workshop presenters

Look at the wonderful line-up of presenters who joined The School Magazine team to offer inspiring and engaging workshops at our CENTURY OF WORDS event on 2 August!

Janeen Brian portrait



Janeen Brian is an award-winning, full-time author and poet with a background in primary school teaching. Janeen has published close to 100 books which vary from picture books, poetry, short fiction, historical novels and nonfiction. About 200 of her stories, poems, plays and articles have appeared in national and international children's magazines and in anthologies. Janeen is an Ambassador for the South Australian Premier's Reading Challenge, The Little Big Book Club and Books in Homes.

Leon Burchill portrait



Leon Burchill is a Kuku-Yalanji Aboriginal man from the Daintree Rainforest in far North Queensland. Leon was inspired at a young age about stories of country and culture.  Leon uses art, including painting symbols on bark or wood, to tell stories. Under Leon's tutelage, students learnt how to create and express their own stories through Aboriginal Art.


Ursula Dubosarsky portrait



Ursula Dubosarsky wanted to be a writer from the age of six, and is now the author of over 50 books for children and young adults, which have won several national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. Her latest book is a picture book about twin koalas, Tim and Ed, illustrated by Andrew Joyner. She worked for several years on the staff of The School Magazine and is currently one of our ambassadors.



Andrew Joyner portrait (photo credit Shane Reid)HOW-TO-DRAW ACTIVITIES   

Andrew Joyner is a children's illustrator and author. In 2009 his first picture book, The Terrible Plop, written by Ursula Dubosarsky, was published. Since then Andrew has illustrated many picture books, and his work is now published in more than twenty countries. In 2014 his picture book with Jan Ormerod, The Swap, won both the CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year and the WA Premier's Children's Book Award. He has been a regular contributor to School Magazine since 2007. (photo credit: Shane Reid)


Tohby Riddle portrait


Tohby Riddle is the creator of over fifteen illustrated books and picture books, which have won numerous awards for artwork, literature and design. Recent books include Unforgotten, which has been published in six languages, and the innovative The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar. A former editor of The School Magazine, Tohby was a contributing writer and illustrator before joining the magazine's editorial staff in the late 1990s.  As a speaker and presenter, Tohby has appeared at writers' festivals, schools and universities around the world.

Yvette Poshogian




Yvette Poshoglian is best known for two very popular series of novels: the Frankie Fox Girl Spy books, and the Ella and Olivia series. Yvette has always worked with words: as a high school English teacher, a journalist and before that, in the world of book publishing. She is currently the Premier's Reading Challenge Officer with the Department of Education. For the garden adventure, Yvette teamed up with members of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Education Team.


Peter Sheehan portraitCREATING COMIC SERIALS  

Peter Sheehan is an illustrator, writer, designer and storyboard artist. He has 25 books to his name. Some of the films Peter has storyboarded include The Sapphires, Beneath Hill 60 and The Hunter. He has been awarded a CBCA Honour Book prize, an APDG Award for Drawing, a Stanley Award for Best General Illustrator, three FACTS Awards, two Art Directors and Writers Awards and has been nominated twice for a Walkley Award. His artwork is held in the collections of The Australian National War Memorial and the Australian National Maritime Museum. His comic serial ‘Triller' features in the 2016 issues of The School Magazine, and he is one of our regular illustrators.


Dary-Lee Tindale portait


Darcy-Lee Tindale is a dramatic arts teacher at a Sydney school, actor, author, theatresports player, director and has appeared in television commercials, in film and on stage. She has written comedy for radio, stage, media personalities, comedians, and theatre restaurants. Her plays, poems, articles and short stories have been published in The School Magazine, Celapene Press, Tincture, ZineWest, Black & Blue Publications, Penguin Books, Brumples Magazine, Newcastle anthology, Stringybark Publications, and children's books. Darcy's work has been nominated for, and has won, many awards.




The Taronga Zoomobile travels with a collection of Australian native animals, and qualified and experienced educators. Students met, learnt about and interacted with the animals, then completed an information report and shared stories inspired by the animals.


Blast Off 7 2016 cover with bear and fox with fish



Members of The School Magazine team revealed how a magazine is made, from planning to printing. Editors and our graphic designer demonstrated techniques, shared tips and set creative challenges for up-and-coming creators of magazines that entertained, informed and delighted their readers.




Teaching ideas

These materials give you ways to explore concepts underpinning all nine workshops back in your classroom. Teaching ideas (pdf 662 KB)


Educational statement

The workshops at The School Magazine centenary celebrations allowed students to learn about the power, value and art of the English language for communication, knowledge and enjoyment. Students had the opportunity to engage personally with composers and their texts. Participating in workshops helped students to develop their own ideas, inspirations and textual creations. There were opportunities for student to:

experiment with poetic devices with Janeen Brian and story starters with Ursula Dubosarsky

(EN3-2A, EN3-3A, EN3-5B, EN3-7C, EN3-8D)

(EN2-2A, EN2-4A, EN2-8B, EN2-10C, EN2-11D)

connect with stories and art of country and culture with Leon Burchill

(EN2-2A, EN2-4A, EN2-10C, EN2-11D)

(EN3-2A, EN3-5B, EN3-7C, EN3-8D)

develop their drawing and representing skills with Andrew Joyner, Tohby Riddle and
Peter Sheehan 

(EN2-2A, EN2-7B, EN2-10C, EN2-11D)

(EN3-2A, EN3-5B, EN3-7C)

engage in drama activities with Darcy-Lee Tindale

 (EN3-7C) (DRAS3.1, DRAS3.2, DRAS3.3, DRAS3.4)

discover and report on interesting facts about Australian native animals with Taronga Zoomobile educators

(EN2-4A, EN2-7B, EN2-8B, EN2-9B, EN2-11D)

(EN3-2A, EN3-3A, EN3-5B, EN3-7C)

learn how to compose their own magazine with The School Magazine team

(EN2-2A, EN2-6B, EN2-9B, EN2-11D)

(EN3-2A, EN3-3A, EN3-5B, EN3-7C, EN3-8D)

The inspiring workshops and related teaching guides, informed by the English syllabus and English textual concepts resource, provide teachers with valuable programming support, ideas and resources to implement exciting English lessons, using quality literature, back in the classroom.

Teachers and students may like to work towards Book Week celebrations on 20-26 August, 2016 as a time for sharing work inspired by the creative writers, artists and educators experienced at The School Magazine's centenary celebrations.