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Clare Atkins Clare Atkins i(A148936 works by)
Born: Established: 1980 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Television script-writer and novelist.

Born and raised in Sydney, Clare Atkins has also lived in Bathurst, where she attended Charles Sturt University and graduated with a teaching degree, La Gomera (Spain), and in Yirrkala (Arnhem Land). In 2017, she was based in Darwin.

Post-university, Atkins was hired by the Home and Away script department (where she had completed work experience) as a script assistant and later as a script-writer. After a couple of years, she spent some time in Europe, including living in the Canary Islands, before returning to Australia and to script-writing. She worked as a script editor on Home and Away and Headland, and then co-ran an independent scriptwriting project called Represent, which focused on young writers from multicultural backgrounds: the pilot and bible for the show that Represent developed, called The Space Between was nominated for the inaugural Kit Denton Dis-fellowship (then the Kit Denton Fellowship). Her other community development work including working with Big hArt.

Atkins won a British Council scholarship to work with in the UK with Jimmy McGovern on series two of The Street, and wrote scripts for All Saints, Winners and Losers, and Wonderland.

Atkins's first novel, Nona & Me, was written while Atkins was living in Arnhem Land, still writing scripts for Wonderland. Her second novel was published in 2018.

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Personal Awards

2016 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Grants Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $45,000.00

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Between Us Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2018 12259282 2018 single work novel young adult

'Is it possible for two very different teenagers to fall in love despite high barbed-wire fences and a political wilderness between them?

'Anahita is passionate, curious and determined. She is also an Iranian asylum seeker who is only allowed out of detention to attend school. On weekdays, during school hours, she can be a ‘regular Australian girl’.

'Jono needs the distraction of an infatuation. In the past year his mum has walked out, he’s been dumped and his sister has moved away. Lost and depressed, Jono feels as if he’s been left behind with his Vietnamese single father, Kenny.

'Kenny is struggling to work out the rules in his new job; he recently started work as a guard at the Wickham Point Detention Centre. He tells Anahita to look out for Jono at school, but quickly comes to regret this, spiraling into suspicion and mistrust. Who is this girl, really? What is her story? Is she a genuine refugee or a queue jumper? As Jono and Anahita grow closer, Kenny starts snooping behind the scenes…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
2018 shortlisted Readings Young Adult Book Prize
y separately published work icon Nona & Me Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2014 7988693 2014 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 1 units)

'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)

2018 shortlisted YABBA Fiction Years 7-9
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
form y separately published work icon Winners and Losers ( dir. Nicholas Bufalo et. al. )agent 2011 Australia : Seven Network , 2011- Z1771834 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
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