Sophie Masson

Born in Indonesia of French parents, and brought up in France and Australia, Sophie Masson is the award-winning and internationally-published author of over 60 books for children, young adults and adults. Her latest books (all 2019) include children’s historical novel War and Resistance (Scholastic Australia) as well as three picture books: There’s A Tiger Out There, illustrated by Ruth Waters (Little Hare); On My Way, illustrated by Simon Howe, (Scholastic Australia) and Join the Armidale Parade (Little Pink Dog Books).

Sophie is also a founding partner and publishing director of acclaimed children’s books boutique publisher Christmas Press, based in Armidale.

In 2018 Sophie successfully completed a PhD in creative practice at the University of New England and has presented her research work on literary/ publishing topics at conferences around the world and in many journals. A former Chair of the Australian Society of Authors, she is the current Chair of the New England Writers’ Centre and a Board member of the Small Press Network.

In January 2019, Sophie received an AM award in the Order of Australia honours list, for significant service to literature as an author, publisher, and through service to literary organisations.

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