Document 65773

 ASA Mentorship Program
Mentors’ Register
Picture Book Illustration
Sue deGennaro
Melbourne, VIC
Genres: children’s literature, picture books
Preferred contact: phone, face-to-face, email, Skype
I have a BA in film and Diploma in fine art and a certificate in welding. I have taught art
in the pacific islands, worked in the circus as a trapeze artist and in 2009 I received a
mentorship for The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog from the ASA. This manuscript was
published by Scholastic in 2012. Since 2009 I have illustrated 10 picture books, along
with writing and illustrating my own picture book. My books have been translated and
sold through the USA, UK, Canada, China, Korea and Germany. I have been shortlisted,
received a few CBCA notables and have a wee stack of rejection letters.
Since 2010 I have run workshops for children at ‘Artplay’. I have taught writing for
picture books at the CAE and am currently teaching writing for picture books at
RMIT as part of the professional writers course.
Kylie Dunstan
Melbourne, VIC
Genres: picture book illustration
Preferred contact: phone, face-to-face, email
Kylie Dunstan is an award winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books. In
2008 Kylie was awarded an ASA mentorship for her book Collecting Colour. Collecting
Colour won CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 2009. She has since written and
illustrated four more books Because You Are With Me, The Red Bridge – a 2010 CBCA
Notable Book, Same, But Little Bit Diff’rent, This Way Up and is working on her fifth.
As well as writing and illustrating picture books Kylie presents talks and workshops at
schools around Australia.
James Foley
Perth, WA
Genres: children’s literature and picture books
Preferred contact: phone, email, face-to-face, Skype
James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator, cartoonist, public speaker and
workshop facilitator. He is the author/illustrator of In The Lion (Walker Books, 2012)
and the illustrator of The Amity Kids Adventures (2013) and The Last Viking
(Fremantle Press, 2011). In The Lion was selected for the International Youth
library’s White Raven list in 2013. 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. It was shortlisted for a further four awards. James is a Books In
Homes ambassador and the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Australia West. He is
in high demand as a speaker at schools and libraries, and has a background in primary
teaching. See for more information.
Sally Heinrich
Adelaide, SA
Genres: children’s writing and picture book illustration
Preferred contact: email, face-to-face
I started out as an illustrator, but since writing my first picture book about 15 years
ago, I now spend about half my time writing and the other half drawing. As well as
illustrating more than twenty books for other people, I have written and illustrated my
own picture books, junior novels and a non-fiction series on Asian countries. I am an
Asialink, Varuna and May Gibbs fellow.
I have been running short courses and workshops on writing and illustrating picture
books for both adults and children, for more than ten years, and also tutor ‘Writing for
Children’ at University level.
As well as working in a formal mentoring role, I have informally mentored a number
of writers and illustrators over the past few years. I know from my own experience
how valuable the right words at the right time can be, and take great pleasure in being
able to help other creators on their journey in even a small way.
Ann James
Melbourne, VIC
Genres: picture book projects – illustration in particular
Preferred contact: email, face-to-face, post, phone
Ann James is an experienced illustrator of children’s books. She works in a variety of
media, for a range of age levels and has had books published by most Australian
publishers for children. In 1988, she and partner, Ann Haddon, established Books
Illustrated in Melbourne, a gallery which celebrates the picture book with exhibitions,
displays and an education program. Ann has collaborated with many creators and
publishers and enjoys working to develop other people’s projects as much as her own.
Ann represents book illustrators on the ASA Committee and has co-ordinated the
Society of Book Illustrators since 1988. You might like to visit Books Illustrated’s
ASA Mentors: Picture Book Illustration Page 2 of 5 David Miller
Yarra Valley, VIC
Genres: picture book illustration
Preferred contact: email, face-to-face, post and phone
David Miller is a picture book illustrator and author. His books include Mem Fox’s
Boo to a Goose, Robin Lovell’s Where There’s Smoke and Tania Cox’s CBC
shortlisted, Snap Went Chester. Books he has written include, What’s for Lunch,
Carousel and the CBC Honour Book, Refugees. His latest book, Rufus the Numbat,
has been shortlisted for the Wilderness Society’s 2011 Environmental Award for
Children’s Literature. His books have been published in the UK, USA, Sweden and
France. He has been awarded a May Gibbs Fellowship and has had solo exhibitions in
Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Melbourne.
