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Danielle Clode


Danielle Clode is a zoologist and natural history writer. She also teaches professional and creative writing.

Where were you born?

I grew up in the coastal town of Port Lincoln in South Australia where my parents built a boat. We spent the rest of my childhood sailing around the south and east coast of Australia to far north Queensland.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve worked as a zookeeper, in an underwater observatory, as a scientific interpreter and as a researcher.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Natural history and the environment.

What have been the highlights of your career?

I’m still surprised that I won a Rhodes Scholarship, but I think my biggest career highlight was winning the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-fiction in 2007 and being short-listed for a Children’s Book Council Award in 2010.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I featured in the ABC documentary based on my book Killers in Eden, which re-screens regularly here and in the US.

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