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Alan Brough

Author, Entertainer, Storyteller/Performer

You probably recognise Alan as a team captain on the hugely successful ABC TV show ‘Spicks and Specks.’ Kids certainly do. (It’s on every night on ABC2 after ABC4Kids finishes.) Alan is also a comedian, musician and an author. He’d love to come and talk to your kids about writing, jokes and how to weaponise handkerchiefs. He’ll even sing some songs.

Where were you born?

In Hawera – a small town in rural New Zealand – surrounded by an intimidatingly large quantity of cows.

What other jobs have you had?

When I was 19 I used to squeeze oranges by hand in a disused butchers shop for a guy called Tom. Tom is probably really rich by now. Or in jail.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I’ve only written one book so far so I don’t have any recurring themes yet. However, if asked to speculate what my recurring themes might turn out to be, I’d have to say sweet and sour pork, owls and getting stains out of tea towels.

What have been the highlights of your career?

At my first ever performance a man stood up and shouted ‘You’re the worst thing I’ve ever seen!’ and threw a jug of beer at me. Everything since then has been a highlight.

Where have your works been published?

In Australia and New Zealand.

What are you passionate about?

Filling out these sorts of questionnaires.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Yes, every night on ‘Spicks and Specks’ on ABC 2 after ABC4Kids finishes.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?



Alan was a great speaker and knows how to entertain a crowd of kids from Grade 3 – 6! He read some excerpts from “Charlie and the War Against the Grannies” and our kids were enthralled. I’m going to have to invest in some more copies of this book as I have now have a waiting list of borrowers.

—Barbara Ransome, Sunshine Heights Primary School, 2018

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