Debra Oswald

Andrew Daddo

Debra Oswald is a Sydney-based playwright and author. She began writing as a teenager and sold her first radioplay at 17. Since then she’s made her living as a writer for film, television, stage and radio as well as publishing a number of novels for children.

Debra has written extensively for the stage and is best known for her play Dags, which has had many productions both in Australia and overseas. Her other plays include Sweet Road, Gary’s House and Mr Bailey’s Minder. Her prize-winning youth theatre play Skate toured to Belfast in 2005. Her television credits include Palace of Dreams, Bananas in Pyjamas,Police RescueThe Secret Life of Us and most recently the hugely popular series Offspring.

Debra is also the author of the children’s novels Me and Barry Terrific and The Return of the Baked Bean, and three Aussie Bites – Nathan and the Ice RocketsFrank and the Emergency Joke and Frank and the Secret Club.The Redback Leftovers is an entertaining story for upper primary students about the debut season of the worst soccer team ever. The Fifth Quest is a novel for upper primary/junior secondary about a girl cast as a lead actress in an adventure/fantasy TV series.

Debra is also the author of the children’s novels Me and Barry Terrific and The Return of the Baked Bean, and three Aussie Bites – Nathan and the Ice RocketsFrank and the Emergency Joke and Frank and the Secret Club.The Redback Leftovers is an entertaining story for upper primary students about the debut season of the worst soccer team ever. The Fifth Quest is a novel for upper primary/junior secondary about a girl cast as a lead actress in an adventure/fantasy TV series. Her most recent novels are for teenage readers –Getting Air and Blue Noise.

Debra’s extensive experience in many different areas of writing means she has a lot to offer school audiences, from primary students through to high schools studying her drama texts. She is available for talks, workshop sessions and lectures.