About

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Anne Morgan is a full-time writer who lives on Bruny Island, Tasmania. She has a PhD in Writing, for which she won a university medal, and a Master of Education Degree. She has worked as a journalist, public sector administrator, teacher and professional actor.

She is the author of eight children’s books and onefull-length volume of poetry.

Academic Awards

  • Honorary postdoctoral fellowship at Edith Cowan University, 2009.
  • Edith Cowan University Faculty of Education and the Arts research medal, awarded to a graduate student for outstanding research achievement in a Research Higher Degree programme offered by the Faculty for Education and the Arts, 2009.
  • Juliet McLaughlin Study Award, Joseph Conrad Society UK, for postgraduate research in UK, 2005.
  • Edith Cowan Postgraduate Research Award, WA, 2005-2008.
  • Commonwealth Postgraduate Study Award for Master of Education Degree, 1983.
  • Tasmanian Education Department Studentship, 1972-1975.

Writing Grants & Residencies

  • May Gibbs Creative Time Fellow, Adelaide, SA, 2009.
  • Katharine Susannah Prichard established Writer in Residence, WA, 2007.
  • Arts Tasmania creative development grants 2001 and 2009.
  • Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife writer in residence at Marakoopa Caves, Tasmania, 2004.

Children’s Literature Credits

  • The Sky Dreamer, illustrated by Celine Eimann, IPKidz, Brisbane, 2011, Australian Council Grant to publisher, accepted for NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge 2012 and awarded an Australia Council Grant to publishers.
  • We Can Make a Forest, children’s story republished in NSW School Magazine, 2010.
  • Captain Clawbeak and the Ghostly Galleon, illustrated by Wayne Harris, Random House Australia, 2007; shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia award 2008, NSW Premier’s Reading challenge title 2008-2011).
  • Captain Clawbeak the One and Only, illustrated by Wayne Harris, Random House Australia, 2007.
  • Captain Clawbeak and the Red Herring, illustrated by Wayne Harris, Random House Australia, 2006 (2nd for age group on NSW School Magazine Forty Excellent Books bookshelf).
  • The Glow Worm Cave, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra  (shortlisted for the Environment Children’s Book of the Year, 2000, Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge booklist, 2010).
  • WA Premier’s Reading Champion, 2008.
  • Captain Clawbeak and the Red Herring. Listed as one of 40 Excellent books for 2007 by the NSW School Magazine.
  • WA Writer on the Road tour of Wheatbelt schools, 2007.

Poetry Credits

  • A Reckless Descent from Eternity, Ginninderra Press 2009, (poetry collection – one of these poems, Through Paradise, Running on Empty, was re-published in Black Inc’s Best Australian Poems 2010.
  • Poem published in Antipodes, Poetic Responses, Phoenix Education, 2010.
  • 3 poems in FAWTAS anthology, A Net of Hands, edited by Megan Shaffner, 2009.
  • Poems published online in Australian Poetry Collaboration, edited by Les Wicks, 2009.
  • 3 poems in FAWTAS anthology, A Net of Hands, edited by Megan Shaffner, 2009.
  • Poems published online in Australian Poetry Collaboration, edited by Les Wicks, 2009.
  • Poem commended in Overland, Judith Wright Poetry Award, 2008.
  • Varuna poetry mentorship with Deb Westbury, 2008.
  • Poem, ‘Spiritlands Undreaming’ published in Island magazine, 2007, after being Highly Commended in the Gwen Harwood Poetry Award, 2006.
  • Winner, Colin Knight Memorial Poetry Award for a nature poem, FAW, Tasmania, 2001.
  • Winner, Orange Arts Council national Banjo Paterson Open Poetry Award, 1999.

Other literary credits

  • Review of Robyn Mundy’s novel, The Nature of Ice (Allen and Unwin) published in Island Magazine, Summer edition, issue 119, 2010.
  • Commendation for play script in Di Cranston Award, Fellowship of Australian Writers’ National literary awards, 2010
  • ‘Aurora’, story published in Island, Spring edition, 2009, after being Highly Commended in the Wildcare Tasmania International Nature Writing Award.
  • Highly Commended, Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards, Di Cranston Award , 2008 (announced 2009).
  • Commended, Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary awards, White Light Award for a feature film script (announced 2009).
  • Highly Commended for entry in Wildcare Tas international nature writing prize, 2009.
  • Winner, S.A.E. Strom Maritime Short Story Award, Shiplovers’ Society of Victoria, 2001
  • The Glow Worm Cave, shortlisted for the Wilderness Society’s Environment Children’s Book of the Year, 2000.
  • Writer and Producer, Shipwrecks, Sealers and Scientists on Macquarie Island, web site – co-production, Fahan School and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service:Gold medal award winner, schools section, World Cyberfair 2001; winner ABC On-line Award for the Australian Schools’ Web Challenge,; winner Sony Design Award for the Australian Schools’ Web Challenge, winner, state final (Tasmania) for the Australian Schools’ Web Challenge,2000;.
  • Runner Up, Essay section, Irish Australian Heritage Association Literary competition 1998.

Literary Judging

Qualifications

  • PhD in Writing, Edith Cowan University, WA, 2009
  • Master of Education, University of Tasmania, 1987
  • Certificate IV, Workplace Training and Assessment, Category II, Kangan Institute of TAFE, 1998
  • Associate Diploma, Speech and Drama (Performer), Australian Music Examination Board, 1979
  • Tasmanian Teachers Certificate, 1977
  • Bachelor of Education, Tasmanian College of Advanced Education (majors in English, Biology and Drama), 1976
  • Diploma of Teaching, Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, 1975.

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