John Marsden, Principal, Candlebark and Alice Miller School
John Marsden has written more than 40 books, mostly for teenagers and children, including Tomorrow When the War Began, So Much to Tell You, and Letters from the Inside. He has sold around five million books worldwide, and has won every major writing award in Australia for young people’s fiction.
South of Darkness, John’s recent novel for adults, won the Christina Stead Award for Best Novel of 2015.
John’s passionate interest in education led him to start his own Prep to Year 10 school, Candlebark, on a vast forested estate near Romsey. The school’s motto is ‘take risks’, and every day students are to be found riding bikes and skateboards, climbing trees, rolling down hills and playing stick wars. In 2016, John opened a second school, Alice Miller, at Macedon, a Year 7 to Year 12 school with a particular emphasis on the creative arts.