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Anne Morgan is a full-time writer who lives on Bruny Island, Tasmania. Her twelve published children’s books include the Captain Clawbeak series (Penguin Random House, illustated by Wayne Harris), The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land & Other Ecotales, (IP Kidz, illustrated by Gay McKinnon), which won the Environment Award for Children’s Literature (Junior Fiction) and her latest, The Way of the Weedy Seadragon, a beautiful non-fiction picture book (CSIRO Publishing, illustrated by Lois Bury).  She has one full-length collection of poetry (A Reckless Descent from Eternity, Ginninderra Press) and her poems have appeared in many anthology. She is also the poetry editor of cross arts and science anthology, Birdsong, a celebration of Bruny Island birds.

Anne trained as a biology, English, and Drama teacher, and has also worked as a  a journalist, public sector administrator, and professional actor. Her qualifications include a PhD in Writing, which won a university postgraduate research medal, and a Master of Education Degree.

Anne actively supports other Tasmanian writers and illustrators through her work as joint Coordinator of the Tasmanian chapter of the worldwide Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, which is part of SCBWI’s East Australia and New Zealand Region. She is also the founding Admin for the Celebrate TAS Books and Writing.

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Website is Under Reconstruction!

Dear readers, Having left the heartbreakingly beautiful Bruny Island, I have returned to live full-time on the ‘Big Island’ of lutruwita/Tasmania. For anyone who suspects I might be suffering from Nature Deficit Syndrome right now, there is no cause for concern. I live on a foothill of the majestic mountain...
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New Agent and new project with CSIRO Publishing

I am delighted to announce that I am now being represented by Fiona Johnson at Beyond Words Literary Agency. Perhaps it was the butterflies in Beyond Words’ logo – that’s a set of stories for another day. Perhaps it is that Fiona is a woman you have to admire.  At...
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Review of Kate Gordon’s The Ballad of Melodie Rose, UQP

The Ballad of Melodie Rose is the second book in Kate Gordon’s Direleafe Hall series for middle-grade girls. As with The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn, the first book in this series, Gordon has once again produced a lyrical and startlingly original novel about being kind, being human and understanding one’s...
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The Way of the Weedy Seadragon – out now!

Do you believe in dragons? What about dragons that don’t breath fire of fly, but which are the most beautiful dancers? Weedy seadragons are amazing fish with a talent for camouflage, weird eating habits and a unique courtship dance. But their future is threatened. This beautiful book will take you...
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            The Tasmania chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) hosted a How to Pitch Webinar in July this year, to prepare children’s book creators for our August PitchFest. Author/illustrator, Christina Booth, and publisher/author, Mark Macleod, of Dirt Lane Press, presented...
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Review of The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn by Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon’s marvelous new middle-grade novel will sing to every sensitive girl or woman who has ever felt herself to be an outsider. The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn is a gothic children’s fantasy that soars above its tropes – Direleafe Hall, the once grand, but now dilapidated school for girls;...
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KidLitVic – Meet the Publishers 2019

Last Saturday 25 May, I was one of over 200 children’s book creators who headed to the grand old Melbourne Town Hall for this year’s KidLitVic conference. From a career point of view, this was one of the best spent Saturdays of my life. KidLitVic aims to connect children’s literary...
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Launch of The Moonlight Bird and the Grolken

Thanks to all who joined the wild excitement at the launch of The Moonlight Bird and the Grolken at Hobart Bookshop on Thursday 5 May 2015. Exquisitely illustrated by Lois Bury, the book was launched by eminent children’s book author and illustrator, Christina Booth. Once upon a moonlight night, a...
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The Smallest Carbon Footprint wins Environmental Children’s Book of the Year

Anne Morgan’s Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land and Other Ecotales, illustrated by fellow Tasmanian, Gay McKinnon, has been announced joint winner of the national Environmental Children’s Book of the Year 2014 (Junior Fiction). Tasmanian writers and illustrators came close to scooping the pool at this years awards, which were announced at...
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Buzz for Winter 2013

AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM In July I won the Southern Tasmanian heat of the Australian Poetry Slam with my “Axolotl Rap”. This means I get to compete in the State Finals in Launceston, Saturday September 14, at Cafe Fresh, 178 Charles St, kicking off at 7.30 pm. Launcestonians – come along...
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On Fracturing Fairy Tales

This is a blog I wrote for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (Tasmania) following the launch of my latest book, The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land & Other Ecotales at Hobart Bookshop on 11 April 2013. On Fracturing Fairy Tales Once upon a time there were no computer...
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Buzz for Autumn 2013

On 11 April 2013, Hobart illustrator, Gay McKinnon and I celebrated the launch of our book, The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land & Other Ecotales at the Hobart Book Shop in Salamanca Square. Patsy Jones, well known conservationist and former President of the Children’s Book Council of Tasmania, was...
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