Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author of more than eighty books for children and young people. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland. She is winner of The Alice Award, 2014, for ‘a distinguished and long-term contribution to Australian literature.’ In 2017 she won the Asher Literary Award (for a book with the theme of peace) for A Soldier, A Dog and a Boy, already a CBCA Notable 2016.
Her best-selling novel Thunderwith (Honour book, CBCA) re-titled The Echo of Thunder as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, starred Judy Davis who was nominated for an EMMY for her performance as Gladwyn.
Of her picture storybooks she wrote the text for Way Home which won the Kate Greenaway Award, UK, with illustrations by Gregory Rogers. Grandma’s Shoes was performed by Opera Australia and Theatre of Image and Libby won an AWGIE for the libretto; and Sky Sash So Blue was performed as an opera in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Her recent novel Eventual Poppy Day, (Highly Commended by SSW, 2016) is an Anzac story; and her recent picture book Outside a CBCA Notable Book for 2015, is being developed as an opera for children, with the outstanding music of Elena Katz Chernin.
Libby is a keen educator, has lectured part-time at Sydney University; is a guest speaker at conferences such as PETAA, and writers’ festivals such as the Ubud Writers’ Festival, 2012; the Adelaide Writers Festival, 2015; the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2018. She is devoted to poetry and to ‘spreading the word’ about poetry.
She is currently working on a novel entitled Asylum and her next picture book, Miss Franklin based on the life of Miles Franklin, will be published by Hachette in 2019.