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Achievements

AS AN AUTHOR

JEZZA

A picture book illustrated by Kym Lardner and published by Macmillan in 1991 and short listed in 1992 Yabba Awards! It was reprinted by The Five Mile Press in 1996 and 1999. Still Australia’s only AFL footy picture book. Out of print.

OFF TO DUNCAN’S PADDOCK

A short story in ‘Saddle Up Again – More Australian Horse Stories’, compiled by Mary Small and published in 1995 by Blue Gum Paperback (A&R). Out of print.

TOP SHOTS

A sequence of 4 novels for 8-12 year olds from Little Ark (Allen & Unwin) in 1995 and 1996:

The Slammers

Star Rookie

Camp Phantom

Nothing But Net

First Australian basketball fiction for young readers.  All 4 titles out of print.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS?

Krista’s Radio interviews with 31 of Australia’s Leading authors of books for young readers from Reed Library/Cardigan Street in 1996. A CBC Notable Book of 1997. Shortlisted 1997 Australian Publishers’ Excellence Award. Out of print.

THAT’S OUR HENRY

A Magic Bean from Era, illustrated by Mike Johnson (1997).

PIDGE

A gentle picture book  illustrated by Ann James and published by Little Ark (Allen & Unwin) in 1997. A young boy must decide whether to keep a wild pigeon – or let it regain its freedom. Out of print.

READ MY MIND!

A  junior novel for 10-14 year old readers. It was published by Lothian Books in 2000. Out of print.

GET A LIFE

A  junior novel published by Lothian Books in 2001. Out of print.

THE KINDEST FAMILY

A picture book retelling of a Vietnamese folktale. PM+ series from Nelson Thomson Learning 2001. Continues to be a bestseller!

DOUBLE OR NOTHING

A short story in ‘Cliffhangers’ in the Thrillogy series. Published by Longman: Pearson Education in 2001.

RORY’S BIG CHANCE

An early reader about a boy who wants to be in an advertisement on television. PM+ series from Nelson Thomson Learning 2002. Still a favourite for evolving readers.

NO REGRETS

A  junior novel for readers aged 10-14 about a gifted and talented girl, published by Lothian Books in 2002. Out of print.

WHO CARES?

A junior novel about a boy dealing with a major secret in his family and winner of the Family Therapy Award in 2004,  it was published by Lothian Books in 2003. Illustrated by Krista’s middle son Damien Bell. Now published in USA by Kane Miller in 2011.

SNIFFY THE SNIFFER DOG

A first chapter book aimed at newly independent readers, illustrated by the fabulous, multi-award winning Craig Smith. It was originally published by Lothian Books in the Start-Ups series in 2003.

Now reprinted by Fibtion Unlimited and available directly from Krista.

NO STRINGS

A stand-alone junior novel for readers aged 10-14 and also the sequel to NO REGRETS. It’s illustrated by Krista’s middle son Damien and was published by Lothian Books in the Takeaways series in 2004. Out of print.

WHO DARES?

A stand-alone junior novel for readers aged 9-14 and it’s also the sequel to Who Cares? and both are set in Lorne, Victoria. Who Dares? was published in 2005 in the Lothian Books Junior Fiction series.

It is the third novel for which Krista’s middle son Damien Bell has done the chapter heading illustrations. Now published in USA by Kane Miller in 2011.

THAT’S THE TRICK (commonly confused homophones)

A fun non-fiction title for readers of all ages that will help sort out the differences between homophones: words that sound the same, are often spelt differently and have completely different meanings.

It is illustrated by Sarah Dunk (her first book!) and was published by Lothian Books in 2006. Out of print.

IF THE SHOE FITS

A first chapter book aimed at newly independent readers and once again has marvellous illustrations by Craig Smith. It was originally published by Lothian Books in the Start Ups series in 2006.

Now reprinted by Fibtion Unlimited and available directly from Krista.

FLYING FEET

An Aussie Nibbles illustrated by Beth Norling and published by Penguin Books in 2006. Out of print.

NO TEARS

A stand-alone junior novel for 10-14 year old readers. It is also the sequel to No Regrets and No Strings with chapter illustrations by Krista’s middle son Damien Bell. It was published by Lothian Books Junior Fiction in 2006 and short-listed for the WAYRBA.

