Zana Fraillon is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Her work has been published in over 15 countries and is in development for both stage and screen.
Zana’s books have won the Amnesty CILIP Honour Award; the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Readers; The Readings YA Book Prize; the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; the CBCA Honour Book Award; and her book The Bone Sparrow was chosen as the biennial book to represent Australia for the International Board on Books for Young People. Her books have also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Award; the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize; the Prime Minister’s Literary Award; the INKY awards; the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award; the Queensland Literary Award; and the UK Crime Fest Award.
Zana was born in Melbourne, Australia, but spent her early childhood in San Francisco. As a child Zana always had her head in a book. This could have been because she was 8 years-old before anyone realised that she was incredibly near-sighted and probably couldn’t see anything further away than the words in a book. But regardless of its origins, her love of reading has remained central to her life and work.
Zana has degrees in history and teaching and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at LaTrobe University. Through meticulous research she has also discovered that it is essential to eat copious amounts of chocolate in order to write anything at all.
Zana currently lives in Melbourne, with her three children, husband and two dogs, and still always has her head in a book, despite now using glasses to see anything further away. When Zana isn’t reading or writing, she likes to explore the museums and hidden passageways scattered across Melbourne. They provide the same excitement as that moment before opening a new book – preparing to step into the unknown where a whole world of possibilities awaits.