshops to schools, writing venues and literature festivals and conferences around the country. Tracey is an Ambassador for the ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge. Her work beyond writing includes teaching writing courses at CIT, editing and she moonlights as an International Forensic guest speaker on international cruise ships.
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Tania McCartney is an award-winning author, illustrator, designer, editor and book obsessive. The founder of Kids’ Book Review and The Happy Book podcast, she has over 60 books in print, published in more than a dozen countries. Tania has over 35 years’ experience in writing, editing, proofreading, layout, design and typesetting. Her illustration skills include watercolour, printing, digital and finishing art, and she has produced several illustrated maps, jigsaw puzzles, and greeting cards, as well as a library of books—specialising in non-fiction, junior fiction and picture books. Awards include the SCBWI Crystal Kite and the CBCA Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature. A juvenile literacy champion and ambassador for the ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge, Tania has lived in France, England and China, and currently lives in Canberra with her family, a forest of artwork and a mountain of books.
Maura Pierlot is an author and playwright who writes with humour and hope for all ages. Maura’s debut picture book, The Trouble in Tune Town, won the 2018 ACT Writing and Publishing Award (Children’s category). Following its 2019 sellout season, her play, Fragments is being adapted for online platforms. In 2017 Maura was named winner of the CBCA Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program, and Charlotte Waring Barton Award, for her young adult manuscript, Freefalling. Maura’s essays and poetry appear in literary journals and anthologies. She has a doctorate in philosophy, specialising in ethics. When she’s not busy writing, Maura serves as a Sponsor and Role Model for Books in Homes and contributes reviews for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s online magazine, Reading Time.
Stephanie Owen Reeder
Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator. Her picture books include: I’ve Got a Feeling! (IBBY Outstanding Book 2011); Trouble in the Surf, illustrated by Briony Stewart (CBCA Notable Book 2020); and Australia’s Wild Weird Wonderful Weather, illustrated by Tania McCartney. Her Heritage Heroes series of historical novels include Amazing Grace: An Adventure at Sea (Winner, NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Prize 2012) and Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony (Winner, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2016). Lennie the Legend is currently being made into a feature film. Stephanie is passionate about Australian children’s literature. She created Story Time Stars: Favourite Characters from Australian Picture Books, and in 2019 she received the CBCA Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in the ACT. Stephanie is also an Ambassador for the ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge.
Cate Whittle is the author of magical books for young readers, full of fun and fantasy and gentle humour. Her first book, Trouble at Home, about a girl and her troublesome dragon, was published in 2016, and further books in the series included Trouble and The New Kid, a CBCA BOTYA Notable in 2018. It is not quite true that everything Cate writes is about dragons, though. Other books have included Wyrd, a story about an accidental witch, and Emergency Rescue Angel, rather unsurprisingly about an angel. Cate lives in a beautiful rural valley in New South Wales, just over the border from Canberra. Other than writing and sharing her passion for stories, she enjoys reading, going for walks in the rain, taking too many photographs, drawing pictures, and pottering in the garden when she has time.