We are so excited to be giving the children of the Shoalhaven the opportunity to meet some of their favourite authors. The 2019 Children’s Program features these authors, who will be visiting schools around the region on Friday 26th July, as well as appearing at this year’s festival at the Nowra Library and Shoalhaven Regional Gallery on Saturday 27th July.

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Jacqueline Harvey is one of Australia’s most popular authors for children, having sold over a million copies of her Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series’ in Australia alone. Her brand-new spy series, Kensy and Max is thrilling young readers with drama, action and loads of fun and Alice-Miranda is currently in production as an animated television movie set for release in the latter half of 2019.

Jacqueline has received numerous short-listings and awards while her picture book, The Sound of the Sea was a CBCA Honour Book. A highly experienced teacher and presenter, she has delivered thousands of talks and workshops at schools and festivals around the world and her books have been translated into numerous languages.

She is currently working on new adventures for Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and Kensy and Max.

To learn more visit Jacqueline’s website (www.jacquelineharvey.com.au) or book your FREE ticket to meet Jacqueline and attend her Festival Session on Saturday 27th July.



Jack Heath is the pen name of a bestselling and award-winning author of the LIARS series. He has written thirty action-packed books for kids and two crime novels for adults. His novels have been translated into six languages and adapted for film.

His enthusiastic presentations at schools and festivals have encouraged thousands of kids to be hooked on reading!

To learn more visit Jack’s website [https://jackheath.com.au/] or book your FREE ticket to meet Jack and attend his Festival Session on Saturday 27th July.

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Allison Tait (A.L. Tait) is the internationally published bestselling author of middle-grade adventure series The Mapmaker Chronicles and the  Ateban Cipher novels. A multi-genre writer, teacher and speaker with more than 25 years’ experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing, Allison lives in the Shoalhaven with her family. She is the co-host of the top-rating ‘So You Want To Be A Writer’ podcast, and has presented her talks and workshops at schools and literary festivals across Australia and internationally.

Allison is the Director of the Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival Children’s Program for 2019.

Find out more about Allison here [https://allisontait.com/] or book your ticket to attend her Festival Workshop on Saturday 27th July.



Cheryl Westenberg is a practising visual artist, living on the South Coast, known mostly for her work as Children’s Book Illustrator. Cheryl has illustrated eight picture books to date, including Night Monsters (author Nina Poulos), What’s Daddy Doing? (author Susan Hall) and Dogs and Doggerel (author Barbara Blackman). Her latest book, I wish I could be a Super Hero, with author Susan Hall, is published by NLA Publishing.

We acknowledge Cheryl’s illustration featured in this year’s festival poster and thank her for permission to use this gorgeous image to represent “Adventures in Reading”.

Visit Cheryl’s website to learn more. [https://cherylwestenberg.com/] or book your ticket to meet Cheryl and attend her Festival Workshop on Saturday 27th July.

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