Alys writes books, poems and short stories. She is based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Books for adults
Thrill me – (coming in 2020) A collection of suspenseful short stories to be published by Glimmer Press.
Books for Children
CBCA SA – Instagram post: A gorgeous book we recommend you add to your collection. Launched today by @jacksonalys local author and poet. ‘The land belongs to me’ Children’s Book Council Awards SA.
‘Who owns our natural world? With a strong, yet simple message we discover the answer in this beautifully-crafted picture book. The story is a thought-provoking delight!’ – Janeen Brian, author of I’m a Dirty Dinosaur.
Hugo’s Runaway Legs – Larrikin House, due for publication in 2020.
Short Fiction for Adults
In 2019, her short story, The Utter Absence of Everything, was long listed for the Wigleaf 50 Best Short Fiction of 2019.
In 2017, she was awarded the Grenfell Henry Lawson Statuette for Prose and the Harold Goodwin Short Story Award. She has been shortlisted for the Alan Marshall Short Story Award three times.
Children’s Fiction and poetry
Alys’ short fiction and poetry for children has been widely published in magazines in Australia and Europe, including Aquila (UK) and The Caterpillar (Ireland). She is a regular contributor to the School Magazine (Australia), the world’s oldest literary magazine for children.
In 2017, her website was accredited as a learning destination for the Children’s University., an international charity aimed at providing engaging and innovative educational experiences for children 7 – 14.
Alys is a member of:
Australia East/New Zealand Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – SCBWI
Australian Society of Authors – ASA