Margot McGovern

Margot has always been an enthusiastic reader and storyteller and knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer. Her darkly whimsical fiction weaves fairy tale elements and threads of magic realism into contemporary narratives that speak to themes of family, identity and mental health.

Her debut novel Neverland (Penguin Random House Aus, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2015 Text Prize and the 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, and she is a contributing author to Wakefied Press’ Hometown Haunts: #LoveOzYA Horror Tales anthology (Oct 2021).

She holds a creative writing Ph.D. from Flinders University and, in addition to presenting school talks and writing workshops, she has taught English and creative writing topics at university level, run the Teen Writers club and other workshops for Writers SA and been a presenter for the Kill Your Darlings online workshop series.

Margot is a former member of the LoveOzYA committee and a passionate advocate for our national youth literature. She loves working with students and using her knowledge of craft to encourage young people tell their stories.

Neverland, 2018, Penguin Random House Australia

Shortlisted for the 2015 Text Prize