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Jon Bauer

Author, Inspirational Speaker

Jon Bauer is the author of short stories, and plays for stage and radio. His work has been published in The Daily Telegraph, The Sleepers Almanac and The Bridport Prize, as well as broadcast on national radio. Rocks in the Belly is his first novel.

What other jobs have you had?

Greasy spoon chef, marketing manager, copywriter, deer farmer, topless dancer.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Ambivalence, family, jealousy, love, desire, loneliness, death, grief, guilt, blame, hope, relationship.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Getting my Distinguished Talent visa, getting the book published, persistent success in the Bridport Prize, being flown to Vegas to make a film, getting a letter about my book from David Malouf, MJ Hyland, and endorsement by J M Coetzee. The emails from readers who loved the book, one of whom wants a line from it tattooed on her body.

What are you passionate about?

Ambition, self-awareness, overcoming fear, aspiring creatives, endeavour, travel.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Google red tree reigate.


[Students responded] very well, Jon is an engaging and entertaining speaker who gives a lot of himself in his presentation. He adapted well to the various audiences we provided and held up well under a quite grueling schedule. We’d be happy to have him come back at some time in the future.

—M. Arnold, High Country Library Wangaratta, July 2011

I’ve taken a lot of authors around our branches and it’s rare to find one who is willing to give so much of themselves in their presentations. We set him a big task—five talks in two days and 12 hours in the car has worn down even very experienced speakers—but he handled it beautifully. And our audiences loved him.

—M. Arnold, High Country Library Wangaratta, June 2011

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