Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern – Founder/Director
Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern is an international award winning author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her appreciation of travel and uniqueness of culture has been captured in the pages of her books.
Jacqueline was the recipient of the ACT Writers Centre 2017 Anne Edgeworth Fellowship. Her Charlie’s Adventures picture book series has been recognised for a number of awards within Australia and internationally, including the Book Excellence Awards, American Best Book Awards and Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. Jacqueline is currently working on an upcoming title with Penguin Random House Australia.
Jacqueline regularly contributes to a variety of online platforms and has appeared at several literary events, including the Canberra Writers Festival, the Goulburn Reader Writer Festival, NSW Kids & YA Festival and the Noted Writers Festival.
Jacqueline endeavours to encourage her readers to learn more about the world, supporting an empathetic and inclusive community. She holds a Masters in International Development and works in international affairs.
Kerry Malone – Deputy Director
Kerry Malone is a Canberra-based children’s author. Her picture book You can do it Joey! was released in 2015 and her chapter book, Sophie Makes New Friends was released in 2018.
Kerry has been involved in various literary events including the Goulburn Reader Writer Festival and the Canberra Writers Festival. She has spoken at ACT Branch events of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and at various community organisation events. She is happy to present workshops exploring where story ideas come from for primary aged students at school holiday programs and local libraries.
Overcoming a history of eyesight issues including being legally blind before having her vision restored, has helped Kerry connect with audiences who are facing their own challenges. By sharing her own story, her audiences continue to be inspired.
Sandra Bennett – Deputy Director
Sandra Bennett is a Canberra-based children’s author. Secrets Hidden Below, book one in her middle grade chapter book series The Adamson Adventures was released in 2018. It has been short-listed for the Speech Pathology Australia Book for the Year 2019 and Long-listed in the Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. A Lighthouse in Time, was released August 2019.
Sandra is the author of chapter books, Gingerbread Aliens and Alien Shenanigans and picture books Emma the Eager Emu and Frazzled Freya.
Sandra won a place in the Share Your Story Spooktacular Anthology – Thrilling Tales for Brave Kids, 2019, and had a number of stories accepted into the Creative Kids Tales Story Collection volumes one, 2017, and two, 2019, including a winning entry in Deep Within the Forest E-Book, 2015. Sandra has a story published in an adult fiction Halloween Anthology, Satan’s Holiday. Later in 2019/2020 her story for Library For All will be released as a graphic novel to remote communities in Papua New Guinea.
Sandra is involved in a number of writing communities, including Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (ACT), Children’s Book Council of Australia (ACT) and Creative Kids Tales Network.
As a former primary school teacher, Sandra brings over 25 years of experience in the classroom as well as her life experiences travelling around Australia and the world to her stories and her writing workshops.