Margot McGovern

Margot has always been an enthusiastic reader and storyteller and knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer. Along the way she’s worn many different hats: bookseller, reviewer and associate editor for a cycling magazine, to name a few.

She holds a creative writing Ph.D. from Flinders University and has taught English and creative writing topics at university level. In a former life, she was also the drama department assistant at Wilderness School and taught senior drama theory workshops at Scotch College.

She finally realised her writing dream when her debut novel Neverland was shortlisted for the 2015 Text Prize and published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2018.

Margot is keen to spread the word about #LoveOzYA and loves talking about the importance of reading and encouraging students to find their voice and tell their stories. She enjoys working with students to improve both their creative and technical writing skills, and hopes to encourage aspiring writers by talking about her work and how she became a published author.

Neverland, 2018, Penguin Random House Australia

Shortlisted for the 2015 Text Prize