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 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

Nean McKenzie             

Nean lives in western Melbourne where she writes in between working as an optometrist. She enjoys travelling, bush walking and training for fun runs. Her debut novel
 Cryptosight, a middle-grade adventure story, came out in 2019. Her second novel Xenoflight, also published by MidnightSun Publishing, will be out in May 2022. 

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. 

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.

Claire Stuckey

Claire is a children’s librarian who is passionate about promoting quality Australian
Children’s literature as an executive committee member of the International Board of Books
on young People (IBBY) Australia and through active membership of the Children’s Book
Council Australia in New South Wales.

Having co-ordinated & presented the Australian World Through Picture Books List for The
International Federation of Library Associations and initiated the travelling Jeans Genies
project an international Sister Library program, Claire was elected to the Libraries for
Children and Young Adult Section /IFLA committee. Attending conferences in Europe since 2009 she has delivered papers at four international conferences on topics including depression, difference and indigenous environments.

Since 2010 Claire established a strong relationship with Nishi-kasai Library in Edogawa
Japan Gosford Council’s Sister City. For the past two years she has delivered successful
children’s and adult English programs. Australian Library Association CYS group promotes the role of Children’s Librarians in the Public library setting. By gathering and disseminating quality professional guidelines and information, children’s librarians can achieve the highest level of service delivery. Claire says it is great to be a member of the ALIA CYS team. Developing and sharing theme-based booklists for school, preschools and high schools has been a key to developing strong
relationship with educational, environmental and healthcare professionals. For families it
was essential to develop and present many children’s early childhood literacy, holiday and
YA library programs.

Claire has been a long-time member of SCWBI Australia proud to support and advocate for
Australian creators. Books in Homes does great work and she’s thrilled to be on the selection
committee with other literacy specialists. Since leaving council libraries, Claire has enjoyed
working at the independent bookshop BOOKFACE where she runs a YA book club, and

relishes reviewing new titles for Buzz Words www.buzzwordsmagazine.com

Karen Hendriks

Karen is an emerging children’s writer and is passionate about children’s literacy. In April,
2019 Karen established the Shellharbour Children’s Writers and Illustrators at Shellharbour
City Library. She is a moderator for the Creative Kids Tales site which supports fellow

Karen has many short stories published both online and in books. This includes The Toy
Chest Anthology (2018), It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas Anthology, 2018, The
Creative Kids Tales Story Collection (2018) and Things That Go Bump and Enchanted, a flip
book Anthology (2019) and Spooktacular Stories (2019).

Feathers is Karen’s picture book being published by Empowering Resources (2020). Go
Away, Foxy Foxy will be released in August (2020) and is being published by Daisy Lane
Publishing. This is being followed by Home, a picture book story being released in April
(2022), also published by Daisy Lane Publishing.

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