Writer for Children and Young Adults
Ursula was born in Sydney and wanted to be a writer from the age of six. She is now the author of over 50 books for children and young adults and her work has been translated into several European languages as well as Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew.
She has won nine national literary prizes, including five New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, more than any other writer in the Awards’ history. She has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Award and most recently the Hans Christian Andersen Award and has been inducted into the Speech Pathology Australia Hall of Fame for services to children’s speech and literacy.
Three of her books have been adapted for theatre: The Red Shoe; The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in This House! She has a PhD in Children’s Literature from Macquarie University. She lives in Sydney with her family.
- Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee 2016
- Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Nominee 2013, 2014, 2015
- NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Literary Awards
- Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award
- Speech Pathology Australia Hall of Fame for services to children’s speech and literacy 2013
- IBBY Honour Book List 2014
- Luchs (Lynx) Award for Children’ Literature, Germany 2014
Relevant body of work:
Notable titles include –
- The Golden Day for young adults
- The Red Shoe for young adults
- The Game of the Goose
- The Word Spy (non-fiction) for younger readers
- Too Many Elephants in this House
- The Terrible Plop
- Honey and Bear