Paul Russell is a primary teacher, artist, playwright and children’s author with titles including Grandma Forgets, which made the CBCA list of notable picture books in 2018. He is passionate about the place of imagination and daydreaming in children’s learning. He has a daughter who would rather be a princess or a dragon than a regular school student and he is grateful to teachers who embrace this in her education.
Nicky Johnston is an educator, speaker, author/illustrator of children’s books, and mum to four boys. She is the illustrator representative for the annual author/illustrator KIDLITVIC – Meet the Publishers Conference. Nicky also visits schools to share her journey of becoming an author and illustrator, and to show children the process of creating a book using excerpts of her work. As well as teaching, she works from home writing and illustrating in her art studio. She is passionate about promoting emotional resilience in children and raising awareness of mental health issues. Her love of teaching sees her kept busy with school visits and presenting at workshops and conferences.