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 and National Biography awards and longlisted for The Nib Literary Award.
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 books include The Wasp and the Orchid, a biography of the remarkable naturalist and nature writer, Edith Coleman, published by Picador. She has also recently published a new children’s book, From Dinosaurs to Diprotodons with Museums Victoria which visits some of Australia’s remarkable fossil sites.
Listen to Danielle discuss books that changed the world as a guest on Jennifer Byrne Presents (ABCTV).