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Lili Wilkinson

Author, Education Consultant, Inspirational Speaker

Lili Wilkinson is a reader and writer of YA literature. She is the author of nine books for teenagers, and has a PhD in Creative Writing.

What other jobs have you had?

I developed and managed Inside a Dog at the State Library of Victoria for seven years, as well as establishing the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize. When I was first a uni student, I used to be the girl who held up paintings at a fancy art auction warehouse. I also did a PhD where I researched the links between YA, online fandom, and teen activism.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Smart, funny, flawed teenage girls. Honesty. Feminism.

What have been the highlights of your career?

My first piece of fan mail (and all subsequent fan mail). Winning the Ena Noel Prize for Scatterheart. Getting a standing ovation from 2000 kids in Adelaide. Selling my first book to the US.

Where have your works been published?

Australia, the UK, the US, Germany, Italy, Turkey and China.

What are you passionate about?

Books. Reading. Teenagers and their rights. Romance. Books where a girl doesn’t have to die on order for a boy to have feelings. The way that the internet provides amazing and creative ways to respond to literature.

Haven’t I seen you before?

No, that was probably my evil doppelganger.


Just wanted to say how terrific Lili was. She really had the attention of the Year 8 girls and they asked her heaps of questions. She has a wonderful bubbly personality and the girls really responded to her.

—L. Stephens, Firbank Grammar School, September 2012

I just wanted to report that Lili Wilkinson had a very successful residency at MLC during Book Week 2012. Lili presented to an entire year level and handled creative writing workshops with great confidence and assurance. The feedback volunteered by staff and students was uniformly positive. Her professionalism and youthful spirit made Book Week 2012 a memorable event for our students and their teachers.

—P. Christiansen, Teacher Librarian, MLC, September 2012

Lili spoke to the Year 8 girls who responded very positively. Lili addressed her audience in a very engaging way and the students responded accordingly. The questions they asked displayed an understanding of her work and an interest in her career.

—S. Huggins, Star of the Sea College, December 2011

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