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Deb Fitzpatrick is a writer for children and young adults who lives in Fremantle. She has a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) from UWA and has had a long career in publication editing including teaching professional writing and editing at Curtin University. She is also often invited to fill the role of writer-in-residence at West Australian high schools and travels around the state speaking at writing and reading festivals.
Deb has four books including The Amazing Spencer Gray (2013), which is a novel for younger readers. Her two novels for young adults, 90 Packets of Instant Noodles (2010) and Have You Seen Ally Queen? (2011), were both announced Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2012.
Her most recent novel for adult readers, The Break, is an exciting adventure about the South West coast being the place people escape to. A natural disaster on the coastline they love opens deep wounds, and the true nature of community is revealed.
When Deb was at university, she began to seriously consider writing for publication. Deb completed her honours in creative writing and commenced something of a writing apprenticeship. She wrote short stories and submitted them to state and national competitions, and to Australian literary journals. At the same time, Deb began to narrow the focus of her reading to Australian fiction. Deb engaged herself in the culture of writing. Years later she undertook a master’s degree in creative writing and wrote her first novel. She also wrote a manuscript for teenagers called Starfish. It was shortlisted for the TAG Hungerford Award in 2007, and this kicked off a very successful and supportive relationship with Fremantle Press.
We are excited to welcome Deb Fitzpatrick to The Literature Centre in Term 3, as part of our Talented Young Writers’ Programme.
For more information check out Deb's website www.debfitzpatrick.com.au