Australian Christian Schools Library Network

Australian Christian Schools Library Network

Dr Cameron Nunn is the principal of Nepean Christian School in Western Sydney. He has been an English teacher in Christian schools for thirty-two years and continues to teach. He was the chair of the Association of Christian Schools English Teachers for 17 years. Cameron holds a PhD from Macquarie university in the unusual topic of child convicts in the early colony. Cameron is passionate about books and writing. He is an author, poet, essayist and textbook writer having written or contributed to nine books. His first novel, Shadows in the Mirror, published in 2006 was nominated for a number of awards and has remained on the Premier’s reading challenge list since 2007. His second novel, Echo in the Memory is awaiting publication. Cameron has spoken widely on the subject of literature and creative writing in both Australia and overseas.



Dr Hilary Hughes is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, QUT where she teaches in the MEd(Teacher-Librarianship) program. Her specialist teaching and research areas include teacher-librarianship, learning space design, information literacy and informed learning, and international student experience. She applies the charrette (collaborative designing) approach in an MEd unit. Her publications include 2 recent articles about using the charrette in educational contexts and she is currently co-editing a book titled School learning spaces for student wellbeing.

Hilary has completed several funded research projects and is currently a chief investigator on a QUT-led ARC Linkage project that is investigating value for money in school procurement related to educational outcomes. In her teaching and research, Hilary draws on extensive previous experience as reference librarian and information literacy educator. In 2010, Hilary was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado University Denver. She has received several QUT learning and teaching awards. 

Joy Lawn

Joy Lawn is a current judge of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australia), chair of the Patricia Wrightson (children’s literature) judging panel of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and judge of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Older Readers category. She has also chaired the children’s judging panel of the Queensland Literary Awards and judged the IBBY Honour (Australia) and Aurealis Awards.

Joy writes the young adult literature column for The Weekend Australian andher reviews and interviews have also appeared in Australian Book Review, SMH/The Age, Magpies magazine, ALEA publications and Books+Publishing. She writes teacher notes for National Literacy & Numeracy Week (ALEA/AATE), Reading Australia (ALEA) and other professional organisations.  Joy has taught a children’s/YA literature course at the University of Southern Queensland and been a literature consultant for independent bookstores.

Formerly a teacher, Joy is an experienced presenter at state, national and international conferences advising teachers, librarians and academics on literature. She blogs about children’s and young adult literature and literary fiction at Boomerang Books and some of her favourite times of the year are spent chairing sessions at the Sydney and Brisbane Writers’ Festivals. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and Literacy.

Fascinated by ideas and images and how authors and illustrators express these with truth and originality, Joy’s vision is to see quality CYA literature further recognised in the wider community.

Lisa is the Senior National Copyright Officer for the National Copyright Unit (NCU) of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council. The NCU advises and represents Australian schools and TAFEs on copyright issues, negotiates copyright licences for the sector and liaises with education, industry and government on copyright policy issues. The NCU also manages the ‘Smartcopying’ website –– a practical resources on copyright for Australian educators.

Lisa Switala has over six years of legal experience within both the private and public sectors and holds tertiary qualifications in law, journalism and communications. Lisa is currently admitted as a Solicitor of the NSW Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia.

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. In 2016, Paul received the Lady Cutler Award for his passionate commitment to children's literature.

Penny Morrison is the author of the acclaimed picturebook Captain Sneer the Buccaneer, the story of a boastful pirate who secretly wants his Mummy. This title is a Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable Picture Book of 2017. Her other books include Hey! is that how God made me? and The Mighty Mighty King Christmas Book

Penny studied early childhood education and has taught in preschools, run playgroups and speaks to groups of children and adults. She loves leading a weekly music group for toddlers and their carers. Penny lives on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with her three kids, who desperately want her to pick them up from school dressed as a pirates.


Dr Rosanne Hawke lives in an old Cornish farmhouse in South Australia. Many of her books, e.g. Soraya the Storyteller, Shahana: Through my Eyes, Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll, Mustara, Marrying Ameera and Mountain Wolf have been shortlisted or Notable in Australian awards. Taj and the Greak Camel Trek won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Award for Children's Literature, was shortlisted in the 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and commended in the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Awards; The messengaer Bird won the 2013 Cornish Holyer an Gof Award for YA literature. For ten years Rosanne was an aid worker and teacher in Pakistan and the Middle East. She is the 2015 recipient of the Nance Donkin Award for an Australian woman author who writes for children; a Carclew, Asialink, Varuna, and May Gibbs Fellow, and a Bard of Cornwall. In her books she explores culture, history, social issues and relationships. She also visits schools, speaks at writing festivals, judges writing awards and teaches Creative Writing at Tabor Adelaide.