Author Profile

Dell Brand grew up in Sydney and taught in state high schools during her working life. Trained in PDHPE, she was recognised with the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Achievement in Education Award for the development of alternate courses for senior students who wished to stay on at school and complete Years 11 and 12 but had little desire to pursue purely academic study.

She has three degrees in Education and her Ph.D. reflected her keen interest in working with children with challenging behaviours. For a number of years Dell worked with the South Coast Wilderness-Enhanced Program aimed at turning around young people’s lives. As a teacher in this program, she was able to involve herself in many of her recreational passions including abseiling, rock-climbing, wilderness trekking, canyoning and canoeing.

Dell loves the outdoors, especially the wilderness. In her younger years she was a keen swimmer and an A grade squash player. She now enjoys all outdoor pursuits and tries to play golf regularly. She has a wonderful family, with two grown-up children and five funtastic grandchildren.

Whilst still teaching, Dell completed a course in journalism and became a part-time freelance journalist, enjoying regular copy in a number of magazines and newspapers in Australia and abroad. She has a particular interest in family history and history in general and this is reflected in the books she writes.

She wrote her first children’s book, History’s a Mystery, in 2010 in an effort to teach upper-primary-aged children about some of the great events in world history. Due to its success, three more books followed. Frequently using her own travel experiences to write first-hand about places she had seen, all four books proved very popular and were recognised with literary awards.

Dell then turned her attention to writing for adults and her first two, A Voice to be Heard and Cry to the Wind are set in early Melbourne.

Winfale Park, a contemporary drama set in the Illawarra, tells of a family living in a caravan park who, when they learn that one of their children has a life-threatening illness, must put aside their differences and pull together to see them through.

The Weif, last year’s book, reverts to historical fiction and follows the lives of two young siblings from Ireland, each transported to Australia for their crime.

Now the third book of the trilogy is about to be launched. Journey into Darkness continues the story begun with A Voice to be Heard and Cry to the Wind. The protagonist is Kit, Joey’s elder child and the family saga continues through her eyes.

  • Inequality to women
  • Racism
  • Hurting people’s feelings
  • Jelly
  • Green smarties (don’t eat the green ones, they’re yukky)

B. Ed. (Phys)
University of Sydney

M.A. (Educ)
University of Sydney

Ph. D. (Special Educ)
University of Wollongong

Director-General’s Award for
Excellence in Teaching

Australian College of Education
Medal for Outstanding Achievement
in Education

Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and
South Coast Writers Centre