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Lorraine Marwood Lorraine Marwood i(A33426 works by)
Born: Established: 1953 ;
Gender: Female
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The mother of six children, Lorraine Marwood has worked as a literacy teacher. She began writing in the early 1990s. She has worked as a dairy farmer in Central Victoria, and it is this experience that informed her award-winning verse novel Star Jumps. The influence of farming and rural life is also evident in her gentle work of grief and relocation, Leave Taking.

Her poetry, largely concerned with aspects of rural life and rural isolation, has been published in magazines, anthologies and newspapers in the UK, the USA, New Zealand and Canada. Marwood's first collection of poetry, Skinprint (1996), was highly commended in the winter selection of the Poetry Club of Australia.

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y separately published work icon Leave Taking St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2018 14136050 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'Leave taking noun the act of saying goodbye

'What if you had just one week left to say goodbye to everything you’ve ever known?

'Toby and his mum and dad are leaving their family farm after the death of Toby’s younger sister, Leah. Together, they sort through all their belongings and put things aside to sell or throw out. It’s a big task, and Toby doesn’t want to leave the only place he’s called home. 

'As his last day on the farm approaches, Toby has a plan – a plan to say goodbye to all the things and places that mean something special to him and Leah, from the machinery shed to Pa’s old truck to the chook house. With the help of his best friend, Trigger the dog, he learns what it means to take your leave.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
2019 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2019 joint winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books

With Dingo.

2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Guinea Pig Town and Other Animal Poems Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2013 Z1926033 2013 selected work poetry children's 'A beautiful collection of poems about animals.
Squawk! Snuffle! Bark! Roar! Feathers, fins, scales, claws. Running, hopping, crawling, soaring. All creatures are celebrated in this new collection of poetry by Lorr aine Marwood.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Upper Primary
y separately published work icon Star Jumps Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2009 Z1596432 2009 single work children's fiction children's

'A poignant verse novel depicting the joys and heartbreaks of a farming family as they struggle to cope with the devastating effects of long term drought. Told through the eyes of Ruby, day to day farm life involves playing in grassy paddocks with siblings, doing jobs and helping out, and witnessing birth, death and sacrifice. The family are devastated when they have to sell off some of their herd, but in the spirit of hope it is Ruby who tries in her own small way to help the family by making miniature bales of hay.'

Source: Walker Books Australia website, (Sighted 09/06/2009)

2010 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Lower Primary Children (2003-2013)
2010 winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
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