BIO Karen Tyrrell

Award winning author, and teacher Karen Tyrrell presents engaging, interactive pantomimes, inspirational talks and writing workshops, empowering kids and adults to live STRONG through humour and self-belief. As a survivor of workplace bullying, Karen shares bully prevention, resilience, self-care and coping skills at teacher’s conferences, schools, libraries and festivals.

Karen has won an Arts Queensland grant for picture book Ready Set Discover Logan.

Her acclaimed books: Song Bird series Song Bird Superhero, The Battle of Bug World, Rainforest Rescue, Great Barrier Reef Rescue, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember and Super Space Kids series share messages regarding bully prevention, resilience and caring for the environment. Karen has won 3 awards, 4 literary grants, 5 book sponsorships and a mentorship through the Society of Editors (QLD).

Her husband Steve guest authored the Song Bird Series. Together, they perform interactive story telling in fun costumes, utilising props, music and humour to schools, kindies and libraries. She provides imaginative writing workshops for Meanjin Writing Camps, Brisbane City Libraries, Queensland Writers Centre and festivals.

Karen presents empowerment presentations to all ages from kindy to adults, tailor making her talks to specific needs. She has judged writing competitions, co-ordinated a writer’s collective, organized a writer’s festival and presented Book Marketing Masterclasses. She speaks on radio and TV about bullies, resilience, and eco issues.

Karen’s book Rainforest Rescue was Highly Recommended by Children’s Book Council of Australia, December, 2018.  See full review: CBCA Reading Time – Rainforest Rescue


  • Author
  • Motivational speaker
  • Workshop presenter
  • Interactive storyteller & children’s pantomime performer
  • Anti-bullying, resilience, well-being and self-care topics
  • Eco topics include caring for the environment, bees, rainforests and the reef.
  • Inclusion & diversity topics

Testimonials:                                                                                                                  Karen is a dynamic visiting author who inspires her participants to be creative. The children were inspired and engaged throughout her sessions which focused on developing their own creative writing.” – Kylie Meyer, ALEA Meanjin Camps

“Karen’s presentation and writing workshops were very engaging – a wonderful experience for our students on a book week. Our primary students were excited to write, and the quality of their work showed how much they learned.” – Kate Reid, Staines Memorial College

Our students were engaged in the entertaining pantomime and drawn in by the author’s character portrayals in the book readings.  We would be keen to have both Karen and Steve Tyrrell back to present student workshops. NVSS is thrilled to have signed copies of the Song Bird Series books available for the children to borrow.”  –Principal, Norfolk Village State School,

‘Karen’s motivating, inclusive style and high-yield activities really had the students at all abilities working hard, creating stories and experimenting with their imagination. Congratulations. I’m sure the students can now approach creative and imaginative written tasks with a sense of confidence & achievement.’ – C. Norrie: Mabel Park SH

“Inspiring, engaging and relevant! Sensational author, Karen Tyrrell, visited Fairvale PS to talk to the students about all of her books. The students were captivated by her presentation. She came dressed in character so right from the word go they were engaged. Karen encouraged audience participation and allowed for plenty of question time. A truly remarkable author and teacher who continues to touch the lives of the very young and the not so young.” –Anthony Pitt, Principal, Fairvale PS

Karen linked her presentation with current school initiatives.  She was enthusiastic about working with our students. She had costumes, props and a few give-ways.’ – Joanne Makin Librarian: Guardian Angels School: Ashmore

“Students thoroughly enjoyed your visit to celebrate book week. Our Juniors & Primary were excited to be part of an interactive puppet show, whilst our Secondary students were able to make real life connections to the story, having prior knowledge of the local community.  A fantastic age appropriate experience.”- Logan City Special School

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CONTACT: Karen Tyrrell



BIO Karen Tyrrell

 Professional Organizations

  • Book Links & Writers Links

 Media Interviews

  • ABC Radio Me and Her 2012
  • ABC Radio The Battle of Bug World 2017
  • TV interview on Bullying – Channel 7 2012
  • Courier Mail Story – Umag 2017
  • ABC Radio Great Barrier Reef Rescue 2019

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