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with the Author-on-Wheels

In 2016, Chris presented his Funky Chicken Show as part of the Queensland Arts Council Youth Touring Program, managed by Qld Music Festival. Here’s what they had to say…

“The Chris Collin – Funky Chicken Show consistently scored very highly in our feedback monitoring from schools. Students responded to his stories and really enjoyed the puppetry, music and dance. Educators thought there were good links to the curriculum and a wide range of activities for students to respond to.” – Qld Music Festival

BOOK THE AUTHOR-ON-WHEELS (Festivals/Schools/Daycare/Libraries/Public Events)

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 is available for a range of fun and funky presentation options!

Click here or on the image below to check out our 2 minute video snapshot of Chris’ fun and funky Author Visits!

5. Puppets



  1. Doug the Bug Presentation – (literacy/environmental) – kindy to year 3 level
  2. Creating Picture Books through Fun and Funkiness! Presentation – adapted to suit early childhood to year 6
  3. SKYPE Out of this World VIRTUAL Author Visit  – all primary levels


  1. Funky Rhyme Workshop (max 60 students) – adaptable to suit year 3 – 6
  2. Brain Strain Creative Rhyme Workshop (max 25 students) –  adaptable to suit year 4 – 6 (and even secondary level)

BOOKING – It’s easy to book using one of the following 2 options:

1. Speakers Ink – We are proud to be listed with Australia’s premier literary booking agency Speakers Ink.

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

Due to ever-growing demand for his fun and interactive workshops and presentations, Chris is now touring schools, early learning centres, libraries and festivals Australia-wide as… THE AUTHOR ON WHEELS!

  • Narration of books to amazing audio-visual music slideshows
  • Singing and dancing to songs by the author
  • Puppet interaction
  • Drama and role play
  • Art activities
  • Making of a picture book
  • Rhyme and rhythm workshops (to suit any year level)

‘Chris was fabulous. He engaged all students in the school brilliantly and the kids are still talking about his visit days later. They loved his puppets, the fun of dramatizing a story and the links to the real world through his own life experience journey as an author and to nurture, in a fun way. Funky is the new addition to their vocabulary. Our whole school attended and the benefit was just enormous. For some children I am sure, his visit will become a treasured life memory. A wonderful male role model for boy writers’ – RS Withcott State School, Queensland

Chris is travelling Australia-wide! Here’s the itinerary for 2018 or Download the 2018-2019 Itinerary here.


QLD –  South East – home base!

Available for bookings in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Ipswich Regions

OCTOBER NSW – Northern Rivers Region – 16/10 to 2/11

NSW/VIC – Albury-Wodonga & Murray River Region 5/11 – 9/11

NSW – Newcastle & Central Coast

(North to Nelson Bay – South to Gosford) – 19/11 to 30/11


Many schools have difficulty accessing visits from authors and other professionals involved in the arts.

Chris has been bringing his Funkybooks presentation to schools, predominantly in Queensland, Australia for the last three years. Following his desire to foster a passion for reading in regional centres, we can now say the Funkybooks presentation can be taken to schools throughout Australia and to countries all around the world! Click on this link for more information on the Out of this World VIRTUAL Author Visit

Recent Testimonials

2017 – Our Prep to Year 2 students thoroughly enjoyed Chris Collin’s presentation.  He was extremely professional and enthused and inspired our students as well as our staff.  All our students were engaged and loved being involved in the presentation.  Chris was easily able to maintain the attention of his young audience.  Thanks so much Chris!

  • St Columba’s Catholic Primary School, Wilston, Qld

2017 – Chris is a gifted storyteller with much enthusiasm and energy.  The students loved the visit so much and a teacher commented that he was the “best Author we’ve ever had”.  I loved Chris’s use of pace in the lesson, varied activities, integrated music and use of visuals digital and physical.   We will definitely invite Chris back to our College.

  • AB Patterson College, Gold Coast, Qld

2017  – What a ‘Funky’ presentation Chris gave! He was very engaging and related really well to the children. They loved his presentation and asked lots of great questions. The children LOVED the Funky Chicken and we used the character as an inspiration for a writing task the following week. I loved the multimedia and the puppets. Chris allowed our two classes extra time. I would highly recommend this author to visit other schools. Great fun!

  • Tocumwal Public School, NSW

 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!)

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