James has always loved the concept of story and song. He began writing musicals while completing his tertiary studies using the vast array of musical skills learned throughout childhood. Spirit of Broo is his second musical and he is very happy with how something written for the stage can and does work as a book with songs. James is currently between jobs however he will spend his work time trying to market Spirit of Broo as best as he can. He continues to write stories with songs and looks forward to more of those being staged.
Owen Bell ( Omega)
Perth born, Omega is a professional illustrator with over 40 years experience. Some years ago, whilst living in the UK, he was responsible for revamping Thomas the Tank Engine’s image and for creating all the artwork for the worldwide merchandise, including over 30 books, for Random House (NY) and Heinemann (UK).
Omega has been working exclusively digitally for around 10 years, using Corel Painter (vX) in conjunction with a Wacom Touch tablet and pressure sensitive stylus. The illustrations in ‘Spirit of Broo’ were created in this way.
Omega’s other passion is music, both listening to and playing. He taught myself to play fiddle, playing mostly English Country dance music with some Irish, Scottish, American and European.’
Alwyn Evans is a freelance writer and editor, who began her working life as a teacher. She has written over 35 picture books, as well as teacher reference works and ghost-written autobiographies.
She has also edited countless books, and as founding Children’s Book Editor for Fremantle Arts Centre Press she established their picture book and young adult lists. Her first novel is ‘Walk in My Shoes’ about which one critic wrote: ‘Evans’ writing is so vivid and so detailed, that it is hard to remember that this particular family is fictional, although their experiences are based on the experiences of actual asylum seekers’.
Erik Kowarski is one of Western Australia’s, and possibly Australia’s, most accomplished and versatile fiddlers. With a classical upbringing and a deep connection with folk music and improvisation, Erik is equally at home accompanying songs, playing tunes or improvising dynamic solos.
Currently Erik plays with Mucky Duck and The Pioneers and with improvising duo Ochre with didgeridoo player James T Webb. As well as performing, Erik runs a recording studio he calls Pocket Universe. He also lectures in Pro Tools (sound recording equipment) at the WA Academy of Performing arts.
Erik can be contacted at www.pocketuniverse.com.au
Craig is an accomplished multifaceted musician with experience in composing, arranging, orchestration, song writing, musical direction, conducting and live performance. He is a multi-instrumentalist (bass, keyboards, voice, guitar, didgeridoo, percussion, drums) and has toured Australia, Asia, North and South America with various bands.
Craig is also a director of Dream Catcha Productions, a Perth based PA and Lighting Hire Company.
Craig can be contacted at www.dreamcatchaproductions.com.au