Simon Mitchell

Simon Mitchell spent five years working as a computer programmer before deciding to follow his dream of writing for people, rather than machines.  In 2007 he turned his back on the world of software and enrolled in a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, where he wrote drafts of his first two books for children: Louie the Pirate Chef and The Baked Bean Bandit.
 
In 2008 Simon was chosen for a May Gibbs Literature Trust mentorship, and in 2010 he was awarded an ArtStart grant by the Australia Council.
 
His book Kung Phew! was published by Penguin in 2011. The Great Stinkathlon is his latest addition to the Aussie Bites books.
 
Simon lives in Melbourne, and he says some of his all-time favourite children’s authors are Roald Dahl, Raymond Briggs and Paul Jennings. Like them, he aims to write stories for young people that are fast-paced, funny and a little bit quirky.
 

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