Author Spotlight: Karen Tyrrell – Readilearn

Read all about award-winning author Karen Tyrrell and her empowering book for children – Song Bird Superhero; just in time for the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

With today being the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence in Australia, today is the perfect day to introduce you to author Karen Tyrrell.

Karen is an award-winning author who writes books to empower kids (and adults) and help them live strong and be resilient.  After many years of classroom teaching experience, she continues to educate through sharing her own story of resilience as a survivor of bullying, through her words on the page, and through her workshops for adults that deal with writing, marketing, and funding, in addition to empowerment. She presents workshops for children in schools, libraries, and other creative spaces. With her flair for costuming and performance, she always conducts entertaining sessions with a splash of fun staring in her own scripted pantomimes.

In her first book Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness Karen tells of the bullying she experienced as a teacher, and of her remarkable survival story. Her second, Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery tells of the important role of her husband as support on her journey back to health.

From there Karen has gone on to write a number of children’s books, including Bailey Beats the Blah and  STOP the Bully, both of which are endorsed by Kids Helpline. She won an RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) grant for her picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember about memory loss and strategies for remembering.

Karen’s three Junior Fiction novels Jo-Kin Battles the ItJo-Kin vs Lord Terra, and Song Bird Superhero share positive messages of self-belief, resilience, team building, problem solving and STEM science; each with a good dose of humour included.

It is Song Bird Superhero, a book for readers of about 7 – 10 years, that Karen and I are discussing today.


Continue reading at: Author Spotlight: Karen Tyrrell – Readilearn

11 thoughts on “Author Spotlight: Karen Tyrrell – Readilearn

  1. thecontentedcrafter

    Karen sounds like a most remarkable human being Norah, I have put her memoir onto my ‘need-to-read’ list! And I like the cover of her children’s book 🙂 We certainly do need more images and stories of superhero girls! I’m grateful to be introduced to this writer!

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    1. karenwrites19

      Hi Pauline, Thanks for your very kind words and for your awesome interest and support for my books. Please watch out for Song Bird 2 … Its with the editor and cover designer. Its got an environmental theme as well as bully prevention… Karen Tyrrell

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  2. karenwrites19

    Hi Norah,
    Thanks for your awesome interview on Bully Prevention and WHY I wrote my books for children.
    I hope today on National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, this interview gives hope and light on Bully prevention.
    Cheers Karen Tyrrell … author & teacher

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Karen. It gives hope and inspiration to others. We need every day to be a day of action against bullying and violence. It needs to be a way of life that no long needs special reminders. Thank you for moving us along that path.

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