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Corinne Fenton

Author

Corinne Fenton has a passion for picture books, especially those that have a connection with history. Her picture books are read by four to ninety-four year olds.

What other jobs have you had?

I loved books from a very young age and began writing poetry at primary school. Before I became a writer I worked as a Secretary, Chamber-maid, Waitress, Nanny and Executive Assistant. For a while I also cooked chicken for Kentucky Fried, but I don’t tell many people that.

What themes are recurring in your work?

My stories have an element of social history and their characters are usually animals.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Holding my first picture book ‘Queenie: One Elephant’s Story’ in my hands. Receiving CBCA Awards for both Queenie and the Dog on the Tuckerbox. Attending the Bologna Book Fair in Italy in March 2010 and seeing my three picture books showcased there.

Where have your works been published?

My three picture books have been published in my home city of Melbourne by wonderful Melbourne publisher, Black Dog Books. Around 20 education titles have been published by different educational publishers and many of these appear in other languages around the world.

What are you passionate about?

Producing beautiful picture books and making sure that every word has the right to be there.

Testimonials

Thank you for coming and spending time with us at our school St Clement of Rome. You have made writing sound a lot more fun and we are really looking forward to enjoying it more in the future. You have given us lots of tips for writing, like our writing doesn’t need to be long to be good and the more time we take to write a story the better it will be. You have given a lot of us more confidence with our writing because sometimes when we write we don’t want to read it out and share it with other people. You have inspired all of us to never give up on our stories no matter how bad we think they are. We hope that you continue to write picture story books for kids and what you do.

—Students from Class 2T, St Clement of Rome Primary School, September 2011

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