About Karen Tyrrell

KAREN TYRRELL AUTHOR  – Educate Engage Empower

Thanks Australia Reads for making me an Australia Reads Ambassador, first one for LOGAN CITY, Queensland!

Book me as a speaker at your school, bookshop or library. https://australiareads.org.au/ambassadors/karen-tyrrell/

Australia Reads day : Join me on Tuesday 14 September 2021 to celebrate the joy of reading! karen Tyrrell Australia Reads Ambassador https://australiareads.org.au/ambassadors/karen-tyrrell/

SONG BIRD DROUGHT RESCUE launched May 29 2021!  … Book 5 in Song Bird eco series.

Rosie, aka Song Bird superhero, must save the outback from the drought.

  Animals are dying, water’s disappearing, dinosaurs are stampeding,

… and now Aunt Matty’s kidnapped.

Is Destructo behind the devastation?

Song Bird follows a secret map to unlock a mystery.

Can Song Bird rescue the outback before it’s too late?

It won an ARTS Queensland StART grant through RASN and BEMAC.

I collaborated with A.B. Paterson College, Gold Coast. 

Sat 29th May 1pm OR 2.30pm
Scrumptious Reads Bookstore, Red Hill Brisbane.
PH 0422 056 651
Book here 


SONG BIRD DROUGHT RESCUE was Shortlisted in Speech Pathology  Book of the Year Awards 2019. Order here

Award-winning author, Karen Tyrrell and teacher presents interactive  reader’s theatre, inspirational talks and engaging writing workshops, empowering kids and adults to live STRONG, stop the bully and care for the environment.

As a survivor of workplace bullying, Karen shares bully prevention, self-care and environmental skills at conferences, festivals, schools and corporate workplaces.

                                                                                                               Youtube : Karen Tyrrell Author channel


 In August 2020, Karen & Steve won as ARTS QUEENSLAND stART grant to research and write Song Bird 5!

Please stay tuned for more Photos, Videos and Blogs in August/ September 2020

Karen & Steve With Song Bird 5

Karen Tyrrell author won 4 awards, 7 grants and a mentorship from Society of Editors QLD.

Karen’s kids books, Bailey Beats the Blah and  STOP the Bully, are endorsed by Kids Helpline. Harry Helps Grandpa Remember won a RADF grant and is endorsed by Alzheimer’s Australia.

Karen won an Arts Queensland grant and a sponsorship for picture book, Ready Set Discover Logan. with themes of inclusion and diversity.


 Bailey Beats the Blah   STOP the Bully,  Harry Helps Grandpa Remember 

and  Ready Set Discover Logan. are listed on NSW Premiers Reading Challenge 2019

Song Bird Series

Song Bird Superhero ,  The Battle of Bug World,  Rainforest Rescue and Great Barrier Reef Rescue are empowering eco warrior adventures. … Song Bird 5 coming soon…  Please stay tuned.

Karen received a letter from Sir David Attenborough, supporting Great Barrier Reef Rescue. ABC Radio interview.

David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef RescueThemes:  bully prevention, eco kids, self-belief, overcoming disabilities, girl power and STEM science.

They won *5 STAR reviews on Reading Time, Kirkus Review, Disney Princess magazine, Goodreads and Buzz Words . ABC Radio interview

Superhero Writing Workshops

KAPOW! Meet Superhero, Karen Tyrrell Author of the Song Bird Superhero series dressed in character. Kids will be supercharged with story writing powers to create an original SUPERHERO story, jam packed with SUPER powers, SUPER action and SUPER villains.

Steve Tyrrell author co-presents too.

Bully Prevention Talks

Karen wears her Song Bird Superhero costume or taekwondo outfit to present bully prevention talks. She shares approved and effective strategies for bully prevention for students, teachers and parents.  Many describe her talks as inspiring, educating and engaging.

Interactive Storytelling & Pantomimes

Karen and Steve Tyrrell presents interactive storytelling and pantomimes to children. Us authors, get into character, wearing FUN costumes. We educate children on social skills, self-care OR how to write engaging stories and characters. We present all 9 children’s books in costume and pantomime.

Eco Author Talks

Karen Tyrrell and Steve Tyrrell presents ECO talks on saving bees, trees and the environment.  Power point presentation includes interactive talks, dramatic book readings and Q&A. Dressed as Song Bird Superhero, Super Bee or Tree Man, we present empowering talks jam-packed with positive strategies.

Talks focus on how kids can be involved and RECYCLE … REUSE … REDUCE at home and at school.

Our talks are all about kids believing in themselves, connecting with their inner eco warrior and making a difference to the planet.

