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Davina Bell


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Davina Bell is a writer and editor from Western Australia. Her short stories and essays have been published in various journals and anthologies, including Best Australian Stories.
For six years she was an editor at the Penguin Australia in the Young Readers, where she was lucky enough to work with some of Australia's most talented creators of books for children.
Davina's first novels for middle-grade readers were published by Penguin Books as part of the hugely successful Our Australian Girl series. Works of historical fiction, they follow a year in the life of a ballerina growing up in Perth during World War One.
Her first picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, will be published by Scribe in 2015 and is illustrated by the award-winning book designer Allison Colpoys. 
Davina is currently living in the south-west corner of Australia on the edge of a vineyard, writing and freelancing for a year. She regularly talks at schools, universities and festivals around the country about writing and publishing.