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Tony Thompson


Tony Thompson is the author of Summer of Monsters, a fictional account of Mary Shelley’s circle in Geneva. He has also written two non fiction books for teenagers, Shakespeare: The Most Famous Man in London and Vampires: The Unhistory of the Undead. His articles on education have appeared in The Age and The Australian.

What other jobs have you had?

I have worked as a gravedigger, a construction worker, and a tout for the Rio Hotel in Athens. I was also a high school English teacher for a long time.

What are you passionate about?

William Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Joe Strummer, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Jack Kerouac, The Sir Douglas Quintet, George Orwell, Brendan Behan, Fender Telecasters, steaming cups of tea on cold days, Canada, my son, my mountain bike, tuna, shiraz, Bob Dylan.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

No, probably not but you may be familiar with the phrase, ‘English Lite’ which I inadvertently coined in a newspaper article about five years ago.


The year 12 students found the presentation both practical and insightful. They are keen to hear Tony speak on their other text later in the year.

— T. Meikle, Rosebud Secondary College, February 2016

He was absolutely brilliant, very engaging, easy to listen to, knowledgeable, full of great tips for students to take back to school and work on.

—T. Kamvissis, Forest Hill College, February 2014

The Year 7 class which Tony had on May 1 were very happy with him as a presenter and writing mentor. One boy said that before the workshop he didn’t think he had anything he wanted to write about or see himself as a writer. Tony’s workshop completed changed his attitude. He said he got lots of ideas and now felt confident to write his very own ideas into a story. What a fantastic outcome!

—M. Moran, Carey Baptist Grammar School, May 2013

The Year 12 students found Tony engaging and it was a great opportunity to consolidate their learning and deepen their understanding of the text and author. He was fabulous!

—A. Johnson, Loreto Mandeville Hal

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