Mark Greenwood is a history hunter. He enjoys searching for lost explorers and glittering treasure, delving into baffling mysteries and solving famous cold cases. His award-winning books have been enjoyed around the world.
The Legend of Moondyne Joe and The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef have both won the West Australian Premier’s Award. Simpson and His Donkey was a CBCA Honour Book and a United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) Outstanding International Book.
Jandamarra, illustrated by Terry Denton, was shortlisted for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for Children’s Literature. Their most recent collaboration is Boomerang and Bat.
Mark often teams with his wife, illustrator Frané Lessac, to produce books that promote an understanding of multicultural issues, such as Drummer Boy of John John, Magic Boomerang, Outback Adventure, and Our Big Island. Their other books include Ned Kelly & The Green Sash, winner of the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award, The Greatest Liar on Earth, The Mayflower and Midnight – the story of a light horse, a CBCA notable book.
Mark’s recent books include the chapter book series, History Mysteries, and The Happiness Box, illustrated by Andrew McLean. In 2019 Mark will celebrate the release of two new picture books – Moonwalkers, illustrated by Terry Denton and The Book of Stone, Illustrated by Coral Tulloch.
THE HISTORY HUNTER
Fly to the moon on Apollo 11
Discover the secrets to happiness hidden in a wartime book
Unravel the clues to lost treasures.
Walk in the footsteps of an ANZAC legends.
Our past is full of adventures and curious, larger-than-life characters. It is a rich vein of material for writers and storytellers.
Mark enjoys presenting to students of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them to develop their natural curiosity about books, writing and history. From simple text, through to the extensive research involved in creating historical fiction, the ‘History Hunter’ presentation provides ideas and strategies to enhance creative writing. Students become involved in the process of writing books, from initial idea and development of storyline, through to the stages involved for publication.