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Darren Ball

In 2011, after achieving the rank of Fudoshin Master, the rank of 5th Dan, and being awarded the title of Shihan (Model Teacher), Darren Ball formed the Yamagawa Budo in Melbourne, an official branch of the Fudoshin Ryu. Darren was on the mat, training in classes from 3 years old. Since that time, he has […]

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Deborah Abela

After completing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail…twice! She became the producer/writer of a national kids’ TV show before leaving to write 28 children’s books. Her crankiness about climate change led to the novels, Grimsdon, New City and Final […]

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Judy Watson

Judy Watson is a book illustrator and artist, working from a home studio overlooking peaceful Sweetwater Creek in Victoria. Children’s book illustration combines her interests in the visual arts, animals, nature, people, stage and costume, and books. Illustrating children’s books since 1998, Judy has been published by Penguin, HarperCollins, Walker Books, and Allen & Unwin. […]

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Justine Sless

Justine has taught, researched, produced, and performed stand-up comedy since 2007. She has performed and taught comedy to a diverse range of clients, nationally and internationally. Justine’s writing has appeared in Jewish Women of Words, Funny Women, in short story anthologies and academic journals, and her MA thesis Mistress of Mirth’s COMEDY Tour was published […]

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Marc McBride

Marc McBride is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling series Deltora Quest, which has sold over eighteen million copies around the world and has become an Anime TV show. He has illustrated more than two hundred book covers, ten picture books, countless magazines and has exhibited work with the New York Society of […]

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Majeda Beatty

Taking you on a journey of Australia’s First Nation dreamtime through an interactive and vibrant experience, Majeda Beatty presents both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures as well as sharing her perspective on being an indigenous millennial woman. She believes in the importance of cultural pride and carrying on past traditions as well as moving […]

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Shyamla

Shyamla is an accomplished Performing Artist, Choreographer and Teacher with three decades of dance experience and a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law. Shyamla has taught at renowned studios throughout Australia and abroad (Sydney Dance Company, Ettingshausens, Dance Attic UK) and specialises in cultural dance (Hip Hop, Bollywood, Traditional Indian and Brazilian Samba), having […]

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Sofie Laguna

Sofie Laguna originally studied to be a lawyer, but after deciding law was not for her, she trained as an actor. Sofie began her writing career as an author for children and has written over twenty books for young people. Her work has been published in the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe […]

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is a Japanese koto (zither) performer and teacher based in Melbourne. He has acquired both classical and contemporary repertoire, and also collaborates with musicians of various musical and cultural background. Apprenticed to the legendary Kazue Sawai in Tokyo, he ranked 2nd in Japan for the Sawai Koto School’s instructor’s examination. Since returning, he […]

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Kenny Chan

Since 2003, Kenny Chan has been running around Australia spreading the love of Manga, the Japanese style of comic drawing. He has worked as a freelance artist and animator in comics, animation, video games and movies, and is also a fully registered teacher. Kenny has run over a thousand manga drawing workshops at schools, festivals […]

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