Simon Barnard was born and grew up in Launceston. He is a writer, illustrator and collector of colonial artifacts. Simon now lives in Melbourne.
Simon won the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books in 2015 for his first book, A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land. His second book, Convict Tattoos, was published in August 2016 and Gaolbird was published in 2017. Simon's most recent publication is James Hardy Vaux’s 1819 Dictionary of Criminal Slang