Gillian Candler writes about nature, for children and adults. She is the author of the “explore and discover” non-fiction series for children and the writes a blog called Explore Discover Nature. She also writes articles for magazines such as Wilderness and Forest and Bird. She was convening judge of the 2012 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and has also been convening judge of the CLL Education Publishing Awards.
She was a secondary-school teacher before moving into educational publishing with Learning Media in Wellington, where she worked on a wide range of publications for children, including books about science and the environment. She currently works as a writer and a publishing and education consultant from her home in Pukerua Bay. After spending time publishing specifically for schools, Gillian is enjoying working on non-fiction books for general audiences that are bought (or borrowed) by parents, grandparents and children to enjoy at home or out in the field, as well as in classrooms.
Gillian is passionate about understanding and appreciating New Zealand’s wild places, which is why her books are specifically about New Zealand. When she’s not writing or working as a consultant, she volunteers in conservation projects and reads good books.
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