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James Moloney


James Moloney has written more than thirty books for readers between seven and seventeen years old. Many of his YA novels are widely studied in schools and two have won the CBCA Book of the Year Award. He is an engaging speaker for all ages from seven upwards.

What other jobs have you had?

Before becoming a self-unemployed writer, I was a primary teacher and teacher librarian. Also had stints at a fruit market and selling Art Union tickets.

What themes are recurring in your work?

My stories focus strongly on family themes of interpersonal relationships, especially fathers and sons, identity, rejection and acceptance. Many explore the influence and effects of violence on innocent lives.

What have been the highlights of your career?

CBCA Awards in 1996 for Swashbuckler and 1997 for A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove. Touch Me also won the Victorian Premier’s Prize. I have also derived satisfaction from finding a readership across so many genres and age groups.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about quality storytelling as a way of exploring the essence of our shared humanity and the goal that all young people might appreciate the power of story to enhance their imaginations and understanding of the world.



The Year 8 students were very impressed with James, as they always are. James is very adaptable and understands the ins and outs of school life very well – which makes him an excellent speaker to have.

—A. Sim, Teacher, Dromana Secondary College

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