Kelly Gardiner

About me

Kelly Gardiner writes historical fiction for readers of all ages. Her latest book is ‘Goddess’ (Fourth Estate, June 2014), a novel based on the life of the remarkable Julie d’Aubigny, also known as Mademoiselle de Maupin – a 17th century opera singer and swordswoman. Kelly’s other books include the award-winning young adult novels ‘The Sultan’s Eyes’, and ‘Act of Faith’ (HarperCollins), and her children’s books include ‘Billabong Bill’s Bushfire Christmas’ (Random House) and the ‘Swashbuckler!’ trilogy (HarperCollins): ‘Ocean Without End’, ‘The Pirate’s Revenge’ and ‘The Silver Swan’.
Kelly is a professional writer and editor, and teaches writing and digital literacy. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

From my website

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Oh I know.  I’m blogging all over the joint at the moment. I can’t keep track myself. So here are a few of the most recent, from my current travels: On literary pilgrimages (on my Sublime blog) On the Irish pirate queen Grace O’Malley (on my Field Notes) Going to Grasmere (on…

The pleasure of ruins

I’ve been in England and Ireland the past few weeks, researching lots of things at once. But I keep getting distracted by the many ancient stories all around me, some of them told in stone, brick, weeds and rubble.     I’m reminded of the lovely book The Pleasure of…

Field notes

As many of you know, I like to log my research as I go: photos, thoughts, findings, questions, amazing historical discoveries, crazy moments when I think I’ve discovered something but haven’t – all the delights of the historical novelist’s process. This is especially true when I’m on the road, which…

 
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