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Mark Greenwood is a history hunter. He enjoys searching for lost explorers and glittering treasure, solving famous cold cases and delving into Australian history's most baffling mysteries.

In 2017, Mark’s new chapter book series, History Mysteries, will be published. Diamond Jack and The Lost Explorer will be released in February. They will be followed by The Last Tiger and Lasseter’s Gold in May.

Mark will be touring schools and libraries and speaking at literature festivals throughout Australia this year – talking about History Mysteries and his latest picture book, Boomerang and Bat, illustrated by Terry Denton. Details can be found on the News and Events page which will be updated throughout the year

Mark’s previous books, The Legend of Moondyne Joe and The Legend of Lasseter's Reef have won the West Australian Premier's Award. Ned Kelly & The Green Sash won the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award and Simpson and His Donkey was a CBCA Honour Book and a USBBY Outstanding International Book.

Jandamarra, illustrated by Terry Denton, has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the CBCA Eve Pownall Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature.

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 The Greatest Liar on Earth, Fortuyn’s Ghost, The Mayflower and Midnight - the story of a light horse.

As a musician, Mark spent many years touring, recording and performing with the world's foremost musicians. Now he enjoys working with students of all ages, inspiring and developing their natural curiosity about books, writing and rhythm.

“My task as a writer is to fossick stories that ‘sparkle’ and make us want to read, hear and understand.

The ‘spark’ to write may be something as simple as a dog-eared photo with a question that teases the imagination or an artifact that generates interest and discussion - a nugget of gold, a relic of war, a shipwreck coin. 

Research has led me to the island of angry ghosts on a search for shipwreck treasure and to the hallowed beach at Gallipoli. In Central Australia I sat in the cave where, suffering from thirst and starvation, Lasseter wrote his last farewell in a crumbled diary. These journeys of discovery help me balance creative interpretation with historical authenticity. Being in the setting I’m writing about, where the historical events actually occurred, is one of the crucial stages in bringing history to life.

The ultimate purpose of research is to become steeped in a period so that in my dreams and imaginings I can walk undetected in the past. If I’m lucky I can get close enough to read the expression in my character’s eyes or hear the tone of their voice.”

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