Invited as a guest at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges who grew up on country. His first play Flash Red Ford toured Uganda and Kenya in 1999. Love, Land and Money featured at the 2002 Adelaide Fringe Festival; his YA novel Sweet Guy was shortlisted for the 2009 SA People’s Choice Awards for Literature; and his children’s book, Dallas Davis, the Scientist and the City Kids was published by the OUP Yarning Strong series.
Jared was the recipient of the kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship in 2012 for his YA novel Calypso Summer (Magabala Books 2013). In 2015, Calypso Summer was one of eight Australian titles selected by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany for inclusion in their annual White Ravens Catalogue, which is introduced each year at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy. Jared’s writing explores the power of belonging and culture.
Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab