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(IMPORTANT: downloadable publicity photos are at the bottom of this page. Feel free to use them.)

If you'd like me to visit your school or library just print this page and give it to your teacher or librarian.

 Michael thrilling the kids with a Magpies flag at a school talk. MS Readathon 2009 with Mike Larkham and Bosko Julia Gillard, Mike Larkham and Michael Wagner at the MS Readathon launch 2009

Above, left to right: Me going crazy in a school;    Mike Larkham, Bosko and myselft at the MS Readathon launch 2009;    Julia Gillard and the two Mikes, also at the MS Readathon launch.


I love talking in schools, libraries, launches and festivals all over the country and running workshops too! I'm lucky enough to be able to work with all primary school ages. In fact, I even run workshops with high school kids - although they're a bit scarier than primary school children! I live in Melbourne, but I'm very happy to visit schools anywhere in Australia and overseas.


Quotes from teachers and librarians (real ones)

"Our Junior School really enjoyed and were inspired by Michael's talk ... the students loved hearing his funny, and sometimes gross, stories. They liked the way he talked about how ideas were like dreams - very slippery and could be lost or forgotten easily if they weren't written down.  The students are still raving about 'slippery' ideas and many are asking parents for journals to write their ideas in. Several of our Year 2 students went home the night of Michael's presentation and wrote stories, bringing them back to proudly show their teachers the next day. I particularly liked the way Michael helped students to understand character development." - Haileybury, August 2009

"The children thought he was fantastic and he was very inspiring, especially for young boys who are reluctant to read."

"Anyone who shares stories about frisbeeing nappies, self-gratuitous football commentary and conducts a game of corridor cricket in a library is a genius."

"Very engaging, funny, couldn't wipe the smiles off our faces."

"Funny, inspiring, very entertaining."

"Many students were inspired to start writing their own stories."

"He had a wonderful rapport with all of the students."

"Great audience involvement."


Quotes from kids (real ones too)

"I learnt that there are ideas everywhere you look and how precious ideas are."

"I learnt that some people do 40 drafts instead of 1 or 2."

"Today I learnt how to get ideas to start a story and what to do if you can't think anymore."

"I learnt to always have fun with my writing."



Here's what my Victorian booking agent, Booked Out, says about my school visits.


Since growing up in a housing commission flat in Melbourne, Michael Wagner has played in a band that almost became famous, spent 10 years as a radio broadcaster with the ABC, written and produced animation for television (including scripts for the Old Tom TV series), and now delights in writing fresh, fast and funny books for children.


In the past few years Michael has written 38 children’s books, but is best known for his Maxx Rumble Footy and Cricket series (short-listed for the 2005 YABBA, COOL and KOALA awards), the acclaimed novel Dog Wars, and his hilarious and warm-hearted six-book series about a hyper-sporty (and competitive) father and son known as The Undys (Penguin Australia, 2007-08).


Michael’s entertaining, uplifting, educational talks bring his stories to life, support teachers by enthusing kids to read and write, equip students with new writing skills, and provide insights into the techniques of an author


Michael enjoys talking to primary school children of all ages, and conducts workshops with middle-upper primary students and secondary students.



To discuss a school visit to Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, WA, ACT and NT, please contact Booked Out Speakers Agency at:


email:      bookings@bookedout.com.au


phone:     03 9824 0177


fax:         03 9824 0677


postal:     PO Box 580
              South Yarra

              VIC 3141

For South Australia, contact Carole Carroll at:

email:      bookings@literaryaustralia.com


Or email me directly.


And if your school would like a publicity photo to put up before my visit, click the pictures below to download some much bigger versions.





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