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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 Egan, Karen Attard, Sean 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 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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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.
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.