First Friday, our monthly conversation with an industry professional, is a chance for our community to learn more about the writing and publishing industry. In May 2022, we spoke to award-winning, internationally published children’s author Belinda Murrell.
With more than 20 years in writing with a career spanning travel journalism, technical writing, editing, and public relations, best-selling children’s author Belinda Murrell joined us to discuss her writing career, her writing practice, and what we can expect at this year’s Kids & YA Festival.
Watch the full interview with Belinda and the rest of our First Friday guests on our YouTube channel.
Belinda Murrell worked as a travel writer and journalist before becoming the award-winning author of more than 35 books, ranging from picture books and junior fiction to adult non-fiction. Belinda’s books include Meet Zoe and Zac, popular series The Sun Sword, Lulu Bell and Pippa’s Island, and historical novels The Ivory Rose, The Locket of Dreams, The Forgotten Pearl and The Lost Sapphire. Accolades include Honour Book KOALAS, shortlisted nine times for YABBA (Young Australians Best Book Award), CBCA Notable 2012 and 2017 and highly commended in the PM’s Literary Awards. In 2018, Belinda won the KOALA Legend award for her contribution to Australian children’s literature. Her latest books include an adult non-fiction bibliomemoir, Searching for Charlotte and The Golden Tower, a timeslip fantasy for children. Belinda is the Director of the Writing NSW 2022 Kids and YA Festival. www.belindamurrell.com.au
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