Born in Launceston, Tasmania, Ken was an army brat who spent much of his formative years visiting his grandmother’s farm on the banks of the South Esk just outside Hadspen. He grew up attending multiple schools, finally graduating from the ANU, in Canberra. A finance career followed, leading to much travel including a 25-year stint in New York. He finally returned to Canberra and, at the urging of his grandchildren and his author wife, Pamela Burton, commenced writing a children’s adventure story. Bluey was inspired by a visit to the Blue Tier, including the famous Goblin Walk. Dragons and magicians now haunt his dreams.

Ken Mackay


Sue Briginshaw is an accomplished artist who has worked in many mediums. She has worked with silks and textiles as a designer and colourist. Sue has also worked as a cartoonist. As a published Tasmanian artist, she has a range of unique skills to bring to the illustration of books. These skills are on show with the vivid and fantastical illustrations that she has done for Bluey’s Magical Adventure.

Sue Briginshaw