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Katrina Nannestad

Author, Illustrator

Katrina Nannestad grew up in central-western New South Wales and has lived and worked most of her life in small country towns. After studying Arts and Education at the University of New England, she went on to teach, travel, raise children and pursue her love of stories. Katrina likes to celebrate family, friendship and community in her writing.

Katrina is the winner of the 2014 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature, as part of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for The Girl Who Bought Mischief.

What themes recur in your work?

Family, friendship, community, coping with tough times and growing up are recurring themes in my writing. I also like to include humour in my story telling.

What other jobs have you had?

I have worked as a primary school teacher, a caterer, a shop assistant and a forest worker on a Christmas tree farm.

What have been the highlights of your career?

The highlights have always been the moments where I see children enjoying my stories. I love being in a hall filled with laughing children as we share snippets from my books. And I never tire of those special moments when a child comes up to me and tells me how much they have loved, and laughed through, one of my stories.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about writing, sharing great stories, strong friendships, belly laughter and my crazy little whippet Snowy.

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