Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia’s iconic children’s and Young Adult fiction  (YA)  authors and speakers. 

Isobelle is a freelance writer, editor and speaker with over 25 years experience. 

Topics would include: Courage. Creativity. Life’s motivations. Customizing her talk to the audiences age, demographic and interests.

  •  writing novels, short stories, picture books, graphic novels 
  • guest appearances festivals including all Australian major literary festivals, Edinburgh Literary Festival, Austin Book Fair, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bologna Book Fair, and others
  • freelance lecturing at schools, universities (include Yale University), in the community, and in public libraries
  • manuscript assessment for Victorian Writers Centre
  • editor of Geelong Living, Western News, The Coastal Telegraph
  • produced a programme of interviews with Deakin University for Geelong Radio

Publications from the very first book to the current…

Obernewtyn – first published 1987 (Penguin); also published in USA and Canada (Random House); UK (Bloomsbury); Trans. Japanese (Shogakukan); Portuguese (Bertrand). – Shortlisted for Children’s Book Council Book of the Year, Older Readers category 1988

The Farseekers – first published 1990 (Penguin); also published in USA and Canada (Random House); UK (Bloomsbury) Winner of Silver Medal (Honour Book) in Older Readers category in Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1991

Scatterlings – first published 1991(Penguin); forthcoming new edition with Ford Street Publishing
Winner of Blind Association YA audio book of the Year 1992 | CBCA Notable Book Award 1992 | Shortlisted NSW Premiers Literary Award 1992 |

Green Monkey Dreams (collection of short stories) – first published in 1992 (Penguin Books); 2012 (Allen and Unwin)
Winner Marcus Clarke Award (for “The Monster Game”) | Winner Aurealis Award Young Adult Short Story 1997 (for title story)

The Gathering – first published 1993 (Penguin); also published in USA (Dial); UK (Barn Owl Books); Trans. Dutch (Facet); German (Ravensburger); Chinese (Simple); Czech Republic (OWP)
optioned for film in US and in Australia | recorded as Audio book with Bolinda Publishing | Australian Winner of Children’s Peace Literature Award 1993 | winner of CBC Book of the year in the Older Readers Category | 1994 second prize in WA Young Readers Book Award 1994

Ashling – first published 1995 (Penguin); also published in USA and Canada (Random House); UK (Bloomsbury)
Shortlisted for Aurealis Award in the Young Adult Novel category 1996

The Red Shoes – first published 1996 (Lothian); also published in France in translation.

Darkfall – first published 1997 (Penguin)
Shortlisted Ditmar Awards Australian Long Fiction 1998 | Aurealis Awards Best Fantasy 1998

Greylands – first published in1997 (Penguin); republished 2012 (Ford St Publishing); forthcoming in Czech Republic
optioned for film | recorded as Audio book with Bolinda Publishing | winner Aurealis Award Young Adult Novel 1998

This Way Out (with Steve Taylor) (5 plays and postmodern linking text/dialogue) – first published 1998 (Penguin Books)

The Keeping Place – first published 1999 (Penguin); also published in USA and Canada (Random House); UK (Bloomsbury)

The Landlord – first published 1999 (Lothian)

Billy Thunder and the Night Gate – first published 2000 (Penguin); also published in USA (Random House)
recorded as Audio book with Bolinda Publishing | Short-listed for NSW Premiers Prize | 

Dreamwalker (graphic novel) – first published 2001 (Lothian) | Aurealis Award Winner Young Adult Short Story 2002

Darksong – first published 2002 (Penguin); forthcoming in Czech Republic
The Winter Door – first published 2003(Penguin); also published in USA (Random House)

Wildheart (picture book) first published 2002 (Omnibus/Scholastic)

Journey from the Centre of the Earth (picture book) – first published 2003 (Lothian)

The Cat Dreamer – first published 2004 (Lothian)

Alyzon Whitestarr – first published 2005 (Penguin)
Winner of Golden Aurealis Award and Best YA novel award 2006

Angel Fever – first published 2005 (Lothian) | Shortlisted for NSW Premiers Prize

Little Fur (author and illustrator) – first published 2005 (Penguin); also published in US, UK, and in Germany, Czech Republic, Korea, Japan in translation | Aurealis Award winner Children’s Long Fiction 2006 | Winner Australian Book Industry Awards 2006 | ABPA Book Design Awards Fiction 2006 | recorded as Audio book with Bolinda Publishing

The Wrong Thing (picture book) – first published 2006 (Penguin); also published in US (Random House as The Magic Night)

A Fox Called Sorrow (author and illustrator) – first published 2006 (Penguin); also published in US, UK, and in Germany, Czech Republic, Korea, Japan in translation | recorded as Audio book with Bolinda Publishing | Shortlisted for an Aurealis Award Children’s Novel 2007

A Mystery of Wolves (author and illustrator) – first published 2007 (Penguin); also published in US, UK, and in Germany, Czech Republic, Korea, Japan in translation | recorded as Audio book with Bolinda Publishing | Shortlisted for an Aurealis Award Children’s Novel 2008

A Riddle of Green (author and illustrator) – first published 2008 (Penguin); also published in US, UK, and in Germany, Czech Republic, Korea, Japan in translation | recorded as Audio book with Bolinda Publishing

The Stone Key – first published 2008 (Penguin); also published in USA and Canada (Random House); UK (Bloomsbury) | Shortlisted for Aurealis Award in the Young Adult Novel category 2008 | Shortlisted for YABBA Award 2011

The Red Wind – first published 2010 (Penguin) | recorded as Audio book with Bolinda Publishing 7 Mohr St Tullamarine 3043 Victoria, Australia | winner of CBC Book of the Year Award in Younger Readers Category. 2011 | shortlisted APA Book Design awards 2011

The Night School (picture book) – first published 2010 (Penguin) | Shortlisted Aurealis Awards Picture Book 2010

The Sending – first published 2011 (Penguin); also published in USA and Canada (Random House); UK (Bloomsbury)

The Wilful Eye (collection of short stories) – first published 2011 (Allen & Unwin)

The Wicked Wood (collection of short stories) – first published 2011 (Allen & Unwin): contributing editor with Nan McNab

Metro Winds (collection of short stories) – first published 2012 (Allen & Unwin)

The Cloud Road – 2013 (Penguin) | recorded as Audio book with Bolinda Publishing

The Ice Maze – 2017 (Penguin) | recorded as Audio book with Bolinda Publishing

Evermore (graphic novel) – Forst published 2015 Windy Hollow Books

The Red Queen – first published 2016 (Penguin) | Series optioned for tele miniseries in NZ

The Velvet City (Penguin) Forthcoming July 2021.

Isobelle is based in Queensland