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Carole Wilkinson


Carole speaks engagingly about her books and the research process. She shows how she finds her stories in history and how historical artifacts inspire her.

Where were you born?

Derby, England.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Empowering girls, equality, the idea that perseverance pays off, and an encouragement to tread lightly on the earth.

What have been the highlights of your career?

I have won two CBCA Book of the Year awards, and am thrilled to have seen Dragonkeeper published in fourteen countries including: the United Kingdom, The United States of America, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Holland, Sweden, Japan, Israel, Indonesia, Portugual, Australia.

What are you passionate about?

Writing books that kids want to read. Averting catastrophic climate change.

Haven’t I seen you before?

You’ve probably seen my name on any one of a number of books:

  • Dragonkeeper
  • Garden of the Purple Dragon
  • Dragon Moon
  • Dragon Dawn
  • Blood Brothers
  • Dragon Companion
  • Ramose: Prince in Exile
  • Ramose and the Tombrobbers
  • Ramose: Sting of the Scorpion
  • Ramose: Wrath of Ra
  • Hatshepsut: the lost pharaoh of Egypt
  • Black Snake: the daring of Ned Kelly
  • Alexander the Great
  • Fromelles: Australia’s bloodiest day at war
  • The Games: the history of the modern Olympics
  • The Jerilderie Letter
  • The Night we Made the Flag
  • Sugar Sugar

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