Julie Hunt loves poetry, storytelling and traditional folktales, and her pursuit of stories has taken her from the rugged west coast of Ireland to the ice caves of Romania. Her own stories combine other-worldly elements with down-to-earth humour. Julie's novel Song for a Scarlet Runner was the winner of Readings inaugural Children's Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award and the CBCA Awards in 2014. Her other books include a series about a plucky cowgirl called Little Else (illustrated by Beth Norling) and the CBCA Picture Book of the Year, The Coat (illustrated by Ron Brooks) and Precious Little (illustrated by Gaye Chapman)...Dale Newman is an artist and illustrator who originally trained in printmaking. She honed her illustration skills while working as a press artist for five years in the art room of the Newcastle Herald, and now exhibits her lithographs, etchings and drawings. Dale has been a freelance artist since 2007. She also works with young people as an artist, musician and arts project manager in the community sector.