Congratulations to our 2022 Fellows
Emma grew up in the English countryside, and has dreamed of becoming a children’s book illustrator for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an Honours degree in Graphic Design from Northumbria University, having specialised in illustration and printmaking. Some of Emma's early illustrative work was spotted by a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and several of her unpublished illustrations were purchased for their permanent collection of prints and drawings.
Emma emigrated to Sydney to live, where she published her first trade picture book, Champions by Jonathan Harlen, with publisher Mark Macleod in 1998, which became her first CBCA Notable Book. One of the artworks from this title toured nationally in a Dromkeen exhibition and another was included in an exhibition about animals in picture books at the University of Technology Sydney.
Emma's ABIA Award-winning and CBCA shortlisted picture book, Rudie Nudie, was also voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Favourite Books in 2016. Emma has been shortlisted four times for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, with Bear and Chook by the Sea (written by Lisa Shanahan) winning the Early Childhood section in 2010. Furthermore, her books have been shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Western Australian Premier's Book of the Year Awards, the Children's Peace Literature Awards, the Western Australian Young Readers' Book Awards, the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, the BILBY Awards and her picture book with writer Meredith Hooper, Emily and Alfie, won a Royal Zoological Society of NSW Whitley Award in 2006. Emma's most recent title, My Sunbeam Baby, was a 2019 CBCA Notable Book, shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards and, perhaps more excitingly, read on Play School Story Time by actress Lucy Durack. Emma currently enjoys a collaborative and creative relationship with the publishers at ABC Books.
Emma's priority during her Creative Time Residential Fellowship was creative development through experimentation: finding the space, freedom and time to play with words, images and the way they interact. She worked on two projects, the first one an early childhood picture book which already had a clear story outline where she worked on developing the characters and painting the artworks for the book. The second project consisted of bringing together and expanding upon an existing body of work, finding connections and weaving a story around the images and ideas.
Caz Goodwin is an Australian award-winning author who writes picture books, short stories, poetry and junior fiction. Her work has been published internationally and illustrated by Gus Gordon, Shaney Hyde and Kerry Millard (Australia), Ashley King (United Kingdom), Low Joo Hong (Singapore) and others. She heads the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in Victoria and is on the Young Australian Best Book Awards (YABBA) council. She is also an Australia Reads ambassador.
Caz was the judge of the 2021 Nance Donkin Award for Children’s Literature. She has been the recipient of an ASA mentorship, a May Gibbs Creative Time Residential Fellowship and a resident at the Police Point Artist in Residence Program. Caz is best known for her popular ‘Daisy’ books, Lazy Daisy and Daisy Runs Wild, which have been featured on Sarah Ferguson’s Fergie and Friends show, CBCA Storytime, podcasts, newspapers and radio. Caz’s latest picture book is Little Matilda, which was launched in March 2022. It is the first in a new series featuring Little Matilda, a feisty kitten. Two more books in the Little Matilda series have been accepted for publication.
During her Creative Time Residential Fellowship, Caz reflected deeply about her writing process, her work and her future creative projects. She worked on her 'Little Matilda' manuscripts and wrote a new standalone picture book manuscript. Caz felt that she achieved a great deal during her month in Adelaide.
Chrissie Perry (who also writes as Chrissie Keighery) is the author of thirty-five books for Children and Young Adults, including thirteen in the popular Go Girl series which has sold over 3 million copies. Her YA novel, Whisper, was longlisted for a CBCA award, shortlisted for the WA Premier’s award and won an IBBY. Chrissie’s books have been published in twelve Countries. The Penelope Perfect series was released by Simon and Schuster, USA in 2017/2018 as well as French Canada, the Czech Republic and Korea. Blabbermouth, her latest series for children 7+ (Scholastic Australia) features a hilarious heroine who just…well…can’t seem to stop talking.
During her time at The Burrow in Adelaide, Chrissie worked on developing a middle-grade manuscript with the working title: Popular. The concept is that a new girl, Ariana arrives at a Primary School and tells stories to the other kids that lift her way out of the realm of the regular. As the story progresses, it becomes evident to the reader that Ariana has told a swag of fibs. Her rationale is that she wants to be Popular, and she succeeds in her goal by creating hilarity and a real buzz in the school. But building status on lies has repercussions, both external and internal. And Ariana will have to decide whether being Popular is worth the integrity she has had to sacrifice to attain it.
Lorraine is an established children’s poet and author. Her novel Star Jumps, which was one of the projects that Lorraine worked on during her previous Creative Time Residential Fellowships, won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary award in 2010, and another project, the verse novel Leave Taking UQP, was a CBCA shortlisted book in 2019, a joint winner of the Patricia Wrightson award NSW literary awards in 2019 and shortlisted in the Queensland literary awards 2019.
Lorraine has a long track record both as a literary poet and also as a children’s poet. She has four collections of children’s poetry published with Walker books and three with Five Islands Press - one a chapbook of literary poetry. She also has two verse novels published with Walker books and two verse novels with UQP. Penguin books published her two Aussie Nibbles titles.
During her time in Adelaide, Lorraine will be working on her first draft of her verse novel set in WW1 times. This novel follows the growing awareness of a teenage girl’s ancestry from an Anzac descendent as she reads letters, parts of a war diary, asks questions of family, relatives, researches and discovers her great, great grandfather. This research and discovery is a contrast with the girl's own contemporary surroundings, but surprisingly she discovers that she has similar worries and goals. Research will be undertaken into both the background of the great, great grandfather’s enlistment in the Light horse regiment and research into different formats and Image systems of the verse novel.
Sara Acton is an award-winning author and illustrator. Sara grew up in the Cotswolds in England and always loved drawing, especially people and other strange creatures. She studied BA Hons Fine Art and trained as an Art Teacher in London. After teaching and practicing art in England and New Zealand Sara moved with her family to Australia.
From 2012-2016, Meg was the Associate Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Australia West, a voluntary position providing support to emerging writers in Western Australia. Meg continues to volunteer with SCBWI West in an ad hoc capacity.
Meg's work has won numerous awards, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award, the Queensland Literary Award, and the WA Premier’s Book Award. Her latest title is Ella and the Useless Day, which is illustrated by Karen Blair.
Meg plans to spend her time in Adelaide drafting a new contemporary middle-grade novel for readers aged 9-13. The novel will be contemporary realism told through the eyes of Georgie, an 11-year-old girl living in regional Australia. This will be her fourth novel for this readership; her most recent middle grade, Catch A Falling Star, was published in 2019.