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

Lately I’ve been …

Researching Things are getting serious. After years of researching the Blitz and the Great Fire of London, I have deadlines now for the three volumes of The Firewatcher Chronicles. I was in Denmark and London over the last couple of weeks (initially for a conference), happily researching Vikings  and Anglo-Saxons…

Young People’s History Prize

Exciting news this week. My book 1917: Australia’s Great War was shortlisted for the Young People’s History Prize in the NSW Premier’s History Awards. The Awards were held on Friday night in two stunning rooms in the State Library of NSW – one had hundreds of early editions of Don…

Historical fiction podcast series

Had a fabulous time recording this series of interviews with authors of historical fiction, as part of the lead-up to our big historical novel conference in September. Imagining the Past is presented by the Historical Novel Society of Australasia,  and produced by the good folk at Swinburne University (thanks team…

 
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