Speaking Engagements and Appearances
I am a successful public speaker with experience talking to a diverse range of audiences. In the corporate world I have delivered key note speeches and presented papers at conferences and conventions in Australia, China, Thailand, Singapore, India, Japan, France, Spain and the USA. In the writing world I have talked to groups of children in schools and at literary events, delivered workshops to writing and library groups, and chaired and participated in panels at literary events. Following are selected examples of my writing related speaking engagements:
|EVENT / LOCATION||TOPIC/FORMAT
|57th World Science Fiction Convention||Tips For Beginners: Best selling SF and fantasy authors, editors and agents give new writers the benefit of their experience. Panel with: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter, Joshua Bilmes, Stephen Dedman and Steven Paulsen.|
|Festival of the Imagination||Australian SF on Television (audio-visual presentation) – with Sean McMullen.
|Booktalkers – St Martin’s Youth Theatre||Horror in Children’s Fiction – Paper/Presentation.|
|Nova Mob – SF Fan Group||The Quest for Australian Fantasy – talk with Sean McMullen.|
|Mata Christi College||Author/motivational talk to Lower Secondary students on “Becoming a writer (or anything else you want to be)”.|
|Books Illustrated – Gasworks Arts Park||Book reading of The Stray Cat for Upper Primary School aged children.|
|Tecoma Primary School||Author Talk to Upper Primary students.|
|Victorian Writers’ Centre||Writing Class/Workshop co-teach with Jack Dann.
|Rowville Library||Author/Editor Talk: How to get published.|
|3CR and 3MDR radio presentation||Community radio guest and/or co-presenter on, including interviews, commentary and readings of my own work and a reading of Leigh Blackmore’s 1986 story, The Infestation, on Rick Kennett’s radio program “Pilots of the Unknown”.|
|Constantinople Science Fiction Convention||SELL! SELL! SELL! (panel): Advice for new writers on how to find markets and how to Get Published.|
|Book Shop and Book Launch events||Various book signing and book launch events.|
I enjoy giving author talks about the writing process and getting published and use my own experiences and draw on the many author interviews I have conducted to make my talks relevant, practical, motivating and entertaining. If you would like to enquire about booking me to speak at an event or to your group please contact me by clicking here.