Glenda Millard was born in the Goldfields region of Central Victoria and has lived in the area all her life. It was not until Glenda's four children became teenagers that she began to write in her spare time. She is now a full-time writer. The communities she has lived in and the surrounding landscapes have provided a rich source of inspiration and settings for many of her stories. Apart from writing, some of Millard's favourite things are Jack Russell Terriers, hot-air ballooning, making and eating read and pizza in the wood-fired oven that her husband built in the back yard and reading books which either make her laugh or cry. Millard has visited many primary schools in her home state of Victoria and also interstate where she has presented her books by engaging children in the performance of her stories. Miller has also presented to adult groups such as TAFE students and community writing groups.
'A powerful, captivating story about Alice, who is reaching out to express herself through her beautiful-broken words, and Manny who is running to escape his past. When they meet they find the tender beginnings of love and healing.
'Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone, but something inside her is broken. She has acquired brain injury, the result of an assault, and her words come out slow and slurred. But when she writes, heartwords fly from her pen. She writes poems to express the words she can't say and leaves them in unexpected places around the town. Manny was once a child soldier. He is sixteen and has lost all his family. He appears to be adapting to his new life in this country, where there is comfort and safety, but at night he runs, barefoot, to escape the memory of his past. When he first sees Alice, she is sitting on the rusty roof of her river-house, looking like a carving on an old-fashioned ship sailing through the stars.' (Publication summary)
'In poignant verse, the story of one young shepherd makes the experience of soldiers in World War I accessible to children.
'Once there sang a carefree shepherd in a field of emerald green. ... Once Tom's world was all at peace.
'Here is the tale of Tom Shepherd, tending his lambs and shearing their fleece and wooing his sweetheart, who weaves the sheep's wool to make him a coat. But then the Great War comes, and Tom must leave his beloved wife and his unborn child and go off to fight. In a moving, sobering story that resolves in a heartbreaking but beautiful ending, Once a Shepherd evokes the reality of war in a way young children can understand, while fostering a deep-felt hope for peace.'
'Grandpapa's eyes shine when he remembers the beauty of the world, long-ago. Peterboy wants to find something wonderful to bring the light to Grandpapa's eyes and keep it there. What he finds is a duck, wounded and broken, and Grandpapa mends her from top to tail; quack, waddle and wing!
'The Duck and the Darklings is a triumphant story, for children and adults, about the coming of hope in dark days, the warmth of friendship and the splendour of a new dawn.' (Publication summary)