Episode 97

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About Karen Foxlee

Karen Foxlee is an Australian author who writes for both kids and grown-ups. She grew up in the outback mining town Mount Isa and still frequently dreams she is walking barefoot along the dry Leichhardt River there. She has worked as an underground cable mapper, pool kiosk attendant, library assistant and hotel laundry hand and eventually became a registered nurse. All the while she never gave up her secret dream of becoming a writer.

Her first novel The Anatomy of Wings was published in 2007. The story of the sudden death of a teenage girl in a desert mining town won numerous awards including, the Dobbie Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. Her second novel about the disappearance of a girl in tropical north Queensland, The Midnight Dress, won the Sisters in Crime Best YA Debut Crime Novel in 2014.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, Karen’s first novel for children was published internationally in 2014 to much acclaim.  It was an E.B. White Read Aloud finalist that year.  Her second novel for younger readers, A Most Magical Girl was published in 2016 and won the Readings Children’s Fiction Prize 2017 and was CBCA shortlisted the same year. Lenny’s Book of Everything, was the children’s / young adult publishing sensation of 2019 winning multiple awards, including Children’s Book of the Year at the Indie Book Awards and the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult Literature at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.


About Samantha-Ellen Bound

Samantha-Ellen Bound is a writer, editor and children’s author. From humble beginnings as an eight-year old writing Goosebumps rip-offs, she now has many years experience working with books – as a bookseller at Top Titles, reviewer, editor, production and marketing coordinator, in education, you name it! A huge supporter of #LoveOzMG, Samantha-Ellen has been shortlisted for numerous short story awards, including most recently the Peter Carey and Write Around the Murray short story awards. She was also shortlisted for the Vogel Prize in 2018 and been a recipient of a May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowship. Samantha-Ellen was born in Tasmania but now lives in Mordialloc, Melbourne.


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