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

Learning to fly

About to start redrafting on 1917. It’s partly about a young Australian lad who learns to be a pilot and flies on the Western Front during that terrible year in the First World War. You might remember I spent a few weeks at Bundanon writing the first draft. Since then,…

Festival season

Melbourne Writers’ Festival is here again, with hundreds of amazing panels, workshops, talks and fun events. I’m appearing as part of the fabulous schools program, talking with Jane Caro about re-imagining and writing history. It’s for school groups, so teachers and librarians, get those buses booked! It’s on Thursday 27…

Coming up

I’m presenting some writing workshops for the good citizens of Moreland: one school holiday workshop for kids around years 5 to 6, and then another for teen writers and adults in the evening. 7 July, Coburg Library – more details here. Locals, come along!Filed under: appearances

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