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By Sophie Masson

Born in Indonesia of French parents, and brought up in Australia and France, Sophie Masson AM is the author of more than 70 books for children, young adults and adults, published in Australia and many other countries. Sophie has received several awards for her creative work, including the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Young Adult category in the Aurealis Awards, and many Notable Books citations in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. She has also been shortlisted for numerous other awards and has been the recipient of a Keesing Studio Fellowship and an Asia-Pacific Fellowship. She holds an M.Litt and a PhD from the University of New England (NSW) and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge(UK) in 2017. A former Chair of the Australian Society of Authors, Sophie is the current Chair of the New England Writers’ Centre, Vice-President of the Small Press Network and President of the New England and North West sub-branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (NSW branch). Sophie is also one of the founding partners and directors of acclaimed children's book publisher, Christmas Press, www.christmaspresspicturebooks.com In 2019, Sophie received an AM (Member, General Division) award in the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2019 honours list. Her citation read ‘For significant service to literature as an author, publisher, and through service to literary organisations’. Her author website is at www.sophiemasson.org Her presentation site is at www.sophiemassonpresents.com

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