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Neil can provide workshops, conduct talks and lead lively discussions on the topics of writing, reading and books. He has a suitcase full of writing memorabilia and strange objects to inspire young people to ink up their pages.

Neil has conducted residencies, workshops and talks at many schools including St Leonard's College, Lakeside Secondary College, Brimbank College, Yarrawonga Secondary College, Kinglake West Primary, Beaconhills Secondary College, Kurunjang Secondary College, Terang Secondary College, Methodist Ladies' College, Bellarine Secondary College, Mary MacKillop College, Liebler Yavneh College, Melbourne High, Middle Kinglake Primary and Caroline Springs College. He has given talks at Distance Education Victoria and Eltham North Primary. He has judged the Picture Story Book Competition at St Leonard's College for three years running and the Poetry competition for two. He was a mentor for the Wakakirri National Story Festival 2007. He was co creator of the 1000 Pencils Project that brought together students from Diamond Valley College in Victoria and the International School of Kabul, Afghanistan and resulted in the anthology From Kinglake to Kabul (Allen & Unwin 2011) and was presented at the Melbourne Writers' Festival 2010 and 2011. He was a guest at the Somerset Celebration of Literature 2012.

Neil can tailor his workshops or talks to your needs. He will bring along a swag of writing exercises (opportunities!) to get students writing and discussing their work. He can speak about his experiences as a writer and let the students know why he considers words to be so important. He can talk about his research trip to Indonesia and show how the things he experienced were worked into his novel Indo Dreaming or how his journey to Afghanistan informed his novel The Ink Bridge.

If you are interested in Neil's Afghanistan Trip 2009 please check here


The author at work Gunung Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia.