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Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Festival

2016 Festival Guests

Mark Carthew


Mark Carthew is an award winning Australian children’s author, poet, musician and educator well known for his books and series celebrating language, humour and wordplay. His illustrated play script series VoiceWorks has sold over one million titles worldwide. Mark’s rhyme and riddle books Newts, Lutes and Bandicoots, Wicked Wizards & Leaping Lizards and Witches’ Britches, Itches & Twitches! , produced in collaboration with renowned UK illustrator Mike Spoor have received worldwide acclaim. Mark is a Director and Board Member of Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and a former May Gibbs Children’s Literature




Sulari Gentill is the author of ten published novels, including the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, a series of historical crime novels, and the Hero Trilogy based on myths and epics of the ancient world. In 2012 Sulari won the Davitt Award for Crime Fiction and has been shortlisted for many other awards in 2011, 2013 and 2015. “Unmentioned” her sixth Rowland Sinclair Mystery was commended in the 2015 Davitt Awards. In2015 Sulari was appointed ambassador of the Emerging Writers Festival and the Eminent Writer-in-Residence at the Museum of Australian Democracy.




Caroline Tuohey has had fiction and non-fiction published in anthologies, magazines, newspapers and on line. Her latest rhyming picture book is called “Forest Wonder”, it celebrates the wonders in nature yet also allows children to enjoy the wonder of magic and imagination. Caroline’s first rhyming picture book “Climb” was published in 2013. “Climb” was a finalist in the Childrens Picture Book category of the 2014bInternational Book Awards. Caroline has also published a book of bush poetry.




Paula Boer’s passions include horses, nature and travel. She combines these loves in her writing, with her debut novel The Okapi Promise based on her own experiences travelling in an old Bedford truck across Africa in 1990. Her best-selling Brumbies series follows the adventures of two teenagers catching and breaking in the wild horses of Australia. Paula is currently working on a horse fantasy trilogy, complete with unicorns and dragons. She is a regular contributor to horse magazines and has had many short stories about animals published.




Sandy Mackinnon is the author of The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow and the Well at the World’s End. He was born in Australia in 1963 and he spent his childhood between England and Australia, travelling as a small boy with his family on the last P&O liner to sail between the two countries. His interests include painting, philosophy, writing, conjuring, and home-made fireworks. He is currently a teacher at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar.




Jen Cowley is a journalist, editor, author, trainer and consultant who is based in Dubbo, NSW, but travels Australia and the world pursuing her twin passions of community development and writing. Grandpa’s Hat is Jen’s first children’s book – a very personal project that grew out of her own experience with loss as a child and later a grieving adult. She is very active in her community and sits on a number of local and state-based advisory and executive boards, with fields of interest ranging from the arts to wildlife conservation and social justice. Jen has been married to Steve for 27 years and has two grown children and a dog – and she’s completely potty about them all.


Grandpa's Hat - front cover


Mark Horton, based in Dubbo NSW, is an amateur artist, mainly practicing in commission portraits and cartoon, using pen, acrylic and watercolour. “Grandpas Hat” was Marks first foray into childrens book illustration and has been heartened by the positive response generated by the book. When not painting Mark works in cross cultural community development both in Australia and internationally.



Did Everyone Save the Cats and Dog is Rosemary Stewart-Beardsley’s first book. She wrote it after being made aware that there were no books on the history of Jindabyne written specifically for children. Rosemary holds a PhD in rural social history. Her particular interest is looking at the way rural communities develop over time, especially those which have been impacted by major infrastructure changes.