Author Archives: Simon

Simon Mitchell

Simon is an author who lives in Melbourne, Australia. He writes stories for young people that are fast-paced, funny and a little bit quirky.

The Fighting Stingrays have landed

My latest book, The Fighting Stingrays, has just hit the shelves. Here’s everything you need to know about the hottest historical kid-lit around! What’s it about? War, friendship, loyalty, pearl-diving. All set against the backdrop of the Torres Strait in 1941. The book touches on themes of racism/discrimination, mandatory detention and the moral ambiguities of […]

Cover reveal: The Fighting Stingrays

Cover reveal: The Fighting Stingrays Exciting news! The cover art for my next book, The Fighting Stingrays, has just been finalised. Just take a look at this beauty: I really love this cover. It reminds me of the old boys annuals, as well as the Famous Five cover designs that were around when I was […]

New book news

I’m delighted to announce that my NEXT BOOK will be published by Penguin Random House in August 2017. It’s a middle-grade historical adventure novel called The Fighting Stingrays. Set on Thursday Island in 1941, it follows the exploits of three friends – Charlie, Alf and Masa – as the threat of war looms over northern Australia. There’s […]

A new home – Gorman House Arts Centre

I’ve given up my beloved home office for a few months while we build a new one (and hence a new house to go with it). In the meantime, I’ve taken up a space at Canberra’s iconic Gorman House Arts Centre. One of Canberra’s oldest buildings, Gorman House was constructed in the 1920s as hostel accomodation for the lowest paid […]

Catch up with my Noted festival session

I’d like to give a huge thanks to everybody that came along to my sessions at Noted festival last month. The audience at Ask Me Anything had some brilliant questions about writing for children, while the young ‘uns and I had a fantastic time at the Story Corner on Sunday. Didn’t make it to the festival? Don’t worry, you can now re-live every […]

Ask Me Anything at Noted

Ever wondered how to get started writing for children? Or how it differs to writing for adults? And how much money do children’s authors make anyway? Well, if you’re in Canberra this Saturday (19 March), you can find out the answers to these questions and many more by coming along to my Ask Me Anything session at the Noted festival. […]

My life right now

First draft done!

I just finished the first draft of what will hopefully become by new novel. It’s horribly inconsistent, and barely coherent in parts, but it’s DONE! Roll on the rewriting process…after a good lie down.

The prodigal author returns…to Canberra

Whew! April was quite the month for me. Because only a few days after I flew back from the Somerset Celebration of Literature, I moved from Melbourne to Canberra. Now, if you’ve ever moved house, you’ll know that it’s about as much fun as poking a cactus into your eye. Well, moving interstate is even […]

The Somerset Celebration of Literature

One of the best things about writing for young people is that you get to be a part of fantastic events like the Somerset Celebration of Literature. Taking place on the sunny Gold Coast, Somerset has got to be Australia’s best children’s literature festival. I was one of more than 30 authors and illustrators involved […]

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