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Tim Harris

Author, Storyteller/Performer

Tim Harris is one of the most exciting children’s authors in Australia. His first series of books, Exploding Endings, will have primary-aged readers both captivated and laughing out loud. The first book in the series, Painted Dogs & Doom Cakes, was awarded Honour Book at the 2017 KOALAs. His second series, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables, contains his trademark quirkiness, mixed with a touch of poignancy. The lead book was awarded a CBCA Notable in 2018 and has been shortlisted for the 2018 REAL Awards (as voted by children in NSW, Victoria and NT).

Where were you born?

Wagga Wagga – the place of many crows. This explains my exceptional ability to scavenge food, but not my lack of feathers.

What other jobs have you had?

In chronological order: a newspaper delivery boy, golf ball collector, checkout dude, babysitter, eBay seller, singer-songwriter and primary teacher.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Every day is a highlight. I love being able to think creatively and work on new ideas. It’s deeply satisfying if other people enjoy the ideas too, and if not, that’s OK, I’ll just eat some chocolate and brainstorm the next idea.

What are you passionate about?

In a world filled with bright lights and screens, it is wonderfully refreshing to see children reading books. I’m passionate about helping children find the right book and enjoy the reading experience. I’m also passionate about our ability as humans to think creatively. We live in an exciting age and the creative possibilities are endless.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’d like to share this block of chocolate I’m currently eating with you, but I’m not sure that I can…


Tim was one of the best ‘speakers’ we have had visit our school. Would certainly recommend him to other Teacher Librarians I know.

Students were engaged throughout the session and enjoyed Tim’s visit.

Staff were impressed with his rapport with the students and very pleased with the session as a whole.

—November, 2017

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