15 March 2022


UniSA Education Futures Visiting Research Fellowship Program
supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Enterprise,
and sponsored by Dr. Mark Irwin and Mr. Ross Ermidis,
proudly present a Keynote Lecture by 
Dr. Mark Carthew
'Walking the talk: connecting with the sounds of language'

Oral language in the form of shared talk, songs and stories is one of the most vital aspects of early language learning. Young children, especially, respond to the sounds and feeling of words, like stepping stones– as they learn the rhythms and cadences of language patterns.

In this keynote presentation, award-winning Australian children’s author, editor, early years and primary teacher, poet and musician, Dr Mark Carthew, will reflect on and share evidence of individual and group connection with wordplay, garnered from his practice-led experience as a senior teacher in early years and primary school literacy and the arts.

Mark’s editorial and publishing associations with some of Australia’s and the world’s leading children’s authors such as Margaret Mahy, Michael Rosen, Janeen Brian, Pamela Allen, Carolyn Graham, Jack Prelutsky et al. will also inform the conversation, along with observations from his national and international audience interactions as a children's author, performer and presenter.


Bio: Dr Mark Carthew is an award winning Australian children’s author, poet, musician and educator well known for his books and series celebrating language, humour and wordplay.

His illustrated play script series Voice Works sold over one million titles worldwide. Mark’s rhyme and riddle books Newts, Lutes and Bandicoots, Wicked Wizards & Leaping Lizards and Witches’ Britches, Itches & Twitches! were created in collaboration with renowned UK illustrator Mike Spoor. Mark’s picture books include Five Little Owls illustrated by Crichton award winning illustrator Mini Goss and The Gobbling Tree, winner of Speech Pathology Australia’s 2009 Book of the Year. His anthology Can You Keep a Secret? Timeless rhymes to share and treasure illustrated by Jobi Murphy was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book.

Mark has extensive experience in trade and education editing and publishing with numerous books, series, anthologies, poems and songs published with Australian and international publishers: see http://markcarthew.com.au/books/ . Mark is a former Board Member of Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Adjunct Research Fellow with Swinburne University of Technology and he is a 2013 & 2020/2021 May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellow. Mark has a PhD in Writing from Swinburne University and he is a Teacher Librarian & Literature Specialist at Berwick Lodge Primary School, Victoria. Mark’s recent picture books include The Moose is Loose! illustrated by Matt Stanton & published by Harper Collins Publishers / ABC Books, The Great Zoo Hullabaloo! illustrated by Anil Tortop and three new books in the Marvin & Marigold series ill. by Simon Prescott (UK); Marvin & Marigold The Big Sneeze, Marvin & Marigold: A Christmas Surprise and Marvin & Marigold: A Stormy Night. 

2020 saw the release of The Dingle, Dangle Jungle illustrated by Dave Atze, published by Ford Street Publishing (*Shortlisted for the 2020 Educational Publishing Awards Australia); along with a 10th Anniversary eBook & POD edition of his CBCA Notable verse and song anthology, Can You Keep a Secret? Timeless rhymes to share and treasure. Mark’s latest picture book, The Thing That Goes Ping! illustrated by Shane McG, published by Ford Street Publishing (Feb 2021), was awarded the 2021 Speech Pathology Book of The Year Award, in the Five-8 years category.