12.00pm - 1.00pm
Ticket Price:
Full $15 Conc $12 Early $10

Small Claire Saxby Sue Lawson

Where do ideas for books come from? Often from small, obscure stories that make us realise that history is so much more than dates and statistics. History is people. History is their stories. In this session, Claire Saxby (My Name is Lizzie Flynn, Meet Weary Dunlop, Christmas at Grandma’s Beach House), Sue Lawson (Freedom Ride, Finding Darcy, Forget Me Not) chat with Paula Kelly to explore how there’s intrigue to be found in stories that can bring history to life for young and teen-aged readers.

This session is definitely one for the curious – writers and readers alike! How do wonderful stories come to be? Just how curious does an author need to be?


Sue Lawson is an award-winning author who also leads writing workshops for students and adults. Sue’s books have sold throughout Australia and overseas and students at schools across Victoria and interstate have discovered the joy and thrill of writing and reading through her vibrant and energetic workshops. Sue Lawson has written over 20 books and regularly visits capital cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, teaching young writers the art and secrets of a good story.

Claire Saxby writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children. She has nearly forty books in print with more in production. Her poetry appears in magazines, anthologies, on train walls and in museum resources. Claire has been writing for children for about 15 years. She has been inspired by her own children, memories of childhood and by the children around her.