Jane Smith

Jane Smith is a QLD-based author, editor, librarian and archivist who writes for children and adults. She is especially interested in history and loves to share stories of the past through both fiction and non-fiction.

Jane’s books include the ABIA-shortlisted Captain Thunderbolt, from her non-fiction ‘Australian Bushrangers’ series, and the ongoing ‘Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy’ children’s historical fiction series, the first of which was a CBCA ‘notable’ book in 2017. The eighth ‘Tommy Bell’ book, The Masked Man, was released in August 2019. Her new series, ‘Carly Mills, Pioneer Girl’, focusses on the achievements of remarkable women throughout history. The first book in the series, A New World, is due for release in April 2020.

Jane has eighteen years of experience as a school librarian and has also worked in public libraries and school archives. Drawing on her experience of educational settings, Jane can tailor her presentations to meet the needs of the audience. To young audiences, she delivers engaging presentations that include tales of bushrangers, role-playing and readings from her novels. For upper primary students, she also uses her stories and games to demonstrate the difference between primary and secondary sources, or to demonstrate how to develop characters in writing. She can adapt her presentations to focus on history, English or both as required. Jane also presents workshops and author talks to adults.