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y separately published work icon Rogue A. J. Betts , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2019 2019 single work novel young adult y
y separately published work icon The Dog Runner Bren MacDibble , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 2019 single work children's fiction children's y
y separately published work icon Pea Pod Lullaby Glenda Millard , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Massachusetts : Candlewick Press , 2018 2017 single work picture book children's
y separately published work icon The Great Lizard Trek Felicity Bradshaw , Norma MacDonald (illustrator), Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2018 2018 single work picture book children's y
y separately published work icon Tales from the Inner City Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), New York (City) : Arthur A. Levine Books , 2018 2018 selected work single work short story poetry prose art work
Zobi and the Zoox : A Story of Coral Bleaching y separately published work icon Zobi and the Zoox Zobi and the Zoox : A Story of Coral Bleaching Ailsa Wild , Aviva Reed (illustrator), Briony Barr , Gregory Crocetti , Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2018 2014 single work picture book children's
y separately published work icon Tales from the Inner City Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 2018 selected work single work short story poetry prose art work y
y separately published work icon Pea Pod Lullaby Glenda Millard , Stephen Michael King (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 2017 single work picture book children's y
y separately published work icon The Battle of Bug World Karen Tyrrell , Shailer Park : Digital Future Press , 2017 2017 single work children's fiction children's y
y separately published work icon Wilder Country Mark Smith , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2017 2017 single work novel young adult y
y separately published work icon Shaozhen Wai Chim , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 2017 single work children's fiction children's y
y separately published work icon Papa Sky Jane Jolly , Sally Heinrich (illustrator), Adelaide City : MidnightSun , 2017 2017 single work picture book children's y
y separately published work icon Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean Kirsty Murray (editor), Payal Dhar (editor), Anita Roy (editor), New York (City) : McElderry Books , 2017 2015 anthology short story prose graphic novel young adult
y separately published work icon The Road to Winter Mark Smith , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2016 2016 single work novel young adult fantasy y
y separately published work icon Atmospheric : The Burning Story of Climate Change Carole Wilkinson , Newtown : Black Dog Books , 2015 2015 single work information book young adult y
y separately published work icon The River and the Book Alison Croggon , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2015 2015 single work novel young adult fable y
y separately published work icon Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean Kirsty Murray (editor), Payal Dhar (editor), Anita Roy (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2015 2015 anthology short story prose graphic novel young adult y
y separately published work icon Zobi and the Zoox Zobi and the Zoox : A Story of Coral Bleaching Ailsa Wild , Aviva Reed (illustrator), Briony Barr , Gregory Crocetti , Melbourne : Scale Free Network , 2014 2014 single work picture book children's y
y separately published work icon The Big Dry Tony Davis , South Sydney area : HarperCollins Australia , 2013 2013 single work novel young adult fantasy y
y separately published work icon The Little Corroboree Frog Tracey Holton-Ramirez , Angela Ramirez (illustrator), Broome : Magabala Books , 2013 2013 single work picture book children's y
y separately published work icon Murray River Country: An Ecological Dialogue with Traditional Owners Jessica Weir , Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2009 2009 single work prose Indigenous story y
y separately published work icon Astrid Spark, Fixologist Justin D'Ath , ( illus. Terry Denton ) ,agent East Melbourne : Allen and Unwin , 2002 2002 single work children's fiction children's humour y
Glenda Millard (35 works by fr. 1999, 1 works taught in 1 units)

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. Millard has also presented to adult groups such as TAFE students and community writing groups.

Stephen Michael King b. 1963 (90 works by fr. 1994, 1 works taught in 3 units) Stephen Michael King was born in Sydney and loved drawing from an early age. After leaving school he worked at the local library as a children's library assistant where he read stories to pre-schoolers. This was valuable training for his future career as a children's author. He went to work as an artist at Walt Disney studios in Sydney. In 1994 Stephen started working as a designer and illustrator for a children's publisher. Since then King has authored and illustrated numerous children's books and won several awards.
Jessica Weir (1 works by fr. 2009) Dr Jessica Weir is a Senior Research Fellow at the Instutite for Culture and Society.
Karen Tyrrell (15 works by fr. 2012) Karen Tyrrell is a Brisbane writer and mental health advocate. She was a primary school teacher for over 20 years, specializing in Gifted and Talented classes.
A. J. Betts (a.k.a. Amanda Betts) b. 1975 (7 works by fr. 2008, 1 works taught in 1 units)

A. J. Betts is an Australian young adult author. Originally from Queensland, A.J. Betts relocated to Perth in 2004, and in 2019 is based near Fremantle.

In addition to being a writer, Betts is an English teacher of school aged children confined to cancer wards in hospitals. This experience influenced her award-winning novel Zac and Mia, which has been adapted for television in the United States.

