Sarah Foster, who has published more Australian children’s poetry collections and anthologies in the past few years than any other publisher, will be moving on from her long-term position at Walker Books Australia today.
Sarah set up Walker Books Australia 21 years ago. The company became profitable within three years, and Walker Books New Zealand followed in 1999. Under Sarah’s leadership, WBA became a thriving distributor, representing imported books not only from Walker in the UK and, later, Candlewick Press, but a number of well-regarded third party lists as well. After more than a decade of growing WBA’s reputation across Australia and New Zealand as MD, Sarah took on the additional title of publisher in 2007, hired creative staff, and built a successful and internationally award-winning list of titles, from picture books through to young adult fiction.
In 2010 Sarah was awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature. In 2011, Sarah led the contemporary Walker Group’s first-ever acquisition of another company’s list when she arranged the purchase of Black Dog Books.
WBA’s revenues stood at over AUD $12 million in 2013. In 2014 Walker Books Australia won the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year – Oceania Region.
We wish Sarah well in all her future endeavours.