Mark's set up request!

Screen, x4 tables, CD sounds sytem / CD PLAYER, microphone for large venues. (Image courtesy Mike Spoor)

Example session options

MEET THE AUTHOR (General Event / Festival & Schools Talk)

* Sessions can be geared for ALL primary age groups – I also talk to adult audiences re: the writing process, editing, design and development and my collaborations with Australian and international publishers, writers & illustrators.

Meet children’s editor & author Mark Carthew and discuss the award winning range of works that he had been involved in creating and writing.

Share jokes, silly stuff and have fun with stories, picture books, songs, play scripts and movement!

STORYTIME (designed for early years age 3 - 8)

An interactive readings of Mark’s latest picture books including, Five Little Owls, brilliantly illustrated by CBCA Crichton Award winning illustrator Mini Goss. * This session also involves fun interactive finger plays, actions rhymes and songs from Mark’s illustrated big books and anthologies.

PROPS - Puppets, BANNERS and ART WORK et al.

Story time focus CAN also be The Gobbling Tree ill. By Susy Boyer , including acting it out as a fun, interactive read aloud with audience participation.

In story time I also weave in action songs and interactive finger plays etc from my various anthologies, including my latest release Can You Keep a Secret? Timeless rhymes to share and treasure.


Meet award winning editor and writer Mark Carthew and have fun with play scripts edited by Mark & written and illustrated by some of Australia’s and the world’s best children’s writers including Roald Dahl, Michael Rosen, Graeme Base, Pamela Allen, Margaret Mahy, Richard Tulloch, Lois Walker, Terry Denton and many, many more…


A practical writing session for all primary levels, designed to inspire with fun, accessible strategies for writing poetry and wordplay. Also available for plays scripts and short narrative.

* Mark recently ran Poetry Workshops at this year’s Ipswich Poetry Feast, Qld.

ART / DAS Self-Drying Model Clay Making Caricature Activities
Note: Needs SPACE TABLES and materials.

Note the session descriptions

Session 1 – Age suitability: 6 -12 years

Come along, hear jokes & riddles and meet children’s author Mark Carthew. Then make a modelled das creature on a poly ball, based on one the many funny characters in his joke, rhyme & riddle book ‘Wicked Wizards and Leaping Lizards’. Children will be able to take their creation home. * Artworks from some of Mark’s books will also be on display.

Session 2 – Age suitability: 4-9 years

Tu-whit, tu-whoo! Have fun too... Come along for a song or two and hear children’s author Mark Carthew read from his picture book ‘Five Little Owls’ Then have a hoot making a modelled owl based on the owl characters! Children will be able to take their creation home. * Artworks from some of Mark’s books will also be on display.

The Das caricature making activity is a popular one for school holiday / family festival programs - it requires Das self-drying modeling clay, some cheap aluminum foil & poly balls, and table arrangements, access to water and a few extra bits ‘n pieces. It’s Good fun!


Mark has conducted a broad range of highly regarded teacher professional development workshops across Australia and New Zealand. Workshops focus on practical and engaging literacy strategies for early childhood and primary education – focusing on the joy of wordplay & language.

Recent presentations include the New Zealand Reading Association (NZRA) National Conference Bridges to Literacy & The Early Childhood Australia Biennial Conference In Canberra, Australia.

Mark is also available for keynote addresses.