Invited Writers

See Invited Speakers at this link

Invited Writers

Libby Gleeson

Libby Gleeson grew up in a number of country towns in Australia. She trained as a teacher, but gave it up to travel and to write. She lived in Europe and England for five years, but has since returned to Australia, where she writes full-time. Libby has written more than thirty books for young readers, including picture books, junior fiction, fiction for older readers and non-fiction. Libby’s work has received high acclaim both internationally and in Australia and has won many awards. Her books have been shortlisted nine times for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and Libby has won several times with Hannah Plus One (Fiction for Young Readers Book of the Year 1997), An Ordinary Day (Picture Book of the Year 2002) and Amy and Louis (Early Childhood Book of the Year 2007). Libby received the prestigious Lady Cutler Award for Services to Children’s Literature in 1997.

Leigh Hobbs

Author, artist, teacher, European travel explorer, classic music & architecture enthusiast, dog lover.

Leigh Hobbs is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including the iconic ‘Old Tom’, ‘Mr Chicken Goes to Paris’ and ‘Horrible Harriet’.

Leigh has been announced as the Children’s Laureate for 2016-2017. His theme for his term as Laureate is ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative lives. Leigh’s official website is

Angela Meyer

Writer, commissioning editor, professional reader, Melburnian, whisky-drinker, Bowie nut, movie-lover, vintage fan, absurdist.

Angela Meyer embodies the multi-faceted 'Cutting Edge' Writer of now. She is the author of a book of flash fiction, entitled 'Captives' (Inkerman & Blunt), and the editor of an anthology of spooky Australian stories, 'The Great Unknown' (Spineless Wonders).

Angela Meyer is a writer and commissioning editor. She commissions for Echo (Bonnier Publishing Australia) and is behind all of the company's Australian fiction, and some of the nonfiction. She started her career as a bookseller and a blogger (LiteraryMinded), and has also lectured, reviewed books, and interviewed authors at major festivals in Australia and overseas. She has a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Western Sydney. / @literaryminded /

Finegan Kruckemeyer

Finegan has had 81 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages. His work has been performed in over 100 international festivals, twelve US/UK national tours, and at the Sydney Opera House (seven works), America’s Kennedy and Lincoln Centers, Ireland’s Abbey Theatre and China’s Malan Flower Theatre.

He and his works have received 34 awards over the past thirteen years, including five Australian Writers Guild awards. He has presented papers at conferences in nine countries, with essays published and plays studied at universities worldwide.

His work can be seen at

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). Both were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards and The Family Law is now an AACTA-nominated TV series for SBS.

Will Kostakis

After dabbling in celebrity journalism and reality TV, Will Kostakis now writes for young adults.

His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen, and his second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. It was also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and Australian Prime Minister’s Literary awards. The Sidekicks is his third novel for young adults.

As a high school student, Will won Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories.

Conference Updates

    30th Nov 16

    Registrations are now open!

    Registrations for the 2017 AATE/ALEA national conference are now open. Our friends Evelyn and Jasmine from Ogilvie High School in Tasmania have a message about registrations - see below.

    See all the details, including early bird and member discount offers on the Conference Registration Page.




    7th Sep 16

    We have our own Conference YouTube Channel!

    We're pleased to report that the AATE/ALEA national conference has its own YouTube channel.  There's lots to see already, and we will be progressively loading more resources from current and past conferences. Click the YouTube icon to go straight there.