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Television script-writer.

Atkins's first novel, Nona & Me, was written while Atkins was living in Arnhem Land.

Awards for Works

Nona & Me 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas. They are also best friends. It doesn’t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life.'

'The girls are inseparable until Nona moves away at the age of nine. By the time she returns, they’re in Year 10 and things have changed. Rosie prefers to hang out in the nearby mining town, where she goes to school with the glamorous Selena and her gorgeous older brother, Nick.'

'When a political announcement highlights divisions between the Aboriginal community and the mining town, Rosie is put in a difficult position: will she have to choose between her first love and her oldest friend?' (Source: Publishers website)

2016 joint winner Territory Read Award Chief Minister’s Book of the Year
2016 shortlisted YABBA Fiction Years 7-9
2015 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2015 honour book Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
Winners and Losers 2011 series - publisher film/TV

'The series looks at the lives of four best friends bound together by their shared experience of being 'the losers' in high school. Now ten years later the women are about to become winners, but at what cost?'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 2/12/2013)

2012 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
All Saints 1998 series - publisher film/TV

One of Australia's highest rating dramas, All Saints is a Logie Award-winning Australian medical drama set in the fictional All Saints Western General Hospital in suburban Sydney. The stories originally focused on the nursing staff of Ward 17 run by Nursing Unit Manager Terri Sullivan. It was sometimes referred to as the 'garbage ward' because it took the overflow of patients.

In 2004 Network Seven producers overhauled the series in an effort to increase the show's gradually dwindling audience. They achieved this by closing down Ward 17 and transferring some of the staff to the Emergency Department managed by Frank Campion. Several other new lead characters were also introduced. The changes also saw the storylines begin to focus more on the lives of the doctors and nurses.

Another significant change to the series came in early 2009 when the producers introduced the Medical Response Unit. Central to this development was the helicopter which took doctors to rescue situations outside the hopsital and which in turn brought patients to the All Saints Emergency Department. The show's name was also changed at this time to All Saints: Medical Response Unit. The increased production costs created by having scenes shot on location played a part, however, in the series being cancelled mid-year. The series ended with the Emergency Department and Medical Response Unit teams having a dinner to farewell the last remaining original character, Von Ryan on her final day at All Saints.

All Saints was popular in many countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium and Iran.

2010 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2008 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2007 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
2007 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2006 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
2006 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2006 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2005 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
2005 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2004 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2004 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Australian Program
2002 nominated AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series
2002 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Australian Program
2001 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Australian Program
2001 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2000 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Australian Program
1999 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Australian Program
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