Podcast: Fantasy and Reality with Isobelle Carmody

Podcast: Fantasy and Reality with Isobelle Carmody

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Isobelle Carmody is a national treasure: she’s written fantasy and children’s literature since she was fourteen, and is incredibly prolific. In this podcast, Isobelle chats with Cheryl Akle about her family life, how she got into writing, and why she thinks it’s such an important genre for both children and adults alike.

Duration: 28 Mins

Isobelle Carmody imagePodcast Guest: Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed authors of fantasy. At fourteen, she began Obernewtyn, the first book in her much-loved Obernewtyn Chronicles, and has since written many works in this genre. Her novel The Gatheringwas joint winner of the 1993 Children’s Literature Peace Prize and the 1994 CBCA Book of the Year Award, and Greylands was joint winner of the 1997 Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction (Young Adult category), and was named a White Raven at the 1998 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Isobelle’s work for younger readers includes her two series, The Legend of Little Fur, and The Kingdom of the Lost, the first book of which, The Red Wind, won the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers in 2011. She has also written several picture books as well as collections of short stories for children, young adults and adults.

After living in Europe for more than a decade, Isobelle now divides her time in Australia between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, and Brisbane, where she is working on a PhD at the University of Queensland. She lives with her partner and daughter, and a shadow-black cat called Mitya.

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                      Isobelle Carmody
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                      Isobelle Carmody

                      Isobelle Carmody is Australia's most highly acclaimed author of fantasy titles for older readers.  She began her first book, Obernewtyn, when she was fourteen and since then she has written some of our greatest works of fantasy. Whilst she is perhaps best known for the Obernewtyn Chronicles (now comprising six volumes), her novel The Gathering  was joint winner of the 1993 Children's Literature Peace Prize and the 1994 CBC Book of the Year Award. Also, Greylands, was joint winner of the 1997 Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction - Young Adult Division, and was named a White Raven at the 1998 Bologna Children's Book Fair.  She has written many short stories for both children and adults and her picture book The Wrong Thing, illustrated by Declan Lee.Isobelle's first book in a new series for younger readers, Kingdom of the Lost: The Red Wind was winner of the CBC 2011 – Younger Readers Award.Isobelle divides her time between Prague in the Czech Republic and her home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia.

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