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French wins NSW Senior Australian of the Year

Australian author Jackie French has been presented with this year’s NSW Senior Australian of the Year Award.

French is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-15 and the author of over 140 books for adults and children. Her books, including the bestselling Diary of a Wombat (HarperCollins), have been translated into more than 30 languages, and she has been awarded more than 60 literary prizes for her work.

French has overcome dyslexia and been commended for her work as ‘a tireless advocate for children with learning difficulties’. Beyond books, French is a director of The Wombat Foundation, which raises funds for research into the preservation of the endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, French was selected as a finalist for NSW Senior Australian of the Year in October. As the winner, French will go into the running for the national Senior Australian of the Year Award, which will be announced in January. To see the full list of nominees, click here.



Category: Local news