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I write powerful and engaging stories for all age groups. My novels are:

  • A New Kind of Everything (Scholastic 2020)
  • The Happiness Quest (Scholastic 2018; CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers 2019)
  • This Is My Song (Scholastic 2017; ACU Book Of The Year 2019; Winner of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Literature; Finalist in the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards; also published in the Czech Republic by Albatros Media)
  • Joyous and Moonbeam (Scholastic 2013; Finalist in the 2014 West Australian Premier’s Awards for Young Adult Literature)
  • Spring Rain (Self-published 2011)
  • Drink the Air (Strictly Literary: Winner of the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Award for Young Adult Fiction)
  • Bloodlines (Strictly Literary 2009)
  • The Rose Leopard (University of Queensland Press 2003)

Other credits include:

  • Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2011 for services to education, literature and performing arts
  • Recipient of a 2015 May Gibbs Literature Trust Creative Time Fellowship for the creation of This Is My Song
  • Winner of the 2016 FAW NSW Walter Stone Award for Life Writing for Homecoming
  • Recipient of an Australia Council Literature Board Grant for Emerging Writers in 2011-2012
  • Joint winner of the 2004 Queensland Theatre Company Expressions Play-script Competition for Heart

I am an accomplished speaker and presenter with over thirty years of teaching experience. I offer workshops on all aspects of the writing process to schools and other organisations via The Children’s Bookshop Speakers Agency (especially NSW bookings) and Speakers Ink: Richard Yaxley, or you can can contact me directly via this webpage.

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The following interview from Magpies magazine (March 2020) gives a comprehensive overview of my work to this point – Magpies article

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