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At eight years of age Ross began (and failed to complete) his first novel, and received his first publisher’s rejection for a picture book at age eleven. Many years later (and after many short stories and poems written on an electric typewriter) his first major publication was as the illustrator of The Boy Who Grew into a Tree (Penguin 2012), and his second was as the author of One Photo (Penguin 2016). His short fiction and non-fiction works have been published in Australian and international journals and anthologies. He teaches creative writing on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia.

You can read his answers to ’12 Curly Questions’ here (Kids’ Book Review)

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2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year – notable list and shortlisted with One Photo

2013 Aurealis Award for Speculative Fiction (category: Children’s Fiction told primarily through pictures) – shortlisted with The Boy Who Grew into a Tree

2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Emerging Author (manuscript) – shortlisted with ‘The Arc’ (unpublished)

2001 CQU Bauhinia Literary Award (Open Short Story) – winner with ‘Nanyah Gawan’