Betts book Hive has also been shortlisted for multiple awards including the Inkys, ABIA, and the Queensland Literary Awards.

Betts completed her a PhD on 'wonder' in life and fiction from Edith Cowan University in 2019, and in 2018, won the Western Australian Premier's Fellowship. 

Justin D'Ath (a.k.a. Justin John D'Ath) b. 1953 (110 works by fr. 1988) Justin D'Ath is one of twelve children. He came to Australia in 1971 to study for missionary priesthood but left after three years. He has worked in a sugar mill, on a cattle station, in a mine, picked fruit and driven forklifts. He has written for motorbike magazines, and published for both adults and children. In 1995, Justin D'Ath was teaching Professional Writing at the Loddon Campaspe College of TAFE in the Mallee region of Victoria. For twenty years, he wrote only for adults, before trying his hand at writing for children after his daughter introduced him to contemporary children's books.

In 2012, Network Ten commissioned a live action television series based on D'ath's Extreme Adventures series.
Terry Denton (a.k.a. Terence James Denton) b. 1950 (197 works by fr. 1983, 1 works taught in 1 units)

Born in 1950 in Melbourne, the youngest of five boys, Terry Denton studied architecture before pursuing an artistic career. He tried painting, sculpture theatre and animation before taking up book illustration at the age of twenty-five. Denton has illustrated more than twenty books for children, some of which he also has written. In 1984 he wrote and illustrated Felix and Alexander which won the CBC Picture Book of the Year in 1986. Other award winning books include, his third book At the Cafe Splendid (1987), which depicts ice palaces and huge waves in a fairy-tale city, Mr Plunkett's Pool (1993), The Paw (1994), which features cat-burgling adventures for younger readers, and the 1998 YABBA double Zapt! and Gasp!.

Denton visits scores of schools every year, working with students to develop their own writing and drawing, assisting them to design and paint murals and finishing up with watercolour demonstrations. His cheeky sense of humour and quirky drawing style are instantly recognised by children all around Australia.

Denton's stories are based on human problems - growing up and friendship - working on a simple emotional level. His drawings are developed in the imagination and he has said that he loves drawing faces and the emotions behind them.

In 1991-1992, Denton worked for the Australian Children's Television Foundation on Lift Off, acknowledged as one of the most creative children's television shows in Australia. He spent a year helping devise the program and another year designing the puppets and the visual concepts for the program. Lift Off won many awards.

Denton has illustrated books for children's authors such as Mem Fox, Paul Jennings and Morris Lurie (qq.v.). In 2011, with writer Alison Lloyd, he was shortlisted for the 2011 Eve Pownall Award for their book Wicked Warriors & Evil Emperors: The True Story of the Fight for Ancient China (2010).

agentWai Chim (writing name for Wai-Ping Chim) (7 works by fr. 2012) Wai Chim was born in New York City where she graduated from Stuyvesant High School and later from Duke University with majors in Economics and English. After graduation Chim moved to Japan where she spent a year teaching Japanese children to speak English. She moved to Australia in 2006 and completed a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney. Apart from her writing, Chim enjoys cooking and blogging. She also works for a digital marketing agency in Sydney. (Source: Author's web page).
Bren MacDibble (a.k.a. Brenda MacDibble) (22 works by fr. 2002)

A Melbourne-based author, Bren MacDibble began writing in 1999. Writing for both adults and children, she has published a number of children's books and her (science fiction) short stories have appeared in various publications.

After spending her formative years in New Zealand, MacDibble travelled extensively and has spent time living in Tauranga, Frankfurt, London, Auckland and Sydney before settling in Melbourne.

In 2017, she released her first book for a young-adult readership, In the Dark Places, under the writing name Cally Black; the novel had previously won the 2015 Ampersand Award.

Felicity Bradshaw (2 works by fr. 2008) Felicity Bradshaw has degrees in biochemistry and zoology from the University of Western Australia. Along with her husband, Professor Don Bradshaw, she established a field station in south-west Western Australia to study honey possums.
Norma MacDonald b. 1943 (5 works by fr. 2004)

Norma MacDonald a descendant from the Yamitji people of the Gascoyne region and the Nyungar people of the South West of Western Australia. In 1994, she enrolled as the only Aboriginal art student at Midland College of TAFE (Western Australia). She has since established a career as a full-time artist and has illustrated a children's picture book, Corroboree (2004). MacDonald's work has been successfully shown in both group and solo exhibitions which include: 'I Can Fly' (2002) and 'Coming Home' (2003). Her paintings have been sold overseas and in 2003 a MacDonald work was acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. MacDonald's daughter is author and artist, Robyn Templeton.

