Sarah Davis - Illustrator Coordinator Australia East/NZ
Sarah has no formal art training, but holds an honours degree in literature, and as a qualified secondary teacher taught English, creative writing and art in NZ secondary schools. Her love and knowledge of language and text play an important part in her process, with sensitive analysis being the key to the interaction between words and pictures. In 2004 Sarah moved to Sydney and began freelancing in commercial illustration for advertising, film, editorial publishing, and toy design. Since 2008 she has worked with a number of well known authors and publishers. She has had 16 books published in Australia and overseas, and her work has been shortlisted for 18 major awards in Australia and New Zealand.
James Foley - Illustrator Coordinator Australia West
James Foley is a children's author and illustrator. His latest book, In The Lion, was released by Walker Books in 2012. It's a little like The old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, but darkly funny and set in a zoo. His debut picture book, The Last Viking, was written by Norman Jorgensen and published in 2011 by Fremantle Press. The Last Viking was awarded the 2012 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Crystal Kite for the Australia/New Zealand region. It has been shortlisted for a further four awards, including the 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia Early Childhood Book of the Year, the 2012 WA Young Readers' Book Awards and the 2012 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. James loves presenting workshops for schools and libraries, he's a big fan of yoga, and he has far too many books in his Bedside Uncontrolled Reading Pile ('BURP').
Following her move to Australia in 1987, Marjorie has worked in many areas of illustration, including picture book illustration. Most recently she illustrated My Little World, a picture book written by Julia Cooke (Omnibus Books) which has just been shortlisted for the 2012 Environment Award for Children's Literature, presented by the Wilderness Society. Her book Killer Plants (Penguin Books) was awarded The CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books. She currently lives in Sydney and works as a freelance illustrator undertaking an eclectic range of projects, including illustrations for educational publishers such as Dorling Kindersley, general editorial book publishers such as Reader's Digest, and magazines such as Australian Geographic.
See more of Marjorie's work on her website.
Having grown up in Australia, Lesley studied at the college of Fine Arts, receiving a Distinction and animation honor in their Bachelor of Digital media. Since then she has spent time both home and abroad as a freelance illustrator and designer getting to know and experience as many facets of the industry she can.
Serena has been illustrating picture books for 3 years ranging from board books (Why I Love My Mum) picture books (Samuel’s Kisses) through to junior novels (Totally Twins). Serena has illustrated 14 books, taken two holidays, bought some fish and started guitar lesson in this time, but more importantly is currently working on a book with Susanne Gervay and her very first author illustrated picture book.
Andrea has a BA in Visual Arts, and her experience includes illustration for greeting cards, stationery, commissioned paintings on canvas and animation. For many years she also worked as a make-up artist, and face painter for children. Andrea is on the illustrator committee for SCBWI ANZ, and is looking forward to attending her first conference in June.