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Gabriel Bergmoser

Author, Storyteller/Performer

Gabriel Bergmoser is an award-winning author, playwright and screenwriter. His books have been translated into multiple languages and plays performed internationally

Where were you born?

New Zealand.

What other jobs have you had?

Quite a few weird ones: over the years I was a professional vampire at Dracula’s Cabaret, a fireplace salesman, a podcaster, a journalist and, of course, a waiter.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I write a lot about the past and how people struggle to either move beyond or face up to it. I’m also fascinated by the power and meaning of art, the way that we change over time (for better or worse), the complexities of friendship and the murky line between good and evil.

What have been the highlights of your career?

My first massive career highlight was winning the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award in 2015. It meant I got to go to the International Emmys, walk the red carpet and meet some really amazing people. After that, I’ve been lucky to have had quite a few. The publication of my first novel, Boone Shepard, in 2016. The moment I found out HarperCollins were going to publish The Hunted. Going to LA to meet all the people behind the film adaptation. Every time I walk into a bookshop and see something I’ve written on the shelves.

Where have your works been published?

My first three books, the Boone Shepard Trilogy, were published by independent publisher Bell Frog Books. Since then, HarperCollins have acquired my first adult novel The Hunted and its sequel, along with my new YA writing. I’ve also written for The Guardian, The Age, The Herald Sun, Den of Geek and more.

What are you passionate about?

More than anything else, stories. Whether I’m reading them, watching them, writing them or hearing them nothing will ever make me as happy as being totally consumed by a good story.

Haven’t I seen you before?

You’re more likely to have heard me than seen me, as I used to be a fairly prolific podcaster, but otherwise you might have caught me on stage during my acting days, for which I apologise.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Just a big thanks for taking a look at my profile and I hope to meet you soon!

Testimonials

Gabriel came to talk to our year 6 and 7 students about his writing. The students were really engaged and asked lots of questions afterwards – always a good sign. Gabriel talked about the writing process and gave students short tasks within his talk to demonstrate what he was talking about. A highly worthwhile presentation.

—Jacinta Walker, Mansfield Steiner School

Talented playwright and author Gabe Bergmoser has inspired writers young and old in a number of successful writing workshops held at the Benalla Library. His ability to engage with a range of ages has enabled us to offer a range of writing workshops that cater to different needs. The teens have enjoyed Gabe’s relaxed approach while the adults have been challenged to extend their writing skills through workshops that have explored the development of characters and plots.

—Deb Saunders - Library Coordinator, Benalla Library

We had the pleasure to have Gabriel speak at Mansfield Secondary College about his book Boone Shepard and about writing more generally. He was a most personable and energetic speaker, who engaged his audience immediately with his warm, friendly manner. I think Gabriel would be an excellent speaker for any group, whether it be school children, a community group, or a writers’ festival.

—Rachel Oldfield, Information Resource Manager, Mansfield Secondary College

“Gabriel’s humorous and energetic approach to storytelling captivated our writers group, Write On! at Wangaratta Library. Each time he has appeared here we have had positive feedback and happy attendees. I would not hesitate in recommending him to your organisation for a talk or workshop.”

—Jasen Smith, Wangaratta Library

Gabe is an entertaining and inspirational mentor for young writers. The content of his presentation was relevant and engaging and was accompanied by fun workshop activities that all students could take part in. Gabe has left our school with a hoard of adoring fans who are excited about their love of books, and about what they can do with their own writing. We hope to have him back as often as possible to run workshops with our keen authors!

—Robyn Robinson, Mansfield Primary School

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