Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm an author and poet

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in books, magazines,

anthologies and online.

Alys writes books, poems and short stories. She is based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Books for adults

New Poets 20 – Her debut collection of poetry, Wolf Ghosts, was published in New Poets 20 alongside Julia Wakefield Houghton and Sharon Faulkes, Friendly Street Poets, 2019. Edited by Steve Evans.




Thrill me – 2 stories included in an anthology of suspenseful short stories. Paperback, 322 pages. Published April 4th 2020 by Glimmer Press. ISBN 0648463516 (ISBN13: 9780648463511). Edited by Lynette Washington.





‘It’s true. There are stories here to make your heart race…and soar and flutter and ache. Some will rip your heart right out.’ Rebekah Clarkson, author of Barking Dogs.

In Thrill Me, thirty one award-winning and emerging Australian storytellers write to thrill and move you. Read on if you dare. These stories will leave an unshakable imprint on you.

Books for Children

Hugo’s Runaway Legs  Larrikin House, April 2021.






Hugo’s Runaway Legs is walking into bookstores from Feb 2021. Published by Larrikin House and illustrated by Leigh Brown, this is a light-hearted look at the importance of using (or losing) your legs 🦵🏼🦵🏿🦵🦿. When Hugo refuses to exercise, his legs quit and hop on a local bus in search of fun.

Will Hugo catch up with his legs? Perhaps. but first he must find another pair.

The Land Belongs to Me – Big Sky Publishing, 2019.

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.

Short Fiction for Adults

Alys’ short fiction and poetry appears in magazines, anthologies and online in Australia, North America and Europe.

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.

Children’s University

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

Writers SA 

Children's University