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Deborah Carlyon

Author, Illustrator

Deborah Carlyon is a talented writer and versatile speaker. Her work forms a bridge between two cultures. Her books have sensitivity, depth, heart, humour, and a soulful, healing imagery.

Where were you born?

I was born in the idyllic highlands of Papua New Guinea where I was raised within the culture of my ancestors, a culture of storytelling.

What other jobs have you had?

I worked as a waitress in a nursing home while I studied to become a teacher. I later taught at secondary schools in Queensland before founding the Noosa Pengari Steiner School. I have been consulted on curriculum planning and design for Steiner Schools.

What themes are recurring in your work?

My first two books are set in Papua New Guinea and the main characters explore the tension between individual freedom and a collective, tribal consciousness.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I am an artist and love to paint. My two children love to fingerpaint with me. We also love going on hikes and attending festivals. When I have a break from being a mum, I love to do yoga or read.

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