Amazon Launches Rainforest Rescue

Karen Tyrrell Author Writing Workshops

Karen presents practical writing workshops for adults and teens, guiding them to create and publish memoirs, picture books and junior novels. She shares how to create likeable characters and how to write a page turning story. Karen also presents Book Marketing Masterclasses.

Book Marketing Masterclass with authors, illustrators and writers

Resilience & Well-Being Talks in Power Point Format

Karen speaks about how she recovered from parent-teacher bullying and PTSD when she was a bullied school teacher. Her memoirs Me and Her and Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery empower adults to live strong with self-care, resilience and coping skills.

ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness and ME & HIM: A Guide to Recovery

Teacher’s Conference Sydney


Resilience  Talk at Sydney West Teachers Conference.

Karen Tyrrell Author

  Author, Educational Consultant, Storyteller/Performer, Motivational

Karen & Steve Tyrrell School Visits youtube Link

Teacher Resources Link

‘Engaging – a wonderful experience for our students. Our primary students were excited to write, and the quality of their work showed how much they learned.’ Staines Memorial College Aug 2018

‘Engaged, enthralled and enraptured with Karen and Steve who got dressed up as book characters. They captured their audience who asked a load of questions. ‘ Brisbane Independent School August 2018

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66 comments to About Karen Tyrrell

  • Andrew Carter

    Hi Karen,

    What you are doing regarding the 3 E’s is marvellous, and it’s marvelous what you are doing with your writing!! I am an ex-fisherman (gen X), from CAIRNS and Crooktown. I used to work as a reef fisherman mid 80s to mid 90s back when there wasn’t much ecological awareness. Thankfully, the boat sank. I’d love to learn more about writing for kids and I have a children’s book in mind called ‘Mad Fisher’ (top secret: your eyes only). Also, I have in mind creating an App with the same name which shows the virtues of environmental friendliness, and the beautiful underwaterworld wonder of the GBR. If, you have any ideas how I might pursue this goal, and any of your books you might recommend, and/or other information that may assist, please let me know. Kind regards, Andrew Carter

  • Hi Andrew, Lovely to hear from you.
    I recommend you read Great Barrier Reef Rescue. Available at songbirdsuperhero.com comes with FREE Great Barrier Reef show bag and a numbered certificate.
    My advice is as follows …
    1. Read every children’s book on the subject.
    2. Join a writers group and get your story critiqued.
    3. Join SCBWI, join Write Links and learn about the industry.
    Best wishes,
    Karen 🙂

  • Isla

    Hi Karen,
    I am a student at Farnborough State School. I loved your story today .
    I told my Mum all about you and your husband.
    From Isla Thorpe

  • Hi Isla,
    Lovely to hear from you.
    I’m thrilled you enjoyed our story and performances.
    Happy reading and writing,
    Karen & Steve xx

  • aidan

    hello Karen i am a student at st Pius and i would like to thank you for coming to our school on behalf of the year 5/6 students continue inspiring young students with your great books kid regards aidan yr 6

  • Hi Aidan,
    Lovely to hear from you.
    Please thank Year 5/6 students for being so SUPER enthusiastic and attentive at my ‘Reading is my Secret Power’ talk. I loved the way your students used their thinking skills to answer questions.
    Best Wishes Karen Tyrrell & Steve. xx

  • Vanessa Pallant

    Stop the Bully is such an incredible way to allow kids to see what can be done to stop bullying and it is so important to get it out there

  • Thanks Vanessa for leaving your comment. Good luck in my #4 book Giveaway!
    Karen 🙂

  • Hi Karen, I was recently telling my husband that your Steve had given up his day job to write and present with you. Alan said he’d love to give up his day job and be a ‘baddie’. Poor darling, he’ll be waiting a while. I like to be in the wings, head down and bottom up writing, not out in the front entertaining young ones. You and Steve do a wonderful job. Congrats on your much deserved achievements. I love hearing your good news stories. Best, Rhonda xxa4sE

  • Thanks Vanessa, for supporting STOP the Bully and the positive strategies to empower kids,
    Karen 🙂

  • Thanks Rhonda,
    For leaving your supportive comment on my About Karen Tyrrell page.
    I wish you well in your writing journey
    Karen 🙂

  • You leave your mark wherever you go. So much passion and energy.

  • Hi Julie, I just discovered your lovely comment here. Thanks so much for your very kind support and friendship. Cheers, Karen 🙂

  • Carol Nicholls

    Thanks Karen,

    I have asked at libraries and shops and just can’t find them.

  • Hi Carol,
    All my books are available on my book shop http://www.karentyrrell.com … Karen 🙂
    PS Thanks for ordering a book. Posting on Monday

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