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Daniel Ducrou’s first novel, The Byron Journals (Text Publishing, 2010), tells the story of an eighteen-year-old classical musician from Adelaide who goes off the rails on a schoolies trip to Byron Bay.
I was born in Adelaide, spent my twenties surfing and writing in Byron Bay, and now live in Melbourne.
I have worked a variety of jobs over the years – some more serious than others: supermarket night filler, petrol station attendant, camp counsellor (USA), furniture removalist (UK and Australia), private English tutor (Year 12 students), surf shop assistant, video shop assistant, music festival production runner, bookshop assistant, film producer and local government community planner (Aboriginal partnerships).
Freedom/responsibility, order/chaos, drug /alcohol abuse, running away / confronting problems, parent/teenager relationships.
Reconciliation/Aboriginal affairs, surfing, Byron Bay, etymology, Australian literature, Indonesia, music videos.
I have sat on Program Advisory Committee for the Emerging Writers Festival for the last two years.
The students were appreciative of Daniel’s visit, expressing their interest in his writing and thanks for his openness and honesty. He was approachable, entertaining and sensitive to their interests and needs, giving useful tips to improve their writing. We would highly recommend him to others.
Daniel was fantastic for our purposes. The students were engaged and he related to them very well. He was very personable with staff too. His presentation worked well with a group of ESL students as he broke the task down to easy steps.