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Interactive Storytelling with Alton Walley


Alton Walley is a Whadjuk, Wilman, Nyoongar man from the South-West of Western Australia who has been heavily immersed in his culture since he was a young boy. He has been dancing and playing music with the Middar dance group since he could walk, performing locally, nationally and internationally. His true passions are embedded in his culture and the Arts. This led to him to a Tourism and Australian Indigenous Studies major at Murdoch University whilst working a Cadetship with Kings Park and Botanical Gardens. Walley also writes and consults on various projects in the film, television, theatre and creative arts industries.



This session is an interactive storytelling based around three Dreamtime stories of the Nyoongar people. The session is designed to encourage the students to engage with their creative side as they dance, act and re-tell parts of these stories with their own unique spin. After participating in a series of activities and games designed to spark their creativity, the groups get the opportunity build their sections, assign characters and roles, creatively incorporate a mystery object and ultimately present what they’ve produced to their fellow students. The sessions provide a space for the students to be exposed to the Nyoongar language, engage with the values of their stories and explore their own creativity through the magic of the creative arts.

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There were only two grown up professions Brenton wanted to do as a child when he got older. The lack of zombies ruled out ‘zombie wrangler’ so he became the next best thing, a graphic novelist. Recognised as Australia’s first Indigenous graphic novelist, Brenton was born and raised in Broome, Western Australia. He hails from a long line of storytellers and draws his inspiration from folklore, mythologies, ghost stories, daily happenings and pure curiosity.


As a youngster Brenton struggled with reading and writing. It wasn’t until he picked up a Ghost Rider comic book at the age of 10 that everything changed. In this session, Brenton will share his own history of growing up in Broome and what inspired him to create the graphic novel series, Ubby’s Underdogs. He will also explore the exciting steps involved in creating a graphic novel.


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My Life In Cartoons with Brenton McKenna

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Science and Stories with HM Waugh


HM Waugh is an environmental scientist, children's author and educator with a long-term love of wild places and high mountains. This has led to icy feet and sunburnt cheeks in magical countries like New Zealand, Nepal, Bolivia and Switzerland. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching school and community groups about stories, science and the environment. This often involves working with children and animals concurrently and Waugh loves being able to truthfully say she handles dragons for a job. Her first book, The Lost Stone of SkyCity, was published in 2019.



How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time! Discover the inspirations behind HM Waugh’s writing, including her novel The Lost Stone of SkyCity. Learn how using real experience and science helps make a story stronger. Why do authors sometimes eat crickets or take late-night self-defence classes? Explore the importance of resilience in real life and in the book.


Kylie is an author and illustrator of children’s books, living in Perth, Australia. She was raised in the country alongside her brother, dog, sheep, several orphaned kangaroos and one very cheeky echidna. Her books have been published in Australia, New Zealand, France, Turkey, Korea, UK and the U.S. Her books have won and been shortlisted for many prestigious children’s book awards and her favourite being one that was voted for by the kids!



Draw along with Kylie Howarth as she illustrates her much loved, picture book character, ChipFind out how she creates her books and where ideas come from, before diving into some funny fishy facts from her new Fish Kid series.  

For a teaser on Kylie's presentations click the link below

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Fishy Fun with Kylie Howarth

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Science, wonder, creativity and writing with Cristy Burne


Christy worked as a science communicator for nearly 20 years across six countries. She has been a science circus performer, garbage analyst, museum writer, and atom-smashing reporter at CERN, but her all-time favourite job is working with kids to embrace the intersection between science, technology and creativity. Christy’s work is all about inspiring kids to play an active part of their world. Whether she is writing fiction or non-fiction, her focus is on empowering our next generation of science-savvy citizens.


Learn to weave scientific facts into your fiction. Fire up your imaginations and share your ideas with the ever-effervescent science writer and children’s author, Cristy Burne. Cristy shares her passion for all things STEAM and STEM in this fast and funny session designed to inspire.


Sally Murphy wanted to be many things when she grew up – then she realised she didn’t want to grow up! So, she’s decided to be a big kid for as long as she can get away with it. Sometimes, though, she manages to masquerade as a grown up, which is just as well because when she’s not making stuff up in for her books she works in a university and is mother and grandmother to a growing brood.  Sally’s books include verse novels Pearl Verses the World and Toppling, children’s novels including Looking Up, Australia’s Great War: 1915, Bushfires and Worse Things.



Books are supposed to make you feel you feel good. But does that mean everyone gets to live happily ever after?  Join Sally Murphy as she talks about fire, war, death and other tough stuff. She will discuss how tough topics can be worked into stories that can still make you smile. Sally will tailor a discussion around these tough themes and issues, giving students a chance to have their questions answered.

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Happily Ever After with Sally Murphy

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What is the fascination with the environment?

With Bren MacDibble


Bren has always been a bit of a nomad, always the newcomer, always observing, fascinated with language, story, what the future holds, and how what we do now affects the future. She has written three books for younger readers set in futures changed by environmental issues, the award winning How to Bee and The Dog Runner, as well as her latest book Across the Risen Sea. Bren also has a wild science fiction novel for young adults, In the Dark Spaces, under the pseudonym Cally Black which has also won awards. Bren had been travelling Australia in a bus, but in the past year bought a business and settled in beautiful Kalbarri, WA. 


Join Bren in a fun and enlightening discussion as she shares how she gets the reader to trust and believe in the main character, and how she develops the language of her character, and the societies and settings of her fictional futures. She'll share why she's so fascinated with the future, how examining a fictional future is beneficial, also her influences and some techniques to give young participants lots of ideas for writing experimentation.


Kelly Canby is an internationally published illustrator and author. Kelly was born in London, but has lived in Australia since the age of three, which is probably around the same age she started playing with pencils and crayons, and it was probably only a few years after that that she decided playing with pencils and crayons was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Kelly has won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, Picture Book Category (Notable Book 2019) and the Western Australian Premier's Prize for Writing for Children (Winner 2018) 


Learn how Kelly illustrates the inky characters from her picture books, The Hole Story, Rodney and Littlelight, using happy accidents and scribbles, discovering that sometimes the best things come from a little play and a lot of fun!

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Inky Illustrations with Kelly Canby