Mark Macleod has a long and distinguished
career in the world of children's books. He has been publisher of the Mark Macleod imprint at Hodder Headline, Children's Publisher at Random House and was previously a lecturer in Children's Literature at Macquarie University.
As a past president of the Children's Book Council, for many years
Mark has been actively involved in the promotion of children's
literature. He has spread the word through various media as a reviewer
and commentator for the major newspapers and television networks
and as a judge for various literary awards. Currently a freelance consultant in Children’s Literature, he is now the author of Tomorrow, God Is (both illustrated by Kirrily Schell, and The ABC Book of Christmas (with pictures by a number of different illustrators).
Mark has frequently spoken
about children's books at conferences such as the Children's Book Council,
the Australian Booksellers' Association and various Writers' Weeks.
His talks are always thought-provoking and well researched and he is
not afraid to tackle head on some of the most controversial issues surrounding
children's literature. Anyone who has heard him speak will come away
with much food for thought, but also a sense of the fun and enjoyment
that is to be derived from books for children and young adults.
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