Meet Jackie French, one of Australia’s most beloved authors for children, as she shares the secrets, lies and endless adventures of writing historical fiction.
Learn how Jackie finds inspiration in historical events, how she researches stories of the past and how to turn true stories into tantalising fiction. Jackie’s contagious enthusiasm and unparalleled expertise make this a Book Week experience you do not want to miss!
About the books
Jackie French has written over 200 books for children and adults including many historical fiction and non-fiction titles. Jackie’s historical fiction series include The Girls Who Changed the World, The Hitler Trilogy, The Matilda Saga, The Secret History series, Animal Stars and Fair Dinkum Histories.
Jackie’s standalone titles include Pirate Boy of Sydney Town, Refuge, Tom Appleby Convict Boy, The Night They Stormed Eureka and Nanberry: Black Brother White, among many, many others. Her newest release The Great Gallipoli Escape tells the ‘lost story’ of how 150,000 men — and their horses and equipment — were secretly moved to waiting ships without a single life lost.
IS THIS A FREE EVENT? Yes
BROUGHT TO YOU BY: State Library NSW
Jackie French AM is an author, historian, ecologist, dyslexic and honorary wombat (part time). She writes for all ages, from picture books to historical fiction to history, ecology or gardening for adults. She is passionate about the right of every child to read, and the power of story to change lives. Some of her 200 or so books have sold millions of copies and won over 70 awards nationally and internationally. Others were chewed up by the wombats. She was Australian Literacy Ambassador 2011, Australian Children’s Laureate 2014–15, Senior Australian 2015, patron and ambassador for many programs for kids and animals, and an Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland. She was born in 1953, lives in a deep valley in NSW and is still not dead. Her hobbies include finding her glasses and pampering wombats.