Fellow at University of Bristol, Arts, 2009/10
Fellow at University of Bristol, Arts, 2012
Jenny Pausacker has worked full-time as a freelance writer since 1980. During that time she has published sixty-seven novels, seven non-fiction books, and short stories in twenty-five collections, mostly for children and young adults. She also edited three anthologies and reviewed for various journals, including five years as young-adult fiction reviewer for the national newspaper, The Australian. Jenny's work ranges from genre fiction - crime, fantasy, romance - through to literary fiction. Her first young-adult novel,
What Are Ya? , won the Angus & Robertson Junior Writers' Fellowship; Mr Enigmatic
won the New South Wales Premiers Literary Award for children's literature; and Getting Somewhere was short-listed for the prestigious Children's Book Council Award. She has received six writers' grants from the Australia Council. Jenny's academic qualifications include an MA in English Literature and a Ph.D. in Children's Literature. She has been a
part-time lecturer or tutor in children's literature at six Australian universities and the University of British Columbia. From 1996 on, she has taken part in eleven mentorship schemes run by writers centres all around Australia, mentoring twenty-nine developing writers, and in 2007 she taught creative writing in the Lifelong Learning programme at Bristol University.