Now only available directly from Krista.

LOFTY’S MISSION

A picture book illustrated by David Miller and published in 2008 by Lothian Books, an imprint of Hachette Australia. It was short-listed for the 2008 NSW Premier’s History Award. A very proud moment. It was also on the WAYBRA shortlist.

Hardcover now only available directly from Krista. Paperback edition published by ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Qld) www.anzacday.org.au

PEEKING DUCKS

A picture book which tells the story of three feisty little ducklings on a big adventure in China. Illustrated by the wonderful Sally Rippin and published in 2010 by Windy Hollow Books and reprinted in hardback in 2011.

Available on line from www.windyhollowbooks.com.au – or from good bookshops.

WARRIORS

A hybrid text, a cross-over fiction/non-fiction picture book format that has a fictional storyline, two real historical stories and the factual details about the making and discovery of the Terracotta Warriors. Illustrated with Krista’s photos taken in China and published by Windy Hollow Books in 2012.

Available on line from www.windyhollowbooks.com.au – or from good bookshops.

BURNING THE BAILS: The Story of the Ashes

A picture book with glorious illustrations by fine artist Ainsley Walters for readers of 5-105 which tells the real story of why and by whom the Ashes were made in December 1882. Published by One Day Hill in 2013 and distributed by Scholastic Australia.

This book passed muster with the Melbourne Cricket Club and has been honoured with a LAUNCH AT THE MCC Library at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 31 January 2014. Original print run sold through and with a reprint in early 2014!

Available from good bookshops everywhere.

JACK’S BUGLE

New in March 2014 this picture book tells the story of Aidan Jackson a young sheep farmer from country Australia who goes off to World War 2, to Egypt and Gallipoli to be precise, full of excitement about this overseas adventure, with his new brass bugle in his hands.

The evocative illustrations are by first-timer Belinda Elliott and they are so beautifully matched to the text that they do indeed make the story sing, or in this case play a musical melody.

The book was such an immediate hit with bookshops and libraries that it sold out in just two weeks and the re-print is due in late April.

 


AS A LITERARY FESTIVAL SPEAKER AND WORKSHOP PRESENTER

Krista has been a regular presenter at national literary festivals for many years including Adelaide, All Saints College Festival of Childrens’ Literature (Perth), Books North (Townsville, Qld), Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale (Gladstone, Qld), Sommerset College Celebration of Literature (Gold Coast, Qld) and Voices on the Coast (Maroochydore, Qld).


AS A WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE

Extensive primary and secondary school experience, including highlights:

  • Princes Street Primary School, Sandy Bay, Tasmania.
  • Kilmaire College, Hawthorn, Year 8.
  • Sacre Coeur, Glen Iris, Years 5,8 and 10, plus gifted and talented weekends.
  • Trinity Grammar, Kew, Years 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9.
  • Xavier College, Burke Hall, Year 8.

    SCBWI Event in November 2013 @ Little Bookroom in Carlton North

    SCBWI Event in November 2013 @ Little Bookroom in Carlton North

  • Bialik College, Hawthorn, Years 5 and 6.
  • Wesley College, Elsternwick, Years 7, 8 and 9.
  • Carey Grammar, Kew, Years 5, 6, 7 and 8.
  • St. Kevins College, Toorak, Years 3-7.
  • Solway Primary School, Ashburton, Year 5 gifted and talented.
  • Liebler Yavneh College, Elsternwick, Years 2-6.
  • Portland North Primary School (P-6) for one week in 1997 and 1998.
  • A writing-for-children group at Fairlea Women’s Prison.
  • Launceston Church Grammar School, Tasmania.
  • Hartwell Primary School Grade 5 & 6, for 3 consecutive years
  • Gladstone Primary schools, Queensland
  • Weetangera Primary School, A.C.T.
  • Holy Family Parish School, Gowrie, A.C.T.
  • Scotch College, Adelaide, 2008
  • St Catherine’s, Toorak (Year 7) Term 2, 2009
  • Reservoir Views Primary School, Term 4, 2009
  • Mater Dei Primary School, Wagga Wagga, 2010
  • EA Southee and Cootamundra Primary Schools, Cootamundra, 2012

AS A BROADCASTER

1984-1989: ABC Radio 3LO’s Drive Time Book reviewer with Barbie Horn.

