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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.

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