Poppy Inkwell was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Australia three years later. She grew up in Campbelltown and graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA in Asian Studies. She has worked as a DJ, an interpreter, PR guru and taught English to ASEAN diplomats in Brunei. Her five children inspired an interest in children and creativity which led to a Masters in Learning Innovation (Early Childhood) from QUT, the development of PicassoPlay (an art playgroup for toddlers) and a transition-to-school program which she ran at an International School. She has sky-dived - once.