Jackie French is Australian Children’s Laureate 2014-2015 and Senior Australian of the Year 2015 along with many other awards. She has written hundreds of books on topics ranging from organic gardening, to wombats, children’s and illustrated books, fantasy and history fiction.
Jackie grew up in Brisbane, where she became part of history herself as a university student caught up in the 1971 anti-apartheid protests that swept Australia in response to the tour of South African football team, the Springboks.
In this interview she tells us about the day she saved future Premier Peter Beattie from police violence.
Jackie talks to 4ZZZ’s Kim Stewart for the Radio In Colour series.
**NB This story contains descriptions of police violence and sexual assault that may upset some listeners**
Find out more about Jackie here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_French_bibliography