Charlotte Barkla is a Brisbane-based writer who worked as a civil engineer and physics teacher before rediscovering her love for children’s literature. She now writes picture books, middle-grade fiction and feature articles.
Annaleise Byrd is a Brisbane-based children’s writer. She writes picture books, poetry, short stories and middle grade fiction. Annaleise is the social media coordinator for StoryLinks and works part-time in an administrative role for the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network. She has lived in three countries and is particularly fond of lamingtons.
Sarah Custance has worked in primary libraries for many years and is an avid reader of graphic novels and middle grade fiction. She is currently a judge for the Aurealis Awardsand also reviews children’s books for 4MBS radio.
Sandy Driessens writes and illustrates picture books. Her hobbies are travel, music, art, motorcycle and pushbike trials. She also loves reading about and watching mysteries and science fiction.
Dajo Finlayson is a retired Secondary Teacher Librarian with more than 40 years experience working primarily in the teaching areas of English and Social Science (HSS). She is passionate about her ‘Reading around Curriculum’ programme which has extensive lists of resources, both fiction and non-fiction, that complement and enrich many curriculum areas. When not reading, she enjoys family, friends and travel.
Lara Cain Gray is a librarian, academic researcher and picture book specialist. She has written for academic and commercial publications for over 20 years, including early reader titles for non-profit publisher Library For All, and her book review blog, Charming Language. Her guide to deep reading of children’s literature, The Grown Up’s Guide To Picture Books, is forthcoming with MidnightSun Publishing.
Margarite Igras has taught English and History in several secondary schools in Australia and is also a teacher librarian of many years experience . She has set up and automated several school libraries, enjoys travel, reading and the harvest from her garden. She gets great pleasure in reviewing books and sharing them with her grandchildren.
Margaret McKay-Lowndes is an experienced teacher-librarian who is a former CBCA judge and has twice judged the Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction. She also reviews for Magpies and co-ordinates the StoryLinks Short Story Competition for Young Writers.
Mia Macrossan is a former CBCA children’s book of the year judge, an Aurealis judge and a Queensland Literary awards judge. She founded the Last Tuesday Children’s Book Club for adults who love to read and discuss children’s books and reviews for Magpies, Reading Time, 4MBS Radio and of course, StoryLinks.
Yvonne Mes is a children’s author and illustrator. She has written several picture books including Meet Sidney Nolan , Oliver’s Grumbles , Honey for Bee, and others. Her story A Starry Christmas was animated by Electric Canvas and displayed on the Brisbane City Hall for two weeks in December, 2017.
Zewlan Moor is an avid reader and received First Class Honours in English Literature (UNSW) for her thesis comparing Children’s Fantasy Texts. She is a member of the Last Tuesday Children’s Book Club and is a freelance writer. Her day job is as a procedural GP. Recently she has founded Byron Bibliotherapy, where she helps people who are at a crossroads or in a reading rut to find the right book at the right time. She was one of the judges of the Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction in 2022.
Melissa Salisbury is a Brisbane-based children’s writer. She writes serious papers for politicians at the Queensland Parliament by day, but she much prefers writing heart-warming and funny picture books, short stories and middle grade fiction by night.
Jane Swinton graduated from University of Queensland in 1992 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Much like Serena Frome, a character from Ian McEwan’s 2012 novel, ‘Sweet Tooth’ she is a reader. She will read everything, acclaimed or otherwise, is a member of two book clubs and has spent many years considering and discussing books.
Sue Wright is the owner of micro-press Tiny Owl Workshop. She publishes novellas, zines and children’s books and produces multi-media projects through the imprint Curious, with Terry Whidborne. She has a fondness for tea and a collection of picture books that can be seen from space.
Inda Ahmad Zahri is a Brisbane-based author and illustrator. Her stories are inspired by natural and cultural gems curated from her travels and lovingly added to her Malaysian heritage. As a lover of books, she is known to pillage libraries and bookstores of titles that make her curious, or joyous, or both. She is also a surgical doctor, swapping her writer’s hat and paintbrush for scrubs and scalpel when duty calls.
Junior Reviewer Bryani-Rose is a primary school student who loves to read across a wide range of genres. Apart from reading one to two hours a day, she loves drawing, painting and horse riding.
Junior Reviewer Leonard C: I am an enthusiastic reader. My favourite genre is fantasy though I enjoy many types of fiction. My ideal future job would be as an author and I am excited for this opportunity to increase my ability to break down and evaluate varying book styles. One of my favourite pastimes is walking down to my local library to enjoy some quiet (airconditioned) reading.