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Neridah is an inspiring presenter who knows how to connect with her students, making Australian history, Indigenous history and Sport accessible to children in a fun and engaging way.
I was born in Hamilton, a small country town in south-west Victoria in the same hospital that my parents and my grandparents were born. I’m pretty sure it was a different obstetrician though.
I’ve had a lot of different jobs but my last one was very cool. I studied Food Science at Uni and in one of my roles I spent fifteen years working in Research and Development in the Flavour Development of Dairy & Confectionery Products. It was very experimental and I spent my days developing new flavours and recipes and trialing them from a laboratory scale to factory scale. I was literally a ‘mad scientist’ in my lab coat, hairnet and blundstone boots. I ate chocolate or cheese (or sometimes both at the same time) from dawn until dusk. It was a dream job and I was lucky enough to work all over the world including throughout South East Asia, Europe, the U.K and in the United States of America.
The recurring themes in my books are: Australian history, Indigenous History and Sport. These also cover issues such as a ‘sense of belonging’, social justice and celebrating the acceptance of difference.
It’s a pleasure to hold any book I’ve written in my hands, and of course, sharing them with children is always gold. Also, having Fabish shortlisted in the CBCA Book of the Year ( Eve Pownall Award) in 2017 was such an honour too.
I’m passionate about Australian history and my goal is to make it fun and engaging to children. Australian history rocks, but there’s so much we don’t know about it. I’m also passionate about sport, family, my pets and Port Fairy.
Maybe in the stands next to Joffa Corfe cheering on the mighty Pies?