Mem Fox was born in Melbourne, grew up in Africa, went to drama school in England, and came back to Australia in 1970, aged 23.
In 1983 Mem became Australia’s best-selling
writer. Possum Magic, her first book, is still available in hardback
after 36 years and has become a beacon of children’s literature for
millions of Australian families. She has written over 40 children’s
books and several non-fiction books for adults. Her books have been
translated into twenty-one languages, and many of them have been
international best sellers.
Mem is a retired Associate Professor of
Literacy Studies from Flinders University, South Australia, where she
taught teachers for 24 years. She has received many civic honours and
awards, and three honorary doctorates.
Her recent book: I’m Australian Too, takes
her back to where she started: her passion for Australia. She hopes it
will spark spirited discussions about Australian-ness, create an
awareness of Australian immigration over the centuries, and begin to
calm the rising racism in her country.