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  • I was born on Saturday 23 June, 1962 in Parramatta Hospital (Sydney) during a Bunnies and Eels football match. In 2014 the Bunnies once again played the Eels on 23 June on a Saturday, so I think that’s kind of a special anniversary.
  • My first school was Hilltop Road Public School, until Year 5, and then my family moved to Queensland. I lived at Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island — where I nearly got eaten by a tiger shark and where I saw dingoes and brumbies in the wild.
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  • I finished my High School in 1980 at Ulladulla High. Next I trained as a fashion designer in Melbourne and worked there, and in Perth, before travelling to England where I worked as a nanny.
  • In 1990 I went to University and trained to become a teacher. I landed my first teaching job in Beagle Bay Community in 1996. By this time I also had got married and had three daughters. We all lived in the Kimberley and spent most of our time hunting, fishing, travelling and enjoying camping.
  • After Beagle Bay, my next teaching job was at Derby District High, then Muludja Remote Community School, then St Mary’s College in Broome. They were really fun times and I made some lovely friends from my time up there. While living there I wrote Rodeo Darcy and then Cockatoo Man — mostly as stories for my students
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  • In 2003 I moved back to Perth and worked in the eastern Wheatbelt in a small country town called Goomalling. We had dogs and cats and chickens and I even had a motor bike. It was a great little town, nice and safe and the people were very friendly. We had lots of fun and played lots of sport.
  • Now, I live in Kiama just south of Wollongong. I spend most of my time writing, drawing and painting, weaving on my floor loom and playing music (I have a 1952 German viola).
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  • When I was a young girl Edward Ardizonne was my favourite illustrator (and author). I read all of his books and still have two of them (forty years later!) His daughter gave me permission to use this illustration on my website. You can find more about him at Thank you Christianna!