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Katrina Nannestad is an award-winning children’s author who writes humour, adventure, action, mystery and history. Katrina loves sharing her passion for stories, and encouraging others to read, write and find the joy in life.
I was born in Coonabarabran, a small country town in New South Wales, which set the pattern for the rest of my life. At thirteen, I moved to an even smaller country town called Peak Hill. I studied at a country university in Armidale. And my first teaching job was at a wonderful two teacher school in a teeny-tiny town called Wingello. Now I live on a hillside in a paddock in central Victoria – in a house, not in the long grass!
My first books, Bungaloo Creek and the Red Dirt Diary series, were inspired by my country childhood and small-school teaching experiences.
I used to work as a primary school teacher – rich fields for story ideas! (See above). I’ve also worked on a Christmas tree farm in Denmark. Unfortunately, there were no elves helping, but occasionally a deer would wander between the trees.
I love writing stories that focus on family, friendship and belonging. My historical novels are set during the Second World War and deal with themes of identity, resilience, hope, and the power of kindness to change lives. I believe that kindness is the key to a better world.
Honestly, I am wildly excited and delighted every time another of my books is published. There’s nothing quite like holding that first copy in your hands.
Winning the NSW Premier’s Award for Children’s Literature, the Patricia Wrightson Prize (2014), for The Girl Who Brought Mischief.
Winning the ARA Historical Novel Prize – Children and Young Adult Category (2021), and the Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction (2021) for We Are Wolves.
Presenting at Town Hall at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, before two thousand excited school children.
Family, friends, books, writing, flowers, holidays, laughing.
We Are Wolves
The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome
The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Provence
The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne
Olive of Groves
The Girl Who Brought Mischief
Red Dirt Diaries
Red Dirt Diaries: Blue About Love