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Speaker Profile - Steve Heron


Region: Australia West
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: No
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Books to touch and tickle hearts.

When he's not shooting marshmallows out of a home-made cannon or hanging out with the local magpie population, Steve uses his forty years of experience working with children in social and emotional wellbeing to cultivate and underpin his writing. 

He blends the elements of heart, hope, humour and help to create children's books that touch and tickle hearts.

  • o   Middle-grade novel One Thousand Snapshots published by Playtime Books (Shawline Publishing) Nov 2021. Winner of Australian Association of Family Therapists Book Award 2022 - Younger Reader Category. Shortlisted – West Australian Premier’s Book Awards 2021 – Prize for Writing for Children.

    o   Picture book, Where Ya Goin’? published by Wild Eyed Press Aug 2021. Shortlisted – Speech Pathology Australia Book Awards 2022.

    o   Ling Li’s Lantern Illustrated by Benjamin Johnston – published by MidnightSun Publishing Sept 2020 - 2021 Northern Lights Book Awards Winner of the picture book all ages category.

    o   Maximus, first middle-grade novel published by Serenity Press in 2018.

  • Series of six picture books in the Feel Safe Feel Right Series (Self Published) 2007

Diploma of Children’s Writing and Publishing 2015 Australian College.

Founder of Nurture Works and the acclaimed ‘BUZ – Build Up Zone’ programs.

Order of Australia Medal 2016 for contribution to the social and emotional wellbeing of children.

  • Picture book Harold the Horrid was shortlisted with 2017 Greenleaf Buds Writing competition
  • Short story The Money Pouch was longlisted in the BUZZWords Magazine Short Story competition 2018

Children’s Author @ Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival Geraldton, Words in The Valley Readers and Writers festival Bridgetown and Children’s Author in residence @ Carnarvon 2019. Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival 2022

A champion of wellbeing for children, he has been called an affirmative vandal and a hooligan of hope.

Solid social media platforms and creative, experienced presenter in schools and libraries.

Member of SCBWI, ASA, Writing WA, CBCA WA.

Presentation Description:


I have extensive experience working with schools and am no stranger to doing presentations with children. A champion of well-being for children, I have been called an affirmative vandal and a hooligan of hope.

Based on my books, my workshops are fun and engaging with marshmallow cannons, button pressing, Chinese lanterns, magpies, willie wagtails, echidnas and comedy.

Topics include kindness, friendships, emotional literacy, journaling, creative and descriptive writing, show don’t tell, the art of writing funny stuff, and using humour to introduce literary devices.

I also do professional development for teachers, adult workshops, and literature festivals.

More info on Steve and his work can be found on his website: