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David Hunt

Author, Speaking Out

David Hunt is a writer, historian and children’s book author. He is the best-selling author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Indie Award for Best Non-Fiction Book. The sequel, True Girt, was shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing and David’s narration was shortlisted for Audiobook of the Year at the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards.

David’s debut children’s picture book, The Nose Pixies, was shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia’s 2017 Book of the Year Awards. His second picture book, My Real Friend, will be published in 2018.

David is an experienced public speaker and presenter, having spoken at TEDxSydney 2017, and is a regular participant at writers festivals. His Australian history podcast with ABC Radio, Rum, Rebels & Ratbags, was chosen as one of Rolling Stone’s four hottest podcasts of 2016 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Ten History Podcasts You Need to Hear.

David conducts:

· Creative writing and storytelling workshops for children between years 2 and 6. (Creative Kids)

· Informative and humorous presentations on Australian history for both primary and secondary school students that are aligned with the Australian History curriculum. (Girt by History)

· Speeches on Australian history for adult audiences

Where were you born?

I was born in Paddington Women’s Hospital, an 11½ pound monster, with a pointed head, jaundice and a thick pelt of black back hair. I am now much heavier and not quite as yellow.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I explore Australian history and identity, stirring Australia’s cultural melting pot with the wooden spoon of schadenfreude, adding a dash of rum, and garnishing the resulting historical feast with the crushed stems of tall poppies. Oh, and I also do irony.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Winning the 2014 Indie Award for Best Non-Fiction Book and developing Australia’s first Child Protection Register.

Where have your works been published?

Australia, New Zealand and the wonderful land of Internet.

What are you passionate about?

History, humour, the beauty of the English language, social justice, my family and anything cooked in coconut cream.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I have regularly appeared on radio, occasionally appeared on television, and used to frequent the stage (university revues, cabaret, Theatresports and rare moments of serious acting).

Or maybe you’ve seen a successful economist called Warren Hogan, who is my doppelganger.  People frequently come up to me, call me Warren, and start talking about banking.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’m currently working on a children’s book and the sequel to Girt, which is titled True Girt and should hit the shelves in 2016.


I loved working with David. A funny man, he has an instant rapport with audiences. His knowledge is vast and his wit is vaster!

—Tim Ferguson

Who says Australia’s history is boring? David’s anecdotes from Girt were funny, entertaining and informative all at once. Thanks to David’s after-dinner presentation we know there’s a lot more to our history than wheat and sheep and much of it is hilarious.

—Deanna Constable, President, AMPLA, The Resources and Energy Law Association.

One of the funniest, most engaging and outrageously entertaining speakers I’ve ever seen.

—Benjamin Law.

David Hunt is as informative as he is funny. Popularising of history at its best. 

—Tim Flannery.

David Hunt was great with the kids. He has a commanding presence and is very entertaining. He looked primarily at how to get the kids to write creatively, the younger kids especially liked reading his book!

—St George Christian School, July 2015.

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