Speakers

Busybird Publishing has access to a range of wisdom from its staff and its authors. Request one of our speakers to talk at your business, school, or function.

The director of publishing at Busybird Publishing, Blaise van Hecke – aka The Book Chick – has overseen the publication of over two hundred books. She’s also the author of The Book Book: 12 steps to successful publishing, and a contributor to Self Made, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, and a number of journals. And, on top of all that, she’s a mentor and an editor in her own right, as well as the President of the Society of Women Writers (Victoria).

In dealing with prospective authors, printers, editors, booksellers, bookstores, and anybody else you could think about related to books, she’s learned a thing or two. She also runs a variety of workshops on life writing, publishing, and editing.

Areas of Expertise: As a speaker, Blaise can talk about every facet of publishing – be it traditional publishing, self-publishing, publishing using print-on-demand, or ebook publishing – and writing. She is commonly in demand, educating writers, editors, students, and publishers from all over the country.

Behind every image that comes out of Busybird Publishing is Kev Howlett. A photographer with over thirty years experience in the commercial photographic industry, Kev has shot pictures of everything from babies to white goods to cars.

In 2015, he climbed up to Mount Everest Base Camp and back to raise awareness and funds for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Syndrome – a condition his son suffers – while also taking pictures for a gorgeous photojournal of his trek, Walk With Me. He’s an accomplished illustrator and artist as well, drawing images for the popular Tilly and Billy series, The Magnificent Climbing Tree, and Chantelle’s Wish.

Areas of Expertise: Kev can speak about anything to do with photography – from the composition of pictures, to how digital cameras work and how to get the best out of their features – and periodically runs workshops, helping budding photographers to learn to shoot pictures like a pro. He can also talk about illustration, and has hosted a number of secondary school workshops.

The chief editor and publications manager at Busybird Publishing, Les Zigomanis specialises in structural editing, and has helped numerous authors to get their stories working as they would like.

He’s also an accomplished writer. His novel, Just Another Week in Suburbia was published in September 2017 (under ‘Les Zig‘) and his YA novel, Pride published in April 2017 (under ‘Lazaros Zigomanis‘). He’s also had short stories and articles published extensively, and three screenplays optioned. His action/drama screenplay, ‘The Principle of the Thing’, is currently in pre-production.

Areas of Expertise: Les can speak about anything to do with story – from the components of putting a story together, to how to revise your work. He’s held workshops on an introduction to fiction, and a ten-week course on writing a novel. He can also talk about the basics of screenwriting, for anybody interested in an introduction to screenwriting as a craft.

You might only know Jeff Corfe as his alter ego Joffa, the famous (or perhaps that’s ‘infamous’) Collingwood supporter who dons the gold jacket to celebrate victory when he’s sure his beloved Collingwood Football Club is about to win a game.

But did you know that Joffa was brought up in an abusive household, that he was homeless at 14, that he credits football with saving his life, that he volunteers tirelessly for a number of charities and foundations, and that he works for the Salvation Army?

There’s much more to Joffa than you could imagine, which is why he penned his autobiography in 2015, Joffa: Isn’t That Life? How well do you know the man behind the gold jacket?

Areas of Expertise: Joffa can talk about all things football, expressing his views on the way the good-natured tribalism of the game is disappearing from the stands. He can also talk about serious issues such as mental health, epilepsy, and homelessness, and likes to share his wisdom to the next generation in hopes that they can avoid the dangers he faced growing up.

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