Samantha Turnbull

Samantha Turnbull

New South Wales

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Poet
  • Journalist / Feature writer
  • Virtual visits
available for virtual visits

Samantha Turnbull is a children’s writer, multimedia journalist and slam poet.

Sam is the author of the number one-rating children’s podcast FIERCE GIRLS, released by the ABC in 2018.

She is also the author of the best-selling five-book children’s series The Anti-Princess Club, published by Allen & Unwin.

She is also a multimedia journalist (radio, TV and online) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, based in the sought-after possie of Byron Bay.

And last but not least, Sam is a multi-award-winning slam poet (including 2015 Bard of Sydney at the NSW State Library Shakespearean Sonnet Slam, and four-time state finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam).

Sam’s favourite thing to do is visiting schools and writers festivals to help children develop a passion for storytelling in all of its forms.


1. Fierce Girls

From athletes to aviators and scientists to spies – learn about some of Australia’s most amazing women and how Sam helped turned their stories  into the number one-rated children’s podcast FIERCE GIRLS.

(Suitable for all ages)

2.The Anti-Princess Club

Find out how a shopping mall tantrum evolved into an award-winning slam poem and a best-selling five-book children’s series. In this highly interactive presentation, Sam explores where inspiration comes from, channelling anger into action and creating stories without stereotypes.

(Suitable for all ages)

2. Writing for a Better World

Discover how writing can change the world for the better. Sam will show you how she has used journalism, slam poetry and fiction to influence positive change in the community. You’ll also learn the tools to creatively tackle issues you’re passionate about.

(Suitable for secondary students and adults)


Suitable for all ages

1. The Anti-Anything-Except-Writing Club

Learn how to channel anger into creative action by writing your own stories inspired by pet peeves and bugbears.

2. Slam with Sam

Learn how to write and perform slam poetry. Sam can also organise and judge an in-school slam.

3. Rewriting Fairytales

Students read a traditional fairytale, deconstruct it, and then reconstruct it as a modern-day story featuring characters who don’t fit stereotypes.

4. Fierce Characters

Students take a look at characters from some of the world’s most popular stories and analyse their traits. We discuss stereotypes, strengths and weaknesses and then create our own fierce characters.


Samantha Turnbull