Pamela Freeman

Andrew Daddo

Pamela Freeman is an award-winning author for both children and adults.

In addition to winning two Aurealis Awards, the 2006 NSW Premier’s Literary Prizes’ History Prize, and the ASO Librarian’s Choice Award for Non-Fiction, Pamela’s books have been shortlisted for the State Literary Awards, the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards, and the Koala Awards.

As the children’s writer, Pamela Freeman, Pamela is best known for Victor’s Quest and its sequel, Victor’s Challenge, and for an associated series of fantasy novels, the Princess Betony books (Princess Betony and the Unicorn is book 1 in the series). Her other work for young people ranges from picture books to fantasy for primary and lower secondary students to non-fiction for teenagers. Most recently, Desert Lake, a non-fiction picture book about Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre has gained wide-spread acclaim (ill. Liz Anelli).

For adults, Pamela Freeman has published The Castings Trilogy, an epic fantasy story which is now available world-wide (Blood TiesDeep Water and Full Circle). The sequel, Ember and Ash, is set in the same universe.

Pamela came to writing for children through her work as a scriptwriter for ABC Television, working on programs such as For the JuniorsSwap ShopWatch! Your Language and PowerHouse. She began publishing short stories through the NSW School Magazine.

Pamela also writes for adults under the pen name Pamela Hart.  Hart’s latest book, A Letter from Italy, is the third of her historical novels to deal with World War I and its aftermath, and is inspired by the work of Louise Mack, one of the world’s first women war correspondents.

Her first historical novel, The Soldier’s Wife, was based on her grandfather’s experiences at Gallipoli and the impact those had on him when he returned wounded to Australia. The War Bride looks at the complexities of relationships which arose in the war years; and how readjusting to peacetime was not always easy.

Pamela has worked as a business communications consultant, technical writer, scriptwriter and website writer, as a scriptwriter for the ABC and the Powerhouse Museum, and as a lecturer in communications and creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney and University of New South Wales. She has a Doctor of Creative Arts (Writing) from UTS and is the director of creative writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre.

Pamela is available for general talks about her work as well as varied workshops on creative writing, historical research/writing, editing.  She is happy to work with all ages and levels, from Kindergarten/Prep to Year 12, from absolute beginners to experienced workshoppers.

All of these workshops are suitable for both students and adults and she also offers sessions on writing for children and and staff development programs on how to teach creative writing. For libraries, Pamela is happy to address small or large crowds regarding paths to writing and publication (So you want to be a writer/ Getting published/ Traditional vs Self-publishing). Many schools have her combine class workshops with a staff development session following after school.  As one school librarian said, [She is] ‘a great storyteller/entertainer — someone who makes a strong impact and encourages reluctant readers.’

Note that, for libraries, Pamela is happy to combine sessions with students as Pamela Freeman and sessions for adults as Pamela Hart on the same day.