Our Team

Anna Dollard
Community Publishing Director
Anna Dollard has worked in publishing and the arts for over 20 years and before joining Kids’ Own Publishing was closely involved in the establishment of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program in schools around Australia. Anna was Program Manager at Kids’ Own Publishing for 6 years and has worked on over 50 community publishing projects – bringing together artists, designers, booklovers and communities of readers who’ve said “Let’s make a book!”.

Jenn Bishop
Administration, Bookkeeper and Program Support
Jenn Bishop joined the Kids’ Own Office team in 2012. She brings with her a background in Fine Arts and Arts Administration and a love of fixing things and doing lots of odd jobs.  Jenn recently began her Masters of Education (Primary) but has taken a leave of absence to look after her own children.

…and a wonderful team of freelance artists.

Ailsa Wild
Ailsa is a writer, performer and community artist who is also a lead artist and trainer with Kids’ Own Publishing. She is the author of the highly successful Squishy Taylor book series. www.ailsawild.com

Kathy Holowko
Kathy has a multi-disciplinary artistic practice that focuses on creating sculptural works. She also designs many of the Kids’ Own books.

Annasophia Larsen 
Phia is an artist with many years’ experience supporting art projects for children and families at Melbourne’s ArtPlay. She is currently a children’s presenter at the Melbourne Museum.

Eliza Herbert 
Eliza is a writer and co-founder and editor of Fead magazine 

Romy Bradbeer 
Romy is an artist who specialises in drawing and has a particular love of paper in all forms. She is also a bookseller with a love of children’s literature and a passion for inspiring creativity and storytelling in kids.  

Patrice Mahoney 
Patrice Muthaymiles Mahoney is a Kamilaroi, Anewan and Dunghatti artist and is a printmaker, sculptor, weaver, drawer and painter. Patrice has a Bachelor in Art and Design and is currently completing a Master of Fine Art at Federation University in Gippsland. Patrice has worked on publishing partnerships with the State Library of Victoria, Kids’ Own Publishing and schools and community groups in Gippsland. 

Eddie Botha 
Eddie is an illustrative artist who draws on a mixed media background with media imprints, collages and painted surfaces, creating textures and interesting relief effects. He produces work with the intention to make people smile, but also ponder the serious side of life. He has exhibited his work in Melbourne, interstate and internationally but is regularly available for community building projects in which art brings people together.  www.eddiebothacreations.com 

Lyndon Sendeckyj 
Lyndon is a Melbourne potter who founded the business Nomad Object Co. Instagram: @nomad.obj.co 

Reeham Hakem
Reeham is an artist and designer. Former director and member of the Crooked Rib Art Collective, she is completing a Masters degree in Therapeutic Arts Practice at MIECAT. Reeham works with children and families at ArtPlay. 

Bridget Nicholson 
Bridget is a Melbourne-based artist who has been working on site-referential installations for the past decade in a range of media.

Christy Flaws 
Christy is a circus and physical theatre artist.

Jenny Ellis 
Jenny Ellis has been a puppet-maker for over fourteen years. She has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Puppetry from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she received the Student Union Award for Best Theatrical Design. www.jennyellis.com.au 

Hart Ely-Faulks
Hart is an arts educator, working with digital and tactile materials. He studied Fine Arts at RMIT and has a Masters in Teaching (Primary) from the University of Melbourne. 

Briony Barr
Briony is a visual artist whose practice investigates individual and collaborative rule-based drawing.