讲座题目：A Life in Book（书中人生）
主 讲 人：John Marsden
John Marsden has been described as 'Australias' king of young adult fiction’ having written more than 40 books, most of them aimed at teenagers, and selling five million copies internationally. He has also written books on the craft of writing, manhood and parenting, and even edited a collection of poems for special occasions. His most recent book is South of Darkness, an adult novel about Australia’s convict period.
After pulling out of law school, Marsden survived on odd jobs, then at 28, enrolled in a teaching course and has never looked back—in 2006, his love of education saw him found an alternative school in regional Victoria, of which he remains principal. Teaching fuelled his love of writing too, with his first book published in his mid thirties. Since that time, he has enjoyed great success, his books with themes of depression, isolation and growing up, hitting a nerve with teenagers across the globe. His phenomenally popular Tomorrow series, featuring a troupe of gutsy Australian teenagers, puts old-fashioned adventure back into YA writing and the first volume was made into a much-anticipated film in 2010.
Marsden has won countless awards for his work, including the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award, a Victorian Premier’s Award and the Christopher Medal in the US.
John is a practiced speaker and teacher who has spoken to people of all ages across the world about his life, work and inspiration and is happy to speak on panels or in in-conversation sessions. His books cover a multitude of themes, but with much focus on adolescents, including depression, but also adventure (eg the Ellie Chronicles which were made into a film in 2010, Tomorrow, When the War Began). He has an easygoing, set talk about himself and his own work which can be adapted to different audiences and he is happy to facilitate questions himself too (ie just intro and outro required). As an educator (long-time teacher and founder and principal of Candlebark School) he can talk on all aspects of education for international or local schools and indeed would relish the opportunity to speak with local teachers.