Bio

Christine Bongers grew up with six brothers on a farm outside Biloela, Central Queensland. She attended Jambin State School and Biloela State High, then moved to Brisbane to attend University. Three degrees later (B. Bus. Comm, MBA and MA), she is still there.

After a couple of misguided attempts at a psychology degree at UQ, Christine found her bearings in journalism at QIT, became besotted with radio, tripped and fell into television, segued into public relations and ended up writing for a living for most of her adult life.

Bongers_DSC0431Christine has worked as a broadcast journalist on the ABC, and in commercial television and radio, in Brisbane and London. She has also written and directed two environmental television documentaries, and run her own media consultancy.

Christine completed a Master of Arts (Research) in youth writing at QUT in 2008.

Her debut novel Dust, published by Random House Australia under its Woolshed Press Imprint, was a CBCA Notable Book and was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Children’s Fiction.

Henry Hoey Hobson, her second novel, was launched by CBCA National President Marj Kirkland and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers, the WA Premier’s Book Awards and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.  

Drongoes, her illustrated chapter book for newly independent readers,was published by Scholastic in February 2013.

Christine’s latest young adult novel, Intruder, will be published by Random House Australia in June 2014. She is currently working on an adult novel, The Lonely Dead.

Christine shares her life with husband Andrew, children, Connor, Brydie, Clancy and Jake, and their dog, Huggy, the Derek Zoolander of Beagles (really, really, really good looking, but not very bright).

For more obscure autobiographical trivia, please click the following link: Twenty things you don’t need to know about Christine Bongers.

Comments
  1. Keely Reid says:

    Dear christine, im reading your book and loving it
    Im 13 yrs old and wondering if i could get some questions about you and your book to help me and my project at school. so if you could as soon as possible send an email to me and i could send back some questions
    it needs to be in bye week 4

    yours sincerely
    Keely reid

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  3. Haylee & Suzie says:

    Hi Christine,

    We enjoyed both of your books & think they are an interesting and fun read! Believe it or not, we actually live next door to the property where you used to live. We have a motorbike track between our house & your old house, it’s lots of fun!! We enjoyed your talk about Dust last year at school!

    Thanks,

    Haylee & Suzie

  4. Katie P. says:

    Hi Ms Bongers!
    I read your book, Dust, for a school assignment over the holidays thinking that it would be really boring, but once I had picked it up I couldn’t stop! If it is possible, would I be able to interview you for my assignment in English? Thanks again for writing such a great book,
    Katie P.

  5. Helen Shorrocks says:

    Hi Christine,

    I am currently completing the online Introduction to Creative Writing Course with QWC and have enrolled in YON with you next month. Am looking forward to the course very much, Meg Vann tells me it is great. If you think a Beaglier can do harm to your underwear try having a pair of Basset Hounds playing tug-of-war with it! In this household, if something goes missing, including small pieces of furniture, it is not buried somewhere, it is eaten!
    All the best, and look forward to an excitging year under your guidance.
    Helen

  6. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks Helen, I’m really looking forward to being part of QWC’s Year-of-the-Novel online. It’s a great course that will steer you through the stormy seas of novel writing. Just don’t let those basset hounds near your homework, OK?
    Cheers
    Chris

  7. sharon greenhill says:

    Hi Bongey
    It’s Tuddy…gee you’re a clever girl!
    xx

  8. logan Boyd says:

    Hello christine I’m Logan Boyd 11
    I was in your reading workshop at taranganba state school I really enjoyed the opportunity and will use your advise for reading and writting stories and will continue writing the story I created during the work shop and make sure I use the technique while writing it. Thank you for this great opportunity and for the honor of working with a famous author and I do hope that dust or Henry hoey hobbison become well known books and even become movies! Plus mum would like to know ways to help me in writing stories, thanks again logan Boyd.

  9. Jessica says:

    hey Christine,
    my name is jess and i’m doing dust for my school assignment. I love reading.
    I have to do a short biography about you and I had some questions I couldn’t finish.
    some questions include, what type of child you were?
    who gave you the inspiration to write dust and what did they say to make you feel motivated to write it?
    and what date ( y/m/d) were you born?

    • chrisbongers says:

      Hi Jess, I was born in 1961, a typical country kid, who loved reading, riding horses and motorbikes, and swimming in the local creek. Like Cecilia Maria, I had six brothers and grew up during a terrible drought in the 1960s. ‘Dust’ is autobiographical fiction, so it draws much of its inspiration from the types of kids we were back then, and the types of things that happened in small rural communities like ours. If you click on the “On writing Dust” link, you can read about who inspired me to write the book. Good luck with the assignment. Cheers, Chris.

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