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Scot Gardner once said that if he had a mission statement it would be... 'To encourage people to take good risks and write their hearts out'.
Scot’s first fiction for young readers, One Dead Seagull, was published in 2000 after he attended a writing conference with John Marsden. His many books since include Burning Eddy, which was short-listed for both the CBCA and NSW Premier's Literary awards, White Ute Dreaming, The Other Madonna, The Legend of Kevin the Plumber, Gravity and The Detachable Boy. Happy as Larry won the 2010 WA Premier's Award in the Young Adult section and Scot's latest novel The Dead I Know was shortlisted for the WA Premier's Book Award and won the 2012 CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers.
Scot had a life before writing and one that continues concurrently with it. He is a home dad, truck driver, landscape gardener, an accomplished didgeridoo player, masseur, waiter, program developer, teacher, webmaster and group facilitator. He spends most of the year working in schools, talking about writing and life and ‘stuff’. Scot's books centre on the theme of growing up, especially the teenage years. Having worked as a counsellor and a youth worker for disadvantaged teenagers Scot has some insight into the problems faced by high risk teenagers, especially young men and Aboriginal youths.
Scot lives with his wife and three children in Eastern Victoria.
The Literature Centre is thrilled that Scot will be in-residence as a presenting author for our Talented Young Writers' Programme in Term 4, 2013.