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 very well prepared, extremely engaging and kept the audience's attention throughout the talks. She also provided some very useful and motivating ideas for writers. Children responded well and gave positive feedback on Christine's presentation. Highly recommended.
Siena Catholic Primary School - September, 2017Siena Catholic Primary School - September, 2017Christine Bongers
Christine was a wonderful story teller with a great sense of humour. The Students and Staff thoroughly enjoyed her visit. Would highly recommend her to others and she more than met our expectations.
Springfield Central State High School - August, 2017Springfield Central State High School - August, 2017Christine Bongers
Christine related well to the boys by telling stories that they would be interested in. She met our expectations and we would definitely use her again and recommend her to others.
St Edmund's College - August, 2017St Edmund's College - August, 2017Christine Bongers
Christine was a very engaging speaker. The children were enthusiastic and keen to hear what she had to say. We were inspired by her talk and many children in my class have started to write their own short story. Her local knowledge and her explanation of how she chooses her characters, many of whom we knew were impressive. Christine was a big hit with my class!
St Ambrose's School - August, 2017St Ambrose's School - August, 2017Christine Bongers
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