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Mem Fox and Judy Horacek


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Collaboration can be hard; it takes a special kind of mutual respect, an enormous amount of flexibility and, of course, a lot of trust.

Mem Fox and Judy Horacek – the pairing that brought the world Where Is the Green Sheep?  – represent the most fruitful kind of creative team. In a special event tailored for parents, teachers and librarians, they’ll talk about how they make their collaboration work.

From industry gossip (over five years, Possum Magic was rejected by various publishers nine times) to practical advice on how to encourage reading in young children, join Fox and Horacek for a rare glimpse into their creative partnership – and the world of children’s publishing.


Mem Fox

Mem Fox has written over 38 books for adults and children including Possum Magic, which has sold over three million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia. Mem has been presented with many awards including an AM in the 1993 Australia Day Honours for services to the cultural li... Read more

Judy Horacek

Judy Horacek is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and writer. Her work has appeared in the Age, the Australian and the Canberra Times, and her pointy noised characters can be found on fridges and toilet doors all over the world. Eight collections of her cartoons have been published. Random Li... Read more


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