Writer

Kelly Gardiner

Kelly Gardiner writes historical fiction for readers of all ages. Her latest book for young readers is 1917: Australia’s Great War. Kelly’s novels include The Sultan’s Eyes and Act of Faith – both shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and Children’s Book Council of Australia’s notable books. Act of Faith was shortlisted for the gold Inky Award and highly commended in the Barbara Jefferis Award. The Sultan’s Eyes was selected by the International Youth Library for the White Ravens catalogue of 2014. Her books for younger readers are the Swashbuckler adventure trilogy – Ocean Without End, The Pirate’s Revenge and The Silver Swan – and a picture book, Billabong Bill’s Bushfire Christmas. Her historical novel for adults, Goddess, is based on the life of the swordswoman and opera singer Mademoiselle de Maupin. Gardiner teaches creative writing at La Trobe University and is the co-host of Unladylike, a podcast about women and writing.

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Australia’s Great War 1917

The German planes patrolled in hunting squads....

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25 August – 3 September