Ursula Dubosarsky

Andrew Daddo

Ursula Dubosarsky was born and grew up in Sydney. She wanted to be a writer from the age of six. Now having published a number of award-winning books for children and young adults, Ursula is regarded as one of the most talented writers in Australia.

Her books for younger children include Maisie and the Pinny Gig, Honey and Bear and Special Days for Honey and Bear (illustrated by Ron Brooks), and most recently, The Terrible Plop (illustrated by Andrew Joyner). She is the author of three Aussie Bites – The Strange Adventures of Isador BrownThe Even Stranger Adventures of Isador Brown and Isador Brown’s Strangest Adventures of All, as well as four Aussie Nibbles – The Two GorillasFair BreadThe Magic Wand, and The Puppet Show. For upper primary readers she has written High HopesZizzy ZingThe Last Week in DecemberThe White Guinea PigThe First Book of SamuelMy Father Is Not A ComedianHow to Be A Great Detective, and The Game of the Goose, a haunting and imaginative story of three children’s adventures inside a very unusual board game. Her books for young adults are Black Sails, White SailsBruno and the CrumhornTheodora’s GiftAbyssinia,The Red Shoe and The Golden Day.


The Word Spy (illustrated by Tohby Riddle), is an exploration of the oddities of the English language. It is the winner of the 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Award and also an honour book in the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for 2009.

Ursula’s work is recognised overseas as well as in Australia and she has won many awards for excellence, including the 1994 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for The White Guinea-Pig. In 1995 she won the NSW Premier’s Ethnic Affairs Commission Award for The First Book of Samuel which was also named an Honour Book in the 1995 CBC Book of the Year Awards. In 2004 she won the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature forAbyssinia. In 2006 Ursula won both the NSW and Victorian Premier’s Award forTheodora’s Gift and the Queensland Premier’s Award for The Red Shoe.

Magpies Magazine has written about her work: ‘Ursula Dubosarsky is one of the few truly original and talented voices speaking to children through literature today.’ In Stephen Matthews’ book, The Eye of the Soul (interviews with 17 Australian writers for children and young adults), Ursula speaks as follows: ‘Storytelling is as natural, as vital maybe, as breathing … Whenever I do creative writing workshops with children, there’s a tumbling need for each child to tell a story.’

Ursula is available for writing workshops and for general talks about her work and is very happy to address infants, primary and high school students as well as adults. Ursula has three children of her own, and a number of guinea pigs, many of which feature in her books!