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Meredith is a writer of children's & young adult fiction. She has always enjoyed the quirky characters of the Australian bush – playing with a baby river turtle as a kid, befriending a rescued Boobook owl in later years, entertaining native visitors to her rundown old Queenslander and running into wombats, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, echidnas, and emus in her travels around the country. Originally a biologist, and a one-time archaeologist in training, Meredith combines her love for native wildlife and her scientific understanding of animals to create her fiction for young readers. 


Meredith's other writings are inspired by her interest in history, theatre, martial arts, magic and unique voices with untold stories.

Short Stories

"Out of the Blue", Launchpad (Issue 3), The School Magazine, 2022.

"Battery Life", Storm: Minds Shine Bright 2023 Anthology.


Spotlight on 2022 Short Story Shortlist: Meredith Downes.  Storylinks  (7 May 2022)

Prizes and Awards

Winner, Storylinks Short Story Competition - Writers 18+ (2022)

Long-listed, Queensland Stories, Songs and Rhymes picture book competition (State Library of Queensland, 2020)


Acknowledgement of Country

Meredith acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which she lives and works, and pays her respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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