Ms Jackie French AM 

Author and Literacy and Wildlife Advocate

Jackie French AM is an author, historian and advocate for Australian literature, for help for those with learning difficulties and for research into wombat and endangered species preservation. She has won and been shortlisted for over 60 literature awards nationally and internationally and her work adapted for award winning productions for stage and screen in Australia and overseas. 

Her work covers many genres, from fiction for young people to historical and ecological works, poetry and fiction for adults. She was 2011 Australian Literacy Ambassador, 2014 – 2015 Australian Children's Laureate, 2015 NSW Senior Australian of the Year, 2015 Senior Australian of the Year, 2015 Redmond Barry Award Winner, is the ACT Children's Week Ambassador, Ambassador for the Centre for Australian Children's Literature and patron of several organisations to promote the love of children's literature, children's welfare and research and care for endangered species. 

She and her husband have created and run a Conservation Refuge in southern NSW.

Interesting fact: Jackie attended school as Jackie Ffrench, but after the second 'f' was omitted from her first three books, the publishers decided to lose an 'f'. Jackie’s professional name has remained with a single 'f'.