Patricia Wrightson Patricia Wrightson i(A26709 works by) (a.k.a. Alice Patricia Wrightson)
Born: Established: 19 Jun 1921 Lismore, Lismore - Goonellabah, Lismore area, Far Northeast NSW, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 15 Mar 2010 Lismore, Lismore - Goonellabah, Lismore area, Far Northeast NSW, New South Wales,
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Patricia Wrightson was the daughter of a country solicitor from whom she received an education in 'literature, philosophy and wonder'. She was the third of a family of six, attending several state schools, including the State Correspondence School for children isolated in the country. She also boarded at a private school in Stanthorpe, Queensland, for one year. After finding employment in a munitions factory during the war, Wrightson worked as a hospital administrator at the Bonalbo District Hospital from 1946 until 1960, and it was during this time that she began to write children's fiction. Her first published book, The Crooked Snake, received the Australian Book of the Year Award in 1956. She wrote more than twenty books over the next thirty years, receiving many prizes and accolades, including Switzerland's Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1986. In 1999 the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for writing for a primary school audience was named the Patricia Wrightson Prize.

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Awards for Works

Rattler's Place Brilliant Bites for Boys , 1997 single work children's fiction children's

'At the new house, everything is different. But maybe Rattler will make up for it....'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1998 honour Book Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Balyet 1989 single work novel young adult 'The story of two young girls: Jo, a very modern teenager and Balyet, a beautiful girl-spirit of the mountains, who is frozen in time by an ancient curse and destined to live forever in terrible isolation. Her longing for a companion touches Jo, but her offer of friendship carries a deadly price.' (Source: Bookseller's site)
1990 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
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