Australian Christian Schools Library Network

Australian Christian Schools Library Network

Rochelle Manners is the Director of Rhiza Press and Wombat Books. With qualifications in teaching, counselling, editing and publishing, Rochelle brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to her roles. She has also acted as a consultant for aspiring authors and loves attending conferences and taking pitches. Since pioneering Wombat Books as a publishing company from the ground up in 2009, Rochelle has been actively involved in every aspect of story development and book production. She is passionate about great books touching lives and living up to the motto of, Stories you will want to share.


Kirrily is the author of The Invisible Tree Children’s Books, a series of Children’s Picture Books bringing expression to the fruit of the spirit through fun rhyming poetry and stunning illustration.

Kirrily began her career as a Children’s Solicitor in Sydney’s Western Suburbs. 

Moved by her faith and a sense of calling to pastoral ministry, Kirrily transitioned from a legal career to her current role as Senior Minister alongside her husband at C3 Church City in Darlinghurst Sydney.

Kirrily and Tim have been leading this congregation for 15 years, and have successfully built a strong, thriving, colourful and creative church in the heart of the city.

Kirrily and Tim have 3 boys, Sammy(12), Harry(10) and Elijah(7).

Kirrily is passionate about filling young lives with the light and truth of the gospel, and bringing expression to the word of God in the most relatable and creative way possible.

Deng Adut is one of Australia’s best known lawyers for his work in the court room and as a community leader. He is the 2017 NSW Australian of the Year and a recipient of the prestigious Law Society President’s medal.

 In 2016, Deng published a critically acclaimed memoir, Songs of a War Boy, about his journey to become one of Australia’s best lawyers, and was the subject of a portrait that won the People’s Choice at the Archibald Prize.

Having come to Australia as a refugee, following life as a child soldier in Sudan, Deng put himself through law school and has become a formidable advocate. His life story recently featured in an advertisement for Western Sydney University, which went viral on the internet accruing more than 2 million views. 

Deng regularly acts as a spokesperson for the Sudanese community and has frequently appeared in the media to advocate for their interests. Deng is committed to making a positive difference and in doing so, devotes many hours of his personal time every week to activities such as mentoring, advising and supporting members of the community.

Cecily Anne Paterson is the author of several middle-grade novels for girls. Her first novel, Invisible, was a semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards in 2014, and its sequel, Invincible, was shortlisted for the CALEB writing awards in 2016. Cecily grew up as a 'third culture kid' in Pakistan where she went to boarding school in the Himalayas. She now lives in a tiny tourist town in New South Wales with her husband and four kids. Her next novel will be published with Wombat Books in early 2018.

Joy Lawn

November 2014   

Joy Lawn is a freelance reviewer and columnist for The Weekend Australian (YA literature) and Books+Publishing (poetry; children’s and YA lit). She also writes about children’s books for Australian Book Review and Magpies magazine and blogs about literary and other fiction.

Paul Macdonald

Paul is the owner of the Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft. Paul has a Master of Education, working almost 20 years as a teacher of Upper Primary and Secondary. He has won numerous awards in teaching such as a Quality Teacher Award in 2002, The Premier’s English Scholarship in 2004 and awards for his co-ordination of Regional Shakespearean Festivals. His interests include the development of literacy with a particular interest in reading for gifted children, Boys’ Literacy and books for adolescents.

In 2012 Paul was awarded the School Library Association of NSW's  Maurice Saxby Award for his commitment to and  contribution to children's literature.