Hello…

I’m one of five boys and we all grew up (just not very high) on a farm outside of Yass, New South Wales. I’ve always loved books and now I get to write them!

Chicken Stu (Scholastic, 2010), was my first book and it is inspired by the antics I got up to with my four brothers on our home farm. It was followed in 2013 by Bad Grammar (Walker Books), a story set at a remote boarding school for rough boys. More recently I’ve written 5 books in a junior series called The Nerd Herd collaborating with the very talented illustrator, Chris Kennett. 2023 will see the release of the first two titles in a new series for 8+ called Family Holidays Disasters, also featuring the work of Chris. A third Family Disasters book will hit shelves in the first half of 2024.

As well as books, I write plays. Two of my plays have been nominated for Awgie (Australian Writers’ Guild) Awards.

These days when not writing you might find me at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, where I’m the Children’s and Young Adult Manager. I also teach music, drama and writing within primary schools on a part time basis.

For 7 years I worked for the Wakakirri National Story Festival, an arts festival for Australian schools promoting education through the telling and sharing of stories. I also had an exciting stint as a Creative Producer for the Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) in Western Sydney.

In my quest for knowledge (and to avoid real work) I’ve completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Theatre/Media), a Graduate Diploma in Screenwriting from the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) and a Master of Teaching. These bits of paper mean I’m much smart.

A List of Things You Might Not Know About Me

  • I can’t swim (I am a world champion doggie-paddler, but that hardly counts)
  • I lived in Italy for 9 months and can speak Italian, badly (dove la pizza? Ahhh, ecco la pizza. Yummo, yummo)
  • I once starred in a show as a WWF style wrestler named Corporal Carnage and somehow managed to avoid breaking any bones.
  • I once worked as a clown for a street party and kids screamed when they saw me, though not in the good way.
  • In Kindergarten, I was the smallest kid in the year by a lot. During the end of year circus extravaganza performance they made me play the strongman.