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Gabrielle Williams


Gabrielle Williams has three kids, one husband, and a dog. She has been described by The Age reviewer Cameron Woodhead as ‘one of the funniest young adult fiction authors around.’ In the name of research, Gabrielle has gone (illegally) into the drains that run under Melbourne, and also interviewed a number of artists, some of whom may or may not be the Australian Cultural Terrorists, responsible for stealing Picasso’s Weeping Woman from the NGV.

What other jobs have you had?

My first job was in the local bakery, where they asked me to remove my nail polish on the first day, and asked me not to come back on the second day. Clearly not my forte. After that I worked in recording studios (where nail polish is encouraged) before becoming a copywriter and working in advertising for over twenty years.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Themes I have explored in my books include: family, grief and madness, personal responsibility and misguided actions. There are no Acts of God in my books – only Acts of Girls and Guys.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Beatle Meets Destiny being nominated for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (2010) and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (2010), as well as being one of Get Reading’s Top 50 Books and a Notable CBCA book. Another highlight was being a panelist at Reading Matters in 2013.

Where have your works been published?

The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex is published in Australia, as well as Turkey and Northern America (with – hopefully – other territories to follow soon). The Reluctant Hallelujah was published in Australia. Beatle Meets Destiny was published in Australia, US and Germany. Two Canadian Clubs & Dry at the Martini Den was published in Australian and the US.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about encouraging children and teenagers to let go of the computer mouse, put down the mobile phone, unplug the video game and enjoy the creative benefits of silence.

Haven’t I seen you before?

You might have seen me on television being interviewed by David Reyne about Beatle Meets Destiny. Or maybe you saw me at Reading Matters in 2013. Or if you live in Malvern, you might have seen me in at Readings Bookshop where I work a couple of days a week.

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