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David Hunt

Author, Corporate, Speaking Out

David Hunt is a writer, satirist and historian.  He is the author of The Nose Pixies and Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Australian Independent Booksellers (Indie) Award for Best Non-Fiction Book and was shortlisted for several other literary awards.  He has also written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian, The Chaser Quarterly and The Hoopla. He co-presents the Australian history podcast Rum, Rebels & Ratbags with Dom Knight for ABC Radio and has appeared regularly on ABC Radio shows, including Outsiders, Background Briefing, Counterpoint, The Drawing Room and Evenings with Dom Knight.

He is a regular panelist and participant at writers festivals and other arts and community functions.

True Girt, volume 2 of The Unauthorised History of Australia, will be published in November 2016, with a second children’s picture book to be published in 2017. David’s debut children’s picture book, The Nose Pixies, is out now.

David is an experienced public speaker, presenter and comic who:

  • Conducts humorous presentations on Australian history for both primary and secondary school students that are aligned with the Australian History Curriculum. (Girt by History)
  • Presents creative writing and storytelling workshops for children between years 2 and 6. (Creative Kids)
  • Conducts speeches and MCs for corporate events, talking about Australian history or whatever else the organisers want, delivering the organisation’s key message with humour.

Where were you born?

I was born in Paddington Women’s Hospital, an 11½ pound monster, with a pointed head, jaundice and a thick pelt of black back hair. I am now much heavier and not quite as yellow.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I explore Australian history and identity, stirring Australia’s cultural melting pot with the wooden spoon of schadenfreude, adding a dash of rum, and garnishing the resulting historical feast with the crushed stems of tall poppies. Oh, and I also do irony.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Winning the 2014 Indie Award for Best Non-Fiction Book and developing Australia’s first Child Protection Register.

Where have your works been published?

Australia, New Zealand and the wonderful land of Internet.

What are you passionate about?

History, humour, the beauty of the English language, social justice, my family and anything cooked in coconut cream.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I have regularly appeared on radio, occasionally appeared on television, and used to frequent the stage (university revues, cabaret, Theatresports and rare moments of serious acting).

Or maybe you’ve seen a successful economist called Warren Hogan, who is my doppelganger.  People frequently come up to me, call me Warren, and start talking about banking.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’m currently working on a children’s book and the sequel to Girt, which is titled True Girt and should hit the shelves in 2016.

Testimonials

David Hunt is as informative as he is funny. Popularising of history at its best. 

– Tim Flannery

One of the funniest, most engaging and outrageously entertaining speakers I’ve ever seen.

– Benjamin Law

I loved working with David. A funny man, he has an instant rapport with audiences. His knowledge is vast and his wit is vaster!

– Tim Ferguson

Who says Australia’s history is boring? David’s anecdotes from Girt were funny, entertaining and informative all at once. Thanks to David’s after-dinner presentation we know there’s a lot more to our history than wheat and sheep and much of it is hilarious.

– Deanna Constable, President, AMPLA, The Resources and Energy Law Association

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