Narelle Oliver
Brisbane, QLD
Genres: children's picture books: writing and/or illustrating, short junior fiction
Preferred contact: email, face-to-face
Narelle Oliver is the author/illustrator of a number of award-winning picture books
including The Hunt (Winner: Children's Book Council Picture Book of the Year,
1996) and The Very Blue Thingamajig (winner: Children's Choice Awards, QLD
2004; shortlisted for children's choice awards in Vic., NSW, ACT 200). In 2012,
Narelle was awarded the Children’s Picture Book Illustrators’ Initiative Grant for
established illustrators. Her most recent picture book, Fox and Fine Feathers, was
awarded Honour Book in the 2010 Children's Book Council Picture Book of the Year
and many of her books have achieved international distribution. She is also the author
of What A Goat! (Solo Series - Short Junior Fiction) published by
Omnibus/Scholastic 2003.
Narelle has a Bachelor of Education (Primary and Special Schools) with a major in
Design and Printmaking. She has tutored in Language and Children's Literature
subjects, Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland, currently assesses
manuscripts and picture book proposals through the Queensland Writers' Centre and
is a regular speaker at schools and literature festivals around Australia and South-East
Asia including Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing. She conducts numerous
residencies in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions and is the recipient of three
May Gibbs Fellowships.
Tohby Riddle
Katoomba NSW
Genres: picture books
Preferred contact: email, face-to-face, phone
Tohby Riddle is a multi-award winning author and illustrator. His work includes
numerous picture books, a YA novel (for release in 2009) and two cartoon
collections. For ten years he was also the weekly cartoonist for Good Weekend, the
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cartoons have been hung in the National Museum of Australia. He is also a former
Editor of The School Magazine, a prestigious literary magazine for children.
Tohby Riddle’s previous three picture books: The Great Escape from City Zoo, The
Singing Hat and Irving the Magician have all been shortlisted for the CBC Picture
Book of the Year and have received other awards and shortlistings. Two have also
been performed as theatrical productions. His books have also been published in the
United States, UK, Germany, China and South Korea, and the feature film rights for
The Great Escape from City Zoo were sold to a studio in Hollywood.
Tohby Riddle has appeared at writers’ festivals, universities and schools across
Australia to present talks and workshops to all ages. He has also received a May
Gibbs fellowship.
Anne Spudvilas
Melbourne, VIC
Genres: picture book illustration
Preferred contact: email, face-to-face
Anne Spudvilas is an award-winning illustrator of children’s books, living and
working in Melbourne. She is also a portrait painter and courtroom artist for
television and the print media – her work usually centres on people. In publishing
work, Anne’s chosen texts are strongly character-based. Her work is mostly in oils,
but she also works in coloured inks, charcoal and some coloured pencil. She won the
Crichton Award for Illustration in 1996 for her first picture book, The Race, which
was shortlisted for the CBC awards the same year, and her book, Jenny Angel, won
CBC Picture Book of the Year in 2000. She has six published picture books, over 20
illustrated novels and has done more than 40 covers for young adult literature. Anne
has been the recipient of three Australia Council Grants for Illustration and has been
awarded fellowships from the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust and Varuna. She
assisted the Australia Council in the selection of literature grant recipients as a
participating advisor on children’s literature in 2003.
Sally Rippin
Melbourne, VIC
Genres: children's picture books; writing and/or illustrations, junior novels
Preferred contact: email, face-to-face
Sally Rippin is an award-winning children's author and illustrator. She has published
over 40 children's books and two Young Adult novels. Sally has taught Writing For
Children at RMIT, the Victorian Writers' Centre and the CAE. As well as acting as a
mentor for the ASA, Sally runs workshops on making children's picture books and
has assessed manuscripts for the Victorian Writers’ Centre. She is a regular speaker at
schools and literary festivals around Australia. Her most recent books include the
popular Billie B Brown series and Angel Creek.
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Melbourne, VIC
Genres: children’s picture books, illustrated junior novels. Fiction and non-fiction but
with the accent on humour.
Preferred contact: face-to-face, email
Craig Smith has been a freelance illustrator since the mid 1970’s. His early
experience was eclectic, but has come to concentrate solely on picture books and
educational readers. With several award-winners to his credit, his titles appear
regularly on Children’s Choice Award shortlists. Presently he has illustrated over
three hundred and twenty titles. These are done in a broad range of styles and
techniques, including digitally, and with characteristic quirky humour and energy.
Craig periodically is a speaker at schools and literary festivals around Australia.
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