About Nell

Nell Cooper


Nell Cooper is an immigrant who can’t remember the trip. She grew up in the Blue Mountains near Sydney and  learned to read using cereal boxes. Books were highly valued in her family, but expensive at the time. At the age of eight she read a single volume encyclopaedia so many times that she’s now awesome at Trivia. Other books she’s read since then may have helped too.

Nell has a passion for words, and a love of exotic locations. She is a storyteller, teacher and `international woman of mystery.’ She moved into writing after many years as a teacher-librarian and visual arts teacher. Nell has learned the craft of writing through courses at the University of Sydney and the Australian Writers Centre, and regularly participates in workshops, Writers Conferences and events. She loves working with children and connecting them with books and reading. 

Her debut novel `NOAH SARK and the Mothership’ was long listed for the 2019 CBCA Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program, and Nell is currently working on a picture book called `The Jog-Along Track’, as well as drafting NOAH SARK and the Train to Auschwitz – the second book in the series. 

Nell now lives in a leafy suburb of Sydney with her partner, and an occasional red cat.

  • Write
  • Read
  • Teach
  • Learn