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R.A. Spratt


R.A. Spratt is an award winning author and television writer. Her latest book is Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion. This is the second installment in the Friday Barnes: Girl Detective series.

R.A. is also known for her biographical account of the world’s most glamorous flying pig, Nanny Piggins. A nine part series about a circus pig turned nanny.

R.A. lives in Bowral, NSW with her husband and two daughters. Her hobbies include gardening and bellringing. She has two chickens and three goldfish, and her next-door-neighbour’s cat thinks it lives in her house.

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Where were you born?

Essex, England. We emigrated to Sydney, Australia when I was 2 years old.

What other jobs have you had?

Pharmeceutical Services Technical Assistant, Secretary, Receptionist, TV writer for 17 different shows starting at Good News Week in 1997, up to Erky PerkyGasp and CJ the DJ in more recent years. (For a full list of my credits you can see me listed as Rachel Spratt on

What themes are recurring in your work?

The importance of eating cake and chocolate.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Winning Booklist’s ‘Top of the List’ award and getting a gold sticker on my book.

Where have your works been published?

Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada

What are you passionate about?

Cooking, sleeping and looking after my children.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I was on the Good News Week: Unseen and Obscene video which came out in the late 90’s. And I did do stand-up for a while from 1998-2002. Since then I’ve largely remained in my house typing away at my computer.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I have a Nanny Piggins puppet and an air rocket, both of which I can use for my presentations. The younger kids in particular love the puppet. They always have way more questions for Nanny Piggins than they do for me.


The kids and teachers loved it. The Nanny Piggins and Friday Barnes books have very long waiting lists. The kids were thrilled to meet an author particularly the class that had been studying one of her novels as their class novel this term!

—P. Benson, West Pennant Hills Public School, August 2017

R.A. Spratt was extremely entertaining and the children were very engaged.

The students were engaged and entertained. Rachel had all students excited about her books. I would highly recommend her to any school. I had positive feedback from students, teachers and parents.

—A. Moore, Maroubra Junction Public School, August 2017

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