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Charlotte Barkla is a Brisbane-based author and teacher. Her books include All Bodies are Good Bodies, the Edie’s Experiments series and 

From My Head to My Toes, I Say What Goes.

Charlotte’s books have been translated in multiple languages and short-listed for awards, and she has received grants and mentorships for her fiction writing.


As well as writing for children, Charlotte writes feature articles for publications including the CSIRO’s Double Helix, Beanz magazine and Youkie magazine. She regularly visits schools for creative writing workshops, sharing her passion for science, creativity and stories with children of all ages.

Charlotte has five books due for release in the next two years: a picture book with Hachette, a fiction series with Walker Books Australia and a fiction series with Scholastic. 


  • Awards and Achievements
    2023 – Awarded a Queensland Writers Centre Fishbowl Residency 2022 – Shortlisted for Australian Society of Authors Award Mentorship Program 2021 – Edie’s Experiments 1: How to Make Friends shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2021 – Edie’s Experiments 2: How to Be the Best shortlisted for the Wilderness Society’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2021 – Awarded a Grant for Individual Artists and Groups through the Government of South Australia: Department of Premier and Cabinet, to develop a new middle-grade novel manuscript 2020 – Awarded an Australian Society of Authors’ Takeaway Creatives Grant
  • Events
    2023 [upcoming] – Storyfest Out West, Longreach 2023 [upcoming] – Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival 2023 – Somerset Storyfest, Gold Coast (delivered presentations for pre-Prep to Year 6 students, up to 200 students per group) 2023 – Voices on the Coast (presentations for Years 3-9) 2022 – StoryArts Festival, Ipswich – schools’ program (Prep-Year 4) 2022 – Words on the Waves Writers Festival, Central Coast, NSW – schools’ program (Yr 2-6) Dec 2021- Jan 22 – 7 x school holiday Author Workshops through Brisbane City Council 2021 – Author visit at Trinity Lutheran College, Gold Coast (Prep – Year 6) 2021 – Guest Author at LiTracey’s Luminary Lunch, Saint Peter’s College, Adelaide 2021 – Creative Writing Workshop at Walford Anglican Girls’ School, Adelaide 2020 – Virtual Creative Writing Workshops / Author Sessions at Moreton Bay Regional Library QLD, Unley Library SA, Payneham Library SA, Yarra Libraries VIC, Inner West Libraries NSW and Gympie Library QLD 2020 – Creative Writing Workshops at Mount Compass Area School, St Peter’s Girls School and Walkerville Library 2020 – Book Week Guest Author appearances at Seymour College, Trinity College, and Woodcroft College, SA 2020 – Guest Author for Love Your Body Week Storytime Session, Unley Library, SA 2020 – Two-day author residency at Westminster Preparatory School, and three-day author residency at Christian Brothers College, Adelaide
  • Media Appearances
    2021 – Appearance in CBCA 2021 Book of the Year Shortlist Announcement video 2020 – Appearance in CBCA SA 2020 Book Bubbles promotion video 2020 – Live radio interview on ABC Statewide Drive 2020 - Live radio interview on ABC Tropical North 2020 – Interview on ABC RN’s The Science Show with Robyn Williams 2020 – Interview on Australian Writers’ Centre ‘So you want to be a writer’ podcast 2020 – Interview on Hope103.2 2020 – Interview on Middle Grade Mavens podcast
  • Qualifications
    Bachelor of Engineering (Hons I), University of Queensland Graduate Diploma of Education, Queensland University of Technology
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