Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002. Since then Phillip’s novels have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers including his young adult novel Swerve which was shortlisted for many awards amongst them the 2010 Prime Minister’s Award and the Golden Inky.
Phillip’s also no stranger to writing thrillers as he has written an adult detective thriller The Build Up, but The Debt is his first series for upper-primary school readers and combines both his substantial literary skills and his ability to tell a good story. Phillip also has a ventured into picture books with Ruby Learns to Swim and more to follow in 2013.
Due to other commitments, his speaking availability is limited. Phillip’s Book Week will be in Western Australia in 2013, and is already booked out. We are taking expressions of interest from schools in Melbourne and Sydney for other dates in 2013.
I was a professional AFL footballer. I graduated as a Marine Biologist and worked for Northern Territory fisheries. I have also worked as a computer programmer. I have taught English as a second language. I have picked fruit. I’ve done lots of stuff!
The relationship between boys and their fathers (or grandfathers). Questions of masculinity. Of race. The impact of place on people and people on place.
I’m passionate about boys reading, especially boys who come from a background where reading isn’t necessarily encouraged (like mine!).
Watching my film Australian Rules (based on Deadly Unna) premiere at Sundance Film Festival was an extraordinary experience.
Germany. France. USA. The film Australian Rules has shown all around the world, recently headlining a festival in Kenya.
As well as having four picture books coming out in 2012 I am currently writing The Debt, a six book high-octane thriller.