The 2016 festival boast some of the biggest and brightest literary stars in the history of the festival. Students enjoyed presentations, workshops and performances from the following writers and artists during the Student Sessions, proudly sponsored by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty Ltd.
Matt Caffoe (Mashed Theatre)
Matt’s biggest passion is literature, and he spends the majority of his time studying different authors and their impact on culture and politics throughout the ages.
Matt’s theatrical training has been predominantly in Shakespeare, however he’s also a professional beatboxer and toured alongside Joel Turner (world champion beatboxer) in 2007, engaging his love for hip-hop and poetry. Matt has also been a musician for many years, having had training in both singing and classical guitar. This versatility in craft is what gave Matt the idea to start Mashed Theatre. For Matt's complete bio - please click here.
George Ivanoff is an author and stay-at-home dad residing in Melbourne. He has written more than 90 books for kids and teens, including the RFDS Adventures, the interactive You Choose series and the Gamers trilogy. As a child, George loved reading interactive books, where he got to make decisions about the direction of the story. He has had more fun plotting and writing the You Choose books than pretty much anything else. And writing the RFDS Adventures has opened his eyes to the amazing work done by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He is thrilled that You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man's Cove won the 2015 YABBA for Fiction for Younger Readers, and that You Choose: Alien Invaders From Beyond the Stars has been shortlisted this year. George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who. For George's complete bio - please click here.
John's passionate interest in education led him to start his own P-10 school, Candlebark, on a vast forested estate near Romsey Victoria. The school's motto is "take risks", and every day students are to be found riding bikes and skateboards, climbing trees, rolling down hills and playing stick wars. This year John opened a second school, Alice Miller, at Macedon, a Year 7-12 school with a particular emphasis on the creative arts. For John's complete bio - please click here.
David has four won Premier's Literary awards, and the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers with his novel, Jarvis 24. For David's complete bio - please click here.
He’s interviewed prime ministers, astronauts, writers and scientists, but the program often features remarkable people who are unknown to the wider world. The program attracts a large listening audience around the nation, and is the most popular podcast in Australia, with over 14 million programs downloaded every year.
In another life Richard was a member of Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS), which played to audiences all over the world. Richard is the co-creator of the radio documentary series Saga Land, set in Iceland; and the author of the forthcoming non-fiction book Ghost Empire, to be published by ABC Books. For Richard's complete bio - please click here.