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Young Adult Authors

Cecelia Hopkins (Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer)

Genres: Australiana, Essays/Articles, Fantasy, Genre Fiction, Historical, Horror, Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Paranormal, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Women's, Young Adult,

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Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer is the hyphenation of Cecelia’s birth and former married name. Cecelia writes poetry, fiction and literary criticism. Her MA project focused on H.P. Lovecraft while her M. Lett project investigated fairy tale motifs in 19th-Century literature. Cecelia has contributed to a number of anthologies and journals with various […]

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Margot McGovern

Genres: Literary Fiction, Young Adult,

Availability: Mentoring,

Margot McGovern is a YA author with a creative writing PhD from Flinders University. Her debut novel Neverland was shortlisted for the Text Prize and Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Over the course of her career she has worked as a book seller, reviewer and manuscript assessor, and runs regular […]

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Elizabeth Stevens

Genres: Adventure, Australiana, Childrens, Comedy, Contemporary, Fantasy, Humour, Junior Fiction, Middle Childhood, Paranormal, Romance, Short Stories, Young Adult,

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Writer. Reader. Perpetual student. Nerd. I am a full-time writer and PhD candidate (in YA Indie Book Marketing) with 30+ published books and a passion for all things storytelling. I’ve placed in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards twice (one a Silver medal). I am an avid fan of British comedy […]

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verity laughton

Genres: Childrens, Essays/Articles, Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Radio, Short Stories, Theatre, Young Adult,

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Dr Verity Laughton is an award-winning Adelaide-based poet and playwright of more than 30 professionally produced works. Her work has been produced locally, nationally and internationally. Her most recent works are the verbatim theatre piece Long Tan, (Brink Productions, April 2017), published by Currency Press, and The Red Cross Letters, […]

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Gina Dawson

Genres: Auto/Biography, Essays/Articles, Junior Fiction, Literary Fiction, Middle Childhood, Non-fiction, Picture Books, Short Stories, Young Adult,

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Gina is a qualified teacher and counsellor with a passion for writing books for children and young adults that educate on personal growth and social issues. She also works part-time as a ghost writer, proof reader and assisting folk to write memoirs. Her sixth and seventh books, New Holland Publishers, were released in January […]

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Jason Fischer

Genres: Adventure, Australiana, Fantasy, Horror, Humour, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult,

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Jason Fischer has won an Aurealis Award and the Writers of the Future Contest, and he has been on shortlists in other awards such as the Ditmars and the Australian Shadows. He is the author of dozens of short stories, and his collection “Everything is a Graveyard” is available from […]

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Scott Zarcinas

Genres: Genre Fiction, Non-fiction, Thriller, Young Adult,

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Dr. Scott Zarcinas is the Director of DoctorZed Publishing (est. 2006) and founder of The Business of Writing School (est. 2015). He is the author of 8 books, including Samantha Honeycomb and Your Natural State of Being. As a publisher he has edited more than 40 books and overseen the […]

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Lian Hearn

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Literary Fiction, Middle Childhood, Young Adult,

Lian Hearn studied modern languages at Oxford University and worked in London before settling in Australia. A lifelong interest in Japan led to the study of the Japanese language and many trips to Japan. This fascination culminated in Lian writing Across the Nightingale Floor which is the first in the Tales of the Otori series. Grass […]

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Robert Moore

Genres: Australiana, Erotic, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Picture Books, Young Adult,

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Robert Moore grew up on a hop and raspberry farm in New Norfolk, Tasmania and has taught in primary and secondary schools in Australia and the U. K.  He attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London in 1974 ‐1975 and has worked as a teacher, actor and […]

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Sean Williams

Genres: Adventure, Australiana, Crime, Fantasy, Film/TV, Horror, Poetry, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult,

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Number one New York Times-bestselling author, Sean Williams has been called ‘the premier Australian speculative fiction writer of the age’ for the diversity of his output, which spans fantasy, science fiction, horror and even the odd poem. He has published thirty-five novels and seventy-five short stories. These include works for adults (Philip […]

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Jane Turner Goldsmith

Genres: Literary Fiction, Middle Childhood, Multicultural, Non-fiction, Poetry, Travel, Young Adult,

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Jane Turner Goldsmith, Adelaide Author, Books and Publishing

Jane Turner Goldsmith is a writer, psychologist and teacher. Her novel Poinciana (Wakefield Press, 2006) was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Prize. She has published short stories, poetry, flash pieces and children’s fiction and edited a non-fiction anthology of adoption stories. She has worked as a content writer for the Black […]

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Gillian Rubenstein

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Literary Fiction, Middle Childhood, Young Adult,

Gillian has won the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year twice, for Beyond The Labyrinth and Foxspell, and has had several books listed as Honour Books in the same awards, as well as many shortlistings for these and other awards. She has won the Festival Award twice (for Space Demons and Beyond the Labyrinth), the New […]

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Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh

Genres: Australiana, Auto/Biography, Film/TV, Non-fiction, Young Adult,

Availability: Mentoring, School Visits, Speaking Engagements,

  Bill is an award-winning writer/performer of stories, songs and plays. He’s a teacher and mentor through TAFE SA plus runs workshops in schools and communities. His first collection of stories, Beckom Pop. 64, was published in 1988, Old Yanconian Daze (1995), Looking for Dad, (1998). Then came Great Flying […]

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Allayne Webster

Genres: Essays/Articles, Junior Fiction, Middle Childhood, Young Adult,

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Allayne Webster is a Children’s/Young Adult Author. Allayne’s first YA novel, ‘Our Little Secret’, was longlisted for a Golden Inky, and her second publication, ‘Barnesy’, a junior fiction novel illustrated by Tom Jellett, was selected for the Premier’s Reading Challenges across Australia. Allayne’s second YA novel, ‘Stresshead’, was released to […]

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Alan Tucker

Genres: Middle Childhood, Non-fiction, Young Adult,

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Alan Tucker is a previous winner of the CBC Book of the Year, nonfiction award for his illustrated book, Iron in the Blood. Since winning that award he has concentrated on writing historical fiction based on Australian history: the Bombing of Darwin, Cyclone Tracy and Atomic Testing in SA. His […]

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