About Brenda


I grew up in Western Australia and spent my early childhood on a dairy farm. I began to write short stories in primary school that had clever titles but no-so-clever endings.

After finishing school, I headed off to university and wound up with an English degree, majoring in the obscure field of Language and Culture and minoring in Theatre Arts. I went on to study education and became a speech and drama teacher and part-time storytelling fairy.

I’ve worked as a professional actor and have been seen on TV in the roles of a nurse, a marine biologist, a mother being attacked by a dingo and a train passenger watching a man chasing a chicken. Don’t ask.

I’ve also worked as an in-house writer and editor for an educational publisher. During this time, I had my first children’s books published with Cengage and Macmillan Education. I also became an accredited editor with the Institute of Professional Editors in Australia.

I now work as a freelance writer and editor from my home in beautiful country Victoria, where I live with my family and two attention-seeking Burmese cats named Bingley and Bess.

When I’m not writing, I can be found playing the cello. Not as well as I would like …





Please click on the links on this page to view some samples of my work.

Educational material
'Colossal cassowaries, fatal frogs and odd okapis'(R.I.C. Publications)
'Mining and the environment'(R.I.C. Publications)
'The case of the Cottingley fairies'(R.I.C. Publications)
'The story of Abel Tasman'(R.I.C. Publications)
'Volcanic eruptions'(R.I.C. Publications)

Literature units
'Beyond the deepwoods'(Hawker Brownlow Education)
'Charlie and the great glass elevator'(Hawker Brownlow Education)

Feature articles
'Nancy Wake: the White Mouse'(HistoriCool Magazine)
'Creating drama for creative writing'(Class Ideas K-3 )