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.
Our Book Week author talks by Christine Bongers exceeded my expectations. She was entertaining, engaging, funny, warm, relatable, and not afraid to show us the real person, and so much more.
I thought it was wonderful. I hope the students enjoyed the experience as much as I did. She made some really great points about the importance of reading, practicing skills to master them and facing setbacks.
As a former year level co-ordinator, I have sat through many, many guest speakers, but Christine Bongers was by far the best…we need to get her back again…
As for the students, well they beat me back to the library and borrowed all of Christine’s books and the rest have put their names on a long list waiting to borrow her novels.
Craigslea State High School - August 2018Craigslea State High School - August 2018Christine Bongers
Christine engaged the students as an excellent storyteller, in answering their questions and through her engagement with them. She more than met our expectations.
St Stephen's Catholic College - October, 2017St Stephen's Catholic College - October, 2017Christine Bongers
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