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Speaker Profile - Deborah Abela


Region: Australia East/New Zealand
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
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Deborah Abela is short and not very brave, which may explain why she writes books about spies, ghosts, soccer legends, WW2, and children living in a flooded city battling sea monsters and sneaker waves. Her first job was as producer and writer of a national kids’ TV show called Cheez TV, where she wrote scripts about everything from llamas to bungy jumping and how astronauts go to the toilet in outer space. She went on to write the hugely popular Max Remy series, Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) and Ghost Club series and The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen. Her crankiness about climate change led to the middle grade trilogy, Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm. 

Teresa A New Australian was inspired by her family’s survival and migration to Australia after WW2 and The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and the sequel, The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery, is about a shy girl whose family encourage her to follow her dreams and enter a spelling competition. Her first picture book is, Wolfie An Unlikely Hero.

Deb's won many awards for her books including a USBBY Outstanding International Book Award and the Maurice Saxby Award for Services to Children's Literature, but she mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.

Deborah is the NSW ARA for SCBWI Australia East/New Zealand.

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Deborah’s Presentations:


Speaking blurb: Deborah Abela is a trained teacher and was the producer/writer of a national Kids’ TV show before leaving to write over 20 novels, including Max Remy, Grimsdon and New City. Her talks, workshops and PD sessions are interactive and fun, leaving kids and teachers excited about books and reading.



Author Talk

Deborah's author talks are informative, interactive and fun. With her teaching and TV background, she uses images, videos, storytelling and games, to explain the writing process and help kids develop their own engaging stories, leaving them excited about books, reading and writing.



Kids Writing Workshop

Have you always loved writing? Do enjoy inventing exciting characters and plots? Do you have great ideas but sometimes get stuck? Join Deborah Abela, author of over 20 novels, as she takes you through a series of fun activities to help you become a better writer. You will explore the writing process from developing ideas, to planning outlines and, most importantly, creating characters and plots readers will love. 


PD session for teachers: 

Fun Activities to Get Your Kids Writing

As an author and trained teacher who has been speaking in schools for over 15 years, Deborah Abela, will show you a series of challenging, fun and practical activities to get your kids excited about writing. Deb will address the 3 main interrelated strands of the National Curriculum: language, literature and literacy, so that students will gain a better understanding of how writers use language to create exciting plots and characters, all while experimenting with their own ideas and stories. The sessions includes a 20-page handout brimming with ideas to use in your class. 

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