Meredith Costain is a versatile writer whose work ranges from picture books through to novels, poetry and narrative non-fiction. Her books include CBCA Honour Book Doodledum Dancing, Disaster Chef!, Daddies Are Great!, novelisations of ABC TV’s Dance Academy, and tween series A Year in Girl Hell. Her best-selling series, the quirky Ella Diaries, was shortlisted for both the REAL and the WAYRBA children’s choice awards, and has sold to 24 countries. Her latest series, Olivia’s Secret Scribbles, features Ella’s ‘naughty little sister’, Olivia.

Meredith lives in inner-city Melbourne with a menagerie of pets, who often wrangle their way into her stories. She regularly presents writing workshops for children and adults around Australia, and enjoys helping writers create stories based on their own experiences. To find out more about her books, pets and early writing years, visit