Episode 86

In this Episode…

Pamela goes deep with two of Australia’s most successful and beloved authors: Emily Rodda and Jackie French.

Jackie talks about her latest middle-grade novel, The Vanishing at the Very Small Castle, the Depression, food in literature, history writing and, of course, wombats.

Emily talks about Eliza Vanda’s Button Box, fantasy, fairytale, writing emotion and how Deltora Quest affected a generation of readers.

About Emily Rodda

Emily Rodda’s books include the internationally best-selling Deltora Quest and Rowan of Rin fantasy series. She has won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year for Younger Readers Award a record six times. She has also received many Children’s Choice awards, the Aurealis fantasy award, the prestigious Dromkeen and probably many more besides. Jennifer Rowe (her real name) she has also written several mystery novels for adults, and created the characters and storylines for the TV series Murder Call. In 2019, Jennifer was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for her services to literature.



About Jackie French

Jackie French AM is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator, the 2014–2015 Australian Children’s Laureate and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 Jackie became a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to children’s literature and her advocacy for youth literacy. She is regarded as one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors and writes across all genres — from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction for a variety of age groups.



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