Meet the Author – Phillip Gwynne

Phillip Gwynne, author of the award winning book Deadly Unna? visited Salesian College Chadstone for a talk.

He talked to students from Years 7, 8 and 9, covering interesting topics including creative writing processes, how he wrote more than 50 books, where he gets the ideas from, and writing Deadly Unna?. This book has sold over quarter of a million copies in Australia, and has made a record as a first book to achieve that level.

Phillip also shared his life experiences with our students. His talk was engaging, inspiring and entertaining.

Students were lucky to get a chance to listen to Phillip reading out his new picture book “Song of the White Ibis” during his talk. Students had a range of questions for Phillip. The question he liked the most was ‘Do you include annoying people in your books as characters?’ Everyone had a good laugh when he said yes, he does.

It was a great opportunity for all students to listen to Phillip.

Noah from Year 8 shares his thoughts on this visit:

“Last Wednesday Phillip Gwynne, an author who wrote the book Deadly Unna?, came to give the Year 7 and 8 boys a talk about his life and being an author. He told us about his life growing up with lots of siblings and not a great dad and how he would read magazines like Women’s Weekly for entertainment. He told us about how when he writes his books he does a “speed write” and wouldn’t plan many of his books. He was telling us also that he likes to fish and he gets inspiration for his book from his three children. Over all, as an aspiring author myself, I really like hearing how he makes his books.”