A purple book cover wit a potograph in the centre of a young woman holding a black and gold theatre mask just in front of her face. Red devil ears, a cross over one eye, and scribbles of hearts, stars and lines are spread across the page. The title is in yellow handwriting-style font above the image and the author's name is at the bottom of the page

Meg Gatland-Veness

Meg Gatland-Veness is an Australian YA author of I Had Such Friends, When Only One and the upcoming novel What’s Murder Between Friends?

A young white woman with straight dark-blonde hair smiles closed-lipped at the camera, wearing a yellow jumper

Meg Gatland-Veness is a high school drama teacher. She attended the University of Newcastle where she studied a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching.

Meg has been reading and writing stories for as long as she can remember. Equal to her love of words is her passion for championing local youths and fostering important conversation about issues facing young Australians today.

Meg was born in Milton, a small Australian town, and now lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales. When she’s not writing novels, you’ll most likely find her watching musical theatre or gardening.

Meg is the author of I Had Such Friends (2018), which was shortlisted for the ABIA Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year in 2019, When Only One (2022) and What’s Murder Between Friends (2024).

Meg Gatland-Veness

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