John Marsden is one of Australia’s most beloved authors. His books, in particular the bestselling Tomorrow, When the War Began series and The Ellie Chronicles, continue to enthral new generations of readers. He has sold more than four million books worldwide and written 30 novels.
His most recent book was Hamlet: A Novel, which reimagined the Shakespearian tragedy for a contemporary Australian audience. John is also the patron of youth arts organisation Express Media.
The John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers is an annual award designed to assist young people in the creation of literary work, which John has funded since 2005. As this year’s award is thrown open for entries, John will appear in conversation to talk about his novels and the importance of supporting young writers.
John Marsden has published more than 40 books, both fiction and non-fiction, and mostly for the teenage market. His latest novel, The Year My Life Broke (2013), is for younger readers, and has already been reprinted three times. John is Principal of Candlebark school, near Romsey Victoria.