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Joanne Horniman


Joanne Horniman has been writing for twenty-five years and is an experienced writing teacher to both adults and children.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Most of my books are centred round the place where I live, near Lismore in Northern NSW, with themes of growing up, self-discovery and alternate lifestyles. I seek to find the extraordinary in everyday life.

What are you passionate about?

Sustainable living: I live in a solar-powered house, have a composting toilet, grow many of my own vegetables, bake my own bread, and for twenty years have been regenerating rainforest on our property outside Lismore.

Haven’t I seen you before?

You might have seen me wandering along a beach in northern New South Wales, kayaking down a creek, as a judge for the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, or at the occasional writers’ festival.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I spend a lot of time with animals and have written books about our chooks, (Billygoat Goes Wild and Sunflower!). I have a half-blind three-legged cat named Tom and another called Tiger Bob.

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