Michael Gerard Bauer
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Michael Gerard Bauer is an in-demand speaker and a popular writer for children and young adults. His books have been shortlisted, won numerous awards and are used as class texts in many schools around Australia. He has written drama, comedy and adventure.
His first novel The Running Man, published in 2004, received immediate acclaim. It either won, or was shortlisted for several major awards and was named the 2005 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers. His second novel, Don’t Call Me Ishmael!, followed in 2006 and is a comedy set in an all boys' school. It was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2007, selected for ‘The White Ravens 2007’ exhibition at the Bologna Book Fair, and won its category in the Children’s Peace Literature Award in 2007 and the SA Festival Awards for Literature in 2008.
The sequel, Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs published in 2007 was a notable book in the CBCA 2007 Book of the Year Awards. Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel, the third book in the series was released in 2011.
Michael has written several other books, including Dinosaur Knights (2008), You Turkeys (2009) and Just a Dog (2010). The hilarious Eric Vale Epic Fail (2012) was soon followed by a sequel, Eric Vale Super Male (2013). His writing is renowned for its humour, fast pace and strong characterization. Michael says that a common theme in his work is that “people have the right to be who they are and that our uniqueness and individual differences should be celebrated”.
Michael lives with his family in the beautiful Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove - the setting for The Running Man.
Michael was an author in-residence at The Literature Centre in September 2012 and presented workshops to Talented Young Writers' Programme (TYWP) students.
We welcome Michael back to Perth 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.
For further information visit www.michaelgerardbauer.wordpress.com