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Born in Geelong, Victoria, she currently lives in Victoria. She is the author of the popular picture book Edward the Emu, which was illustrated by Rod Clement, and shortlisted for the 1989 Australian Children's Picture Book of the Year. A companion title, Edwina the Emu was published in 1997. Edward the Emu was selected as the book read for Australia's 2001 National Simultaneous Storytime. It also inspired a musical composition for narrator, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, percussion, and string quartet by Peter Webb.
Sheena previously worked for Diversitat - a local non-profit organisation, as well as having a very successful career in advertising in the 1980s and 1990s.
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- Austlit. "Sheena Knowles". www.austlit.edu.au. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
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