Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Speaker Profile - Kerry Malone


Region: Australia East
Age Levels: 5-10
Will Travel: < 25 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
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Kerry Malone is a Canberra-based children’s author. Her picture book You can do it Joey! was released in 2015 and her new chapter book, Sophie Makes New Friends is now available.

Kerry has been involved in various literary events including the Goulburn Reader Writer Festival. She has spoken at ACT Branch events of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. 

Sophie’s stories were inspired by some of Kerry’s experiences. She first started wearing glasses when she was five years old and her glasses weren’t as cool as Sophie’s. Without her glasses Kerry couldn’t see much and spent a lot of time lost at the beach. 


Kerry writes her books in libraries and cafes. Her favourite cafes are the ones which sell doughnuts.

Kerry is happy to visit schools, libraries and community organisations to share her story and the inspiration behind her books and her indie publishing adventure.

Presentation Description:

For Preschools and Schools: Kerry is happy to present storytime and writing workshops for junior primary students based on You can do it Joey!and Sophie Makes New Friends.

Professional and Community Organisations:As an Independent author and publisher, Kerry is happy to share her experiences of producing books with her illustrator and designer Meaghan Thomson and embarking on a new career in the children’s publishing industry. 

She is also happy to talk about her eyesight history, which includes cataract surgery as a child, cornea grafts and the loss of vision fourteen years after her transplants. A lot of surgery in 2007 restored her vision.

Kerry is happy to work with your school or organisation to create a tailor made talk or workshop. She charges fees based on the Australian Society of Authors rates which are on their website.