Spotlight on Australian Writers

Welcome to the world of wonderful Australian writers!  Each week a contemporary Aussie writer will be profiled on this page.  While some will be well known and honoured, others may be hidden gems. If you are, or know of, an aspiring Aussie writer, please contact me.

Aaron Blabey – September 17 2017

Aaron is the creator of many best-selling, award-winning books for children, including The Bad Guys series, the Pig the Pug series, Thelma the Unicorn, Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas and I Need A Hug, just to name a few. He has been the recipient of a Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, a Children’s Peace Literature Prize, two Yabba Awards for Best Picture Book and two Koala Awards as well. In 2012, Aaron was the National Literacy Ambassador and in May 2015 his book The Brother’s Quibble was read by more than 500,000 children during the National Simultaneous Storytime. Aaron followed an acting career until the mid-2000s when he turned his attention away from acting towards painting. He has created six separate solo exhibitions and spent two years as a lecturer at a prominent Sydney design college. Aaron is a proud supporter of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation which works to protect children from violence.

The Ghost Of Miss Annabel Spoon
Penguin Australia, 2014; ISBN 9780143506218
6-10 years

Life is cursed for the townsfolk of Twee. The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts their every waking hour and they’ve had enough! But then one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has the most extraordinary idea . . . .
“There is nothing ‘twee’ about this epiphany in verse and arresting artwork. This book deserves to be pored over and studied.”- Reading Time

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley
Penguin Australia, 2009; ISBN 9780143503071
4-8 years
Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are the best of friends. But they are different in almost every way . . . Pearl likes solving mysteries and moves rather fast in the world. Charlie likes taking baths and watching his garden grow. So how can Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley be such goods friends? A delightfully uplifting tale about self-belief, courage – and above all – the power of friendship.


Spotlight on Australian writers – Archives:


Donna Abela Robert Adamson Timoshenko Aslanides Connie Barber Di Bates
Vanessa Bates Larissa Behrendt Michael Beresford Tony Birch Barbara Blackman
James Bradley Janeen Brian Anne Brooksbank Honey Brown Christopher Bryant
Sue Bursztynski David Burton Stephen Carleton Mark Carthew Bonny Cassidy
Ali Cobby Eckermann Robbie Coburn Patricia Cornelius Penelope (P S) Cottier Reg Cribb
Andrew Croome Sophie Cunningham Jessica Davidson Sonja Dechian Barry Dickins
John Donnelly Will Elliott Wesley Enoch Tim Ferguson Anne-Marie Finn
Justin Fleming Lionel Fogarty Mem Fox Richard Frankland Jackie French
Geoff Goodfellow Kate Grenville Kathryn Hamann Jennifer Harrison Steve Hawke
Ruth Hegarty Anita Heiss Kathy Hoopmann Michael Hyde Adrian Hyland
Andy Jackson Julie Janson Sandy Jeffs Rita Kalnejais Doris Kartinyeri
Thomas Keneally Gayle Kennedy Peter Kocan Ezekiel Kwaymullina Verity Laughton
Julia Leigh Kathryn Lomer Nakkiah Lui Lorraine McGuigan Brenton E McKenna
Mal McKimmie Philip McLaren John Marsden Stephen Measday Robert Moore
Kate Mulvany Les Murray Omar Musa Alex Nicol Louis Nowra
May O’Brien Louise Park Bruce Pascoe Hannie Rayson Melissa Reeves
Kate Richards Sue Rider Michael Robotham Robyn Rowland Matthew Ryan
Shirley van Sanden Brenda Saunders Kim Scott Craig Silvey Sue Smith
Bruno Starrs Alf Taylor Katherine Thomson Tim Thorne Pat (Mamanyjun) Torres
Alana Valentine Ken Vincent Samuel Wagan Watson Richard and Alton Walley Herb Wharton
Jessica White Marita Wilcox Donna Williams Dallas Winmar Tom Wright