Sheila Knaggs

Sheila Knaggs
Member since: November 23, 2021

Sheila is an aspiring children’s author who lives on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, with her husband and four grown children.

Born in Liverpool, England, where she lived until she was five, before moving to the Isle of Man—a small, picturesque island in the middle of the Irish Sea—Sheila, along with her parents and siblings, lived in a haunted guest house and later, in an equally haunted hotel. At the age of fifteen, she and her family emigrated to Australia and settled in Melbourne.

With a name like Sheila, she was destined to be an Aussie. She spent many years in the travel and tourism industry, working both in the reservations department and as a tour hostess for a luxury coach company, travelling around NT and WA. Falling in love with the magic of the rich, red ochre of Alice Springs and its surrounds, she stopped there for two years before meeting her husband and returning, once more, to settle in Melbourne.

Over the past thirteen years, Sheila has worked at a local primary school as an Education Support Officer, supporting students with additional learning needs. She loves watching children grow and blossom and helping them to find their sparkle. Much of Sheila’s inspiration for writing is gleaned from these gorgeous little humans who make her smile every single day. Sheila is a member of online writing communities: Girl and Duck, Scribbles, Peninsula Writer’s Club and Creative Kids Tales. In 2019, she was the winner of the Junior Fiction category of the Scribbles Creative Writing Awards. And in 2020, she was delighted to shortlist in the Picture Book, Middle Grade and Children’s Poetry categories. Sheila was beyond thrilled when her Picture Book was announced the winner of the 2020 Scribbles Creative Writing Awards and this story is set to be published with Affirm Press in 2023.


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