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Glenda Millard


Glenda Millard writes picture books, novels for younger readers and for young adults. Her books have been published in Australia and internationally and have won many accolades.

Where were you born?

I was born in Castlemaine in the goldfields region of Victoria and have lived in the same area all my life.

What other jobs have you had?

I left school just before I turned sixteen and worked in various office jobs until my children were teenagers.

What themes are recurring in your work?

The search for acceptance and love are common to many of my books along with family, the cycle of life, animals and conservation. Find out more about Glenda’s beautiful books at her newly updated website.


The children were enthralled, Glenda read “Duck and the Darklings” and was happy to talk about her other books as well. We loved it.

—Brenda Ransome, Sunshine Heights Primary School, 2019

Glenda was phenomenal. The feedback from staff and students has been nothing but positive. As the literacy leader, I am rapt, as there is a real buzz around writing now. Glenda has certainly ignited the writing flame in our school. I can’t wait to see where this road takes us.

Thank you for all your work in arranging her visit.

—T. Chaston, St Philip’s Primary School, March 2018

Glenda Millard today was also great. She did a wonderful reading of her shortlisted book “The Duck and the Darklings” which we all enjoyed, as there is nothing quite like having an author read their own book as they know exactly how it was designed to be read aloud. She also talked about her collaboration with the illustrator to enhance the meaning of the book and also her use of language, which fitted in well to our school writing focus. She also involved students all the time by asking questions of the students, which engaged them further. She also did a great question and answer session at the end.

—A. Dawson, Elwood Primary School, August 2015

Glenda was well-received by our preps, 1’s & 2’s. It was lovely to have her read her own book to us (complete with powerpoint slides…so everyone could see the illustrations!). She was delightful to be around & wowed us with her “sparkle” words. The kids had lots of questions for her too, which was great.

—A. Johnson-Clarke, Montrose Primary School, August 2015

A collection of feedback from a recent PD session for secondary school teachers:

  • Very inspiring! Some great ways to motivate and inspire students to write.
  • Fabulous ideas to engage my creative writing class
  • Glenda is an inspiring writer, her use of language and passion for her craft is admirable.
  • This was an excellent session to motivate my own classes – some great practical ideas.
  • Loved her passion for writing. Great tips. Reinforced the immense pleasure in storytelling. Not pretentious.
  • I felt very inspired by Glenda. She presented some useful ideas that I will definitely use in my classroom.
  • The presentation was excellent. There should be a joy to writing which I think many kids have not experienced.
  • Very passionate and supportive. I liked Glenda’s real life examples that surpass academia.
  • Very enjoyable and inspirational talk. Great resources which can be easily implemented.
  • Glenda is a very interesting and inspirational writer. I love that she doesn’t come from a teaching background – this gave a very different perspective.
  • Glenda’s presentation was really enjoyable – can see possibilities for using ‘The Duck and the Darklings’ as a class text. Could promote great discussion re grammar and language.
—Vaious secondary teachers, collected by K. Matotek, Crusoe Secondary College, Kangaroo Flat; May 2014

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