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Gary Crew is Australia's most awarded author for children and young adults having won the Children's Book Council Book of the Year four times - twice for his young adult novels and twice for his illustrated books.
He has also won the National Children's Book Award, the NSW and Victorian Premiers' Awards, the Ned Kelly Award for crime fiction and twice been short listed for the Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Fiction Award in the USA.
Gary Crew was born and grew up in Brisbane, Australia. He now lives in Maleny, a village set in the beautiful, temperate Blackall Range rainforest overlooking Queensland's fabulous Sunshine Coast surfing beaches. He was attracted to reading and drawing while very ill as a child. His favourite author was Enid Blyton, but he read his parents' non-fiction books too. He maintains an interest in non-fiction that has affected his own writing.
Gary began writing in 1985 because of his teaching background and as he had teenage children at the time. He became interested in writing young adult fiction and has published many novels in that genre. Gary's main interest is researching non-fiction events and turning them into fictional series. he also writes crime and science-fiction short stories for both youth and adult audiences. His award-winning books are published in translation all over the world.
Gary has won numerous prizes and awards including CBC Book of the Year: Older Readers for Strange Objects and Angel's Gate, CBC Honour Book for Memorial (2000), CBC Picture Book of the Year for First Light (1994); CBC Picture Book of the Year for The Watertower (1995). He is also the author of The Viewer and Mama's Babies, which were CBC Notable Books for 1998 and 1999 respectively. The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie was also a notable book in 1996.
In October 2012, Gary was one of nine popular authors who presented at the Celebrate Reading National Conference: Insights into Quality Australian Literature for Young Adults held at The Literature Centre in Fremantle.
Gary has kindly loaned The Literature Centre the original artwork of Quetta, The Viewer and Tagged to include in our Travelling Exhibitions. Our Education Officers can bring travelling exhibitions to schools to run interactive Literature Workshops with students. We also have the following Gary Crew picture book exhibitions available for our 'Centre Classics' Workshops - The Watertower, Beneath the Surface, The Kraken and Old Ridley.