Elaine Forrestal


Elaine For­re­stal is a West Aus­tralian author whose work has been pub­lished in Aus­tralia, the UK and Amer­ica. Her nov­els The Watch­ing Lake (Puf­fin 1991, Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre Press 2002) Some­one Like Me (Puf­fin Aus­tralia 1997, Puf­fin UK 1997, Mish, Slove­nia 2004) Straggler’s Reef (Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre Press 1999) Graf­fiti on the Fence (Puf­fin Aus 1999) Leav­ing no Foot­prints (Puf­fin Aus 2001) Win­ning (Puf­fin Aus 2002) The Eden Glassie Mys­tery series, Deep Water, Stone Cir­cle, Black Earth, Wild Wind Puf­fin Aus 2003 — 2005) are all sto­ries for chil­dren in the 9 — 15 age group. A Glass­ful of Gig­gles (Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre Press 2002 and Rain­bow Jack­ets (Fre­man­tel Arts Cen­tre Press 2003) are col­lec­tions of short sto­ries for read­ing or telling to chil­dren 0–8 years and for emerg­ing read­ers to tackle on their own. The pic­ture books, Miss Llewellyn-Jones (illus­trated by Moira Court, Fre­man­tle Press 2008) and Miss Llewellyn-Jones Goes to Town (Illus­trated by Moira Court, Fre­man­tle Press 2010) are great fun to share with chil­dren of any age. Black Jack Ander­son (Pen­guin 2008) is Elaine’s first book for adults and Young Adults and tells the story of Australia’s most noto­ri­ous pirate.

Elaine is avail­able to work with stu­dents of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary age. She also speaks at Con­fer­ences, Fes­ti­vals, Book Clubs and Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment days.

Would you like to know more? Read a pro­file of Elaine For­re­stal from Mag­pies magazine.

Many of Elaine’s books have received awards and com­men­da­tions from var­i­ous lit­er­ary pro­grams. Read more about them here.


Elaine is a full time writer. How­ever, she was a teacher and has had many years of expe­ri­ence pre­sent­ing lit­er­a­ture to chil­dren in class­rooms. Because of this expe­ri­ence she is able to offer stim­u­lat­ing work­shops, author talks and sto­ry­telling ses­sions for chil­dren of Pri­mary and Lower Sec­ondary age and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment for adults.

View details of Elaine’s workshops