Narelle Oliver

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Narelle Oliver (1960 - 2016) was an Australian artist, print maker and award-winning children's author-illustrator.

Early life[edit]

Narelle Oliver was born on 25 February 1960 and grew up in Toowoomba in south east Queensland.[1]


Oliver majored in design and printmaking while studying for a Bachelor of Education degree.[1] She began her career teaching at the Queensland School for the Deaf.[2]

Oliver was an educator and a committed environmentalist.[3] As an illustrator, Oliver combined linocut, watercolour, pastels, collage and digitally-enhanced photographs in her work. She used many environmental themes drawing on the flora and fauna of Australia.[4]

Oliver's first book, Leaf Tail, was published in 1989.[5]


Honours and awards[edit]

  • 1996 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award Winner for The Hunt[1]
  • 1999 Royal Zoological Society of NSW Whitley Award - Best Book for Older Readers for Sand Swimmers: The Secret Life of Australia's Dead Heart
  • 2000 joint winner The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature — Picture Book for Sand Swimmers: The Secret Life of Australia's Dead Heart[1]
  • 2007 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards — Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books for Home[1]
  • 2013 Queensland Literary Awards — Children's Book Award for Don't let a spoonbill in the kitchen[1]

Personal life[edit]

Oliver lived in Brisbane with her husband Greg and their children Jessie and Liam.[7] She died on 5 October 2016.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Narelle Oliver". AustLit. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Narelle Oliver". Lateral Learning. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Vale Narelle Oliver (1960-2016) - Reading Time". Reading Time. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "In Memoriam: Narelle Oliver". Kids Book Review. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Oliver, Narelle (1989), Leaf Tail, McCulloch Publishing, ISBN 978-0-949646-97-2 
  6. ^ — (2009). "Oliver, Narelle: Fox and fine feathers". Reading Time. 53 (4): 25. 
  7. ^ "Teachers' Notes "Home"" (PDF). Scholastic. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "RiP Narelle Oliver". Books+Publishing. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 

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