KidLitVic - Meet the Publishers

KidLitVic - Meet the Publishers was established to enable new, emerging and experienced writers and illustrators the opportunity to meet and hear from industry professionals about publishing children's and YA books in the current Australian market. Every year, KidLitVic- Meet the Publishers has proven to be a SELLOUT event.

With discussion panels of industry experts, the opportunity for a one-on-one manuscript or illustrator portfolio assessments with leading Australian and International publishers, writing and illustration Masterclasses, pitches, ‘Up Close and Personal’ chat sessions with Publishers and the chance to network with other creators, KidLitVic will kick-start, build, reinvigorate and strengthen your creative career. 


KidLitVic- Meet the Team

Alison Reynolds is the author of more than fifty books for children and adults.  She currently lives near the beach in suburban Melbourne, and she has loved to write ever since she can remember.

She has a Masters in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of Melbourne, and is well known for her A Year with Marmalade, The Littlest Bushranger, A New Friend for Marmalade picture books  and popular choose-your-own adventure style series Ranger in Danger adventure books, which she co-wrote with real life ranger, Sean Willmore.

Alison has written books for readers aged 0-90 and is a popular presenter in schools and at festivals. You can find out more about her at her website- www.alisonreynolds.com.au

Nicky Johnston is an artist, make-up artist, primary educator and a children’s book author and illustrator. Her books include Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! Actually, I Can and The Worst Pain in the World to name a few.

Nicky is also a Black Dog Institute Community Education presenter helping reduce the stigma of mental health issues by raising awareness and sharing valuable information. Her passion for all things creative has led her to become the Creative Director of the ‘52-week Illustration Challenge‘, founded by Tania McCartney.

Nicky is the illustrator of all the amazing illustrations on this site. To find out more about Nicky - www.nickyjohnston.com.au 

Coral Vass is an Australian children's author, presenter, editor and reviewer.  With a background in Media, Coral has always had a passion for writing and telling stories. She has dabbled in script writing, radio drama and video production before working several years in marketing and publications.

Coral has numerous children's books published with Scholastic Books, The NLA and Penguin Random House Australia, including the best selling titles A Perfectly Posh Pink Afternoon Tea, Meet...Don Bradman and Goodnight Possum. Her book, Sorry Day, was nominated for The 2018 Speech Pathology Awards for Best Book- Indigenous Children.

As well as children's books and inspiring children with a love for literature, Coral loves dark chocolate, good coffee, theatre and the beach. For more information on Coral, visit- www.coralvass.com

Sarah Reynolds is an arts events professional and researcher who holds a Masters in Arts Management and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) from the University of Melbourne. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds as well as a Research Assistant on the Ask the Audience – British Academy research project and has been an Event Coordinator for the International Network for Audience Research in the Performing Arts .

Sarah has worked in events, programming and marketing in the arts in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland and at Melbourne institutions such as the Wheeler Centre, including Project Manager for the Wheeler Centre’s Children’s Book Festival, as well as Melbourne Recital Centre, and has also written and presented papers at international arts and cultural management conferences.