David As­tle to speak in Euroa

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

Her­ald and be­gan his ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional puz­zler. The year was 1983 and he has been sub­mit­ting his cross­words ever since.

A puz­zler was never a full time job as he has been a jour­nal­ist, bar­man, school teacher, colum­nist, copy writer, book re­viewer and writ­ten fea­ture ar­ti­cles for mag­a­zines and even rid­dles for Christ­mas crack­ers.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from uni­ver­sity David took a job as a deck­hand on a cargo ship bound for Nor­way and trav­elled ex­ten­sively through Europe and South Amer­ica. On his re­turn he took up a teach­ing po­si­tion and be­gan to write his first novel. The book, ti­tled Marzi­pan Plan was short­listed for the Miles Franklin Award.

As well as nov­els David has writ­ten many best­selling puz­zle books for adults and chil­dren, plays which have been per­formed in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne and award win­ning short sto­ries. His visit to Euroa co­in­cides with the re­lease of his new book for adults, ‘Re­word­ing the Brain’ and for chil­dren, ‘101 Weird Words and 3 Fakes’.

David is a pop­u­lar and much in de­mand fig­ure and the Friends of the Euroa Li­brary are grate­ful that he will be tak­ing leave from his ABC Ra­dio com­mit­ments to at­tend the lit­er­ary din­ner.

The former award win­ning school teacher will re­turn to the class­rooms the fol­low­ing day to speak to the grade five and six stu­dents from St Johns and Euroa Pri­mary Schools in the morn­ing and will talk to the year seven and eight stu­dents at Euroa Se­condary Col­lege in the af­ter­noon.

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