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Sally Rippin was born in Darwin, but grew up mainly in South-East Asia. As a young adult she lived in China for three years, studying traditional Chinese painting. Sally has over seventy books published, many of them award-winning, including two novels for young adults. Her work includes the highly acclaimed Polly and Buster trilogy and the popular Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! books, which became the highest selling series for 6-8 year olds in Australia within the first year of their release. Sally is Australia’s highest selling female author and her books have sold more than 5 million copies in 14 languages.
Sally is a popular presenter in schools and at literary festivals both in Australia and overseas and has a regular program on 3RRR interviewing children’s authors and industry professionals. She is a passionate ambassador for the 100 Story Building, Dymocks Childrens’ Charities and also the Australian Reading Hour. Recently, she and Hardie Grant Egmont have collaborated on a weekly program of book-based activities for kids at home at www.sallyrippin.com
I was born in Darwin, but spent most of my childhood in South-East Asia, moving every two years because of my father’s job. As a young adult I lived in China where I studied traditional Chinese painting for three years, then later lived in France for another three. Now I am happy to call Melbourne home – as long as I still get to travel!
Over the years I have tutored English as a Second Language to students in Australia and overseas. Now, along with my writing and illustrating, I teach a course called Writing For Children at RMIT University as a part of the Professional Writing and Editing program.
Having lived overseas for most of my childhood, particularly in countries where English wasn’t the first language spoken, I am particularly drawn to stories of the outsider or the foreigner. Whether they be stories of migrants or artists, or angels and vampires, this is a theme that recurs in much of my work.
I am passionate about cultural diversity in children’s literature. Having lived in many different countries the thing I like the most about Australia is our vibrant diversity and I would like to see this reflected more in our books for children.