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About Brenda

Brenda grew up in Western Australia, spending her early childhood on a dairy farm. She began to write short stories in primary school that had clever titles but no-so-clever endings.

After sampling three different universities, she finally settled on studying English and gained an arts degree with a major in the obscure field of Language and Culture and a minor in Theatre Arts. She went on to study education and became a speech and drama teacher and part-time storytelling fairy.

Brenda has also worked as a professional actor and was seen on TV in the roles of a nurse, a marine biologist, a mother being attacked by a dingo and a train passenger watching a man chasing a chicken (don’t ask). Her greatest regret was not getting a callback to play Diana in a stage production of Anne of Green Gables, despite her best efforts to say ‘raspberry cordial’ in a Canadian accent.

Following this, Brenda went on to work as an in-house writer and editor for an educational publisher and wrote in every curriculum area imaginable, from Mathematics to Music. During this time, she had her first children’s books published with Cengage and Macmillan Education. She also became an accredited editor with the Institute of Professional Editors in Australia.

Brenda now works as a freelance writer and editor from her home in country Victoria, where she lives with her family and two attention-seeking Burmese cats named Bingley and Bess. When she’s not writing, she plays hot electric cello in a very cool band.

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Please click on the links on this page to view some samples of my work.

Educational material
'Colossal cassowaries, fatal frogs and odd okapis'(R.I.C. Publications)
'Mining and the environment'(R.I.C. Publications)
'The case of the Cottingley fairies'(R.I.C. Publications)
'The story of Abel Tasman'(R.I.C. Publications)
'Volcanic eruptions'(R.I.C. Publications)

Literature units
'Beyond the deepwoods '(Hawker Brownlow Education)
'Charlie and the great glass elevator'(Hawker Brownlow Education)

Feature articles
'Nancy Wake: The White Mouse'(HistoriCool magazine)
'Creating drama for creative writing'(Class Ideas K-3 magazine)
'A demonic delight'(Fremantle Herald - writing as Brenda Palmer)
'Centre for the right side'(Fremantle Herald - writing as Brenda Palmer)
'Museum has the edge'(Fremantle Herald - writing as Brenda Palmer)

Education articles
'Essential items for your supply teacher kit'
'Secrets to making a speech'
'Sure-fire bullying lesson activities'