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Russell McGilton

Author, Corporate, Entertainer, Inspirational Speaker, Speaking Out, Storyteller/Performer

Breathtaking and often hilarious, Russell’s entertaining stories and photos of his adventures will inspire anyone with an ounce of wonder dust in their pants and the courage to say ‘yes’ to the big ‘what if’ that lies out there for all of us.

A natural speaker, Russell has performed here in Australia and overseas, making appearances on Neighbours, the London comedy circuit, in a cover band as an Austin Powers/Dr Evil impersonator and as a children’s entertainer.

Where were you born?

I was born Blackburn North, Melbourne. I’m one of three and the only boy. What today is the extension of the Eastern Freeway was once my beloved playground and creek. It was here I got lost and got tangled up in blackberries that the police were called.

What other jobs have you had?

Performer and writer for children’s theatre, television producer, writer and director for commercials for TV Media Consultancy and as a director of his own advertising company, Big Mouth Promotions. Other jobs include: ESL teacher, grapefruit picker on a kibbutz, cook for an African safari, singing telegram, location scout for commercials…and a silhouette!

What themes are recurring in your work?

Travel, humour, social justice and finding myself in ridiculous situations like travelling around Victoria by dice and ending up in a sock factory pretending to be German.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Having Bombay to Beijing by Bicycle published by Penguin Publishing. Also, the one-man show winning the George Fairfax Award 2003 and performing it myself to a sell out audience at the Edinburgh Festival 2008.

Also, being on a debating team in 2009 that included Julia Zimero, Helen Razer, Samuel Johnson, Tony Wilson and Lawrence Mooney. You can watch it here.

Lastly, being sledged by Andrew Bolt with my parody of the Howard government in Seditious Delicious: A Portrait of John Howard.

Where have your works been published?

The Australian, The Age, The Big Issue, Australian Cyclist, Sleepers Anthology.

What are you passionate about?

Getting more people on bikes and out of cars.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Well…I did do a nude cycle ride through the streets of Melbourne in 2005 which got a lot of, how shall we say, ‘exposure’.

I have performed at the Castlemaine Arts Festival 2003, Melbourne Fringe 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2006, 2010 and Edinburgh Festival 2008 and Melbourne Writers Festival.

I have been interviewed by Red Symons, Derek Guille and Waleed Ali.

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