Ailsa Wild was a professional acrobat and whip-cracker who ran away from the circus to become a writer. She is now an author, performer and creative facilitator with a history of deep collaboration. Ailsa's work has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly, ABC online and #MeToo: Stories from the Australian movement. Ailsa has also written two junior fiction series: Squishy Taylor and The Naughtiest Pixie (Hardie Grant Children's Publishing). She is the lead writer of Small Friends Books (CSIRO Publishing), where she works with microbiologists, virologists and other scientists to translate complex science into narrative picture books. Of these, Zobi and the Zoox was the first children's book to win the Royal Zoological Society of NSW Whitely Medal, and the YA graphic novel The Invisible War was a CBCA notable and won several awards including Most Underrated Book Award.
'This book has single-handedly restored my faith in humanity. Offering a rare and thrilling glimpse into the life of a frontline healthcare worker during the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Care Factor is full to bursting with spirit, guts, empathy and love. It humbled and moved me in so many ways. I can't recommend it enough!' - Emily Bitto, author of Stella Prize winning novel The Strays