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After spending a couple of years as an Art teacher, Maureen McCarthy began writing scripts for television and soon realized that books were her first love. Since that realization she has gone on to become one of Australia’s most loved Young Adult fiction writers.
Now based in Melbourne, Maureen’s childhood was spent on a farm in country Victoria. Maureen was born ninth in a family of ten children, and not surprisingly her books often have relationships and family dynamics as central themes. Her characters are believable and gutsy and are often involved in contemporary conflicts, adding an element of complexity to the story.
Maureen’s books have been published across the world, in different languages, demonstrating a universal appeal, and her book Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life was made into a highly successful four-part series on the ABC. Her novel Cross My Heart was short listed for the 1993 NSW Premier’s Award, the 1994 Victorian Premier’s Award, the 1994 SA Festival Award and the 1994 Multicultural Premier’s Award.
Maureen's latest book The Convent is a breathtaking novel that follows the hidden and intertwined lives of four young women as they face difficult, life-changing, impossible choices during the 1920s, 1960s, and the present.
We are looking forward to welcoming Maureen back to The Literature Centre as a presenting author for our Celebrate Reading National Conference in October 2016.