Steven Herrick is Australia’s most popular poet for young people. He has written twenty-four books and won numerous awards including the NSW Premier’s Literary Award (twice) and the WA Premier’s Literary Award. His books have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards on nine occasions. He is widely recognised as the pioneer of verse-novels for young people in Australia. Steven has performed his poetry in fifteen countries over the past twenty-five years and is renowned as a dynamic performer and educator. His seminal verse-novel, The Simple Gift, is a mainstay of set texts in schools throughout Australia and was recently shortlisted for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis - Germany's most prestigious literary award for youth literature. His latest young adult novel is The Bogan Mondrian which was shortlisted for Book of the Year in the 2019 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.