Illustration by Kirrili LonerganCBCA Newcastle Branch

I absolutely love talking to adults and children about reading, writing, social issues and anything else that may be up for discussion. Picture books are my passion and I love sharing with the world what I have learnt about making them and my writing journey. I think it’s the teacher in me!

Book Week and Literacy Week are great times of the year to get an author or illustrator to come and inspire kids, but any time of the year is a great time too!

Katrina McKelveyI am keen to visit preschools, day care centres, early learning centres, primary schools, high schools, play groups, public libraries, shopping centres, fundraising events, book launches, professional development courses and workshops, community centres, and special celebrations to share my passion for books, stories, reading and my writing journey.

School Visit by Katrina McKelveyAnother passion of mine is chairing panels or participating on them as part of festivals, conferences and writing courses.

Visits can be catered to suit your needs and budget. They can be author only, or author/illustrator. These would include Kirrili Lonergan, the illustrator of Dandelions.

Click on the links below to find out more information.  If you still have questions, please ask away. Send me a message via my contact page.

Some of my public appearances:

Public Libraries:

Cardiff Library - school holiday story time and craft
Scone Library - school holiday story time and craft
Muswellbrook Library - school holiday story time and craft
Singleton Library - school holiday story time and craft

Festivals and Conferences:

Kids & YA Festival @ NSW Writers Centre - panel participant
Newcastle Writers Festival - MC for the Family Fun Day, School Program advisor and volunteer, author talk, author/illustrator stage performance and story time
Scone Writers Festival - author/illustrator presentations for preschools and panel participant
SCBWI Conference - participating chair
Crime Writing Panel for Newcastle Region Library Crime Week activities - chair

Community Events:

Harry Hartog, Westfield Kotara - Story time
Westfield Kotara - Teddy Bear’s Picnic Story Time Celebrations
Westfield Kotara - Christmas Story Time with Mrs Claus
National Bookshop Day - MacLean’s Booksellers Hamilton
Lunch with the Stars - Sydney CBCA event
Lunch with the Stars - Newcastle CBCA event
Mum’s Cottage - Holmesville - Story Time and promotion of their reading program
CBCA NSW Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! Event (AAA) - speaker
CBCA NSW Judge’s presentation at Wallsend Library - support presenter to Cathie Tasker (judge)


Books In Homes Book Giving Assemblies in and around the Central Coast and Newcastle
Corpus Christi Primary School, Waratah (Year 2) - author talk
Mary MacKillop College, Warnervale (K-4) - author/illustrator talk
St Mary's Primary School, Scone (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Scone Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Scone Grammar School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Blandford Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Murrurundi Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Muswellbrook Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Martindale Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Denman Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Muswellbrook Christian School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
St James Primary, Muswellbrook, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Aberdeen Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Muswellbrook South Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Sandy Hollow Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Singleton heights Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Mt Pleasant Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Broke Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Singleton Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
King St Public School, Singleton, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Australian Christian College, Singleton (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
Milbrodale Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator talk
St Josephs High School, Aberdeen (Year 7) - author talk
Williamtown Daycare Centre, (2 - 5 year olds) - author/illustrator presentation
St Philip’s Christian College, Cessnock, (Stage 2) - author/illustrator talk
DALE Christian School, Waratah, (11-17 year olds) - author/illustrator presentation
Greta Public School, (K-6) - author/illustrator presentation
Fern Bay Public School, (K-6) author presentation
Maroubra Junction Public School, (K-2) - author presentation
John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, Bonnyrigg Heights,
(K-2) - KinderFest presentation

Adult Professional Development:

NATLA (Newcastle Area Teaching Librarian Association) meeting - author/illustrator
Diocese of Maitland/Newcastle - Teaching Librarian Conference - author/illustrator
Hunter Writers Centre - live interview about being a children’s author
SCBWI Sketch and Scribble Event (Sydney) - guide and writing prompts


Writing Realism (author talk) & Ideas Are All Around Us! (workshop) (Stage 2) - St Brigid’s Primary School, Raymond Terrace,
Character Development - St Philip’s Christian College, Cessnock
Digital Story Writing - Newcastle Library School Holiday Program
Character Development - St Mary’s Primary School, Scone
Character Development - St Philip’s Christian College, Cessnock