Danielle is an award winning Australian author. Her writing includes natural history, essays, science-writing, historical fiction and best-selling children’s books. Her books have won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction, Whitley Award for popular zoology and been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards.
Danielle grew up in the fishing town of Port Lincoln in South Australia before sailing around the coast with her parents on a boat known as ‘the pirate ship’. After finishing school in far north Queensland she moved to Adelaide to study politics and psychology. Danielle worked as a zookeeper before completing her doctorate in zoology at Oxford University, studying seabirds and feral mink in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She has been a freelance writer and researcher ever since and also teaches creative and academic writing across Australia.
Her latest book on Prehistoric Marine Life in Australia’s Inland Sea was published by Museum Victoria in August 2015. Her next book, a biography of the nature writer Edith Coleman, will be published by Picador.
Listen to Danielle discuss books that changed the world as a guest on Jennifer Byrne Presents (ABCTV).