Posted on 13th February, 2020 by
Ursula Dubosarsky was born in Sydney wanted to be a writer from the age of six. She is now the authorÂ of over 60 books for children and young adults. She has won many national prizes, including the NSW,Â Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premierâ€™s Literary Awards, the Childrenâ€™s Book Council BookÂ of the YearÂ Award, and has been nominated for the international Hans Christian Anderson and AstridÂ Lindgren awards for childrenâ€™s literature. Her books have been published widely across the world andÂ translated into fourteen different languages.
After leaving school Ursula studied classical languages and English literature at Sydney University and then travelled overseas. She married in London, returned to Sydney and had three children. She pursued herÂ writing career while working in various jobs, including some years at the NSW Department of Educationâ€™sÂ School Magazine. She completed a PhD from Macquarie University in childrenâ€™s literature at this time.
Her award-winning work includes picture books, such as 'The Terrible Plop'; novels for older children,Â including 'The Blue Cat'; and the non-fiction â€˜Word Spyâ€™ books about the English language. Three of herÂ works have been adapted for theatre, and her book 'Too Many Elephants in This House' was chosenÂ for National Simultaneous Story-time. Other highlights include creating the story 'Reindeerâ€™s ChristmasÂ Surprise' for the annual David Jones Christmas window display, and writing the picture book 'Midnight atÂ the Library' for the 50th anniversary of the National Library of Australia.
â€‹Ursula is a frequent visitor in libraries, schools and festivals around the world, talking about books andÂ reading, and teaching children and adults the art of creative writing. She is currently a member of theÂ Library Council of the State Library of NSW.
The theme of Ursula's two-year term isÂ Read For YourÂ Life,Â recognising that reading often drops off after primary school and needs to be developed as a lifelong habit.
You can download theÂ Read For YourÂ LifeÂ CalendarÂ HERE.
Read more about Ursula and her work on her website:Â http://ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com/