Christine Bongers is a former radio and television journalist who is now happier writing fiction. She has a Master of Arts (Research) in Children's and Youth Writing. Her debut YA novel Dust was a CBCA Notable Book and long-listed for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Children's Fiction. Her middle school novel Henry Hoey Hobson was shortlisted for numerous awards including the CBCA Book of the Year for younger readers. Her latest young adult novel Intruder won the 2015 Davitt Award for Best Debut Crime Book and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers.
Christine grew up with six brothers on a farm outside Biloela. She now lives in Brisbane and holidays at the Sunshine Coast so often that she has her very own Caloundra City Council library card. She admits to being a shocking liar as a kid, and even now as a grownup, she never lets the truth interfere with a good story.
She is currently working on a middle grade novel How to Destroy Earth - Part One and her first adult novel The Lonely Dead.
Christine is an accomplished public speaker who loves sharing her passion for writing with people of all ages.
Christine was an oustanding speaker- her speeches and workshops were a unique blend of inspiration, humour, insight and depth of knowledge about the writing process. She renewed an interest in writing (in both students and staff ) and launched a year of writing as a College focus for us. We thoroughly enjoyed her talks and enjoyed her insight into quality writing, editing and perseverance. Our students warmed to her immediately- watching a group of Year 9 students absorbed in a writing workshop for an hour is a rare gift for any English teacher- thank you Christine, we learned many wonderful things about writing, reading and enjoying the process of editing!
San Sisto College - March, 2017San Sisto College - March, 2017Christine Bongers
We had a lovely time with Chris. The students were very engaged and learnt a lot. I also had 2 young teachers with the students and they were very grateful for the opportunity to learn from Chris. Overall a very useful morning of work.
Christine Bongers - Cavendish Road State High School - August 2016Christine Bongers - Cavendish Road State High School - August 2016Christine Bongers
Christine’s presentations were enthralling and insightful, with both staff and students saying how much they enjoyed her talks. She told stories from her life and then showed how to incorporate these into the writing process, character development and story lines.
Christine Bongers - St Peters Lutheran College - August 2016Christine Bongers - St Peters Lutheran College - August 2016Christine Bongers
Christine was fabulous (as I knew she would be)!
I asked for feedback and only received the following:
Brilliant! She engaged everyone.
She was great – reminded me of my time down on my grandparents farm, though not on a motorbike, scaling vertical walls.
She was awesome! My year three’s were craning their heads to keep their eyes on her when she walked around, which tells me they were engaged in what she was saying!!
Christine Bongers - The Lakes College, June, 2016Christine Bongers - The Lakes College, June, 2016Christine Bongers
Christine was wonderful, the content of her presentation was spot on exactly what we were after and the students really enjoyed it. We will definitly book her again and recommend her to other schools (as this is how we had heard about her).
Christine Bongers - Assisi Catholic College, June, 2016Christine Bongers - Assisi Catholic College, June, 2016Christine Bongers