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Leanne Hall Leanne Hall i(A99748 works by)
Born: Established: Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Leanne Hall was born and raised in Melbourne. She completed an Arts/Law degree and a graduate diploma in publishing and editing. Leanne began her writing career with short stories, which have been published in Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin and Best Australian Stories, among other periodicals.

In 2009, Hall won the Text Prize with her debut novel, This Is Shyness, which went on to be shortlisted for the Inky Award and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. The sequel, Queen of the Night, followed in 2012, and was also shortlisted for the Inky award.

Hall's most recent novel, Iris and the Tiger, was published in 2016. It won the Patricia Wrightson Prize (NSW Premier's Literary Awards), and was named a notable book in the 2017 Children's book Council Book of the Year Awards.

Hall's early novels are notable for their surrealistic Melbourne setting, while all her novels have a hallucinatory, fantastic component.

Hall has worked in the arts and educational publishing, and as a children's specialist in an independent bookstore.

Most Referenced Works


  • Leanne Hall  is a Stella Schools Ambassador.  

Personal Awards

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Gaps Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2021 20080482 2021 single work novel young adult

'What does it mean to be the one left behind?

'When sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell is abducted, the news reverberates through the whole Year Ten class at Balmoral Ladies College. As the hours tick by, the girls know the chance of Yin being found alive is becoming smaller and smaller.

'Police suspect the abduction is the work of a serial offender, with none in the community safe from suspicion. Everyone is affected by Yin’s disappearance—even scholarship student Chloe, who usually stays out of Balmoral drama, is drawn into the maelstrom. And when she begins to form an uneasy alliance with the queen of Year Ten, Natalia, things get even more complicated.

'Looking over their shoulders at every turn, Chloe and Natalia must come together to cope with their fear and grief as best they can. A tribute to friendship in all its guises, The Gaps is a moving examination of vulnerability and strength, safety and danger, and the particular uncertainty of being a young woman in the world.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2022 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
y separately published work icon Iris and the Tiger Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2016 8942972 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune – and her sprawling estate – to Iris's scheming parents.

'But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de Nubes, she realises something isn't quite right. There is an odd feeling around the house, where time moves slowly and Iris's eyes play tricks on her. While outside, in the wild and untamed forest, a mysterious animal moves through the shadows.

'Just what is Aunt Ursula hiding?

'But when Iris discovers a painting named Iris and the Tiger, she sets out to uncover the animal's real identity – putting her life in terrible danger.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book designed by Imogen Stubbs.
2018 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Older Readers
2016 longlisted Foreword Reviews : INDIES
2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
2017 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Queen of the Night Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012 Z1855808 2012 single work novel young adult fantasy

'The dark is dangerous. So is the past. So are your dreams.

'For six months Nia—Wildgirl—has tried to forget Wolfboy, the mysterious boy she spent one night with in Shyness—the boy who said he'd call but didn't.

'Then Wolfboy calls. The things he tells her pull her back to the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn't rise and dreams and reality are difficult to separate. There, Doctor Gregory has seemingly disappeared, the Darkness is changing and Wolfboy's friend is in trouble. And Nia decides to become Wildgirl once more.

'The sequel to the 2009 Text Prize-winning This Is Shyness is about the difficulty of recreating the past—about how the Darkness no longer sets Wolfboy and Wildgirl free.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
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