Lian Tanner

Lian Tanner
Home State:
Tasmania (TAS)
Anxiety | Bullying | Confidence | Courage | Family | Friendship | Humour | Inclusion | Resilience | Self-acceptance | Self-Discovery
Presentation Format(s):
Masterclass | Professional Development | Talks | Workshops
Audience Type(s): Adults | Librarians | Parents | Pre-School Age | Primary Age | Teachers
Visit Type(s): In Person | Online

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Lian Tanner has worked as a teacher, a tourist bus driver, a juggler and a professional actor. She has been dynamited while scuba diving and arrested while busking. She once spent a week in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, hunting for a Japanese soldier left over from the Second World War.

Lian is the author of three fantasy trilogies: the Keepers trilogy, the Hidden series and the Rogues trilogy. Her best-selling Keepers trilogy won two consecutive Aurealis Awards for Best Australian Children’s Fantasy and has been translated into eleven languages. Museum of Thieves was named as a ‘White Raven’ (books that deserve worldwide attention) by the International Youth Library in Munich, was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book, and was shortlisted for a number of awards including the Adelaide Festival Award for Children’s Literature.

Lian’s first picture book, Ella and the Ocean, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley, won the 2020 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature (NSW Premier’s Awards). It was shortlisted for the 2020 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year, and was a CBCA Notable Book for Picture Book of the Year. Lian’s second picture book, When the Lights Went Out (illustrated by Bruce Whatley), will be published in 2023.

Her latest book, A Clue for Clara, won the 2021 Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Best Children’s Crime Novel. A Clue for Clara will be followed up in July 2022 by a companion book, Rita’s Revenge.

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