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Julie Murphy



Australian children's writer trained in Zoology and Zookeeping. 

Twitter: @juliekidsbooks  /   Facebook

Represented by Sheila Drummond of The Drummond Agency


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About me

As a little kid, I spent quite a bit of time sorting through stones to find the ones with sparkly specks in them. I thought the specks were flecks of gold. I also thought I could predict the weather, and solve any problem if I thought about it for long enough. 

Now I still search for life's flecks of gold through writing. And isn't it a great feeling when you read a book that offers you that special something too?

I trained in Zoology and zookeeping (see photo of me with a young wombat - if only all zookeeping tasks were so cute and cuddly!), and have been lucky to visit parts of Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and, of course, Australia.  I live in Melbourne, Australia, with my husband, daughter, and her two scruffball guinea pigs.


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Now happily immersed in the wonderful world of children's literature, I often find myself writing about animal and nature-related topics (go figure). 

Here's a sample of some of my earlierst work, circa approx. 8 years old - a book about my school camp. Hey, you have to start somewhere!

1st book cover

And then I went on to write non fiction for real - spooky!

              

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I have published numerous non fiction books about animals, as well as articles, verse and other assorted bits and pieces for young readers. I am very keen to have some of my fiction Picture Books published, and am persistently chipping away at that goal.

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I was thrilled when my non fiction book "Great Barrier Reef Under Threat" (Macmillan Education, 2011) received a Commendation (Children's series) in the Royal Zoological Society's Whitley Awards, 2011, and was shortlisted for the Wilderness Society's Environment Award for Children's Literature, 2012 . 

Getting the chance to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef and experience its beauty for myself was...well..."great"!

snorkelling on Great Barrier Reef

"Environments and Sustainability" (Pearson, 2014), which I co-authored, was in a series that won a 2014 Australian Geography Teachers Award, and a 2015 Educational Publishers Award Australia.

Environments and Sustainability cover

My plans for the future? To continue to write for children: fiction and non fiction; Trade and Education. I especially love picture books, but try my hand at all sorts of genres.

Thanks for visiting. Check out my Recent News and Publications pages via the links at the top left-hand side of this page to find out what's new, and you can find me on Twitter at @juliekidsbooks. I hope to see you again some time!

If you are still curious about me, here's an interview I did for the wonderful Dani Duck in early 2015 - DD interview

Here's a 2008 interview kindly hosted by Aussie author, Sally Murphy (no relation)


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