Gabrielle Wang is an author and illustrator born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. Her maternal great great grandfather came to Victoria in the 1830’s as a labourer followed by his son in 1853 who came during the Gold Rush. Her father is from Shanghai. Gabrielle’s stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy. She has written more than twenty books for young readers, with many of them shortlisted for awards, from the Prime Minister’s Award to children’s choice awards such as the Yabba and Koala Awards. One of Gabrielle’s most popular books A Ghost in My Suitcase won the 2009 Aurealis Award and was made into a stage play by Barking Gecko Theatre in 2018. Her latest book is Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon. Gabrielle is the current Australian Children’s Laureate for 2022 and 2023.