David Astle to speak in Euroa
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.