Christobel Mattingley

Christobel Mattingley

 

Australia

 

Christobel Mattingley has been writing since she was eight years old and she had her first pieces published in the children’s pages of magazines and newspapers. She began her working career as a librarian and teacher in Australia and in England before becoming a fulltime writer. She has been self-employed as a writer since 1974 and has travelled widely in Australia and overseas, speaking in schools and libraries and at conferences. She has, in her forty-one year career as an author, written articles, film scripts, short stories, poetry, 45 children's books, and published 50 books overall. She writes for all ages, from picture books to biography and history.

Mattingley is an ardent conservationist and a social activist. She confronted some of the most pressing ideas and issues of our time in her works for children, often before they had become widely publicised issues.

Some of her books have won or been shortlisted for awards in Australia and the UK, such as the Alice Award (2010). They have also been translated or made into films by the Australian Broadcasting Commission.