I’ve had two passions for almost my whole life: books and dance. That would make me a bibliophile and a balletomane. If I can one day find a way to combine the two at the same time, my life will be perfect. In the meantime, I’m forced to do them separately. So sad.

My favourite dance style is ballet (I still do class twice a week even though I don’t teach any more). My favourite ballet is Don Quixote (so fun). My favourite snack is chocolate. My favourite hot drink is English Breakfast tea. And my favourite book is… no! I couldn’t choose just one!

My actual surname is Ueckerman (You-ka-man) but I write under Pamela Jones as it’s easier to pronounce. I am a Welsh Jones with a German surname who was born in England, speaks Dutch, learns French and lives on Boon Wurrung/Bunurong land in Australia.


Pamela Jones (Pamela Ueckerman) is a British-born Australian children’s author, poet and podcast host. She co-hosts and edits the podcast Middle Grade Mavens for which she has interviewed some of the UK and Australia’s most successful children’s authors including Catherine Doyle, Emily Rodda and Jackie French. Her poetry and short stories have appeared on the Australian Children’s Poetry website and in The School Magazine and she has written for various publications about expat living, motherhood and home education. She is also a reviewer for the CBCA publication Reading Time and sub-edits a magazine.

Pamela lives in Melbourne/Naarm with her family and far too many books and old ballet shoes.

Pamela’s debut picture book will be published in late October 2023, with the National Library of Australia Publishing.


  • SCWBI + Larrikin House Picture Book Competition 2022 – Longlisted
  • Greenleaf Press Greenleaf Blossoms Competition 2019 – Longlisted Junior Fiction Category
  • Buzz Words Magazine – First page competition, 2019 – Winner
  • Scribbles Creative Writing Awards 2018 (Girl & Duck) – Shortlisted, middle-grade category
  • Greenleaf Press Greenleaf Blossoms Competition 2018 – Winner Middle-Grade Fiction Category
  • Pass It On – Spring Competition 2017, third place and highly commended for verse story
  • Greenleaf Press Greenleaf Buds Picture Book Writing Competition 2017 – Longlisted
  • Creative Kids Tales – 2016 Treehouse, Swamp or Clock Competition  – Highly Recommended
  • Secret Door Competition 2016 – Winner, Middle-Grade Fiction
  • Creative Kids Tales – 2016 Aliens, Animals and Amazing Places Competition – 4th place
  • Pass It On – Spring Competition 2015, 2nd place for rhyming story