Schools Program Speakers

Meet the all-star team of speakers hosting the Speculate 2019 Schools Program!

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Emily Gale

Emily Gale has worked in the children’s book industry for 20 years in various roles. Hailing from London but a resident of Melbourne for 10 years, her Australian YA novels are Steal My Sunshine (2013), The Other Side of Summer (2016) and I Am Out With Lanterns (2018).


Will Kostakis

Will Kostakis is a writer of all things, from celebrity news stories that score cease and desist letters, to tweets for professional wrestlers. He’s best known for his award-winning YA novels, The Sidekicks and The First Third. His first fantasy novel series Monuments begins in spring 2019.

Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald is a children's author from Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of the Real Pigeons series, which is illustrated by Ben Wood and features a squad of crime-fighting pigeons protecting the city. Andrew is also the author of two children's novels,The Greatest Blogger in the World and Son of Death.

Ben McKenzie

Ben McKenzie is a performer, writer and game designer known for sci-fi audio comedy Night Terrace, VR game Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown, and podcasts Pratchat (a Terry Pratchett book club) and re:Discovery (a Star Trek recapper). His favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus. He tweets at @McKenzie_Ben.

Joel Martin

Joel Martin is the Festival Director of Speculate, as well as a fantasy writer and freelance editor. Joel is based in Melbourne but originally hails from Wanganui, New Zealand. Along with traditional fiction, Joel dabbles in the unusual world of video game writing. He specialises in fantasy, and his love of the genre spans from sword and sorcery to epic fantasy and he is currently working on a weird fiction novel. He is the host of the monthly literary podcast The Morning Bell.