Authors and Illustrators

Working with imaginations...
Working with imaginations…

Books Go Walkabout works with authors and Illustrators across the world, from New Zealand to America, from Finland to Africa and in our home country the UK.

From picture books to chapter books, the books and people we work with produce fantastic results and share our inspiration to promote the best in children’s literacy.

The books speak for themselves, and the authors are all interested in talking and working with children.

The schools and organisations have received far more than they had hoped for, exceeding expectations!

Contact Sue Martin at BgW to explore your next event!

We bring additionality and exciting experiences to enhance the curriculum and engage with children and staff to fully support learning.

The authors included have worked with Books Go Walkabout recently. Read through the links and find out more about their work and passions.

There are many more authors also involved and their books are reviewed on Book Monitor. Quite often they are new authors with excellent publishers and delighted to visit schools in the UK and other countries.

Authors we have worked with in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and the UK  in 2016/17

carolewilkinsonimage8Carole Wilkinson
Discover Carole on-line here...

Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning and much loved author of books for children. She has a long-standing fascination with Dragons and is interested in the history of everything.

Though Carole has written over 30 books, she did not write her first book until she was nearly 40. Before that she had worked as a laboratory assistant and as a film and television writer and editor.

Carole has written over 30 books and her Dragonkeeper trilogy has won many awards and has seen Carole invited to places across the world, including a trip to Beijing to talk about the book and dragons to an audience in China. In 2013 The Dragonkeeper Trilogy won the Australian Gold Award for a book series, plus many awards in previous years.

Carole is published by Walker Books Australia and through their imprint Black Dog Books. Her books have been translated into many languages and are available for sale across the globe.

Some great creative work from children attending a recent ‘Dragon’ workshop with Carole…

Carole’s website has all the information and downloads and is a mine of material for work and study, including a staggering bibliography.

‘Books Go Walkabout is delighted to work with Carol in Hong Kong ‘ says Sue Martin of BgW.

ifeoma_nov12mini5Ifeoma Onyefulu

Visit Ifeoma on-line here…

Ifeoma Onyefulu is a Nigerian expatriate living in England who has successfully introduced English-speaking audiences to the range and variety of village life in her homeland through her picture books for young readers.

Illustrated with her own photographs, Onyefulu’s books have been praised as useful additions to classroom libraries for the lessons they teach about the universality of some experiences, as well as for offering a rarely seen depiction of African village life.

The brightly colored photographs she includes in books such as A Is for Africa, Grandfather’s Work: A Traditional Healer in Nigeria, and A Triangle for Adaora: An African Book of Shapes evoke the important relationships between the people in her stories and also illustrate the customs and realities of everyday life in contemporary Africa.

The first of Onyefulu’s concept books, A Is for Africa provides an overview of Nigerian village life while also reviewing the alphabet for young English speakers. Chris Powling, writing in Books for Keeps, compared the visual impact of A Is for Africa to “stepping from a darkened room straight into noon sunshine, so bright and needle-sharp are the author’s photographs.”

Ifeoma talks about her inspiration as a children’s author…

See Ifeoma’s work on-line here…

cherylmoskowitzImage3Cheryl Moskowitz

Cheryl Moskowitz is an American born poet, novelist and playwright who has lived in London, UK since 1970.

She studied Psychology at Sussex University. Subsequent training includes Mime, Mask and Movement with Leonard Pitt (Berkeley, California), Drama Therapy with Sue Jennings (Herts College of Art and Design, St. Albans) and Psychodynamic Counselling at the Highgate Counselling Centre.

She began writing and performing poetry in the 80’s with the poetry collectives Angels of Fire and LIP, during which time her poems were published in various anthologies (publishers inc. Chatto & Windus, Rivelin Grapheme, Women’s Press and Five Leaves).

Dramatic works include plays for Quicksilver Theatre for Children, Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, The King’s Head, Channel 4’s She Play series, and BBC TV drama

In 1996 she co-founded the organisation LAPIDUS (Association for Literary Arts and Personal Development) and taught on the Creative Writing and Personal Development MA at Sussex University 1996 – 2010′.

Source: Website of Cheryl Moskowitz

Cheryl as Poet in Residence at Highfield Primary School – a great film about a poet resident in a school…!

Discover Cheryl and her work on-line here.

A sample of other authors we work with…


aleesahphotgraphbiopic2Aleesah Darlison

Discover Aleesah’s new web pages here

“Aleesah grew up in a tiny country town on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. After finishing school she moved to Sydney to study marketing at university.

She worked in corporate marketing for 10 years both in Sydney and overseas, before deciding to concentrate on a career in writing.

When she is not writing, she looks after her three children who are a constant source of amusement, inspiration and energy- deprivation. She also reviews children‟s books for The Sun Herald”. (Source: Teacher Notes from Aleesah Darlison)

Aleesah has a great web site packed with information about her books, teachers notes and other resources to help you get the best from her work.

Discover Aleesah on-line here:

markcarthewimage2Mark Carthew

Mark Carthew is an award winning editor, author & teacher, well known for his numerous books and series exploring wordplay, music, movement, drama and humour.

He is the series editor of the award winning & internationally regarded illustrated drama script series VoiceWorks and contributing author & editor in the Chatterbox series for Pearson Education.

Mark’s exciting new releases include the wonderfully wacky joke, rhyme and riddle books Witches’, Britches, Itches & Twitches!, Wicked Wizards and Leaping Lizards and Newts, Lutes and Bandicoots all produced collaboration with renowned UK children’s illustrator Mike Spoor’.

(Source: Mark Carthew web site)

Here is a short video of Mark talking about his work on the Australian Kidz Book Club.

Discover Mark’s work on-line here:


mikespoorimage2Mike Spoor – Illustrator

Mike writes…’I lost count after working on about 350 children’s books in whole or in part. Styles cover a fairly wide range of drawing, painting and digital work embodying interests in landscape and the expressiveness of people and animals incorporating humour and emphasizing character.

Recent works include 30 books in the ‘Dinosaur Cove’ series for Oxford University Press, the series being reissued in 2013, and another prestigious commission from the Queensland State celebrating its recent Dinosaur discoveries. Also, scenes in Terry Pratchett’s musical adaptation ‘The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’ and coming soon ‘Witches’ Britches, Itches and Twitches’ by award winning Australian author Mark Carthew.

My books have been chosen for various awards such as World Book Day choice, National Simultaneous Reading Time story book of the year and many other shortlists. Dinosaur Dreaming won The Big Read award 2012″.
(Source: Mike Spoor’s web site)

Mike draws the Good Witch for BgW…

Discover Mike’s great work on-line here:

Books and reading across the world...
Books and reading across the world…

Conversations across the globe, with children and authors