Our Team

EDITOR: Di Bates

Founding editor of Buzz Words (2006) and author of many books for children, Dianne (Di) Bates makes a living from full-time writing. Some of Di’s books have sold overseas in translation; others have won state and national literary awards, including two children’s book choice awards. Di is an avid reader and over the years has reviewed many books for a wide variety of literary magazines. She is a recipient of the Lady Cutler Award for Services to Children's Literature and the founder of the website Australian Children’s Poetry.


Buzz Words reviewers are active members of the children’s book community. They are all volunteers and may be writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians or parents. Above all, they share a love of children's and young adult books. Meet the Buzz Words’ reviewing team.

Dannielle Viera                                                                                                                                  

Dannielle has been involved in the Australian publishing industry for over 20 years, first as a copywriter and then as an editor, project manager, proof-reader and author. She has worked on more than 70 printed books and has written about subjects as varied as the history of Christianity, Native American mythology, vampires, knights and the death of Hollywood film stars. Some of the books for which she is credited as a contributor include Outside in Takes a Stab (2018), From Quarantine to Q Station (2016) and How to Act Like a Champagne Expert (2013). Her first love, however, has always been children’s books, and she has written stories for young children for many years (with an increase in inspiration since the birth of her two daughters). She is listed as an Emerging Author on the Creative Kids Tales website, and her children’s story entitled ‘The Tree’ has been shortlisted for the ZineWest 2018 awards.  

Jeffery E Doherty 

Jeffery E Doherty makes up stuff, he's arty and a bit of a nerd, well quite a big nerd. He loves to read, write, illustrate and review books and stories for children. He is the author of Pager Magic, and the junior fiction series, The Guardians of St. Giles as well as illustrating The Adventures of Teddy and Karl, a collection of bedtime stories for children. To find out more visit his web site at www.jefferyedoherty.com

Julie Dascoli  
Julie is a kindergarten assistant from Melbourne, who loves to write for and about children.  She has aself- published coffee table book containing photographs by her daughter and poems and anecdotes about the antics of children. In 2015 and 16 she released a ten-book series for upper primary students based around occupations. Published by Hawker and Brownlow education. In 2018 she has a picture story book coming out from Empowering Resources publishers. Last year, Julie had a poem accepted in one of Sally Odgers anthologies and is thrilled to have one in this years ‘celebrations,’ anthology as well. Julie is passionate about the child’s voice and enjoys writing from this angle.  

Julie Thorndyke   
A graduate of the University of Sydney Master of Creative Writing program, Sydney writer Julie Thorndyke’s two collections of tanka poetry, Rick Rack and Carving Granite, were published by Ginninderra Press. A librarian in the education sector for more than thirty years, she now concentrates on writing, editing and facilitating writers’ workshops. Editor of Eucalypt: a tanka journal since 2017, Julie also writes fiction and other poetry forms. Waiting for the Night, Julie’s picture book illustrated by Anna Seed, is available from IP Kidz. Julie’s website is https://jthorndyke.wordpress.com/

Kylie Buckley                                                                                                                                     

Kylie is an avid reader and full time Primary School Teacher. She is passionate about children’s literacy and developing a book-loving culture at her school. Besides teaching her class, she particularly enjoys coordinating whole-school reading events such as Book Week, author visits and the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. In her spare time Kylie likes running, playing tennis, drinking wine and eating cheese
Lucinda Gifford       
Lucinda works as an illustrator and children’s author from her studio in Melbourne, which is lined with exciting children's’ books from all over the world. She is the writer and illustrator of picture books Dogasuarus and Space Alien at Planet Dad (both published by Scholastic Australia) and has also illustrated over 20 children's books, including The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack by Jen Storer (ABC Harper Collins) and the Cat want Custard and Chook Doolan series, published by Scholastic and Walker Books respectively.

Nean McKenzie             
Nean lives in western Melbourne where she writes in between working as an optometrist and driving around teenage children. She enjoys travelling,bush walking and training for fun runs. Her first middle-grade fiction book Cryptosight is coming out in 2019.

Nikki M Heath              
Nikki is an aspiring children’s book author, drawing inspiration from her two young daughters and their enthusiasm for the world around them. She admires innovative and challenging children’s books and loves to support Australian authors. When not writing or working her corporate office job, Nikki is a keen baker of sourdough bread, which, along with cheese and chocolate, constitutes most of her diet. She blogs about writing, parenting and baking at nikkimheath.com.

Pauline Hosking     
Pauline has worked as a teacher, teacher-librarian, journalist, theatre publicist, radio producer, TV script assistant and lecturer in the Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing). She’s written two middle grade novels about a junior detective called Cinnamon Stevens as well as plays for adults, teenagers and children. She also runs fun writing workshops in libraries and schools.

Wendy Haynes      
Wendy has been learning the craft of writing for over ten years and has completed a Diploma in Creative Writing at Southern Cross University. Her writing focuses on middle grade fantasy and contemporary stories for children, picture books, and YA.She believes that having a regular writing practice is the key to not only completing a manuscript but in building the skills required to produce a worthy manuscript. Wendy won first prize for her short story ‘Alone’, at Port Writers In-house competition 2018, and enjoys helping and motivating writers and with a Certificate VI in Training and Assessment she conducts motivational and writing workshops on and offline through her business http://writingforkeeps.com.au/

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