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Cath Crowley

Author

Cath Crowley is the author of the Gracie Faltrain trilogy, Chasing Charlie Duskin, Graffiti Moon and Rosie Staples’ Minor Magical Misunderstanding.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne in 1971 but before I started school my family moved to Gippsland. I remember living on a property that was a long way from the town. I read a lot because there wasn’t much else to do. I loved any books about private detectives or adventure – like Trixie Beldon, Nancy Drew and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

What other jobs have you had?

I didn’t write books straight after high school. I went to uni and studied radio production and literature. I became a teacher and taught English. I travelled overseas. While I was in Europe I wrote letters to my brother, who later turned them into a musical called The Journey Girl. After that I studied professional writing at TAFE. I wrote articles for papers and magazines. Then finally I wrote The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain and switched to being a full-time writer.

What themes are recurring in your work?

The themes of family, friendship and love recur in my work. My books also explore how young people deal with grief and conflict. My book, Graffiti Moon, is about young people on the fringe. They’re artists and outsiders.

Where have your works been published?

I write Young Adult fiction for Pan Macmillan in Australia and Random House in America.

I’ve had articles published in The Age and my short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies such as Picture This 2, published by Pearson.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about education. I think it’s important that students have time to write creatively without the pressure of assessment.

 

Testimonials

I just wanted to let you know that your Graffiti Moon continues to be in our popular listing of fiction titles  – and I still receive congratulations and well done’s on how fantastic you were with the girls at assembly.

I know people came up on the day to say well done and thanks – but you really did make an impact and wanted to pass on these followup thanks and congratulations.

—K. Paterson, Library Services Leader, Star of the Sea College, May 2016

Today we got to meet author Cath Crowley. She took us through writing exercises, giving us great ideas for short stories. She also gave us the opportunity to ask her questions and get our Graffiti Moon books signed. I learnt some great writing tips and it was a fantastic experience.

—Year 9 student, Presentation College, February 2016

I really enjoyed the Cath Crowley experience! I learnt a lot of new and creative ways to write and how to avoid writers’  block. She answered a lot of my questions about her novel ‘Graffiti Moon’ and showed me the inner workings of her mind. It was a really good experience and it will help me to write in the future.

—Year 9 student, Presentation College, February 2016

Cath’s presentation was fantastic.  We had a group of teenage fans and adults who all said the session was excellent.  Cath has a wonderful way of captivating and inspiring her audience.  Her use of images also made the presentation very local and interesting. (We) would definitely have Cath back again.

—K. Gilbert & S. Barnard, Maribyrnong Library Service, November 2014

Cath’s passion for writing is so infectious, and she is very personable and friendly, which made her a fantastic speaker for the event. We were so glad that she could be a part of the evening, and the fact that she took the time to read each of the shortlisted entries prior to the night meant that her speech was extremely personal, with some individual feedback for each of our young writers. Her enthusiasm certainly resonated with the audience, as the feedback we received on the event evaluation forms was overwhelmingly positive – certainly some of the best feedback we’ve had on a speaker.

We’d strongly recommend her to any school or organisation looking for someone to inspire and encourage their young authors.

—K. Wilmot, Youth Events Officer, City of Casey, November 2012

I am very pleased to report that Cath Crowley’s visit really inspired our girls. Our students thoroughly enjoyed Cath’s genuine presentation of herself and her ideas for constructing character, setting and plot. The workshops offered by Cath were also a hit with many girls coming away with a more confident approach to their own writing.

—S. Robinson, Head of Faculty, Loreto College 2016

I just wanted to let you know that your Graffitti Moon continues to be in our popular listing of fiction titles  – and I still receive congratulations and well done’s on how fantastic you were with the girls at assembly.
I know people came up on the day to say well done and thanks – but you really did make an impact and wanted to pass on these follow up thanks and congratulations.

—-K. Paterson, Library Services Leader, Star of the Sea College 2016

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