Jane Jolly b. 1957 (8 works by fr. 2004, 2 works taught in 2 units) Jane Jolly grew up in Henley Beach, South Australia. She studied at Torrens College of Advanced Education to become a primary school teacher, graduating in 1976. She taught at Koonibba Aboriginal School and in 1983 worked as a governess on Commonwealth Hill Station. Jolly lives at Strathalbyn , South Australia, has one daughter, three stepchildren, and four grandchildren. She continues to teach full time, and writes in her spare time. (Sources: Jacinta de Mase Management and Woodstock Newsletter)
Sally Heinrich (15 works by fr. 1993, 1 works taught in 1 units)

Sally Heinrich is a writer, illustrator and artist who has published and exhibited widely in Australia and Asia. Sally completed a Graduate Certificate in Education: Studies of Asia and a Bachelor of Design (Illustration) from the SA College of Advanced Education (Now University of SA). She has illustrated more than twenty books as well as writing and illustrating her own picture books and novels and a series of non-fiction information and activity books about various Asian countries. Besides publishers, clients include advertising and environmental agencies, design studios and Government departments. Her commissioned artwork ranges in scale from wine labels to a mural for the Singapore Zoo. Her work draws on her experiences travelling and living in Asia and reflects her deep interest in Asian culture, art, religion, and folklore and traditions from both East and West. For the last fifteen years, Sally has regularly run workshops in creative writing and illustration for both children and adults. She has also helped facilitate the creation of collaborative artworks. Her work has been recognised through fellowships from the Asialink Foundation, The Ian Reed Foundation, The May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust, Varuna-the Writer's Centre and Arts SA. She has previously lived in Darwin, Sydney, Singapore, Malaysia and in Adelaide.

Carole Wilkinson b. 1950 (48 works by fr. 1992, 2 works taught in 3 units)

Wilkinson emigrated to Australia at the age of 12 with her family and settled in Port Adelaide, where she was schooled.

After working for many years in as a laboratory assistant, Wilkinson turned to writing at the age of forty. Her first book, Stagefright, was published in 1986.

Although Wilkinson's Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly won the Eve Pownall Award at the 2003 Children's Book Council (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards, it was Dragonkeeper (published 2003) that really cemented Wilkinson's success: Dragonkeeper and its sequels have won KOALA Awards, Queensland Premier's Literary awards, Aurealis Awards, CBCA Awards, and Western Australian Young Readers' Awards, and have been shortlisted for many more, including being shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Award (NSW Premier's Literary Awards) three times for three books. Books from the series have been taught at La Trobe University and the University of New England. In 2017, an adaptation of the series was announced, a Chinese-Spanish co-production.

In addition to the works listed, Wilkinson has also written The Games: The Extraordinary History of the Modern Olympics, Fire in the Belly: The Inside Story of the Modern Olympics, and Atmospheric (which won an Environment Award for Children's Literature [Non-fiction] in 2016). Other publications include reference works for children on a wide range of subjects including shipwrecks and medieval knights.

Carole Wilkinson is the mother of the writer Lili Wilkinson.

Alison Croggon b. 1962 (336 works by fr. 1980)

Born in Carlton, Transvaal, South Africa, Alison Croggon moved as a child to England in 1966 and to Australia in 1969, growing up near Ballarat and later moving to Melbourne. She has written poetry, plays, libretti, translations and criticism, an adult novel and fantasy novels for young adults. She has had a number of stage works produced, including operas for which she wrote the libretti ('The Burrow', 'Gauguin' and 'The White Army' with Michael Smetanin) and several of her poems have also been set to music. She also wrote the lyrics for the songs used in Deidre Rubinstein's 'Confidentially Yours'.

She was poetry editor for Overland Extra (1992), Modern Writing (1992-1994) and Voices (National Library of Australia, 1996) and was founding editor of Masthead literary arts magazine. In November 2002, she participated in the UK Poetry International Festival at Royal Festival Hall in London.

In 2003, she was the organiser of the Australian wing of Poets Against the War, collecting poems which were delivered to the Prime Minister Mr Howard in protest against the impending war against Iraq. The 2009 Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year, she is the co-founder of website Witness Performance, a critical website for the performing arts.

Shaun Tan (a.k.a. Tan) b. 1974 (151 works by fr. 1985, 8 works taught in 61 units)

Shaun Tan, the son of a Malaysian-Chinese father and an Anglo-Irish mother, is a multi-award winning artist and writer who lives and works in Melbourne (as at 2017).

