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Megan McKinlay Megan McKinlay i(A71488 works by) (a.k.a. Meg McKinlay)
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Megan McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria. She spent a year in Japan as an exchange student during her secondary education and later completed a PhD in Japanese literature at the University of Western Australia. McKinlay has taught literature, Japanese and creative writing at tertiary level. Her poetry has appeared in a range of Australian journals and she has also written children's and young adult books (as Meg McKinlay).

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 recipient May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship
2019 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships

Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $34,800.00

2010 recipient Asialink Literature Residency Program for residency in Japan

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon How to Make a Bird Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 19897910 2020 single work picture book

'Extraordinary imagery and rich language spark the reader's imagination as they enter the creative world of a young girl.

'From award-winning author Meg McKinlay and celebrated artist Matt Ottley comes a moving and visually stunning picture book that celebrates the transformative power of the creative process from inception through recognition to celebration and releasing into the world. We shadow the protagonist as she contemplates the blue print of an idea, collects the things that inspire from the natural world to shape a bird. And breathes life into it before letting it fly free. It shows how small things, combined with a little imagination and a steady heart, can transform into works of magic.'

(Source: publisher's blurb)

2021 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
2021 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
2020 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize for Writing for Children
2021 winner Crystal Kite Award Australian and New Zealand Division
2021 winner CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Books
y separately published work icon Let Me Sleep, Sheep! Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2019 14798356 2019 single work picture book children's

'When Amos starts counting sheep, there’s one thing he doesn’t quite count on … How’s he supposed to sleep when the sheep land – THUD! THUD! – in his bedroom?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize for Writing for Children
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2020 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Picture Books
y separately published work icon Catch a Falling Star Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2019 14798193 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'It’s 1979 and the sky is falling. Skylab, that is. Somewhere high above Frankie Avery, one of the world’s first space stations is tumbling to Earth. And rushing back with it are old memories. Things twelve-year-old Frankie thought she’d forgotten. Things her mum won’t talk about, and which her little brother Newt never knew. Only ... did he? Does he? Because as Skylab circles closer, Newt starts acting strangely. And while the world watches the sky, Frankie keeps her own eyes on Newt. Because if anyone’s going to keep him safe, it’s her. It always has been. But maybe this is something bigger than splinters and spiders and sleepwalking. Maybe a space station isn’t the only thing heading straight for calamity.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 shortlisted Book Links Award for Historical Fiction
2020 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
2019 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize for Writing for Children
2020 winner Crystal Kite Award Australian and New Zealand Division
2020 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2020 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2020 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Younger Readers
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