Lynley Stace – writer/illustrator
In 2015 I analysed a lot of short stories and picture books, but the blogging focus for 2016 will reflect my recent obsession with storytelling/narratology. Though I have no aspirations to write a screenplay, the most vocal storytelling experts of this world seem to be paid best by the movie industry, so I’ve been reading a lot of John Truby and Howard Suber et al, and am growing increasingly fascinated with how story is both universal and specific, and how everything we might say about popular film does (or does not?) apply to children’s literature.
Daniel Hare – coder
Dan grew up on the central New South Wales coast of Australia. He has always been interested in programming. As a kid, he used to spend his pocket money on computer magazines like Zzap, then code simple programs which took hours and hours to punch into his family’s Commodore 64. He also used to help the librarian fix problems with the IBM PC at school.
No one was surprised when Dan decided to study computer science at the University of Canberra. Dan now specialises in databases at his day job, but has maintained a childhood curiosity for all things programming. He has taught himself how to code in various languages, most recently in Objective C. By day he is a database developer.