As a child growing up in Perth, Shaun enjoyed reading, writing and illustrating poems and stories; and spent a lot of time drawing dinosaurs, robots and space ships.He was impressed by a book of horror poems called The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight, written by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated 'in these creepy but also amusing pen and ink drawings by Arnold Lobel. I can still recall the images quite vividly, and borrowed that book many times from the library.' He was attracted by anything about monsters, outer space or robots. Tan also remembers Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick which he still admires as an adult as an ideal picture book experiment - a whole series of fragmentary sentences and singular strange drawings never fully explained. He also liked Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs, but only discovered many of his other books (and acknowledges their influence) as an adult. Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl were also 'favourites'.

As a teenager, Tan was mostly influenced by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, which seemed to him like strange dreams or adult fairy tales. Visually, Tan was probably influenced more by movies and television; the first Star Wars films, for example, are remembered for their designs much more than for the storyline. He participated in a special art program at secondary school but since then he has undertaken to teach himself the art of book illustration.

Some of his earliest works appeared in science fiction magazines (including Eidolon and Interzone) where he illustrated the work of authors such as Greg EganKaren AttardSean Williams, and Leanne Frahm.

In 1992, he won the International Illustrators of the Future Contest, the first Australian to achieve this award. He has been illustrating young adult fiction and picture books since 1996. At the University of WA, he completed an honours degree in English literature and art history, theory and criticism.

In 2002, Tan painted a much commended mural titled The Tea Party in the children's section of the Subiaco Library. Typical of his style, it portrays a surreal landscape with strange objects and a character who features in The Red Tree. More recently, the Subiaco library has commissioned a new mural, called The Hundred Year Picnic, now on display.

His work has won or been nominated for nearly 100 awards, as at November 2017. His international awards include Locus Awards, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Hugo Awards, and a World Fantasy Award. In Australia, his work has repeatedly won Ditmar and Aurealis Awards, as well as Premier's Awards across the country, multiple Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, and more.

Source: Inc. author's website.

Mark Smith b. 1957 (17 works by fr. 2012)

'Mark Smith lives on Victoria’s Surf Coast where he writes and runs outdoor education programs for young adults. His writing has won a number of awards and has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction and the Big Issue' (Text Publishing).

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Angela Ramirez (2 works by fr. 2013) Angela Ramirez an artist who teaches art in secondary schools, is an descendant from the Ngarluma and Yindibarndi people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Angela is a sister of Tracey Holton-Ramirez and is passionate about raising awareness of endangered Australian species. (Source: Magabala Books).
Tracey Holton-Ramirez (2 works by fr. 2013) Tracey Holton-Ramirez is an descendant from the Ngarluma and Yindibarndi people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Tracey is a sister of Angela Ramirez and is passionate about raising awareness of endangered Australian species. (Source: Magabala Books).
Ailsa Wild (19 works by fr. 2013) Ailsa Wild is a writer, performer and community artist with a Masters in Creative Writing (RMIT).
Gregory Crocetti (2 works by fr. 2014)

Gregory Crocetti worked as a microbiologist for a decade, studying at University of Queensland and later working as a post-doctoral researcher at University of New South Wales, Sydney and University of Lund, Sweden. Gregory coordinated the Scale Free Network project, 'Small Friends' - a series of symbiosis storybooks, telling positive stories about microorganisms.

Aviva Reed (4 works by fr. 2013)

Aviva Reed is an illustrator and visual ecologist.

Briony Barr b. 1978 (2 works by fr. 2014) "Briony Barr is a visual artist whose practice investigates individual and collaborative rule-based drawing. As a key component of her methodology, she regularly collaborates with scientists, as well as large groups of people, to generate artworks. Briony earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and MFA from the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, Australia. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia, Mexico, America and South Korea. Her work has been supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award (2008) and a New Work grant from The Australia Council for the Arts (2012). In 2014, Briony became an honorary fellow of Melbourne University's School of Physics."
Anita Roy (International) assertion (2 works by fr. 2015)
Payal Dhar (International) assertion (2 works by fr. 2015)
Kirsty Murray b. 1960 (30 works by fr. 1998, 1 works taught in 2 units)

From an early age Kirsty Murray loved listening to all types of stories in the school yard and elsewhere. Her father, the sculptor Guy Boyd was a natural storyteller and her mother, Phyllis, was a passionate reader. Murray has made her home in a number of countries including France, Wales and North America; her Australian home is in Melbourne. Murray writes children's fiction with a focus on Australian history.

After working in a number of other fields, including graphic arts, Murray enrolled in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. She subsequently began writing non-fiction for younger readers. She turned to writing fiction in 1999 and developed a particular focus on Australian historical fiction. A member of the famous Boyd family, Murray is the great granddaughter of artist Emma Minnie Boyd, great niece of writer Martin Boyd and artist Penleigh Boyd and niece of the artists Arthur and David Boyd.

In 2012, Murray joined Benjamin Law and three Indian writers in the Bookwallah, an initiative which took the five across India by train on a kind of travelling library that took them between literary festivals.

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