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Lisa Nicol
Author | Lower-Mid Primary School

Lisa Nicol is a writer and award-winning documentary-maker. Her feature Wide Open Sky won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival. Her charming and funny novel Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter was a 2018 CBCA Notable and is currently being adapted for the stage as a musical. Her latest book Vincent and The Grandest Hotel on Earth has drawn comparisons to Roald Dahl and Kate DiCamillo and been described as a modern classic.

Lisa’s presentations involve laugh out loud readings, music, stories and audience participation. She has a personal interest in fostering creativity and freeing up the imagination using a mixture of techniques and activities. She is best suited to grades 2-6 but sessions can be tailored to suit any age group.

Virtual visits available


Books by Lisa Nicol

The What on Earth Institute of Wonder

Best suited for ages 9-11 years
One elephant, one kakapo, one unlicensed teenage driver, one boy waiting for the world to end and one twelve-year-old girl with a very special gift. Sal has always had an affinity with animals – especially the lost kind. And so when a kakapo appears on her windowsill, she befriends it. And when an elephant walks into town, Sal feels compelled to help it… but how? This wonder-filled adventure of what-on-Earths celebrates the unusual and the misfits in a poignant and timely story about family and friendship, finding your voice and our connection with the natural world.

Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth

Best Suited for ages 9-11 years
Perched high on the snowy slopes of the Mabombo Ranges lies The Grandest Hotel on Earth. It’s wilder than the African savanna, more fantastical than Disneyland and more magical than Shangri-la.

Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter

Best Suited for ages 9-11 years
Dr Boogaloo was no ordinary doctor. Not at all like the one you might visit if you had a sore tummy. No, Dr Boogaloo was a very different type of doctor. He treated folks who suffered from rather unusual complaints. And how did he treat them? Why, with the most powerful medicine known to mankind . . . Music!

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