Sarah Brennan

Sarah Brennan



Sarah Brennan is the Hong Kong-based author of the best-selling Chinese Calendar Tales and Dirty Story series for primary school aged kids, and the highly acclaimed children’s picture book Storm Whale, illustrated by award-winning Australian artist Jane Tanner.

Sarah was born and grew up in the Australian island state of Tasmania. After 16 years working as a lawyer in London and Brisbane, Sarah moved to Hong Kong in 1998, where she found her mission as a much-loved children’s author, bringing Chinese history and culture to children everywhere through her funny and educational stories. She is passionate about children’s literacy, and over the last 14 years has taken her stories and writing workshops to over 300 schools in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Singapore, Australia and the UK. She also regularly addresses conferences about why reading books is essential for our children’s mental, emotional and social development. She is excited to be introducing her books to the children of New York at the China Institute Chinese New Year celebrations in January 2020.

Sarah’s books have regularly appeared on bestseller lists in Hong Kong, where at one point, two of her titles outsold the (then) latest J.K.Rowling and Stephenie Meyer titles for 6 weeks running! Her Chinese Calendar Tales have been long-listed for Singapore’s Red Dot Children’s Book Awards and short-listed for the Golden Dragon Book Awards in 2016. The great Australian author Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s List) has described Sarah’s work as “a meeting between traditional Asian narratives and the universal taste of children for graphic stories. The tale-telling gifts shown in these books, along with the exuberance of the language and rhymes, make them unique in children’s literature”.

In 2017 Sarah’s story Storm Whale, an evocative picture book based on her childhood, was released by Allen and Unwin in Australia and Old Barn Books in the UK. In the UK, it was long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2018, won Runner Up in the TeachPrimary Awards 2018 and was shortlisted for the Hampshire Illustrated Book Award 2019. In Australia, it was a CBCA Notable and was short-listed for the Queensland Literary Awards and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2018.

Sarah has 2 grown up daughters, and lives with her French husband and an opinionated Shi-Tzu Maltese Terrier in Hong Kong’s beautiful New Territories.


Sarah Brennan 是駐香港的暢銷作家,作品包括對象為小學生的《Chinese Calendar Tales》及《Dirty Story》系列。Sarah於澳洲塔斯馬尼亞洲出生及成長,並於1998年搬到香港定居,開始通過其有趣及富教育性的著作向世界各地的兒童們介紹中國歷史及文化。 在過去的十四年,她曾在香港、新加坡、澳洲及英國超過300間學校舉辦故事寫作工作坊。在2017年,Sarah出版了兒童繪本《Storm Whale》。它在英國入圍the Kate Greenaway Medal 2018及 for the Hampshire Illustrated Book Award 2019,並獲得Runner Up in the TeachPrimary Awards 2018。在澳洲,這書獲得CBCA Notable的榮譽,並入圍the Queensland Literary Awards 和 the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2018。

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