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Local Authors in the Illawarra

We Have Quite The Talented Literary Bunch In the Illawarra.

 

It’s not difficult to understand why the Illawarra region is home to a large and diverse, artistic community. The region offers the buzz of a big city, sea air, sand and coastal vibes and the ability to escape the busy and go bush to soak up the inspirational scenery. 

All of that helps the creative juices flow, right?

And we’ve got some pretty talented authors doing their thang in the Illawarra, covering a broad range of genres and areas of interest, from children’s stories through to deeply moving memoirs. 

What a talented bunch! 

Here are just some of the Illawarra’s own writing elite…

Helena Fox
How It Feels to Float

How It Feels to Float is an award winning young adult novel that explores the themes of loss and love, with an aim to help young people living with mental illness.  

Where you can buy it:
You can purchase it online or at local bookstores. 

Helena Fox
How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

Sara Porter
When Sammy & Sally Visited Kiama
When Sammy Met Sally Down at Gerroa

Sara Porter is a Kiama resident and uses her two published picture books to showcase beautiful locations and local businesses in both Kiama, Gerroa and their surrounds! 

Where you can buy it:
You can get it when visiting Cafe Kiama & Scoops Ice Creamery and other local bookstores.

Local Author Sara Porter
Image Credit // Adam McLean

Jody Cauduro
The Blue Thief
Watching Wondering
While Mandy Waited
Discovering Those Musical, Suit-Wearing Bugs From Times Past

Jody Cauduro was born in Wollongong and is a self published Australian children’s book author who focuses on fun and educational books.

Where you can buy it:
You can purchase it online or at local bookstores. 

Jody Cauduro
Image Credit // Adam McLean

Chloe Higgins
The Girls

Wollongong resident Chloe Higgins’ award winning book The Girls is a heartfelt memoir of her and her family’s love, loss and grief.

Where you can buy it:
You can purchase it online or at local bookstores.

Local Author Chloe Higgins
The Girls by Chloe Higgins

Amy Molloy
Wife, Interrupted 
The World is a Nice Place
How to recycle your feelings 

Amy Molloy is a talented author who specialises in healing through stories. She’s written a memoir about loss and grief, a self-help guide on bouncing back, and a children’s book that also eases a parent’s anxiety while reading it. 

Where you can buy it:
You can purchase it online or at local bookstores. 

Local Author Amy Molloy
How to recycle your feelings by Amy Molloy

Peter Rowland
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Butterflies of Australia
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Insects of Australia
A Naturalist’s Guide to the Frogs of Australia

…and more. 

Peter Rowland is an award-winning wildlife author, nature photographer and columnist. He has over ten novels that guide and inform readers about many different animals and insects, resulting in him being thanked by Sir David Attenborough himself. Talk about a feather in your cap!! 

Where you can buy it:
You can purchase it online or at local bookstores. 

Peter Rowland
Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots by Peter Rowland & Chris Farrel

Karen Hendriks
Feathers 
Go Away, Foxy Foxy
Home

Karen Hendriks is a Shellharbour author of three beautiful and powerful picture books, with the belief that you’re never too old to read them. 

Where you can buy it:
You can purchase it online or at local bookstores. 

 

Local Author Karen Hendriks
Home by Karen Hendriks & Alisa Knatko

Clayton Zane Comber
Shooting Stars
100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze

This South Coast writer has two novels full of colourful characters that will move and inspire you. Clayton has also opened up his own licensed bookstore in Kiama called Bouquiniste Bookstore Cafe Wine Bar

Where you can buy it:
You can purchase it online or at local bookstores like Bouquiniste Kiama. 

Clayton Zane Comber
100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze by Clayton Zane Comber

Penny Webb

Penny is The Fold’s resident word nerd and Managing Editor. When she’s not whipping up articles about all the fabulous things to do and people to meet in the Illawarra, she moonlights as a taxi driver, ferrying three teenagers around the countryside (and back again)! Penny has an uncanny knack for attracting snakes to whatever mountain biking trail she hits on the weekend, which is quickly followed by a cheeky chardonnay or G&T to get over said slithery encounter.
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