Jane Carroll

Andrew Daddo

Jane Carroll is one of the most popular authors on the Lateral Learning list, much of her work taking her to schools in remote country areas. She receives many repeat invitations. Although most of her books are suitable for K-6 students, her considerable writing and teaching experience equips her to conduct workshops on different aspects of the writing craft for students from kindergarten through to year 12, and also for teachers and other adults. She is also happy to talk generally about her work to groups of students from kindergarten upwards.

Jane grew up on a farm in southern New South Wales, attending a one-teacher primary school which sat, surrounded by gum trees, in a flat paddock. This early education, the farm and her family have greatly influenced the flavour of her novels for children . After university Jane worked as a copywriter, travelled and worked in Europe, and helped to run the family farm before marrying, completing her Dip Ed and teaching. After having three children Jane began writing for children and published her first book, Normie, in 1989. Having lived in Cooma at the foot of the Snowy Mountains for twenty-two years Jane and her husband are now sharing their time between Cooma and Broken Hill and the far west.

Jane’s titles include GooseRibbons for her HairJade McKadeAfter AliceThambaroo and most recently Mr Moonlight. She has been short-listed for the KOALA awards, the Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Award, and the Multicultural Children’s Literature Award and some of her books have been named as CBC Notable Books. A Reading Timereview of After Alice stated, ‘This simple story of two girls and their struggle to redefine a place in their family, set in the Australian countryside, contains an emotional intensity and a calibre of writing that sets it against the very best in children’s writing today.’

WRITING WORKSHOPS — Suitable for Kindergarten to Year 12, and also teachers and other adults.

Writers engage readers in a creative partnership. How? The questions and answers arising from this premise form the basis of my workshops.