Karen Tyrrell

Karen Tyrrell


Speaker type

  • Author
  • Storyteller / Performer
  • Educational consultant
  • Motivational
  • Virtual visits
available for virtual visits

Award-winning author and teacher Karen Tyrrell presents interactive reader’s theatre, inspirational talks and engaging writing workshops, empowering kids and adults to live STRONG and save the environment through humour and self-belief. As a survivor of workplace bullying, Karen shares bully prevention, resilience, self-care and coping skills at teacher’s conferences, schools and festivals.

Song Bird Rainforest Rescue was shortlisted in 2019 for Speech Pathology Book of the Year. Rainforest Rescue is Highly Recommended by Reading Time - Children's Book Council of Australia. Karen has won an Arts Queensland grant for picture book Ready Set Discover Logan.

Her acclaimed books: Song Bird Superhero, Song Bird The Battle of Bug World, Song Bird Rainforest Rescue, Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember and Super Space Kids series share messages of bully prevention, resilience and caring for the environment. Karen has won 4 awards, 4 literary grants, 3 book sponsorships and a mentorship through the Society of Editors (QLD).

Her husband Steve guest authored the Song Bird Series. Together, they perform interactive readers theatre and pantomimes in fun costumes, utilising props, music and humour to schools, kindies and libraries. Their Song Bird reader’s theatre and Bailey Beats the Blah pantomime are amusing and popular.

Karen provides imaginative writing workshops for Meanjin Writing Camps, Brisbane Libraries, Queensland Writers Centre and writing festivals. She presents empowerment presentations to all ages from kindy to adults, tailor making her talks to specific needs. Karen has judged writing competitions, co-ordinated a writer’s collective, organized a writer’s festival and presented Book Marketing Masterclasses. She speaks on radio and TV about bully prevention, resilience, and eco issues.

When Sir David Attenborough implored ‘The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. It’s time to step up'. Karen took his challenge to heart, writing Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue to educate and empower kids to care for the reef, seas and creatures. See the congratulatory letter from Sir David Attenborough below and listen to the podcast of her interview on:

ABC Brisbane Radio



Courier Mail Article

To view more examples from Karen's multifaceted career, follow the links to her Website and YouTube Channel

 See Karen's new Youtube channel:

Karen Tyrrell Self-Isolation Book Show

Author Talks

Curious Creatures, Wild Minds  - Book Week Talk

Karen Tyrrell takes children on a storytelling journey, meeting curious creatures and wild minds in her books. Characters include Song Bird Superhero and Super Bee from Song Bird The Battle of Bug World, Rainforest Man and Dreamtime characters from Song Bird: Rainforest Rescue, KT koala from Ready Set Discover Logan, Fuzzy the dog from Bailey Beats the Blah. Karen challenges children to use wild minds to create their own curious creatures. Author talk includes costumes, props, power point show, dramatic book readings and how to create a simple narrative plot. Suits 6+

Song Bird Series - ECO Talk

Karen dressed as Song Bird Superhero and Steve playing Destructo, Super Bee, Tree Man or Reef Man present an interactive eco author talk. They take the audience on a journey through the Song Bird series discussing how to care for bees, rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. Presentation includes power point show, dramatic book readings, costumes, puppets, props, role play, problem solving, Q&A and prizes. Suits 8+

Bully Prevention Talk

Karen Tyrrell, bully prevention author, and school teacher, shares strategies for bully prevention, highlighting coping skills. Her powerful interactive author talk includes power point show, costumes, props, role play and Q&A interactivity. Her book STOP the Bully is supported by Kids Helpline, Kids Matter and is also available as an audiobook. Suits 7+

Self-Care, Coping skills and Resilience Talk 

Karen is an award-winning mental health advocate, child empowerment author and speaker. She presents an interactive power point talk sharing self-care, resilience and bully prevention coping strategies to promote optimum wellness and happiness. Suits 8+

Writing Workshops

Superhero Writing Workshop

Karen, dressed as Song Bird Superhero and Steve as Super Bee or Tree Man, present an interactive writing workshop, boosting creativity and writing skills. Children write a superhero story with SUPER characters, SUPER villains and SUPER powers. Includes power point show, student planning sheet, costumes, and props. Suits 7+

Adventure Story Writing Workshop

Meet Karen Tyrrell, adventure author of Song Bird Superhero series and Super Space Kid Series. Children learn to write an exciting adventure story starring an adventure hero who solves challenges, issues and problems. Includes power point show, planning sheet, props, costumes, props. Suits 7+

Create a Hero Character

Children create an unforgettable hero character including hero traits, goals and fears. They learn how to strengthen a character, show in action, create dialogue and display thoughts. Suitable for 9+ 

Write your First Chapter

Karen uses visualizing techniques to guide writers to develop a first chapter. Children create setting, Point of View character, description, narrative and action. Suitable for 10+

Create a Picture Book

Children plan, write and illustrate a picture book. Immerse into a specialist genre: themes, story arc structure, Rule of 3, book length, storyboarding, characterisation, setting and voice. Children write & illustrate a picture book. 9+

Structure your Book

Hero’s journey. How I structure my Song Bird series. Develop an engaging story to hook in the reader using story arc, character goals, conflict and resolution. Suitable for 11+. 

Pantomimes - Readers Theatre

Bailey Beats the Blah Pantomime – Friendship skills

Karen dressed as Bailey and Steve as fuzzy the dog, bring to life picture book Bailey Beats the Blah as an interactive pantomime with fun costumes, props, songs, role play, Q&A and kid’s activities. Children learn how to make and keep friends. Suitable 3-7 years.

Harry Helps Grandpa Pantomime – Memory skills & Grandparents

Karen dressed as Harry and Steve as Grandpa, bring to life picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember as an interactive pantomime with fun costumes, props, music, role play, Q&A and activities. Children learn memory boosting skills, value of communication Family relationships and farm animals. Suitable 4-8 years.

**Schools receive extra value in our author talks: 2 performers for the price of one **




  • Our Year 2 Students thoroughly enjoyed watching Karen’s stories come to life, through their very engaging storytelling skills. The presentation was perfect for the year level.

    Islamic College of Brisbane - September 2020

    Islamic College of Brisbane - September 2020
    Karen Tyrrell
  • Karen linked her presentation with current school initiatives. She was enthusiastic about working with our students. She had costumes, props and a few giveaways.

    Guardian Angels School - 2017

    Guardian Angels School - 2017
    Karen Tyrrell
  • Karen is a dynamic visiting author. Children were inspired and engaged throughout her sessions which focused on developing their own creative writing.

    Meanjin Writing Camps, USQ - 2018

    Meanjin Writing Camps, USQ - 2018
    Karen Tyrrell
  • The children were excited to be part of the interactive puppet show, whilst our secondary students made real life connections to the story. A fantastic, age appropriate experience

    Logan City Special School - August 2018

    Logan City Special School - August 2018
    Karen Tyrrell
  • Our students were engaged in the entertaining pantomime and drawn in by the author's character portrayals in the book readings

    Norfolk Village State School - August 2018

    Norfolk Village State School - August 2018
    Karen Tyrrell
Karen Tyrrell