Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney's
north-west with four sisters, one brother, two dogs and twelve
chickens. She studied English and Law at the University of Sydney
and later wrote a PhD thesis at Cambridge on Children, Law and
the Media. She has worked as a media and entertainment lawyer but
now writes full time, dividing her time between Montreal and Sydney.
child, Jaclyn was always writing stories and her debut novel, Feeling Sorry for Celia,
in 2000 to great critical acclaim, and won the 2001
NSW Premier's Literary Award. Written in the form
of memos, letters, diary entries and fridge notes, Jaclyn's
skilled sense of humour allows this book to deal
with some fairly substantial teenage issues. Finding
Cassie Crazy followed in 2003, a similarly engaging
coming-of-age story written with great sensitivity
and humour. Jaclyn’s more recent books for
young adults are The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie (2006) and The Spell Book of Listen Taylor (2007), which is a revised edition of her adult novel, I Have a Bed of Buttermilk Pancakes. Her latest novel is Dreaming of Amelia.
an effervescent and entertaining personality and is available to
talk to school groups about her work. By the way, her favourite
things to do on the weekend are sleeping in, going to the beach
and eating popcorn at the cinema, and the twelve chickens got blown
away in a thunderstorm while she was overseas.
More information at www.jaclynmoriarty.com, and Jaclyn’s
blog can be viewed here.
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