1990-1995: Radio 3RPH’s Children’s Hour researcher, writer, producer and presenter.

1993-1994: ABC Radio 3LO’s children’s literature reviewer with John Faine

1995: ABC Radio National’s children’s literature reviewer with Libby Price

1995-1996: ABC Regional Radio’s children’s literature reviewer and interviewer with Derek Guille on the Afternoon Programme.

1999: SBS (National) Radio children’s book reviews.

2009: ABC Radio, Alice Springs and ABC Radio, Wagga Wagga and Riverina: regular children’s book reviewer

2010/11: ABC Radio, Wagga Wagga and Riverina:  regular children’s book reviewer

2012/14: ABC Regional Radio Queensland regular children’s book reviewer on Statewide Afternoons with Rebecca McLaren

Rebecca McLaren from 'Statewide Afternoons' ABC Radio Qld where I do book reviews

Rebecca McLaren from ‘Statewide Afternoons’ ABC Radio Queensland where I do a regular children’s book review segment live-to-air from my house in Melbourne. This time (2013) I was actually in the studio in Rockhampton.


AS A BOOK CRITIC in print

A total of 15 years written reviewing experience including:

  • Classroom Magazine’s resident book reviewer in BELL’S BOOKS for three years.
  • Freelance contributor to major literary magazines: The Author (ASA), Magpies, Literature Base and The Australian Book Review.
  • 1995/1996: Children’s literature reviewer for The Herald Sun in Melbourne.
  • 1998/1999: Children’s book reviewer for Writing Australia magazine (Bi-monthly) and Bendigo Advertiser.
  • 1999: Pets and Vets Australia Magazine – reviewer of animal books for young readers.

AS CO-ORDINATOR OF

THE VIRTUOSO LITERARY WEEKENDS

For four years in the late 1990’s, Krista’s dream of bringing authors and young writers together for intensive workshops culminated in live-in creative writing weekends being held in country Victoria several times a year for years 6-10. Guest authors included John Marsden, Margaret Clark, Elizabeth Honey, Hazel Edwards, David Metzenthen, Ann James, Terry Denton, Paul Jennings, Maureen McCarthy, Michael Dugan, Brian Caswell, Andy Griffiths, John Nicholson and Patricia Mullens.


AS A SPEAKER AND WORKSHOP LEADER

With 30 years experience in children’s literature, Krista has a unique overview of books and writing for children. She is an entertaining, flexible, informative and professional speaker for all age groups from lower primary students to teacher and parent groups, adjusting her presentation to suit the audience, from large groups to intimate writers’ workshops.

  • How to find inspiration in your own ‘backyard’ – writing ‘FIBTION‘ based on your own experiences, mixed creatively with a serious dollop of imagination!
  • The writing process as it really is for the author – from inspiration to publication. How long does it really take to write a book? Does the author really draft and edit?
  • Where do authors get their ideas? Krista’s demonstrates with her photo diary!
  • Writing books boys will actually read – and enjoy.

A typical talk concentrates on the craft of writing using specific examples from Krista’s books, chosen to suit the particular age group of your students, with time for questions.

NESTLE WRITE AROUND AUSTRALIA

Nestle Write Around Australia was a creative writing programme for year 5 and 6 primary school students with workshops conducted in fifty libraries by Australian children’s authors in late July each year, wholly sponsored by Nestle Australia. I happily conducted these workshops for 11 years. It was an innovative and successful programme and it was a sad day for all involved when lack of funding caused its demise.

1995 – Ballarat
1996 – Brighton
1997 – Horsham
1998 – Stonnington
1999 – Albury/Wodonga
2000 – Devonport, Tasmania
2001 – Swan Hill
2002 – Hamilton
2003 – Sale, Victoria
2004 – Gladstone, Queensland
2005 – Mackay and Townsville, Queensland

Susanne Gervay, Meredith Costain, Julie Fison, Elaine Ouston & Krista

Susanne Gervay, Meredith Costain, Julie Fison, Elaine Ouston & Krista in Rockhampton in Queensland in 2013

Contact

If you would like Krista to visit your school, to give talks or do some workshops, please contact her via email for pricing and availability.

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