In this lively conversation, authors Sarah Armstrong, Bronwyn Brancroft and Isobelle Carmody sit down with Tristan Bancks to discuss children’s books, and what they can offer readers of all ages. Each speaker explores what draws them to read and write children’s books, and the ingredients required to create quality children’s literature, including the balance between lighter themes, such as hope, wonder and celebration, with the dark elements of storytelling.
Sarah Armstrong was a journalist and has written three novels, including Salt Rain which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin. Big Magic is her first children’s novel.
Dr Bronwyn Bancroft is a proud Bundjalung woman and artist. Bronwyn recently collaborated with her daughter Ella Bancroft, on the children’s book Sun and Moon.
Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed authors of fantasy. Her latest book is The Velvet City, the final instalment in the Kingdom of the Lost series.
Tristan Bancks’s books for kids and teens include Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention and Ginger Meggs. His new nail-biter for age 10+ is Cop & Robber.
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