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Meg McKinlay is a West Australian children’s writer and poet. She has published seventeen books for young readers, ranging from picture books through to novels for young adults.
Slightly less short bio:
Meg McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria, in a book-loving, TV- and car-free household. On the long and winding path to becoming a children’s writer, she has worked a variety of jobs including swim instructor, tour guide, translator and teacher. She has a PhD in Japanese Literature and was formerly an academic at the University of Western Australia, where she taught Australian Literature, Japanese, and Creative Writing. These days, she lives with her family near the ocean in Fremantle and spends most of her time cooking up books.
Slightly longer and more book-focused bio:
Meg McKinlay is a children’s writer and poet. She has published seventeen books for children, ranging from picture books through to young adult novels, and a collection of poetry for adults. Her work has won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Queensland Literary Award, the Davitt Award for Crimewriting and the Aurealis Award for Speculative Fiction and been shortlisted for numerous other awards. Her latest titles are Catch a Falling Star and Let Me Sleep, Sheep!, both published in 2019.
Meg lives with her family near the ocean in Fremantle and spends most of her time cooking up books.
Meg McKinlay is a Fremantle-based poet. She has published work in a range of literary journals, including Westerly, LiNQ, Famous Reporter and Blue Dog. Her debut collection, Cleanskin, was published in 2007 by The Westerly Centre.
Interviews & Other Such Stuff
Writers & Their NoteBooks: Part 1 (August 2021)
“Does Your Story Have Legs? Creating Characters Who Connect” (focus on Bella series, July 2021)
Aussie Reviews: “The Delight is in the Detail” (focus on Bella and the Voyaging House, July 2021)
Paperbark Words (focus on Bella and the Voyaging House, July 2021)
Alphabet Soup (focus on How to Make a Bird, May 2021)
Kids Book Review: Ten Quirky Questions (February 2021)
Alphabet Soup (focus on Catch a Falling Star, December 2019)
Library For All (November 2018)
Kids Book Review: 12 Curly Questions (September 2017)
Books That Changed Me (November 2016)
The Happy Scribbler: Alumni Profile (November 2016)
Kids Book Review: “On Creating Fictional Worlds” (focus on A Single Stone, May 2015)
“2, 2 and 2” Blog Series Interview with Amanda Curtin, (focus on A Single Stone, May 2015)
“In Their Own Write” Meet the Author Interview (April 2015)
“Fancy Goods” (Books+Publishing) Blog Interview (focus on A Single Stone) (January 2015)
“I Had a Little Nut-Tree” Blog Interview (focus on Below/Surface Tension, July 2013)
“Middle Grade Matrix” Blog Interview (June 2013)
Booktopia Blog: Meg answers Ten Terrifying Questions (September 2012)
Kids Book Review: 12 Curly Questions (July 2012)
“No Twiddle Twaddle” Blog Interview (focus on No Bears, May 2012)
“Books for Little Hands” Blog Interview (November 2011)