Irini’s first novel Willow Tree and Olive, received several awards including a White Raven in Bologona in 2002, and she was named one of the finalists in the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year Award. Her second novel, Sky Legs won the 2004 Peace Award. Other titles include: A Marathon of Her Own, Aliki Says, and a verse novel Against the Tide. Her picture book Hide and Seek was recently translated into Japanese and sent to child survivors of the tsunami. Irini was awarded her PhD in 2013 with the Writing and Society Group at the University of Western Sydney. She has been a judge for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2014-2016. She lives and works in Sydney.