Ursula Dubosarsky was born and grew up in
Sydney. She wanted to be a writer from the age of six. Now
having published a number of award-winning books for children
and young adults, Ursula is regarded as one of the most talented
writers in Australia.
books for younger children include Maisie and the Pinny
Gig, Honey and Bear and Special Days for
Honey and Bear (illustrated
by Ron Brooks), and most recently, The Terrible Plop (illustrated by Andrew Joyner). She is the author of three Aussie Bites - The
Strange Adventures of Isador Brown, The
Even Stranger Adventures of Isador Brown and Isador
Brown's Strangest Adventures of All, as well as
four Aussie Nibbles - The Two Gorillas, Fair
Bread, The Magic
Wand, and The Puppet Show. For upper primary readers she
has written High Hopes, Zizzy Zing, The
Last Week in December, The White Guinea Pig, The First
Book of Samuel, My Father
Not A Comedian, How to Be A Great Detective, and The
Game of the Goose, a haunting and imaginative story
of three children's adventures inside a very unusual board
game. Her books for
young adults are Black Sails, White Sails, Bruno
and the Crumhorn, Theodora’s Gift, Abyssinia, and most recently, The
Ursula's latest book, The Word Spy (illustrated by Tohby Riddle), is an exploration of the oddities of the English language. It is the winner of the 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Award and also an honour book in the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for 2009.
work is recognised overseas as well as in Australia and she has
won many awards for excellence, including the 1994 Victorian Premier's
Literary Award and the NSW Premier's Literary Award for The
White Guinea-Pig. In 1995 she won the NSW Premier's Ethnic
Affairs Commission Award for The First Book of Samuel which
was also named an Honour Book in the 1995 CBC Book of the Year
Awards. In 2004 she won the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature
for Abyssinia. In 2006 Ursula won both the NSW
and Victorian Premier’s Award for Theodora’s
Gift and the Queensland Premier’s Award for The
Magazine has written about her work: 'Ursula Dubosarsky is one
of the few truly original and talented voices speaking to children
through literature today.' In Stephen Matthews' book, The
Eye of the Soul (interviews with 17 Australian writers
for children and young adults), Ursula speaks as follows: 'Storytelling
is as natural, as vital maybe, as breathing ... Whenever I do creative
writing workshops with children, there's a tumbling need for each
child to tell a story.'
available for writing workshops and for general talks about her
work and is very happy to address infants, primary and high school
students as well as adults. Ursula has three school aged children
of her own, and a number of guinea pigs, many of which feature
in her books!
on Ursula's school visits:
great fun; even our very sophisticated and world-weary Year 6s
were cracking up' ... 'warm, interesting and funny' ... 'a terrific
speaker'. Another teacher commented ... 'I thought she was wonderful.
She enthused students in their writing and made the whole experience
of a writing camp come alive.'
and teachers enjoyed Ursula's talks and workshop very much. She
was well prepared, energetic and connected well with the children
through her humour and personal stories.'
and attention from students of all ages groups' ... 'Ursula's books
have now all been borrowed (and bought from the bookstall!)' ...
'We had a very enjoyable day. Thank you Ursula!'.
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