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Samantha Turnbull

Author, Poet, Storyteller/Performer

Samantha Turnbull is a children’s writer, multimedia journalist and slam poet.
She is  also the creator of the number one-rating children’s podcast FIERCE GIRLS, released by the ABC in 2018 and the author of the best-selling five-book children’s series The Anti-Princess Club, published by Allen & Unwin.
When not creating books or podcasts, Samantha works as a multimedia journalist (radio, TV and online) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, based in the sought-after possie of Byron Bay.
And last but not least, Sam is a multi-award-winning slam poet (including 2015 Bard of Sydney at the NSW State Library Shakespearean Sonnet Slam, and four-time state finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam).
Sam’s favourite thing to do is visiting schools and writers festivals to help children develop a passion for storytelling in all of its forms.

Where were you born?

Lismore, northern New South Wales, also known as the ‘rainbow region.’

What other jobs have you had?

Perfume sprayer, kids’ entertainer, checkout chicken.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Powerful girls.
Fierce Girls tells the stories of real-life awesome women from athletes to aviators and scientists to spies.
The Anti-Princess Club is a fictional series about four talented and feisty friends who don’t need rescuing by a knight in shining armour.
Other themes in my work include: diversity, family and friendship.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Fierce Girls topping iTunes across all podcast categories in the week of its release in 2018.
The launch of The Anti-Princess Club series in March, 2015.
Winning several poetry slams.
Being named a finalist in the Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism in 2004.
Running a radio station at a summer camp in the USA for children who lost their parents in the World Trade Centre attacks on September 11, 2001.
Reporting at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Where have your works been published?

The Anti-Princess Club children’s book series was published by Allen & Unwin in March, 2015.
I’m a multimedia reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and have my work published regularly across all of the ABC’s platforms.

What are you passionate about?

Smashing stereotypes.
Reading and writing.
Slam/performance poetry.
Multimedia journalism/storytelling.

Haven’t I seen you before?

You may have seen me spruiking The Anti-Princess Club in the media or reporting on ABC radio and TV.

I don’t appear in it, but you may have seen the awesome book trailer I made for The Anti-Princess Club here:

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I LOVE working with kids and was recently inspired to start studying my Masters in Teaching (Primary).

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