Jackie French AM is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time); 2014–15 Australian Children’s Laureate; and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.
Some of Jackie’s books have sold millions of copies and won over 60 awards, in Australia and internationally. Others were eaten by the wombats.
Instead of hobbies, she has: written over 200 books; built a house and power system; planted thousands of trees; eaten lunches with friends; read to her grandkids; tried to find her glasses; eaten dark chocolates, whatever fruit is in season and the odd feral species (some are very odd).
She coined the term ‘moral ominvore’ to describe her diet.
There is a dispensation for dark chocolate.
Jackie writes for adults, young adults, and even younger humans, on history, ecology, and her award-winning historical fiction for all ages, but… write just one picture book about a wombat and no one lets you forget it. Ever.