Lili Wilkinson

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Lili Wilkinson
Born (1981-04-07) 7 April 1981 (age 39)
Melbourne, Australia
GenreYoung adult

Lili Wilkinson (born 7 April 1981) is an Australian author. She has also written for several publications, including The Age, and managed, a website for teenagers about books, as part of her role at the Centre For Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria until January 2011.

Early life[edit]

Wilkinson was born in Melbourne, the daughter of prominent children's author, Carole Wilkinson, and film and television sound recordist, John Wilkinson. She attended Spensley Street Primary School and Mac.Robertson Girls' High School and has referred to her high school self as "a bit of a nerd". Heavily involved in drama, in Year 7 she played Aphrodite in a musical version of The Odyssey.


Wilkinson has spoken of her love for the work of Diana Wynne Jones, David Almond and Lewis Carroll in interviews. She has also revealed that Shaun Tan is her favourite illustrator. She has been quoted as saying: "My favourite books would be Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. Oh, and Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. And The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt. Do I have to stop there?"[1]

Doctoral Thesis[edit]

In 2015, Wilkinson completed a PhD in Writing which examined the influence of young adult fiction on the politicisation of teenagers.[2][3]



  • Joan of Arc: The Story of Jehanne Darc (2006)
  • Scatterheart (2007)
  • The Not-Quite Perfect Boyfriend (2008)
  • Pink
  • Angel Fish (2009)
  • Pocketful of eyes (2011)
  • Love-shy (2012)
  • The Zigzag Effect (2013)
  • Green Valentine (2015)
  • The Boundless Sublime (2016)
  • That Christmas Feeling (2017)
  • After the Lights Go Out (2018)


  • Short (editor) (2008)

Short Stories[edit]

"The Babysitter" in Trust Me (edited by Paul Collins) (2008)


"Fantastic Worlds" & "In Defense of Pink Books" in Right Book Right Time (Agnes Nieuwenhuizen) (2007)


  1. ^ black dog books | authors & illustrators | Lili Wilkinson Archived 16 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Lili Wilkinson: Author, Education Consultant, Inspirational Speaker". Booked Out. Booked Out. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  3. ^ Northover, Kylie (29 June 2012). "Fantasy spurs teens into social activism". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 May 2016.

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