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Have you had to cancel an author visit? How about a ‘Live Virtual Visit‘ (of the funky variety!)

Chris has a range of awesome Live Virtual Visits for schools, early childhood storytime and public libraries – see below!

Chris travels all over Australia in his chook-mobile, performing live shows and workshops.

Chris’ highly interactive presentations are designed to promote a love of reading with young readers through humour, fun and engagement; catering for all levels from kindy all the way through to grade 6 primary level. Chris also performs fun and interactive rhyming verse workshops for secondary level students. There is no age limit when it comes to fun and funkiness!

Follow the links below for your preferred booking option. Whether you are a school, early learning centre, library, festival or public event, Chris has a show or workshop for you. Click here or on the image below to check out our 2 minute video snapshot of Chris’ fun and funky Author Visits!

5. Puppets

Presentation Details


  1. Doug the Bug Presentation – (literacy/environmental) – Adapted to suit early learning age to year 3 level
  2. Chris Collin Funky Author Presentation – Join Chris and his best mate Funky Chicken as they celebrate his wildest adventure yet in Funky Chicken Mission InCROCible! – Exploring literacy through fun and funkiness! Adapted to suit early learning age to year 6 (and even secondary school!)
  3. Live Virtual Visits for Primary SchoolsWhen logistical costs or other factors prevent an author incursion,  a live virtual visit can be a great option, without missing out on all the ingredients of an incursion.
  4. Chris has a range of fantastically funky workshops. A Book in an Hour is an awesome workshop for students of all writing abilities. Students will have their heads down (yes, even reluctant writers!), creating their own creative adventure! Chris also facilitates the Brain Strain Creative Rhyme Workshop for keen writers in groups of up to 30. More info on these workshops can be provided on request – contact us.

Early Learning Centres

Fun and Funky Storytime – Chris- is a firm believer in play-based learning and performs fantastic shows for ELC’s, involving live narration to an audio-visual slideshow of his books, puppets, singing and dancing and dress-up. The show finishes with an art activity using basic shapes to draw some of Chris’ funky characters!

Can’t have an incursion? Chris performs and awesome Live Virtual Storytime!

Public Libraries

One of the most important things when performing in libraries and community events is to cater for the wide age range that attend these events, in such a way that everyone is involved and included. Chris’ library shows are designed for the whole family, regardless of age – promoting his philosophy of encouraging children (and their adults) to read for the joy of reading!

  1. Funky Chicken Family Fun
  2. Fun with Doug the Cutest Bug! 

BOOK A VISIT – It’s easy to book using one of the following options:

1. Contact us us at Funkybooks if you would prefer to book directly with us.


3. Creative Net


WOW, WOW, WOW! All Chris’ sessions were interactive, funny, and appealed to all the audience members, regardless of their age group. From the Year 6 through to the Prep students, Chris was able to entertain and keep our students on the edge of their seats. His enthusiasm also transferred back to the classroom where, even reluctant writers and readers, were happy to give his activities a go or simply finish off what they had started. Chris also gave up time to chat to students about their writing efforts and was happy to look over their ideas and give feedback. This was greatly appreciated by the students! I would highly recommend Chris and his shows as he was really accommodating, flexible, engaging, funny and an absolute joy to have within our school. – Our Lady Help of Christians, Cairns Queensland 2020

Chris is a brilliant performer! He was funny and engaging the whole time. His books are original and creative and he did a fantastic job presenting them. The kids and the teachers loved him! – PLK Choi Kai Yau School, Hong Kong 2019

What an engaging and positive presenter! The joy Chris brought to the students as he interacted with them with true interest in their lives and their work was fabulous. His amazing resources for teachers are a testament to Chris and his commitment to sharing a passion for reading and writing with everyone! – Hawker Primary School, ACT 2019

Chris was an absolute hit. He had the students dancing, singing, acting, drawing, writing and rhyming, with lots of laughs in between. He was so inspiring that we’ve had children of all ages choosing to draw and write about his characters in their lunch breaks! – Tannum Sands State School, Qld 2019

The students LOVED Chris’ sessions and were completely enthralled for the full 45 minutes – even the very young students. His book talks were very popular and the students that participated in his writing workshop learned some practical writing skills. Chris was an absolute professional to work with and we would recommend him to any writing Festival looking for a presenter who wants to get younger students excited about reading. – Whitsunday Voices Festival 2019

We had some very positive feedback from the teachers in regard to your presentations.  It was excellent that Chris adapted the format and content to suit the various age levels of the students. This resulted in the children being really engaged and enthusiastic. The year 5 and 6 teachers made particular mention of the relevance of the writing /editing /publishing process for their students.  I will definitely be recommending him to other schools and teachers. – Chinchilla Christian College 2018

Great presentations! Students were thoroughly engaged and interested in your books and presentation style. Students were encouraged to go away and write their own stories which in fact many did. Thanks for visiting, we would recommend your visit to any school. – Humpybong State School 2018

Chris was fabulous. Our whole school attended and the benefit was just enormous. Funky is the new addition to their vocabulary! For some children I am sure, his visit will become a treasured life memory. A wonderful male role model for boy writers. – Withcott State School, Queensland 2018

Fabulous workshop that had all the children and parents (and even the staff!) joining in. I liked how it involved so many elements – story telling, puppetry, factual information about the Australian bush cockroach, singing, dancing and dressups, rhyming and illustrations. Enjoyed so much by one family that they went to the session down at Cannonvale library as well! – Whitsunday Libraries 2018

 Community services – Contact us at Funkybooks

Funkybooks offers community service author visits at reduced rates and sometimes even FREE OF CHARGE!

  • Not for Profit Organisations, Disability groups, Hospital visits (for kids who may not be having such a funky time!)

RECENT COMMUNITY EVENT – A fabulous event in Bundaberg, Qld fund-raising for the Lighthouse Festival

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