Writer’s bio

N orman Jorgensen began writing stories when in primary school and had a story about his school read on the ABC Radio Argonaut’s Club, but it took many years for his first picture book, In Flanders Fields, to be published. Beautifully illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever, this is the story set in World War One and tells of a homesick young soldier who risks his life to rescue a robin caught in the barbed wire of no man’s land. In Flanders Fields won the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award in 2003, the first of many awards, and the first of a dozen books he has created for children and young people.
Norman fell in love with books at an early age and has spent nearly all his life working in the book trade surrounded by the works of authors and illustrators he admires. He developed a love of history from reading historical novels, as well as from watching old Hollywood movies, and these influences are often reflected in his own work.


March 20, 2017

An Interview With Me For Shelf Awareness by Maureen Eppen

I am in favour of capital punishment for people who mistreat books — or at least, public flogging, stocks, branding and medieval pillories for public abuse, attack and ridicule.
March 10, 2017

School Visits I Have Made. Part 1.

A description of several visits I have made to schools in recent years, including Useless Loop, Cocos Island, Poynter, Geraldton and Mullewa.
March 7, 2017
Swashbuckling tale of terror in the tropics

Swashbuckling tale of terror in the tropics

  Swashbuckling tale of terror in the tropics WA author Norman Jorgensen’s pirate tale The Smuggler’s Curse is a rollicking read. “I cannot believe it. My […]