Lisa Nicol is an internationally published, award-winning writer and documentary-maker.
Her feature Wide Open Sky about a children’s choir won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and is now streaming on Netflix. Her charming and funny middle-grade novel Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter was a 2018 CBCA Notable, Top Ten Children's Books of the Year 2021, Shenzhen Reading Month, and is currently being adapted for the screen as a musical. Her 2019 middle-grade novel Vincent and The Grandest Hotel on Earth has drawn comparisons to Roald Dahl and Kate DiCamillo and been described as a modern classic. Her most recent book, The What on Earth Institute of Wonder was released to critical acclaim and has just been shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award 2022.
Lisa lives in Sydney with two out of her three children and a dusty old dog who smells worse than an elephant fart.
Wide Open Sky (film) – Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary, Sydney Film Festival 2015
Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter - 2018 CBCA Notable, Top Ten Children's Books of the Year 2021, Shenzhen Reading Month, China.
The What on Earth Institute of Wonder – shortlist, Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award, 2022.
The Ballad of Dexi Lee - Illustrations by Lucy Culliton
“Meeting up with kids and talking books and writing is simply the best part of being a children’s author. As a kid who grew up believing I wasn’t creative, I have a personal interest in fostering creativity and wonder. My presentations involve laugh-out-loud readings, music, stories (personal and fantastical), audience participation and occasionally a stuffed kakapo.” Lisa Nicol
Sessions can be tailored to suit any age group.
Not only are Lisa’s books fabulously entertaining and full of heart, she is an awesome and very engaging presenter.Her sessions are fun, inspiring and encourage the kids to think and talk about a range of issues whilst having a seriously good giggle too. She is hands down one of our favourite author guests at our children’s book club and an absolute delight to run sessions with.
Gleebooks - 2022Gleebooks - 2022Lisa Nicol
Lisa writes stories that you can't put down. Her unique ability to share her process and pass on her skills to students is formidable. We see these techniques appear in students' writing transforming their engagement and elevating their writing.
LittleScribe - 2022LittleScribe - 2022Lisa Nicol
Lisa’s presentation was highly engaging, entertaining and informative. A fun and dynamic speaker great at plugging into kid’s imaginations.
CBCA Qld Readers Cup - 2021CBCA Qld Readers Cup - 2021Lisa Nicol
We had Lisa speak to our year 4-6 students ... The sessions were much like her books – funny, engaging, quirky and with something for everyone. Lisa adapted each session beautifully to the age group, using her different stories to inspire writing activities and imaginative thinking. …the girls were captivated for the whole session.
Roseville College - 2021Roseville College - 2021Lisa Nicol
Our students loved meeting Lisa after enjoying her stories. She was well prepared with a captivating presentation. She communicated beautifully with the students and addressed their many questions. Her stories have remained favourites in our Junior School Library.
Redlands Junior Campus - 2021Redlands Junior Campus - 2021Lisa Nicol