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Megan McKinlay Megan McKinlay i(A71488 works by) (a.k.a. Meg McKinlay)
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Megan McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria. She spent a year in Japan as an exchange student during her secondary education and later completed a PhD in Japanese literature at the University of Western Australia. McKinlay has taught literature, Japanese and creative writing at tertiary level. Her poetry has appeared in a range of Australian journals and she has also written children's and young adult books (as Meg McKinlay).

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Personal Awards

2010 recipient Asialink Literature Residency Program for residency in Japan

Awards for Works

Once upon a Small Rhinoceros 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Once, there was a small rhinoceros who wanted to see the big world. So she built a boat. And sailed away ... From the duo behind award-winning picture book No Bears comes a simple yet inspirational tale about challenging the norm, pushing boundaries and being true to oneself.' (Synopsis)

2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book of the Year
Drawn Onward 2017 single work picture book young adult

'The text is a palindrome - in the first half reading as a dire denunciation, and in the second, reversed, is a call to hope. It graphically and cleverly illustrates that the very same situation can be viewed quite differently depending on perspective. From the glass half empty - 'There is no light on the horizon and it is foolish to think you can change anything at all'; to the glass half full- 'you can change anything at all. It is foolish to think there is no light on the horizon.'' (Publication summary)

2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book of the Year
Bella and the Wandering House 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'Bella is very surprised one morning to discover her house has moved in the night – not a lot, just a little. Her parents are too busy to notice, but even they can’t pretend it’s not happening when they wake up to find their house on the banks of a lake. Night after night the house moves and the family wakes to a new location. Unless Bella can solve the mystery, who knows where they’ll end up? ' (Publication summary)

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2015 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
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