Anthony (Tony) Eaton
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After being born in Papua New Guinea in 1972, Tony Eaton spent an idyllic childhood growing up in the Perth hills, apart from a two and a half year stint with his family on the Cocos Keeling Islands. He attended school and university in Perth and studied a plethora of subjects before settling on a career in teaching.
He worked at Trinity College in Perth as a literature and drama teacher for eight years, during which time his first novel, The Darkness, was published by the University of Queensland Press. The novel was awarded the 'WA Premier's Award for Young Adult Literature' in 2001, and encouraged Tony to turn his hand to further writing.
In 2005, his historical fiction novel Fireshadow also won the 'WA Premier's Award for Young Adult Literature' and was named an honour book in the Children's Book Council of Australia 'Book Of the Year' Awards. In 2008, Tony won an 'Aurealis Award' for the second book in his Darklands trilogy, Skyfall. The third and final book in the Darklands trilogy Daywards was published in 2010.
Tony's book, Into White Silence, was published in 2008 with Woolshed Press (an imprint of Random House Australia), and is the result of years of research including a trip to Antarctica. Into White Silence was an honour book in the 2009 Children's Book Council of Australia 'Book of the Year' Awards, and was short-listed in the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards.
Tony lives in Canberra with his family and lectures in creative writing at the University of Canberra.
We welcome Tony back to Perth as a presenting author for the Talented Young Writers Programme in 2014 and for our annual Celebrate Reading National Conference: Insights into Quality Australian Literature for Young Adults held at The Literature Centre in Fremantle on Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November 2014.