About Mark Whittaker

Mark Whittaker is a freelance writer based on the NSW South Coast. He began his career as a copy person at News Ltd in 1985, then worked
 as a general reporter on The Australian newspaper.

He worked as a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine from 1993 to 2000, when he left to spend a year travelling around
Australia with his wife Amy Willesee. Their travels culminated in a
book – The Road to Mount Buggery – about Australia’s colourful place
names.

After co-authoring several more books, he returned to the Weekend Australian Magazine in 2005, winning the Walkley Award for Magazine Feature Writing in that year for a story about the ordinary people who ran into a burning childcare centre to save the children inside.

In 2007, he left Sydney for a small property near Berry. He continues to have more success wrestling with his words than wrangling his
Murray Grey cattle and Wiltshire Horn sheep.

 

Awards

  • 2006 News Award for feature writing (The in-house News Ltd award)
  • 2005 Walkley Award for Magazine Feature Writing
  • 
2002 City of Brisbane Prize for Asia-Pacific Travel Writing for The
Road To Mount Buggery (with Amy Willesee)
  • 1998 Shortlisted in The Age’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year (Sins of
the Brother, co-written with Les Kennedy)
  • 1995 Walkley finalist (final 3) in the category of Feature Writing

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