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Simon Mitchell is an award-winning children’s author from Canberra, Australia. He writes stories for young people that are fast-paced, funny and often a little bit quirky.

Simon’s first picture book, Louie the Pirate Chef, was awarded a place in the International Youth Library’s prestigious White Ravens Catalogue. Since then he has published another picture book and several extremely popular junior novels.

His most recent novel is The Fighting Stingrays, which won the NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Prize in 2018.

An accomplished presenter, Simon visits countless primary schools and libraries to deliver his funny, engaging talks and workshops to children of all ages. He has been a guest of some of Australia’s best-known literature festivals, including the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Somerset Celebration of Literature.

A few things you might not know about Simon:

  • Simon wrote his first book when he was six years old. Entitled The Monster Peacock, it was 60 words long and is still probably one of the best stories about mutant groundfowl out there today.
  • Simon was once an extra in a Bollywood movie called Shakalaka Boom Boom. The film received very poor reviews, which (probably) had nothing to do with his performance.
  • Simon used to write computer programs for a living. He thinks writing stories is much more fun.
  • Simon likes making his own ice cream. Some of his more adventurous flavours include carrot cake, lavender and wasabi (although not all together, of course).
  • Simon lives in Canberra with an adopted greyhound named Flossy.
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