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

Writing the war

Among the many decisions we make when writing for young readers are creative and ethical decisions about violence and grief. I’ve always been very conscious of how to treat scenes like swordfights or battles in fiction for young readers. It’s not that I shy away from the reality of violence…

Any day now…

My new book comes out in a few weeks. 1917 is part of the Australia’s Great War series  by Scholastic. When I was asked to be part of the series by publisher Clare Hallifax, I knew immediately what I wanted to write: a story about a pilot whose family is…

There’s too much to this story – too much to remember, too much to explain. I will write it down, and I will write it down in English. There must be a record. So much depends, as I have discovered, on things that are written down on paper. Paula Morris,…

 
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