Dip.T., B.Ed.St., B.A., M.Lit.Stud. CF
Pamela Rushby was born in Queensland, Australia, more years ago than she cares to divulge.
She has worked in advertising, as a pre-school teacher, and a freelance writer. She was a writer and producer of educational television, audio and multimedia for the Queensland Department of Education for 16 years, and now freelances in children’s and young adult fiction and non-fiction; scriptwriting; and multimedia writing/designing.
Pam has written:
CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
Dancing Pants Heinemann 1991, short-listed for the Australian Multicultural Children’s Literary Awards 1991; Walking in the Fields of the Blessed Rigby 1994; Bubblegum Magic Reed Books 1995; Circles of Stone, young adult novel, HarperCollins 2003; Millions of Mummies young adult novel, John Wiley & Sons 2006 and over 200 other fiction and non-fiction titles for various publishers. Her books have been published in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and Malaysia.
Her young adult novel, When the Hipchicks Went to War, was published by Hachette in March 2009. (Notable Book CBCA awards 2010; winner Ethel Turner Prize NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2010)
The Horses Didn’t Come Home was published by HarperCollins 2012 (short-listed Queensland Literary Awards 2012, Notable Book CBCA 2013)
Flora’s War was published by Ford Street Publishing 2013 (Notable Book CBCA 2014)
The Ratcatcher’s Daughter was published by HarperCollins March 2014 (Short-listed Queensland Literary awards 2014, Notable Book CBCA 2015, Highly Commended Davitt Awards 2015)
Sing a Rebel Song (Omnibus, Oct 2015)
Lizzie and Margaret Rose (Notable Book CBCA 2017)and Princess Parsley were published by Omnibus Books 2016
Coming in 2020: The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle (Walker Books)
CHILDREN’S TELEVISION SCRIPTS two episodes and three animated stories for the Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s Lift Off! series.
hundreds of RADIO AND TELEVISION COMMERCIALS
TV DOCUMENTARIES on Queensland dinosaurs and Australian ecosystems (Outback Dragons, World Around Us, Channel 7 1990; The Living Landscape Series 1 and 2 ABC TV); Bilby Brothers: the men who exterminated the Easter Bunny ABC TV 2003 (multi international award-winner, screened internationally ZDF Germany and National Geographic). The Mystery of the Disorderly Warriors 2004 and Crown of Thorns Starfish: the monster from the shallows 2004 (Discovery Channel and ZDF Germany). Crown of Thorns is a multi international award-winner.
Travelling Suitcases series: seven profiles of children’s authors for BookLinks.
SHORT STORIES for magazines and anthologies in Australia and overseas. She has twice been a winner in the One Book Many Brisbanes short story competition and was on the judging panel in 2009
and FREELANCE JOURNALISM.
She has written and produced numerous EDUCATIONAL AND CORPORATE VIDEOS, AUDIO PROGRAMS and CD-ROM INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA projects and WEBSITES.
Pam has won numerous awards including a LITERATURE BOARD OF THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL GRANT to work on archaeological excavations in Egypt and Jordan for research for a children’s novel; a CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIP to study educational television at TVOntario, Canada; an ARTS QUEENSLAND WRITERS’ GRANT to write a young adult novel, Circles of Stone; a second ARTS QUEENSLAND WRITERS’ GRANT to write a young adult novel based on the 1891 Shearers’ Strike; two MAY GIBBS CHILDREN’S LITERATURE TRUST FELLOWSHIPS; five CBCA Notable Book awards; the ETHEL TURNER PRIZE for young people’s literature in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2010; a QUEENSLAND WRITERS FELLOWSHIP for 2017 … and a bag of gold coins at a film festival in Iran.
Pam has two children and two grandchildren. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and six visiting scrub turkeys. She is passionately interested in children’s books and television, ancient history and Middle Eastern food.