Kirsty Murray

Kirsty Murray was born in Melbourne, the middle child in a family of seven children. Kirsty loved books from an early age but when she was a child she never read a story set in her home town. So she decided all the good stories had to be happening elsewhere. Finally, after too many years of wandering, she realised that big stories happen everywhere. Kirsty loves history, especially stories from history about Australian children and their incredible adventures. She loves to write the kinds of books about Australia that she never found when she was growing up.

Since 1998, her published work has included 10 novels, 4 works of non-fiction, 3 junior fiction titles and numerous articles and essays. Kirsty’s novels have won and been shortlisted for a number of awards including the WA Premier's Book Award, the NSW Premier's History Award, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Aurealis Fantasy and Science Fiction Award, and the WA Young Readers' Book Award. She has been a Creative Fellow of the State Library of Victoria and an Asialink Literature Resident at the University of Madras in South India. 

In the past ten years, Kirsty has spoken to thousands of children and adults in libraries, schools and at literary festivals around the world about reading and writing. On top of all of that she is also an Ambassador for the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge and a passionate advocate for books.  

India Dark, was released in August 2010 and is the fruit of many years of writing and research, based on a gripping true story and set in Australia, Southeast Asia and India in 1910.

Topsy-turvy World was awarded a CBCA Honour Book for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.  This book looks at how Australian animals puzzled the early explorers.

Kirsty presented to students enrolled in the Talented Young Writers' Programme (TYWP) in 2012 and 2013.

We welcome Kirsty to Perth for our annual Celebrate Reading National Conference: Insights into Quality Australian Literature for Young Adults held at The Literature Centre in Fremantle on Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November 2014.

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