Camp Presenters

We have a wonderful group of presenters who will excite and inspire young writers to achieve amazing results.

Brian Falkner (Australia/New Zealand/USA)   
Brian is the award winning author of more than twenty novels and one anthology of short stories for young people. Prior to becoming a children's author, Brian trained as a journalist and then worked as a reporter and an advertising copywriter, a radio announcer and an internet developer. His hobbie...More Info
Amy Laurens (Australia)   
Amy Laurens is an Australian author of fantasy and science fiction for both adults and young adults. She also writes non-fiction books, often on various aspects of writing. Also dogs. Lots of dogs. After completing a university education involving many twists and turns, through more faculties t...More Info
Angela Sunde (Australia)   
Angela Sunde spent her childhood jumping puddles and climbing trees in her family’s vast orchard on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand. An award-winning language and literacy teacher, Angela is the author/illustrator of the tween coming-of-age comedy Snap Magic, author of Pond Magic (Aussie ...More Info
Dimity Powell (Australia)   
Award winning children's author, Dimity Powell loves filling every spare moment with words. She writes and reviews exclusively for children with over 30 published stories and digital narratives and is the Managing Editor for Kids' Book Review. She believes picture books are life essentials, like ice...More Info
Nathan Luff (Australia)   
Nathan grew up on a farm in rural NSW as one of five boys. His colourful upbringing is often the inspiration for the stories he tells. Nathan is the author of The Nerd Herd series and the middle grade novels Chicken Stu and Bad Grammar. In addition to writing children’s books, Nathan writes plays fo...More Info
Samantha Wheeler (Australia)   
Samantha Wheeler worked with farmers and taught science before taking up writing in 2011. Her books, which include Smooch & Rose, Wombat Warriors, Mister Cassowary, and Turtle Trackers, have been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards, the Readings Book Prize, The Wilderness Society Environm...More Info
T. M. Clark (Australia)   
Zimbabwean-born T.M. Clark weaves her fascination for diverse cultures, wildlife, and storytelling into her literature. Her books cater to a wide audience, ranging from children to adults. She has been nominated for a Queensland Literary Award and is a Children's Book Council Notable. She is the coo...More Info
Anne Kayes (New Zealand)   
Anne originally worked as a secondary school Drama and English teacher. She often wrote plays for her students to perform. In 2014, she did a Masters in Creative Writing at AUT. She writes junior fiction and young adult books. She visits schools often, to do animated, dramatic readings for students....More Info
Fifi Colston (New Zealand)   
Fifi is an award winning junior fiction novelist, children’s book illustrator, non-fiction author and a long-standing presenter of arts and crafts on firstly TVNZ’s ‘What Now’ and then ‘The Good Morning Show’. Fifi is a veteran of Wearable Arts; a finalist and award winner over 23 years with 26 entr...More Info
Maria Gill (New Zealand)   
Maria Gill writes books for children and adults that draw on her interest in people, birds, and conservation. Anzac Heroes, illustrated by Marco Ivancic, won the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults Non-Fiction Award and the Margaret Mahy Best Book of the Year Award. New ...More Info
Maureen Crisp (New Zealand)   
Maureen Crisp is a children's writer and teacher based in New Zealand. She has published short stories and plays and newspaper columns. Maureen also writes a weekly blog roundup on publishing tips and trends for her fellow children's writers in New Zealand and around the world. She has a keen intere...More Info
Melinda Szymanik (New Zealand)   
Melinda Szymanik writes picture books, short stories and novels for children and young adults. A science graduate, Melinda initially worked in hospital administration, then went back to university to study English literature and began writing seriously when her children were small. Her books have be...More Info
Vanessa Hatley-Owen (New Zealand)   
Vanessa Hatley-Owen grew up with her nose in a book, and now works in her dream job as a primary school librarian. She writes children's stories that have a touch of magic and adventure, and particularly enjoys the challenge of writing picture books. She has been shortlisted for both the Storylines...More Info
Weng Wai Chan (New Zealand)   
Weng Wai Chan was born and grew up in Singapore. She now lives in Auckland with her husband and three children. Lizard’s Tale is her first book....More Info