About the author

Davina Bell

So here is the official bit:

Davina Bell is a writer and editor from Western Australia. Her short stories and essays have been published in various journals and anthologies, including Best Australian Stories.

For six years she was an editor at Penguin Australia in the Young Readers Division, where she was lucky enough to work with some of Australia's most talented creators of books for children.

Davina's first novels for middle-grade readers were published by Penguin Books as part of the hugely successful Our Australian Girl series. Works of historical fiction, they follow a year in the life of a ballerina growing up in Perth during World War One.

Her first picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, was published by Scribe in 2015 and is illustrated by the award-winning book designer Allison Colpoys. In 2016, she has picture books coming out with Scribe, Penguin and Allen and Unwin.

Davina is currently living in the south-west corner of Australia on the edge of a vineyard, writing and freelancing. She regularly talks at schools, universities and festivals around the country about writing and publishing.

 

Now that’s out of the way, here are some slightly more interesting things about me:

I love New York, blossoms, tofu burritos, quirky people, nature, picture books, the New York Times and finding out interesting facts about Amish people.

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If you are reading this and you are a fat baby, I pretty much already love you (and you are also very clever).

If you ever want to buy me a coffee, fyi, I drink soy milk, and thanks so much for offering.

In mid-2014, I moved from Melbourne to Yallingup in down-south WA to write a novel, learn to surf and master the art of gluten-free pastry. Turns out these are all quite tricky things to do! You can see all the things that are inspiring my novel at the moment over here and my home page has some snaps from my new writerly life. 

When I was a little person, I looked like this - the one on the left:

I did not write this. But I sort of wish I had...

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When I grow up, I want to write a picture book about New York while eating a tofu burrito next to a jar of blossoms and cuddling an Amish* baby on my knee. 

*Please note: the baby doesn’t have to be Amish if you can’t find one - any cute baby will do. I borrowed this one from a friend.

*Please note: the baby doesn’t have to be Amish if you can’t find one - any cute baby will do. I borrowed this one from a friend.

In 2012, I volunteered with Nakuru Hope, an incredible and inspiring organisation that educates children and supports families in the Kaptembwa slum of Nakuru, Kenya. Sales from my books help send this little munchkin to boarding school, and you can read more about the project at www.nakuruhope.org. Life-changing!