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Summary

Jen Banyard is a writer for big and little people. She’s best known for her upbeat middle readers’ adventure stories, notably the ‘Riddle Gully’ series, but has written and reviewed for Westerly and other adult journals. With a PhD in creative writing, Jen has taught at university and is an engaging, ukulele-toting advocate–facilitator of writing, reading and wonder in schools and the wider community.

Biography

Jen came to fiction writing from a career in magazine journalism and editing. She specialises in adventures for middle-grade readers that blend humour and entertainment with grittier themes like compassion and environmental responsibility. The Australian Book Review described her style as smart, funny and insightful.

All four of Jen’s novels are published by Fremantle Press. Film rights were sold for the ‘Riddle Gully’ titles in 2015 and again in 2019; and both Mystery at Riddle Gully and Riddle Gully Secrets were shortlisted in the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards. Other young readers’ stories have appeared in the NSW School Magazine and an anthology, and adult fiction and criticism in literary journals. In 2013, Jen completed a doctorate in creative writing at UWA, her academic component focusing on author Tim Winton.

Jen is based in Fremantle.

Relevant qualifications

PhD (Creative Writing), University of Western Australia, 2013 (conferred 2014)
Freelance editor, 1982–2004
Tutor/teacher/mentor in Creative Writing 2204, University of Western Australia, 2011
Editor and Assistant Editor, Uniview Magazine, UWA, 1982–84
Publications Officer, Murdoch University, 1985–86, 1988

Recent experience

Rockingham Writers Convention 2019, workshop presenter
Children’s Book Week, presenter–speaker from 2009
Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2018, presenter–speaker, panelist
Between the Lines Festival 2017, presenter–speaker
Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2016, presenter–speaker, moderator

Publications

Riddle Gully Secrets

Riddle Gully Secrets

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Publ. date: 2016

Genre: Middle readers; mystery; adventure

Riddle Gully Runaway

Riddle Gully Runaway

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Publ. date: 2014

Genre: Middle readers; mystery; adventure

Mystery at Riddle Gully

Mystery at Riddle Gully

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Publ. date: 2012

Genre: Middle readers; mystery; adventure

Spider Lies

Spider Lies

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Publ. date: 2009

Genre: Middle readers; mystery; adventure; sci-fi

Get in touch

Email [email protected]

Website http://www.jenbanyard.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jenbanyardauthor/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thatsanoicesnap/

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