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I write stories for all age groups:

The Rose Leopard (University of Queensland Press 2003)

Bloodlines (Strictly Literary 2009)

Drink the Air (Winner of the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Award for Young Adult Fiction)

Spring Rain (Self-published 2011)

Joyous and Moonbeam (Scholastic 2013; short-listed for the 2014 West Australian Premier’s Awards)

This Is My Song (Scholastic 2017; Winner of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Literature; Finalist in the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards)

The Happiness Quest (Scholastic 2018)

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, a memoir of my great-uncle who landed and died at Gallipoli on April 25th, 1915.
  • 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 offer workshops on the writing process to children and young adult groups via Speaker’s Ink: Richard Yaxley and Homegrown: Queensland’s Kid Lit Creators, Homegrown

You can contact me through this blog or at Twitter: Richard Yaxley

Or, you might like to go to Facebook: Richard Yaxley Author

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